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ebruary beckons one to follow their good for the heart! heart, and what a perfect opportunity What are you doing for your heart? to talk about rethinking heart health. I I enjoy ballroom dancing. I started love the article by Sechrist. She reviews taking lessons about 15 years ago. That the findings of the will be something I put past few decades back into my schedule by a number of as it’s been a while integrative doctors since I’ve been on the and researchers dance floor. I so enjoy showing the the classes and dances. correlation All of this “keeping between emotional healthy stuff” supports health and heart the whole of my life. I health. But more am grateful that I have than physical a good relationship health, including with myself, and am exercise and what continually growing we eat, there and changing as I are additional expand on what it is key factors in that I am doing and maintaining a who I am spending strong heartbeat. time with. Education is My beach walks the start; doing continue, though I “Qwerts Reflecting Heart” the research for confess, some of the ourselves and being really chilly mornings I able to change our lifestyle to support a chose to forgo the ritual picking up of healthy heart (and associated vascular the trash. It will probably still be there system) are worth our attention. I love for the next morning’s walk. Beyond the this quote by Deepak Chopra: “If we beachgoers, the wonderful ocean and are creating ourselves all the time, then warm sands upon which to rest, what it is never too late to begin creating the do you see on our beaches? bodies we want instead of the ones we I have a photograph of my latest mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” “work in progress” in an ad in this I have finally integrated regular issue, and am asking for input to give workouts into my routine and am proud it an interesting title. Take a look at it that I made that shift. My diet includes and, if you’re so inclined, email your a much higher percentage of vegetables suggestion(s) to and fruits. The percentage of grains All items that embellish the work were consumed is more balanced; same goes picked up from the beach area in front for sugar. Note, however that I love of my condo. Winner of the “contest” chocolate and will be trying the Vegan gets a gift. Chocolate Pie (see the recipe on page This February will start out with 35). Though I eat to live, I will not turn the Zen Cruise. What a great way to down a great chocolate treat. Add some rejuvenate and refresh. My office will be black walnuts and I’m in heaven. in good hands with Cheryl Hynes; she I have no biological family here in will be handling anything that needs to Florida, but I do have friends to share be taken care of. I’ll time with and enjoy that very much. be back on the 7th. As a single person, I am engaged in the Be well, reach out to process of meeting or being introduced others. to men with similar interests and lifestyles. I joined Natural Awakenings Singles and have connected with some Susan Q Wood interesting men on the site. We’ll see Publishing Editor where it goes. I’m sure all this activity is

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eslie Stewart from Cincinnati was told by Abraham (Esther Hicks) that she would channel. Soon after, Stewart started to channel Orion (similar to Seth and Abraham). These gentle teachers will bring their Being-In-Joy Tour, February 24, to Fort Lauderdale Metaphysical Chapel (, 1480 SW 9th Avenue, and February 25, Duncan Conference Center 15820 Military Trail, Delray Beach, 7 p.m. Orion will discuss the natural universal laws in their new book, Trust and Allow the Process of Life-In-Joy!, followed by questions and answers. Orion reminds us that we are more than our physical selves, and that we are connected to greater parts of our multidimensional selves that have the potential to create worlds. Like Abraham and Seth, they teach there is only a source of well-being; there is no source of darkness or scarcity, just resisting life and our authentic selves.


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Traditional Health Benefits of Hawthorn Berries


ccording to the American Journal of Health (2003), Hawthorn berries prove helpful in supporting aging vascular systems, which can lose elasticity and become increasingly rigid due to lack of copper in the diet which authors note, helps build flexible collagen; and can be exacerbated by poor Vitamin C intake which results in scarring on the inside of the blood vessels (Nature Genetics, Feb 2004). A rigid vasculature structure can raise blood pressure, causing the heart has to work harder and all the systems become stressed. Hawthorn berries work to tone the heart muscle and relax vasculature tissues, according to most sources of herbal information ( This two-phased effect is generally noticeable within the first week of taking Hawthorn berries. (Whole berries are preferred to tinctures or extracts that fracture or leave out essential nutrition components.) Hawthorn berries, are available in supplement form under a variety of brand names. It’s a good practice to test a few and find the one that works best, then keep the bottle refrigerated to extend shelf life. For more information, email SteveF@ or visit See ad page 10.

