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Tibetan Healing Yoga Sat & Sun, June 27 & 28 Rooted in Tibetan Medicine, this ancient Tantrayana practice systematically releases blockages in the subtle body channels. Prevent disease, cultivate a focused mind & vibrant energy. BENEFITS: • Mobilize the spine, nourish the joints • Release emotional blockages • Balance the five elements–the foundation of body & mind • Cultivate calm, focus and clarity IN THIS WORKSHOP... PRACTICE: The Five Elements Movements, Five Musculoskeletal Movements, Five Vital Organs Movements, Six Movements for Common Conditions, Breath Balancing Exercise, and Relaxation Meditation LEARN: Principles of Tibetan Medicine, Tantrayana Buddhism & the Subtle Body, Five Elements Theory, Accessing Innate Wisdom Taught by Farrah Garan of TibetanHealingMovement.com in the lineage of Tulku Lobsang
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elcome to the June issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings! This month we seek to celebrate and support fathers, in all walks of life and from all backgrounds. When our only child was 18 months old, my husband quit his job and became the primary caregiver to our daughter for over two years, an experience that changed all of us. David became incredibly confident as a parent, and Eliyana developed a deep and lasting bond with him that has continued, even though he has been back in the workforce for years. Whether you or the man in your life is in the workforce, joining the increasing number of stay-at-home dads, or any variation in between, we are pleased to bring you some holistic parenting advice specifically for men and those who love them. “Natural Dads” (page 20) covers advice for fathers like embracing physical closeness, supporting your partner, learning enough about wellness to feel confident caring for your children’s health, and more. Hard working dads of all kinds need the right fuel, so be sure to check out “Manly Foods” (page 22) for testosterone-boosting meals that will have you feeling your best. “The Gut-Mind Connection” (page 26) sheds light on an incredibly fascinating and powerful aspect of neurological and mental health, so plan on reading this article too. In this issue, we touch on another important topic that can affect anyone: “Rethinking Recovery” (page 14) offers up thoughts about holistic approaches to healing addiction. It’s challenging for anyone to admit he or she needs to seek help, but in my experience it can be especially difficult for those who consider themselves part of a conscious, sustainable, holistic demographic. Anyone who finds him or herself asking for support and boldly embracing the path to recovery is courageous in every way. Addiction is a serious, debilitating and sometimes fatal health issue, and we all need to support those battling it and remove the stigma as much as possible, in order to remove the social barriers that prevent individuals from seeking care. There’s much more in these pages–enjoy!
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n opportunity to learn the system of Lu Jong Tibetan healing yoga practice is coming to Seattle on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28. Rooted in Tibetan medicine, Lu Jong is an ancient practice from the Tantrayana Buddhist tradition, according to practitioner and teacher Farrah Garan, a certified teacher in the lineage of teacher and doctor of Tibetan medicine Tulku Lobsang, who will visit Seattle this October. “This series of movements forms a comprehensive system that releases blockages on the physical, mental and energetic levels,” Garan explains. “It is a very practical and accessible method for boosting health and happiness.” The workshop combines movement and theory. Participants will learn the Five Elements Movements, Five Musculoskeletal Movements, Five Vital Organ Movements and Six Common Conditions Movements, as well as learn about the subtle body, Tantrayana Buddhism, Tibetan medicine, breathwork and meditation. Garan says the movement practice is accessible to everyone, with all ages, abilities and beliefs welcome. “By rhythmically applying pressure to particular points, Lu Jong systematically trains our subtle body channels to be more open, enabling the free flow of blood, breath, energy and consciousness,” Garan says. “It also focuses on nurturing the spine—the root of our health. In this way, the body becomes less prone to disease and the mind becomes more calm and stable.” Garan says she believes physical movement is important for a vibrant life on every level. “Our body is a powerful vehicle of self-transformation,” she says. “By opening the body in the right ways, we cultivate not only physical vibrancy and mental functionality, but also the qualities revered on the spiritual path.”
The Northwest Crossroads Retreat Takes Place June 5–7
he Northwest Crossroads Retreat takes place at the Captain Whidbey Inn from June 5–7. The event will feature an eclectic set of holistic practitioners from the Pacific Northwest, combining old traditions and techniques that release past blocks and pains, create clarity and focus, and enhance awareness of self and others, according to organizers. The retreat offers private sessions with presenters, moving ceremonies, and evening relaxation time. “This getaway provides a safe sense of community to conduct a close examination of self and acquire tools that help clear, cleanse, and invigorate the body, heart, mind, and spirit,” says co-organizer David Rojas, PhD. “Experts from diverse paths converge to reflect the possibilities pres-
Northwest Crossroads Retreat co-organizers Dr. David Rojas, left, and Sindy Todo, right.
ent at the crossroads of spirituality, consciousness, emotion, and action,” explains co-organizer Sindy Todo. “They will offer complementary insights for healing, protection, and expansion to retreat guests,” she continues. “Over the course of the weekend, all participants will access and integrate a variety of approaches that conjure Spirit into existence in their personal and professional lives.”
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The Northwest Crossroads Retreat takes place June 5–7 at the Captain Whidbey Inn, 2072 W Capt Whidbey Inn Rd, Coupeville. One day passes from $179, full weekend rates range from $469 to $787 for a private room with an ensuite bathroom. For more information: NWCrossroadsRetreat.com.
The Lu Jong Tibetan Healing Yoga workshop takes place Saturday & Sunday, June 27 – 28 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. both days at Shift Movement & Healing Arts, 3517 Stone Way North, Seattle. $80. Registration required. For more information: 206819-0165 or LuJong.org.
Car Wash Raises Funds For Vaulting Team he Warm Beach Vaulters will be holding a donation-based car wash in the Haggen’s parking lot in Stanwood on July 3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. to raise funds to send four of their members, Anna Erickson, Daniel Janes, Kaleb Patterson and Luke Overton, to compete in the Junior World Championships in the Netherlands this August. The trip marks the first time anyone from the club, which operates out of Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, will compete internationally.
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Yoga for Hope Returns This July
ix Petals Retreats hosts mindful Pilates and Plants adventures in inspiring natural settings around the globe. The experiences include daily open-level Pilates classes, herb walks, meditation, wild foraging workshops, naturalist hikes, kayaking and time to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. “We guide each of our guests in cultivating what we call COREageous Nourishment, or wisdom awareness in the body,” says co-founder Téana David. “Our lakefront accommodations, delicious farm-to-table meals, and on-site massage treatments nourish people at their core, and they return home feeling refreshed and invigorated, with new tools to keep them healthy for life.” The next retreat, Core Radiance: a Pilates and Plants Retreat, takes place at the Six Petals Center on Cortes Island in British Columbia from July 26 to August 1. David, a Pilates educator and herbalist, co-leads the retreat with Philip Valentinetti, a Registered Yoga Teacher with many years of experience in the hospitality industry. For more information, call 917-847-2506 or visit SixPetalsRetreats.com. See ad, page 20.
n evening fundraising event, Yoga For Hope, returns to Saint Mark’s Cathedral on Capitol Hill on July 18. The event features yoga and live music, with a focus on compassion and philanthropy. Featured yoga instructors Lisa Black, Zak Endicott, Claudette Evans, Jo Parsons and Michael Warner will guide participants through a yoga practice designed for both newcomers and experts. Yogadance performance from Theresa Elliott, live music, swag bags, prizes, natural products and services, and a Karma Happy Hour with healthy snacks and beverages complete the evening. “This one of a kind event in Seattle was created to bring awareness to the benefits of yoga practice and to raise crucial funds for research and integrative therapies for patients with life-threatening illnesses,” organizer Michele Dionne explains, noting that since its inception, Yoga for Hope Seattle has raised more than $180,000 to aid City of Hope doctors and researchers to continue their life-saving work. ”When you support Yoga for Hope, you help City of Hope shorten the time it takes to get from bold, innovative ideas to powerful new cancer, diabetes and medical treatments,” Dionne finishes. Yoga For Hope takes place July 18 with registration beginning at 6 pm. $40 online/$50 at the door. For more information: CityOfHope.org/YogaForHope. See ad, page 21.