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Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first “big picture” exploration of the environmental movement. Fort Lauderdale Friends Meeting (Quakers) is sponsoring the film. Film producer Mark Kitchell will be on hand, with a discussion and Q&A after the movie. Kitchell grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and is the son of an environmentalist. When queried as to what moved him to make the movie, he replied, “I was amazed that a big picture history of the environmental movement had not been done. I came to understand what a big challenge it was over the many years of making it. It was great fun. As Carlos Castaneda would say, “It’s a path with heart.” I’ve learned so much, got to meet so many great people. We always figured there would be a big audience for a film on the environmental movement.” As to his next project, Kitchell advises, “I have a couple of follow-on films; I am proposing one called California Green Fire


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International Holistic Center Welcomes Helene Leonetti, MD


he Bio-Identical Hormone Goddess”, Dr. Helene Leonetti has just joined the all female team of experts at International Holistic Center as an affiliate practitioner. Dr. Leonetti specializes in balancing female hormones. She serves her patients with cutting edge knowledge and a compassionate and loving approach. A published author and co-author of six books, she is an over-achiever, having board certifications in OB-GYN as well as Integrative Holistic Medicine. Her latest book, Hardwired for Love: Nurturing Yourself to Vibrant Health, is a must read for every woman. With her warm smile, she states, “The

most important thing is that I listen to your story—then, along with the testing, provide a formula to bring you back into often a better balance than before, and one that can help you as you dance through the hormone years joyfully.” Despite all her accomplishments, it took her until Medicare age to recognize her self-worth. That was the beginning of her life as a true healer. International Holistic Center is located at 3471 North Federal Highway, Suite 410, Fort Lauderdale, IHCHealthFusion. com. For an appointment with Dr. Leonetti, call 954-903-9426. See ad page 39.

Photon Light Spa Moves to Davie


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healthbriefs Zinc Orchestrates Immune Response Many have heard that zinc can stop a cold in its tracks, and new research from Ohio State University tells us why; it turns out that zinc gently taps the brakes on immune responses, slowing them down and preventing inflammation from spiraling out of control. The researchers’ work with human cells and animals found that zinc serves to balance the immune response within the cells so that the consequences of insufficient zinc at the time of an infection include excessive inflammation. Of all the zinc contained in our bodies, only about 10 percent of it is readily accessible to help fight off an infection, notes Daren Knoell, professor of pharmacy and internal medicine and lead author of the study, published in Cell Reports. The research team suggests that proper zinc balance is especially important in battling serious and potentially deadly infections. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including an estimated 40 percent of the U.S. elderly.

Happy Marriage, Healthier Lives


University of Missouri expert says that people in happy marriages are more likely to rate their health better than their peers as they age. Evidently, engaging with one’s spouse builds a strong relationship that can improve spirits, promote feelings of well-being and lower stress. Analyzing data from 707 continuously married adults that participated in the Marital Instability Over the Life Course panel study, a 20-year nationwide research project begun in 1980, researchers found that married people have better mental and physical health and are less likely to develop chronic conditions than their unmarried, widowed or divorced peers. Thus, researchers recommended involving spouses and families in treatment for any illness. They further suggested that in cases of a strained marital relationship, improving marital harmony would also improve health.

A Different Breathalyzer Test for Heart Failure


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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women


omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


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FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats


eart-clogging trans fatty acids may soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step to remove trans fats from its GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, effectively banning their use in food products. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated vegetable oils, can be found in many processed foods, including baked goods, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamers. Created by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form, trans fats have been used to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods. For more than a decade, numerous scientific studies have documented that trans fats raise dangerous LDL cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol. The FDA’s proposed ban would require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, likely over several months or years, noting their threat to health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. Many food manufacturers have already phased out trans fats since new nutrition labeling requirements were introduced by the FDA in 2006; plus an increasing number of local laws have banned them.

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Cement that incorporates waste ash from sugar production is not only stronger than ordinary cement, it also qualifies as a greener building material. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, have found that cement made with sugar cane ash mixed in is stronger, can withstand higher pressure and crumbles less than ordinary cement. In countries where sugar cane is grown, such as Cuba and Brazil, this agricultural waste product has been added to cement for years. Extracting sugar from the cane typically leaves a lot of fiber waste that is burned into ash, discarded and then requires disposal. Using sugar cane ash also can lower the energy use and carbon footprint of cement production. Heloisa Bordallo, a researcher at the Institute, comments, “You are saving both CO2 emissions and raw materials.” Source:

Loving Local

Small Retailers Gaining Force While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. Source: 16

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Many Animals Mate for Life Humans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves. To view images, visit and MatesSlideshow.