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Hatha Yoga Boosts Brainpower
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esearch from Wayne State University, in Detroit, has found that hatha yoga can significantly improve cognitive health in as little as two months. Researchers tested 118 adults with an average age of 62 years. One group engaged in three, hour-long hatha yoga classes per week for eight weeks, while the other group did stretching and strengthening exercises for the same duration. The participants underwent cognitive testing before and after the
eight-week period. At the end of the trial, the hatha yoga group showed significant improvements in cognition compared to the other group. The yoga group also recorded shorter reaction times, greater accuracy in high-level mental functions and better results in working memory tests.
n international team of scientists has confirmed that consuming berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, mulberries and raspberries can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Blueberries, in particular, were found to be associated with increased memory and learning. Researchers from Washington State University, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, India’s Annamalai University and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences reviewed two decades worth of research relating to consuming berries and dementia. They found that the many biochemicals contained in berries provide antioxidant protection to neurons and prevent the formation of beta-amyloid fibrils found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.
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Acupuncture Treats Prostate Enlargement
esearch from China has found that a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion, a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials are burned on or near the surface of the skin to warm and invigorate the inner flow of qi, or energy, can effectively reduce the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement. Researchers tested 128 patients with prostate enlargement for three months, dividing them into two groups. One group was given acupuncture and moxibustion; the other took a traditional Chinese herbal medication for prostate enlargement called Qianliekangi. The patients’ prostate symptoms were tested using the International Prostate Symptom Score, maximum urine flow rate and residual urine tests. At the study’s end, the patients given the acupuncture/moxibustion treatment reported significantly reduced levels in all three tests—calculated at an 89 percent total effective rate—compared to the herbal medication group.
An Avocado a Day Keeps Bad Cholesterol Away
esearch published by the Journal of the American Heart Association has determined that just one avocado a day can significantly reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a type of cholesterol carrier known to increase the risk of hardening of the arteries. The researchers tested 45 overweight adults between 21 and 70 years old that followed an average American diet for two weeks before adopting one of three diets: a low-fat diet, a moderate-fat diet that included one Hass avocado per day or a moderate-fat diet without an avocado. After five weeks, researchers found that the addition of the avocado reduced LDL significantly more than the diets that did not contain the fruit. While both the low-fat and moderate-fat diets reduced LDL levels, the moderate-fat diet with an avocado reduced LDL by better than 60 percent more than the moderate-fat diet alone, and above 80 percent more than the low-fat diet alone.
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ew research from Sweden has found that flotation therapy helps increase sleep quality, reduce pain and relieve anxiety and depression. Flotation therapy, sometimes called isolation therapy, consists of floating in a tank of water with minimized interruptions and sensory stimuli. Researchers from Karlstad University divided 65 people into two groups. One group underwent 12, 45-minute flotation therapy sessions for seven weeks, while the other group did not. Both groups were given a battery of physiological and psychological tests before and after the treatment period. The therapy was conducted using three commercial flotation therapy centers that provided sensory isolation systems to promote relaxation as part of the treatment. Compared to the control group, the flotation therapy group reported significant decreases in pain, anxiety, depression and stress levels and better sleep quality. The flotation group’s average depression scores went from 4.42 to 2.25, while the control group’s scores barely budged. The worst pains among the flotation group dropped from 64 to 40 on the scale.
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New Technology Makes Windows Power Producers
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SolarWindow Technologies’ new window coatings are a “first of its kind” technology that could turn the buildings we live and work in into self-sufficient, mini power stations. They can generate electricity on seethrough glass and flexible plastics with colored tints popular in skyscraper glass. The coating can be applied to all four sides of tall buildings, generating electricity using natural and artificial light conditions and even shaded areas. Its organic materials are so ideal for low-cost, high-output manufacturing that the technology is already part of 42 product patent applications. When applied to windows on towers, it’s expected to generate up to 50 times the power of conventional rooftop solar systems while delivering 15 times the environmental benefits. For example, a single SolarWindow installation can avoid the amount of carbon emissions produced by vehicles driving about 2.75 million miles per year, compared to 180,000 miles for conventional rooftop systems.
Creature Crime Feds Make Animal Abuse a Felony In October, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classified animal cruelty as a class A felony and a “crime against society,” on a par with such serious crimes as homicide. The FBI intends to prosecute intentional abuse and torture, gross neglect, sexual abuse and organized abuse, which includes dog fights. Also, the onset of tracking animal abuse cases nationwide will assist local police and counselors in identifying and connecting with minors that show an early tendency to abuse. FBI studies show an alarming connection between ani-
mal abusers and perpetrators of extremely violent crimes against humans. The goal is that early detection and intervention will help certain children get the counseling and social support they need to live productive lives free of crime and abuse. “Regardless of whether people care about how animals are treated, people, like legislators and judges, care about humans, and they can’t deny the data,” says Natasha Dolezal, a director for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. Source: EliteDaily.com
China Reverses Its Recycling Policy Plastic items we carefully separate from the rest of the trash and put in a distinct container may have a dubious fate, according to environmental watchdog Quartz. U.S. recycling companies have largely stayed away from accepting plastic, and most of it has been shipped to China, where it can be processed more cheaply. But China has announced a new Green Fence policy (Tinyurl.com/ ChinaGreenFence), prohibiting importation of much of the plastic for recycling that it once received. Plastic categories #3 through #7 (shampoo bottles to butter tubs) may go into domestic landfills again until a solution is found, says David Kaplan, CEO of Maine Plastics, a post-industrial recycler. China controls a large portion of the recycling market, importing about 70 percent of the world’s 500 million tons of electronic waste and 12 million tons of plastic waste each year. These Chinese policy changes will put pressure on Western countries to reconsider their reliance on this formerly cost-effective practice of exporting waste and the necessity for increasing their domestic recycling infrastructure.
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Salinity is Eating Away Farmland Worldwide Every day for more than 20 years, an average of almost eight square miles of irrigated land in arid and semiarid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to the study Economics of Salt-Induced Land Degradation and Restoration, by United Nations University’s Canadianbased Institute for Water, Environment and Health. Salt degradation occurs in arid and semi-arid regions where rainfall is too low to maintain regular percolation of rainwater through the soil and where irrigation is practiced without a natural or artificial drainage system, which triggers the accumulation of salt in the root zone, affecting soil quality and reducing productivity. In the Colorado River Basin alone, studies peg the annual economic impact of salt-induced land degradation in irrigated areas at $750 million. The cost of investing in preventing and reversing land degradation and restoring it to productive land would be far lower than letting degradation continue and intensify. Methods successfully used to facilitate drainage and reverse soil degradation include tree planting, deep plowing, cultivation of salt-tolerant varieties of crops, mixing harvested plant residues into topsoil and digging a drain or deep ditch around salt-affected land.
Veterans Heal Through Agriculture Of the 19.6 million veterans in the United States alone, approximately 3.6 million have a service-related disability, 7.6 percent are unemployed and they collectively make up 13 percent of the adult homeless population, according to the Independent Voter Network. Organizations worldwide are helping veterans heal their wounds through farming and agriculture. The goal is to create a sustainable food system by educating them to be sustainable vegetable producers, providing training and helping families rebuild war-torn lives. Eat the Yard, in Dallas, Texas, was founded by Iraq War veterans James Jeffers and Steve Smith to cultivate fresh produce in community gardens. The two began organic farming in their own backyards for both therapeutic and financial reasons, and then slowly began to build more gardens in their community. They now sell
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their produce to local restaurants and businesses. The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is working with veterans across the U.S. to transition them into agriculture. The coalition partners veterans with mentors experienced in farming and business, matches them with agriculture-related job opportunities and organizes equipment donations in Iowa and California. FVC is helping former members of the armed forces in 48 states. Source: FoodTank.com/news/2014/11/ veterans-day
Forty Percent of Hamburg Will Be Green Space Hamburg, Germany, named Europe’s 2011 Green Capital by the European Union, is implementing an ambitious plan to create and link 27 square miles of new and existing green space, comprising 40 percent of its land area. The result will put nature within easy reach of every resident, provide connectivity for walking and bicycling to eliminate automobile traffic by 2035 and make the city more resilient to flooding caused by global warming. The metro area population currently numbers 4.3 million as Europe’s 10th-largest city. Since 2000, Germany has converted 25 percent of its power grid to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. The architects of the clean energy movement energiewende, which translates as “energy transformation”, estimate that 80 percent to 100 percent of Germany’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050. Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for the Department of Urban Planning and the Environment, says, “The more important result may be the provision of green infrastructure to absorb rain and flood waters.” Sea levels in the port city have risen by 20 centimeters over the past 60 years and are expected to rise another 30 centimeters by 2100. Source: Inhabitat.com
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ridays 8 to 9 a.m. on 1150 KKNW Alternative Talk Radio, tune in to Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie! You will be introduced to fascinating people, discover fun places to visit and be encouraged to participate in activities that will lift your spirits. Upcoming Events To Lift Your Spirits: • The Center for Wooden Boats Free Youth Fishing Derby, Saturday, June 6 from 10:30–2 p.m. • 8th Annual Windermere Stanwood Camano Soap Box Derby, Saturday June 20th, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. • Camano Crab Dash 5K and 10K Family Fun Run, Saturday, June 27, sign in at 7:30 a.m. • Stanwood Summer Concert Series, Saturday June 27 from 2–4 p.m. • Center for Wooden Boats Shane Bishop Music Celebration, Sunday, July 5 from 4–8 p.m. For more information, contact Dena Marie: LiftYourSpiritsWithDenaMarie. com or 425-350-5448.
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Featured Destination: The Center For Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park
he Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park offers numerous events in the summer with appeal to all ages and families. Attendees at the Free Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 6 will enjoy a shore fishing class. Rods and reels will be provided for the first 20 to register at Cama@CWB.org or the day of the event, which is free. Most contestants who participate will win a prize, according to organizers, and discounted rowboat rentals will be available that day for $20. Parking is free, although Cama Beach is a state park with a $10 admission fee or Discovery Pass required. There’s more fun to be had at the Center For Wooden Boats at Cama Beach this summer: toy boat building takes place every Saturday at Cama Beach State Park from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. For more information: Cama@CWB.org or 360-387-9361.
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From pristine beaches with spectacular mountain views, to world class art, and heart pumping ziplines, Camano Island has something for everyone! You will discover that there is always something to do on Camano and that the island is just a short drive away. To create your next island adventure, to connect with the online community, browse local events and get a taste of island living, visit ExploreCamanoIsland.com.
wife, Noel Shepard. “The body has innate intelligence and healing power, but stress, such as physical, emotional or chemical trauma, causes interference and makes us disconnect from this healing power,” Dr. Shepard says, explaining that most people become stuck in a defensive fight or flight pattern, leaving their bodies unable to fully repair physical and emotional damage. “Our office use gentle Above: Dr. Dick Shepard has been touches to get through the in practice over 20 years. body’s natural fight or flight mechanisms, and help reset Above: a peaceful and colorful courtyard garden greets patients at Dr. Dick Shepard’s practice in Seattle. the mind and body to a pre-defense place where it can actually heal,” Dr. Shepard continues. “The biggest paradigm shift is that we don’t view the body as broken. Instead of focusing on what is going wrong, we look at what is working well and are able to expand on that and get amazing results.” Dr. Shepard’s serene office space helps his patients relax during visits. “Our practice is designed inside and outside to allow people to feel that they are totally safe, both cognitively By Ann dorn and on a deeper intuitive level that they may or may not be r. Dick Shepard has been a chiropractor in Seattle for aware of,” Dr. Shepard says. “We believe that unless a perover 20 years, but he had a very different medical career son can feel really safe, healing cannot take place.” planned for him nearly from birth. “My dad was a medical Creating a secure and restful environment leads doctor and a heart specialist, and the understanding was that patients to feel a sense of calm and relaxation during their I would grow up, be a doctor and take over his practice in sessions, Dr. Shepard says. “As one person described his the Texas panhandle,” Dr. Shepard explains. While he did experience to me, “Each time I’m here I try to see how far eventually become a chiropractor, it was after moving to down into the table I can sink!” Austin, Texas, with his brother as a young adult, where he Dr. Shepard loves watchbecame a rock musician and a ing his patients’ transformations. spiritual seeker. After a while, “Instead of focusing on what is going “People’s lives change physicalhe also found himself the owner ly, emotionally, and mentally,” of a cabinet and carpentry shop. wrong, we look at what is working he says. “Migraines disappear, However, the healing arts still well and are able to expand on that rheumatoid arthritis, digestive called to him. maladies, sciatica and back pains and get amazing results.” “I was always fascinated change and dissipate. Many with anatomy, physiology, all the people that come in on antidethings around my dad’s medical practice,” Dr. Shepard says, pressants and anti-anxiety meds reduce or get off their meds noting that his interest continued even after he moved away completely–not on my advice, but simply because their body and decided against medical school. corrects the chemical and hormonal imbalances that were However, Dr. Shepard started to realize the life of a rock causing the problems. People are literally transformed over musician by night and a carpenter by day was not something time because old patterns of health, mental attitudes, and he wanted to be doing when he as a 50 years old. emotional patterns begin to dissolve, and this leaves freedom “I decided that I would go back to school and do some to do and be a new person. I have lived and observed these kind of healing work,” he says. “I had very little idea what changes in myself and others for over 20 years now,” he chiropractic was, growing up with a medical doctor, but I concludes. “The body truly heals itself.” felt it would give me the credentials I needed to basically do whatever I wanted,” he explains. Dr. Dick Shepard’s office is located at 8301 8th Ave NW, In school, he discovered an approach called Network Seattle. For more information: 206-525-4155 or Care, and it allowed his interest in healing to expand and NetworkCare.org. flourish. He started a practice in Seattle, working with his
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RETHINKING RECOVERY Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions by Lisa Marshall