Dr. Bronner Clears Out Imposters The nonprofit manufacturer of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (DrBronner. com), known in the U.S. for more than 50 years for its devotion to purity and informationcrammed product labels, has taken to filing lawsuits against companies that don’t live up to health claims or that employ deceptive greenwashing tactics. One primary focus is the cosmetics industry’s use of so-called “organic” ingredients. Company president David Bronner reports, “About 80 percent of these companies simply dropped their claims; the others reformulated.” He also lobbies for labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Washington State. Source:

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Jumpin’ Jellyfish

Numbers Explode with Ocean Warming and Overfishing Favorite destination beach resorts around the world have seen huge increases in jellyfish “bloom” activity. “Jellyfish and tourism are not happy bedfellows,” says Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, Ph.D., a pioneering marine biologist and author of Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean. “In Florida, it’s not uncommon in recent years for a half a million people to be stung during an outbreak.” A report, Review of Jellyfish Blooms in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, written by Fernando Borea for the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean and the United Nations, cites both global warming and overfishing, which removes jellyfish predators, as causes for recent jellyfish population explosions. Of the more than 2,000 species of jellyfish swimming through the world’s waters, most are completely harmless. However, human contact with some types can cause excruciating pain, and the box jellyfish is among the handful of species that have caused fatalities around the globe. Gershwin says, “Australia is upfront about its jellyfish dangers and also assertive in safety management, whereas other places have them, but may understand less about them or in some cases, just don’t want to say. Tourists need to be aware of local hazards and not expect to necessarily be provided with pertinent information.” Source: CNN


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Canada Shows the Way via Mass Transit The government of Ontario, Canada, is issuing “green bonds” to fund the expansion of mass transit infrastructure in the province. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says, “Green bonds are a great tool to raise capital for a project with specific environmental benefits. The worldwide market for green bonds in the last year has doubled; it’s now estimated to be more than $346 billion in U.S. dollars.” Source:

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Shop Class Teaches Sustainability According to a report in The Boston Globe, some American schools regret that they replaced woodshops with high-tech educational forums in the 1990s. Shop class is valuable for students that may under perform in traditional academic settings and empowers them to learn and produce tangible results. Doug Stowe, a woodworker and teacher in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, writes in, “Our society has inadvertently created a dependent generation of young people that don’t know how to fix things and lack even the most basic manual competence. Putting girls and boys into shop class would challenge rampant consumerism because a person is less inclined to throw out a piece of furniture and buy a replacement if they know how to fix it. “With so many cheap imports flooding stores, it’s difficult for students to gain perspective on the resources and time required to create a piece of furniture, so shop class can teach students to appreciate long-lasting quality and its accompanying fair price tag. In this way, shop class is linked to sustainability.” Source: 18

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True Treasures Avert Eco-Harm Done right, Valentine’s Day and gifts of jewelry go together like love and marriage. Those that have no desire to support the unsafe worker conditions, widespread price fixing and waste associated with gold mining, also linked to pollution, financing wars and terrorism, look for better options. They wish to have no part in underwriting standard ringmaking practices which, according to the Worldwatch Institute, create tons of toxic mining waste that can persist for decades and enter the food chain. Happily, there are far more ethical choices. Alternate routes. Among many sustainable and socially responsible options, jewelry made from recycled gold, silver and titanium plus synthetic gemstones is offered by GreenKarat ( while Brilliant Earth ( provides antiques and also custom makes or helps customers create

their own treasured gifts utilizing minerals from pure sources; the company also donates 5 percent of its profits to support communities that have suffered from unethical industry practices. Heirlooms. A son or grandson gifting a grandmother’s or mother’s cherished piece of jewelry to a spouse or girlfriend expresses a tradition of love and family connectivity, plus gives new life to precious items. Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian at, recommends using a family-treasured diamond in a more modern setting or making a ring into a pendant. “Heirlooms link the present to the past—they are part of a family narrative that can increase the present generation’s sense of belonging and identity,” she says. Native American jewelry. Deborah Nelson, owner of Silver Eagle Gallery, in Naples, Florida, and Highlands, North Carolina, attests that artful jewelry by Native Americans supports their culture and forges a connection to Americana with timeless appeal. Bracelets made by Navajo Indians incorporate

turquoise pieces often linked together or set in mosaic form on a sterling band. Sterling silver and golden amber sunburst rings also make good gifts. “The handmade attention to detail is a stark contrast to what’s cast in a mold overseas,” says Nelson.

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Creating Boundaries through Conflict by Laura Castanza and Julia George ©2013


ne of the many gifts we receive with the human body is a brain that can reason over our instinctual nature and resolve conflict through communication. This intention naturally establishes healthy boundaries. It is the soul of our humanity to preserve and revere others, initiate unification when we misunderstand, and maintain a safe space for self-care. This human ability has greater potential than its practice, given the level of dis-ease on planet Earth. Yet, the prevailing level of suffering between all living things can lessen when we work towards healing our hurts within. It is common for us to quickly judge and blame others for our suffering. This reaction is an angry defense mechanism loaded with misinformation as we direct this aggression towards others in search of relief. The illusion of “fault” comes from the tainted perceptions traditionalized by generations of belief systems, and recreates our pain and separateness. We look outside of our self for sources of our misery, such as our job, our spouse, the world, the weather, the traffic, etc. Rarely do we look within to what we have created, based on our life story up to this point. If we are unaware and lacking insight to see the pattern of our past experiences,


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we project our unhealed issues onto the world around us, recreating scenarios over and over again. Codependency, the reliance on others to value/validate us, is a primary mode in our relating. Most often we are distracted by the perceptions of others over our own, and live according to those views. It manifests through feelings of need to belong and be accepted, and it is a direct reflection of how our caregivers perceived themselves. Often, we unknowingly seek and attract energy that supports the role(s) bestowed upon us by others. This impairs our inner vision, and any level of authenticity is sacrificed as we disappear in a façade. Conflict naturally arises when expectations are not met in our relationships. Conflict is the result of subtle indicators that culminate into an apex for change. Sometimes termed as a “crisis of commitment”, a tacit agreement exists and supports the status quo of a relationship between people; then suddenly, something challenges it to change. When this occurs, we are called to reevaluate the relationship. Circumstances sometimes force us to heal without others, to find creative resolution when the crisis/conflict abruptly ends the relationship with communication having been severed. This is mostly due to an emotional trigger that exposes perceptual

differences and a significant variance or lack of communication from our life story (cultural, societal, familial upbringing). Such conflict exposes the deepest and darkest issues in need of healing. Perceptual differences as to how a situation, circumstance, or event plays out, are what create conflict in the first place. Again, our story or past experience dictates the intensity of the conflict. What is not seen is the responsibility of each participant in creating the situation. If we believe that everything happens for a reason, for the benefit of our physical and spiritual evolution, there is a greater chance of resolve. But if we take the position of falling victim to the conflict, the emotional wound touched upon will continue to fester for the next reminder creating the same situation possibly with different players and circumstances. To be in conflict is uncomfortable for most, yet it is always revealed as an opportunity for growth. As children we experience a physical growth spurt, and in adult form the discomfort is more significantly through the emotional, mental, and

spiritual bodies. Processes that can aid us in minimizing conflict while still promoting the growth of our soul are consistent, conscious communication and the creation of healthy boundaries. Healthy boundaries come from a clear and distinct perception of what is “right” and “wrong” for us based on our belief system, virtues and values. Boundaries (or lack thereof) are established in our formative years, and are maintained or built upon through continued experiences as adults. Unfortunately, most of us lacked clear and concise boundaries growing up. As we become more aware, we can establish healthy boundaries and become diligent at maintaining them, even if we were not taught at an early age. In establishing healthy boundaries with others, there is no need to draw a line in the sand or dictate to others what they are NOT to do to us. Instead, we must take a proactive approach and NOT participate in uncomfortable and unhealthy behavior. As a result, we establish a personal standard, not a soap box dictation of “how the world should operate”. Our self esteem will prove our success, because if we do not feel good in our being, we allow our boundaries to be violated and will participate in situations to our detriment. We are all operating from a foundation in which others have no clue. Therefore, boundaries have no meaning without consistent and conscious communication. Although we owe no one an explanation for our actions, it is helpful in understanding why we make the decisions we do that affect others. Our intention in sharing this information must consciously come from the heart without an emotional charge. All too often, our subconscious and ego self is edging for personal gain and advancement, or working out and acting out our back story. Emotional awareness, knowing how we feel and/or what feelings are driving our current actions/decisions, will minimize the conflict in our life. Conflict always begins within. Usually we participate in something that does not resonate with our higher self, feel trepidation or engage in activity before we clearly know what it is we are doing (an auto-response). If no one else is involved, we are lucky to clean up our own mess. But if the conflict within involves others, we have