hrough 15 years of alcohol and prescription drug addiction, one prominent Virginia business owner tried it all to get clean: three inpatient rehab centers; talk therapy; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), spending roughly $200,000 in the process. “I would follow through for about a year, and then start to feel like I was on top of things and get complacent,” says the 52-year-old, who asked that her name not be used. She’d treat herself to “just one drink” and soon find herself in a familiar downward spiral. She last relapsed in October 2012. Three months later, she
was on the interstate in the morning, a half-empty four-pack of mini wine bottles on her front seat, when she swerved and slammed head-on into a semi-trailer truck. She escaped her flattened car with minor head trauma, gratitude that her children didn’t have to “bury their drunk mother,” and a renewed will to sober up and rediscover happiness. Today, she’s done just that, thanks to a comprehensive, holistic approach that included hiring a life coach that specializes in addiction, overhauling her diet, making time for daily physical and spiritual exercises and reframing her addiction, not as a disease she is cursed
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with, but as a predisposition she has the power to keep at bay. “Yes. I was passed a gene by my alcoholic father. Yet that only becomes a threat to me when I make a choice to ingest something that cuts the beast loose,” she says. “I work hard every day, using a whole bunch of different tools to keep that from happening again.” She is one of a growing number of alcoholics and addicts reaching beyond the standard trifecta of 28-day rehabs, 12-step programs and psychotherapy toward an approach that addresses mind, body and spirit. More than 40 million Americans over the age of 12 (16 percent of the population) are addicted to alcohol or drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at New York City’s Columbia University. Yet the standard treatments yield lessthan-stellar success rates. Sixty percent of addicts return to drug use within a year after rehab, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and only 5 percent of AA attendees continue with meetings after 12 months, according to AA research. David Essel, a Fort Myers, Florida, life coach who specializes in working with substance abusers, says that when examining all the data, only about one in 10 addicts or alcoholics that use conventional means alone are still clean after one year. Fortunately, because people vary widely in emotional needs and physiologies, other complementary options are also catching on.
Mending Brain and Body
Enter a group meeting for recovering addicts or alcoholics and chances are there will be a pot of black coffee, plus donuts or cookies. “Having poor eating habits is a primary contributing factor to relapse,” says Registered Dietitian David Wiss, founder of NutritionInRecovery.com, which provides nutrition consulting for recovery programs in Los Angeles. Because substance abuse can deaden appetite and many of the same neurological circuits that drugs and alcohol stimulate are also activated by salty or sugar-laden foods, newly recovering addicts tend to be ravenous and drawn to junk food. “After 30 days in treatment, people can
gain 10 to 30 pounds. They often turn back to addictive substances they’ve abused to get their appetite back under control,” says Wiss. (Because smoking deadens taste buds, drawing people to seek out more intense salty or sugary flavors, it exacerbates the problem.) In a subconscious attempt to get maximum stimulation of now-neglected reward centers in the brain, users often eat little most of the day, then binge later, leading to erratic blood sugar levels that can impact mood, further sabotaging recovery. After years of abuse, addicts also tend to suffer deficiencies of proteins and good fats—key building blocks of a healthy brain. “The brain has been rewired due to the use of substances. Without healing it, you can attend all the meetings in the world and you’ll still struggle with cravings,” reports Essel. He starts new clients with 500 milligrams (mg) daily of the dietary supplement DLphenylalanine, an amino acid precursor to feel-good neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine. He also gives them tyrosine, an energizing amino acid said to quell sugar cravings. For relieving a craving in progress, he recommends 500 to 1,000 mg of glutamine, placed under the tongue. Wiss says he generally recommends food over supplements, yet asking newly recovering addicts to also revamp their diets can be tough. “I wouldn’t expect anyone to make a big nutritional change in their first week of sobriety,” he says. After that, he encourages small steps: Drink eight glasses of water per day. Eat three meals and three snacks to keep blood sugar stable. Load up on fiber, which can help heal the gut and replenish it with healthy bacteria. Eat plenty of lean protein to promote production of feel-good brain chemicals. Load up on nuts, seeds, fatty fish and other omega-3 fatty acids that suppress inflammation in the brain and have been shown in some studies to quell depression. Daily exercise is also key as Wiss notes that it “circulates our blood and gets all those healthy nutrients into our brain.” Physical activities can also help fill the void and even provide a new sense of identity for someone whose selfesteem has been shattered, says Scott
Strode, founder of Denver, Colorado’s Phoenix Multisport, which hosts group cycling, running and climbing outings for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Strode kicked his own cocaine habit 18 years ago by immersing himself first in boxing, then climbing and triathlons. He founded Phoenix in 2007 to help fill what he sees as a gaping hole in recovery support services—a place where people with similar pasts can gather and talk without dwelling exclusively on their dependence issues. He has since served 15,000 people in Colorado, California, and Boston, offering 60 free outings a week for anyone at least 48 hours sober. “By being part of something like this, you can let go of the shame of being the addict, the junkie or the one that let down the family. Now you are the climber or the mountain biker,” says Strode. He stresses that Phoenix programs aren’t intended to replace treatment. Still, “For some, just that redefining of self may be enough. For others, it’s a powerful tool in a broader toolbox.”
Co-founded in 1935 by an alcoholic named Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous now has 2 million members and has played an important role in many successful recoveries. However, its Godbased approach (five of the 12 steps refer to God or Him), a credo that alcoholics must admit “powerlessness” and its emphasis on alcoholism as a defining disease aren’t for everyone. Naysayers point to a 2006 finding by the nonprofit Cochrane Collaboration that states, “No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA or 12-step approaches for reducing alcohol dependence or problems.” Such concerns have prompted some alternative recovery fellowships, including Moderation Management (Moderation.org), which helps people that want to drink less; and Smart Recovery (SmartRecovery.org), which supports an ethos of self-empowerment via cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional changes and group discussions. Other programs focus on renewing the soul by applying metaphysical practices to the traditional 12 steps. “The conventional 12 steps talk
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about a higher power outside of you,” says Ester Nicholson, a singer, author and addictions counselor. In her book Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, she describes a descent into crack cocaine addiction beginning in her teens, and the long climb out of it. At first, she says, the 12 steps helped her break free of what she calls the “spiritual malady, mental obsession and physical allergy,” that is addiction. But after a decade of being clean, followed by a near-relapse, she discovered meditation and other spiritual practices. “I realized that this higher power can restore me to sanity, but the higher power is actually within me. I found this wonderful bridge between the 12 steps and universal spiritual principals, and it is rocking my world.” Patti Lacey, 54, an Essel client, likewise found lasting sobriety by extending her toolbox, learning to focus not only on past pain, but on bringing forth her best self. According to the International Coach Federation, which reports an uptick in interest in recovery coaching, a coach helps to establish individual goals and map a journey to success. Two years into recovery, Lacey still takes her supplements daily, rises at dawn to meditate, attends 12-step meetings and is part of a nondenominational church community. She also regularly meets with her coach to report progress and update goals, including getting a handle on her finances, a frequent casualty of addiction. “Everybody’s journey is different,” Lacey confirms. “What I needed was someone to tell me exactly what to do in the beginning, and then be around to hold me accountable. That changed everything.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. onnect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.
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Complementary Healing Tools by lisa Marshall Ear acupuncture: Since 1974, addiction specialists have used an ear acupuncture needling protocol to ease cravings, decrease anxiety and improve sleep during withdrawal. Numerous published studies in The Lancet, the Archives of Internal Medicine and others support its efficacy. More than 1,000 U.S. programs now use it, according to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (AcuDetox.com). Neurofeedback: Also known as EEG biofeedback, this technique uses electroencephalography sensors attached to the head to enable someone to observe their own brain wave activity on a computer and learn to intentionally alter it via visualization and relaxation techniques (isnr.net). Aromatherapy: Life coach David Essel recommends three aromatherapy oils to clients in recovery: lavender, a relaxant; lemon grass, for energy; and frankincense, a moodbalancer. Ibogaine: This psychoactive brew derived from the West African shrub Tabernanthe iboga has been used ceremonially for centuries. In the 1960s, an opioid addict accidentally discovered that after experiencing an intense, four-to-eighthour dreamlike “trip”, his cravings for heroin ceased. Deborah Mash, Ph.D., a professor of neurology and molecular and cellular pharmacology at the University of Miami, traveled to Amsterdam in the early 1990s to see if there was any truth to such cases. “I saw a man that was on heroin and cocaine and addicted to benzodiazepines undergo detox with no withdrawal signs, and in 36 hours look like a new person,” she recalls. She has been studying it ever since. The drug is believed to serve as an addiction interrupter, acting on opioid receptors in the brain to quell withdrawal symptoms. Some describe it as “resetting the brain” to a pre-addicted state. Ibogaine is illegal in the U.S. Some offshore clinics are providing it, but Mash warns that some are unscrupulous, so buyer beware. (ClearSkyIbogaine.com offers medically supervised Ibogaine therapy in Cancun, Mexico).
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n her book, Soul Recovery: The 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, Ester Nicholson offers a metaphysical take on the 12 steps. Hereâ€™s a look. You are the Power. Through my conscious union with the infinite universal presence, I am powerful, clear and free. Through the realization that God is within me, expressing as me, my life is in divine and perfect order. Restored to wholeness. Through my conscious connection with the one power, I reclaim my spiritual dominion and emotional balance. I am restored to my original nature of clarity, peace and wholeness. I am restored. Complete surrender. I turn my life over to the care of the God I understand, know and embody as love, harmony, peace, health, prosperity and joy. I know that which I am surrendering to, and I do so absolutely. Knowing that this power is the very essence of my being, I say with my whole heart and mind: Thy will be done. An examined life. Through my absolute surrender and conscious connection to the one power and presence, I courageously, deeply and gently search within myself for all thought patterns and behaviors that are out of alignment with love, integrity, harmony and order. Living out loud. I claim the courage and willingness to share the exact nature of my mistakes with another spiritual being. I am heard with compassion, unconditional love and wisdom. In this loving vibration, clarity, peace and balance are restored. Honoring the inner child. I am now ready to release all thought patterns and behaviors
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ive thousand years ago, most yoga teachers and students were men. Today, of the 15 million American practitioners, less than a third are males. However, this figure has increased in the past decade, with teachers in some areas reporting a balanced ratio of men and women in their classes. Yet, even as professional athletes add yoga to their training regimen, Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest, in Santa Monica, California, points out, “To the mainstream man, yoga is not masculine. You see men in ballet performances, but it doesn’t mean men are attracted to ballet.” Eric Walrabenstein, founder of Yoga Pura, in Phoenix, agrees. “To achieve the widest adoption of the practice, we need to shift away from the notion that yoga is a physical exercise primarily for women, to one that embraces yoga’s holistic physical, mental and emotional benefits for anyone regardless of gender.”
Physically, yoga can complement traditional workout routines by increasing flexibility, strength and balance, and also play a role in pain management and injury prevention. Kest says, “Yoga is the best fitness-related activity I know of, but the tone and shapeliness that results is a byproduct. The focus is on balance and healing.” He encourages students to challenge themselves without
being extreme. “The harder you are on anything, the faster you wear it out. If our objective is to both last as long and feel as good as possible, it makes no sense to push hard. Instead we should be gentle and sensitive in our practice.” Men will do well to learn how to stop what they’re doing and breathe, says Kreg Weiss, co-founder of My Yoga Online (now on Gaiam TV), from Vancouver. He emphasizes the importance of modifying poses as needed during classes and notes that doing so takes vulnerability that doesn’t come naturally to most men. “If you find yourself shaking while holding downward dog, allow yourself to go down to the floor without worrying about what others will think.” Societal pressures of masculinity sometimes dictate who a man thinks he should be. Breaking through such barriers enables a man to be relaxed with himself and unafraid as, “It changes what goes on off the mat, too,” observes Weiss. Bhava Ram (née Brad Willis), founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, in San Diego, points out, “Men need yoga because it helps us deal better with stress and emotional issues. When we have more inner balance, we show up better for ourselves, spouses, friends and loved ones.”
As modern science begins to document yoga’s healing effects, it’s being used in treatment plans for conditions ranging from addiction and trauma to multiple
sclerosis and cancer. Ram was a Type A aggressive reporter and network war correspondent and, “Like many men with similar personality types, I struggled with anger and control issues. I had no interest in yoga; it seemed strange and unnecessary to me,” he recalls. After a broken back, that ended his journalism career, failed surgery, advanced cancer and dependance on prescription drugs, he found himself facing death. Inspired by his young son to take control of his health, he embraced yoga as a healing way forward. After two years of dedicated practice, Ram says he turned 80 pounds of physical weight and 1,000 pounds of emotional toxins into gratitude, forgiveness and loving kindness. “I left 90 percent of my back pain behind and the cancer is gone.” Kest explains that yoga’s significant therapeutic value is based on its capacity to reduce stress and its effects, while teaching and strengthen-
ing techniques to cope with it. “Ninety percent of the stress we put on our bodies originates in the stress we put on our minds,” he says. “If you want to be healthy, you have to look at mental fitness, not just the size of your biceps or the strength of your cardiovascular system. It’s calmness and peacefulness of mind that matter.”
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Weiss urges men new to yoga to take time to find the right class. “When men that can’t touch their toes walk into some preconceived notion of a class full of women Om-ing, they feel apprehensive and the experience does them no service.” Regardless of one’s state of fitness, it’s important to start slowly, with a focus on the breath. “If you don’t have a good foundation, you can miss a lot of yoga’s benefits. Seek teachers with a solid yoga background educated in anatomy.” Walrabenstein recommends that first-timers find a class that meets their
Yoga Helps Vets Heal by Meredith Montgomery
ccording to the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, an essential aspect of recovering from trauma is learning ways to calm down, or self-regulate. As suicide, divorce, domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness and violent behavior continue to plague veterans and members of the military, yoga is being regarded as a promising treatment or adjunctive therapy for addressing symptoms associated with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Numerous studies indicate that veterans that practice yoga (including postures, breath work, guided visualization and affirmation) can better cope with PTSD and other emotional challenges, and realize enhanced physical and mental stability. Former war correspondent Bhava Ram founded Warriors for Healing (W4H). Launched online and through trained teachers this year, “We want
to spread the word that yoga science is proven to be extremely effective for coping with PTSD and life-based trauma,” he says. The intention is to help people unlock their inherent power to heal, and to assist in a journey of self-empowerment as they establish new lives. W4H and its foundation partners provide resources for veterans and their families to implement yoga’s transformational lifestyle practices, including nutrition, philosophy, breath work and postures. Studies from leading institutions including the University of California, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that these practices can change the organism that is us down to the level of our genomes. “We’re not stuck where we are,” says Ram. “My own history illustrates this, and I’ve seen many others heal from remarkable challenges.”
expectations of targeted benefits. “Remember that yoga is supposed to serve you in enabling your best life possible. If for you that means a vigorous workout, go for it. Even the most physicallyoriented yoga styles can carry profound mental and spiritual benefits—and can lead to a deeper, more rewarding practice over time.” Arrive early to class to get settled and talk with the teacher about physical status, potential limitations or other concerns. Yoga is practiced barefoot and clothing should be loose and comfortable, allowing the body to sweat and move. Walrabenstein reminds men to have fun. “Yoga, like anything, can be awkward at first. Make space for your learning curve and remember, no one in class is judging you.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com). Bootstrap, an online yoga system specific to the challenges of military duty-related stress, has distributed 70,000 yoga sessions to troops and veterans and their families since 2013. Designed to fill the many gaps left by traditional treatment strategies, it’s tailored to empower users to manage stressors and stressful episodes in a productive and ongoing way. Founder Eric Walrabenstein, a former U.S. Army infantry officer, notes that the program is curriculum-driven. Beyond breath and body postures, its 10-week structure makes it accessible to those that wouldn’t necessarily step into a studio. “The multimedia program has been clinically proven to derail chronic stress caused by military service in less than one hour per day,” he says. Bootstrap is presented as a stressmanagement program that just happens to use yoga techniques. “We did this because many men tend to self-select themselves out of the practice,” he says. “We wanted to avoid that as well as the idea that yoga is primarily about postures, when that’s only a small fraction of what the practice is.” Visit WarriorsForHealing.org and BootstrapUSA.com.
DADS How They Raise Conscious Kids by lane Vail
athers are more involved in their children’s lives than ever before, embracing their roles of leader, nurturer and protector, and they’re reaping extraordinary benefits. According to a 2014 study published in the Academy of Management Perspectives, fathers that spend more time with their kids are both happier at home and more satisfied at work. Today, many mindful dads engaged in a natural lifestyle apply that same
health consciousness to their parenting. Support Mama. Natural fathering begins during pregnancy, with an informed birth plan. “Support whatever birthing decision the woman feels will provide her the most comfort and relaxation,” advises Dr. John Douillard, an ayurvedic chiropractor and author of six books, including Perfect Health for Kids. Hold her hand, rub her back, advocate for her rights and after the birth, support her efforts to breastfeed whenever, wherever and however long she wants. “Fathers should recognize that the burden of care is clearly on the mother for at least the first year, so her opinions and wishes deserve special consideration and respect,” says Ben Hewitt, father of two, home unschooler and author of The Nourishing Homestead. Embrace physical closeness. Bonding through nurturing touch is powerful and rewarding for father and child. A recent study published in the Journal of Perinatal Education found that fathers that practiced infant massage experienced significant stress release and bonding with their offspring. Wearing a baby or toddler in a sling, wrap or carrier is another comforting way to spend time together. Co-sleeping helps foster a more natural sleep rhythm with a nocturnally hungry baby, while also offering another way to connect. “Any stress my family may have experienced during the day dissipated when we reconnected at nighttime,” Hewitt attests. “Looking back, I can’t imagine having missed out on that opportunity to be so close with my kids.” Feed healthy habits. Natural dads are educated about both naturopathic and Western medicine to make informed choices regarding prevention and intervention. Douillard applies the ayurvedic principle of seasonal eating in order to bolster the immune systems of his six children and clients. Cooling foods like fruits and vegetables in summer prevent overheating; warming foods like soups, nuts and meats in winter lubricate mucus membranes and facilitate fat and protein storage; light foods like leafy greens in spring detoxify the body. His experience is that when kids with robust immunity catch the occasional malady, its severity and duration are reduced, and natural herbs often provide a gentle first step toward recovery.
“When dads are calm and present, they become a calming presence.” Douillard treats colds with a spoonful of equal parts turmeric and honey mixed into a paste. “Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antiviral herb that also helps liquefy mucus in the respiratory tract,” he says. For tummy troubles, he suggests offering kids an herbal tea of cumin, coriander or fennel. Above all, parents must exemplify good health habits. “Eat better, exercise regularly, change your diet with the local season and your kids will follow along,” says Douillard. Impart green morals. Earth-conscious parents teach their children how to leave a faint ecological footprint by supporting local eco-friendly companies, reducing the pres20
ence of toxic chemicals in the home and consuming and wasting less. However, wagging a finger and imploring kids to be eco-friendly is not enough; model helpful behaviors and illustrate the implications of their choices. “Instead of saying, ‘You should recycle,’ show kids online pictures of the giant flotillas of plastics polluting the oceans,” says Hewitt. Maintain an experiential dialogue about respecting, preserving and enjoying nature. Encourage adventure and resourcefulness. “Historically,” says Hewitt, “children learned alongside their parents and community, immersed in their environment, an arrangement that allowed them continual opportunities to prove their own resourcefulness.” All dads, like homeschoolers, will find satisfying fun in sharing problem-solving, hands-on projects with their kids, like building a debris shelter in the woods, planting a garden, or using repurposed materials to engineer something with form and function. Learning doesn’t have to be a hierarchical activity, wherein dads teach children, says Hewitt. “The opportunity to learn and explore together is powerful.” Play. Hewitt encourages dads to look for opportunities to relieve kids of their often overwhelming and scattered schedules. “It’s incredibly important for kids and adults to set aside time for free play and exploration,” he says. “Go outside with them,” says Douillard. “Make up games, goof off, run around, roll around and just be with them. It makes a world of difference in their lives.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina and blogger at Discovering Homemaking.com.
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Oysters, red meat and pumpkin seeds: All of these are rich sources of zinc, which Cooper notes has a direct link to higher testosterone levels. He cautions, however, that too much zinc can cause its absorption to diminish. Men need 11 milligrams (mg) of zinc a day. Oysters are considered a food of love for a reason: One shelled oyster contains 12.8 mg of zinc. Pumpkin seeds are zinc powerhouses with 7 mg in 3.5 ounces. By comparison, 3 ounces of beef liver or dark chicken meat deliver 4.3 mg and 2.4 mg, respectively. Lean, grass-fed beef, tuna and nuts: These are highquality sources of omega-3 fatty acids. “Without obtaining at least 20 percent of our daily calories from fat (no less than 15 percent) we can’t function at optimum capacity, as hormones are produced through the components of dietary fats, including the sex hormones like testosterone,” advises Virginia Beach, Virginia, Registered Dietitian Jim White, a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “A diet high in carbohydrates and too much dietary fat—more than 35 percent—will cause a gain in body fat, which can decrease testosterone levels. Balance is the key.” Broccoli, cauliﬂower and cabbage: Cruciferous vegetables are rich sources of indole-3-carbinol, which helps both balance testosterone and estrogen, and neutralize excess estrogen in men and women, says Occhiogrosso. Yes, men have estrogen, too, just less than women, and too much blocks testosterone production. Red grapes: This whole food is a good source of resveratrol and proanythocyanidin, which block harmful estrogen production, says White. Excess estrogen production spurred by eating foods like soy and flax and the growth hormones
contained in big agriculture’s meat and dairy products lowers testosterone production in men. Strawberries: Due to their cortisol-lowering vitamin C, all berries help reduce stress, including when hormones are released during a heavy workout that can hamper testosterone production. One study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine confirms that more cortisol equals less testosterone; another in the World Journal of Men’s Health shows that high cortisol lowers sex drive and results in delayed ejaculation. Plus, two Brazilian studies showed animals with the highest vitamin C intake had the highest sperm counts among study subjects. Another good cortisol fighter is the allicin in garlic. Pomegranates: Occhiogrosso likes pomegranates for building testosterone levels. An impressive study from the International Journal of Impotence Research showed that the performance of 47 percent of the impotent male study participants improved after consuming a daily glass of pomegranate juice for four weeks. “Food is always the first choice when I’m treating men with testosterone and fertility issues,” says Occhiogrosso. “It’s often effective without the dangers of testosterone injections.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
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Qigong Healing And Universal Oneness An Interview with Jeff Primack, Founder of the Qi Revolution Conference By Kathy Rivera wallace
nterviewer Kathy Rivera Wallace is a TV talk show host who regularly interviews leading wellness experts. Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher that studied with many Qi masters from all over the world and has taught over 50,000 people at live Qi Revolution conferences across the USA. Kathy Rivera Wallace: I attended the Qi Revolution conference before and was blown away seeing so many different types of people practicing together. What makes learning Qigong in big
groups more powerful and what do you think has allowed you to reach such a large audience? Jeff Primack: Where two are more are gathered a unified Qi field exists. Qigong breaks through people’s doubt with a tangible magnetic force. When a few thousand people practice Qigong in a convention center ballroom, the group energy from all the focused people make the Qi far stronger than what we can achieve alone. The most spiritually profound practices are
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breathing exercises that deliver a type of ‘euphoric high’ from the oxygen and energy absorption. Part of our success in sharing Qigong comes from the use of video animation and specialized music allowing people to feel and connect to Qi powerfully, which is the most important factor. Feeling energy pulsing through your body is a clear benefit and men are especially drawn to the tangibility of Qigong. Feeling a “magnetic arc of energy” flowing overhead and pulsing through the arms is heavenly divine. Kathy Rivera Wallace: I found the Qi so life changing. Can you outline the overall essence of Qigong for newcomers? Jeff Primack: The first goal of Qigong is to absorb external Qi in the air we breathe and live inside of. Breathing techniques and graceful movements harness and absorb this energy directly. Your personal energy is internal Qi and this builds up quickly with practice and eventually “overflows the Dan Tien.” The most profound secret of Qigong is to raise energy up the spine to the pineal and pituitary gland. I’ve spent my life studying with different Qigong masters from all over the world and it’s fascinating to see, unlike professional
athletes, that the oldest Qigong practitioners have the strongest abilities. Kathy Rivera Wallace: You’re currently teaching a food healing class with a physician, Claudia Gabrielle, MD. How does the medical community respond to your teachings on using food to reverse specific diseases? Jeff Primack: To be honest, when I first began teaching food healing in 2005 there was less interest from physicians than now. Due to more scientific studies now backing the food protocols I’ve shared the last 10 years, I have a lot more attention from doctors and have certified many in our Conquering Any Disease Food Healing system. Dr. Claudia was deeply inspired by the Qi Revolution food component. She grew tired of prescribing Lipitor to every patient with high cholesterol, especially when studies now show high cholesterol is not even a key indicator for risk. Since meeting us last year she’s helped countless patients with our food protocols for heart disease and is teaching a class with me to present her latest
testimonials! Both Qigong and food healing are beneficial to reaching our highest potential. Kathy Rivera Wallace: What about the Qi Revolution conference is most exciting for people? Jeff Primack: Feeling your body coming alive and supercharged with energy is pretty exciting. Discovering your own higher potential is like an epiphany. Learning to use Food-Healing to maximize your state of wellbeing stands out, but most of all I’d say the 9-Breath Circle is the tops. We are all holding hands doing a powerful Qigong breathing technique and the combined group energy is indescribable. Hands are electric and a feeling of oneness is experienced.
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The Gut-Mind Connection David Perlmutter on How Stomach Microflora Affect Brain Health by Linda Sechrist
r. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to addressing neurological disorders, has recently released Brain Maker, the latest in a series of books on brain health. This medical advisor to the Dr. Oz Show demonstrates how brain problems can be prevented by adopting lifestyle changes that nurture the bacteria living in the digestive system.
life-or-death issues mediated by what goes on inside the gut. Individuals with an immediate concern for their heart, bones, immune system or brain must recognize that the health of these parts and functions are governed at the level of commensal gut bacteria, the normal microflora that eat what we eat. This relationship is the most powerful leverage point we have for maintaining health.
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What is the Human Microbiome Project (HMP)? HMP, launched in 2008 by the National Institutes of Health, is a $115 million exploration of the gut microbiome. In the ongoing research project involving genetic and DNA assessment, researchers are looking at the microbiome array in the gut of individuals suffering from various diseases. They are drawing correlations between emerging patterns in the abnormalities of gut bacteria and specific diseases. For example, autism correlates with an overabundance of the Clostridia species. In diabetes, there are more Firmicutes than Bacteroidetes, which we also see in obesity characteristic of the Western cosmopolitan diet. This is paving the way for interventions designed to restore a normal balance of gut bacteria. An example in my book is Dr. Max Nieuwdorp’s research at the University of Amsterdam, in which he discovered an array of abnormal bacteria that characterize Type 2 diabetes. In the more than 250 individuals diagnosed with diabetes that he treated in a double-blind study, he was able to reverse the disease by inserting a series of fecal material transfers from healthy, lean donors into diabetic patients.
What is the most eye-opening information about the roles played by gut organisms? More than 100 trillion bacteria live in our gut. Plus, there are viruses, yeast species and protozoa. When we factor in their genetic material, it means that an astonishing 99 percent of the DNA in our body is bacterial. It’s humbling to realize they influence all manner of
previous way of thinking about who we are upside-down. Our perceptions of the world, moods, hunger or satiety, even our metabolism, are dictated by gut bacteria, which deserve careful stewarding. They don’t deserve, for example, to be bombarded by the capricious use of antibiotics whenever we have the sniffles.
How can we reestablish good gut health? physiology, from our immune system to our metabolism, making vitamins, maintaining the gut lining and controlling inflammation, the key mechanism involved in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and any number of brain degenerative disorders. They also exert influence over the expression of our 23,000 genes, in effect regulating the expression of the human genome. The latest startling discovery— which is so new that it’s not in the book—is that bacterial DNA sequences have now been found in the human genome, meaning we are partly bacterial. It reveals the most sophisticated symbiotic and intimate relationship at the deepest level imaginable. It turns the
Better food choices bring about significant changes in our body’s microbiome. By incorporating prebiotic foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, onions, jicama or Mexican yam, as well as fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha tea, yogurt and kefir, individuals can reestablish good gut health that helps them gain control over inflammation, the cornerstone of all degenerative conditions. Inflammation originates in the gut. Balancing bacteria and reducing intestinal permeability, which allows substances to leak through the lining of the small intestine into the bloodstream, can reduce it.
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 Awaken to Superconsciousness–The Art & Science of Meditation – Wednesdays through June 24. 7:30-9pm. This class, based on the book Awaken to Superconsciousness by J. Donald Walters uses teachings and time-tested techniques that provide easy guidance to help beginners on their spiritual journey and also allows long-time aspirants to break through blocks and deepen their understanding and experience. $50. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. Registration required. 425-806-3700. AnandaWashington.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 Green Gathering 2015 - American Herbalist Guild – Friday through Sunday. Join us for the second annual Green Gathering. Camp beside the beautiful beaches and towering trees of the Pacific Northwest, celebrating our herbal community and shared love of the plants. We will have an incredible lineup of local teachers, a tea tent, bartering space, and entertainment as well as child care during class. $65. Camano Island State Park, 2269 Lowell Point Rd, Camano Island. Registration required. 425-2102532. GreenGatheringWa.com. NW Crossroads Retreat – June 5-7. Gain confidence, strength and focus while learning new ways of combining old traditions and techniques that release past blocks and pains, create clarity and focus and enhance awareness of one's self and others. $487-$787. Captain Whidbey Inn, 2072 W Capt Whidbey Inn Rd, Coupeville. Registration required. 206-963-6831. Nwxrr.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 Tips to Keep Mom and Baby Healthy Naturally – 10:30am-12pm. Join Emily Lesnak, ND, who
specializes in pediatric and women’s wellness at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, along with Bastyr University advanced nutrition students, who will share nutrition tips from preconception through grade school. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206-834-4100. BastyrCenter.org. Ananda Temple Auction Event – 5-8pm. Participate in Ananda’s annual auction and help fund the building of a Fellowship Hall. Donate items to be auctioned off and/or attend the auction and purchase some of the memorable items being donated. Free. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-806-3700. AnandaWashington.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7 Enlightenment Coaching: Communicating With Your Enlightened Self – 3-5pm. Everyone has an Enlightened Self, the part of us that already is enlightened and has every answer we need. Jeffrey Chappell, who wrote the bestseller Answers From Silence, will show to communicate with one's Enlightened Self for guidance on everything from daily life to the meaning of life. $10, or $20 with book. East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookshop.com/events/7944.
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 1st aid Kits with Organic Essential Oils – 6:308pm. Learn how to use essential oils for bug repellents, skin problems, sunburn, cuts and bruises/sore muscles, all types of infections, viruses, and more. We will focus on eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, lemon, clove, geranium, rosemary, thyme, chamomile, frankincense and helichrysum. Free class and optional $45 kit fee ( padded pouch and 8 different mini-oils). Skagit Community Co-op, 202 S 1st St, Mount Vernon. Registration required. 425-2102532. SkagitFoodCoop.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 11 A Call for Love - Find True Healing Under Illness & Pain – 7-8:30pm. This free talk & book signing with medical intuitive Alison Anton guides people to find their soul's deeper conversation about symptoms. Learn to work with illness as a transformative, spiritual journey. Alison is the author of True Healing: Spiritual Medicine for Every Illness. Free. East West Books, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726. AntonGuild.com/a-call-for-love-tour-alison-anton.
FRIDAY, JUNE 12 Bothell Farmers Market - Garden Extravaganza – 12-6pm. Featuring additional garden and plant booths to help jump start a summer garden. There will be everything from herb and vegetable starts to perennials to garden art. Our talented gardener will be giving tours throughout the beautifully manicured Village grounds while providing pointers, tips and fun facts about the gardens, flowers, plants and trees around the Village. Free. Country Village Shops, 23718 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-483-2250. Carmen@CountryVillageBothell.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 Sansori Bridge Year Summer Program – This intensive 2.5 month social entrepreneurial program provides career and leadership development through socially conscious experiential programs. Transformation comes from cultural immersion and online course experiences, and participation in a practicum. Application deadline is 5/15. Open@Sansori.org. Sansori.org/bridge-year.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20 Vastu, How to Live in Easy World Without Clutter – 11am-1:30pm. With Karen Andersen, Certified Vastu Shastra consultant and intuitive. Stop clutter from stealing joy from life. Learn where the energy is blocked at home, and how that is affecting relationships, career, or finances. Introductory Vastu workshop with individual floor plan analysis. Refreshments served. Free parking. $25. Three Tree Wellness Center, 643 SW 152nd St, Burien. Registration required. 206-708-3708. Vastu-easy-world.eventbrite.com. Solstice Celebration & Open House – 3-6pm. The first Ananda Community was founded in 1968 in northern California. There are now ten such communities worldwide including Ananda Community in Lynnwood which began in 1992, over twenty years ago. Join Ananda at the annual Open House and Solstice Celebration. All welcome, bring the family. Free. Ananda Community, 20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood. 425-806-3700. AnandaWashington.org.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 26 Fairy Congress - Family Event – June 26-28. A magical annual event with a dress-up fairy parade, workshops, meditations, singing and more. Our presenters include flower essence specialists, animal and plant communicators, herbalists, Native American storytellers and more. $260. Skalitude Retreat, Twisp. 425-210-2532. FairyCongress.com.
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SATURDAY, JULY 18 Yoga for Hope – 6-10pm. Join us at Saint Mark's Cathedral for a truly unforgettable evening of yoga, music, compassion and philanthropy. Participants enjoy an amazing yoga practice, yoga dance, karma happy hour, live music, giveaways, prizes, and healthy snacks & beverages. Proceeds fund cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS research at City of Hope. $40. Saint Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle. Registration required. 425-646-9530. YogaForHope.org/seattle.
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MONDAYS Fully Fertile Book Group – 7-8:30pm. Through July, Fully Fertile Book Group will meet to go through the book Fully Fertile: A 12-Week Plan to Optimize Fertility. The program follows an outline for book discussion that covers natural and holistic self-care techniques to help women enhance their fertility and heal their bodies, minds, and spirits. These techniques include yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, and meditation. Our guest speaker series includes fertility specialists in nutrition, counseling, yoga, naturopathy, and hypnotherapy. Free. Quan Yin Acupuncture, Edmonds. FullyFertileSEA@ gmail.com. FullyFertileSeattle.wordpress.com.
THURSDAYS "Death and Cupcakes" – 3rd Thursday. 6:308:30pm. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, who supervises students at mind-body medicine shifts at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, facilitates open-ended conversations that gives attendees the opportunity to take an honest look at the subjects of death and dying. Cupcakes and tea provided, when available. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206-834-4100. BastyrCenter.org.
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