asked for a lesson. Granted, it is for the betterment of all in the long run, but if we can communicate a healthy boundary, a need, or mere uncertainty with those we involve, we can divert conflict and perhaps engage in a resolution without escalating what truly is an internal conflict. When conflict escalates and we are at odds with one another, it is most beneficial to allow others an opportunity to speak their truth. We all have a right to be heard, and have the unique ability to heal our self and this world through the gift of consciousness. Why not participate in the learning process of healing misunderstanding? Even if a relationship does not resort back to its original identity (friends,

partners, co-workers, etc.), it will evolve as intended through a better understanding of the perceptions at play. Resolving conflict happens in facing our painful reminders from the past, taking responsibility in creating the situation for our healing, and transforming the negative beliefs that keep us apart and in darkness. This heals all and creates the “Peace on Earth” we long to achieve. For more information or to discuss this and other topics one-on-one, contact Julia George at 561-750-9292 or email For other articles pertaining to Higher Consciousness, go to See ad page 58.

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e all encounter everyday stressors and usually find our own ways of defusing them. However, when chronic stress remains unresolved, it extracts a toll on health that may range from heart disease and stroke to obesity, gastrointestinal problems and depression. Thankfully, Natural Awakenings has uncovered inviting ways to regularly de-stress that naturally make us feel good. Here are some refreshing ideas for immediate rest and relaxation. Eat Mindfully. Chocolate can be an excellent antidote to stress-related binge eating, advises Dr. Susan Lord, an integrative physician in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who leads mind-body medicine programs at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge. “We rarely eat mindfully,” comments Lord. “We’re usually gulping down our food while watching TV, arguing with the kids or reading a book.” She often leads a meditation in which participants are allotted one small piece of chocolate that they must eat slowly and consciously. “Most people discover they have never really

tasted their food,” she says. “They are pleasantly surprised to discover that they feel satiated and satisfied on every level.” Lord’s teaching is supported by a study from an Oregon Research Institute affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, showing that people lost significant amounts of weight by eating slowly and mindfully. Accordingly, Kripalu has encouraged eating in silence for nearly 40 years, a practice Lord heartily recommends to her patients for one meal a day. Walk a labyrinth. A meditative walk on a labyrinth may be just what the doctor ordered, says physician Esther Sternberg, professor of medicine and research director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. “A labyrinth differs from a maze, which has high walls and many dead ends,” notes Sternberg. “Walking a maze is inevitably stressful; a labyrinth has the exact opposite effect. There is only one path in and one path out. You go to the middle, meditate and walk back out. It’s a perfectly calming walking meditation.”

In physiological terms, Sternberg explains, the deep breathing induced by labyrinth walking activates the vagus nerve, which prompts relaxation. It does this by interrupting the brain’s stress response and halting the release of adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol from the adrenal glands. Our ancestors built labyrinths as early as 4,000 BCE. They exist today in churches, healing centers and backyards all over the world. Finger labyrinths, even as simple as an outline printed on a piece of paper, also have proved to be effective relaxation tools, says Neal Harris, a licensed clinical professional counselor in Barrington, Illinois. His study confirming its relaxing effects was published in the Annals of Psychotherapy & Integrative Health. Shake (or laugh) it off. Anyone that has ever felt like exploding from tight shoulders, indigestion, headaches or other conditions caused by accumulated stress can benefit from Lord’s recommendation to experience a whole-body shake. “Just stand with your feet firmly

planted and start shaking—first your feet, then your legs, arms, head and neck and eventually, your whole body—for at least two or three minutes,” she counsels. “You’ll shake off all of that tension, energize every cell and probably start laughing, another great stress reliever.” A good belly laugh is likewise a powerful stress reliever, according to a study by researchers at Indiana State University, in Terra Haute, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Results also showed that laughter increased production of the protective cells that boost immune function. Create a memory garden. For Sternberg, her personal place of peace is an unconscious re-creation combining the sights and smells of her grandmother’s garden with the comfortable “at home” feeling of her parents’ deck and mementos from a happy time in Crete. At the center of Sternberg’s happy memories are fragrant jasmine and gardenia trees, lavender and basil, all reminders of happy times in her

life. She recalls, “It wasn’t until I was finished that I realized what I had done.” A review of relevant science reported in Neural Plasticity explains that the brain’s hippocampus region, a seat of memory, especially related to place, also normally regulates the production of cortisol. But an excess of cortisol due to stress can impair its memory functions. “When we are in a place that brings happy memories to mind, we let go of stress and stop the release of cortisol,” says Sternberg. “It helps to just think of a place where we have been happy.” She recommends creating a home space with some plants on a windowsill, photos of happy family gatherings, fabrics or paint in beloved colors and perhaps inherited items that trigger fond memories. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books, including 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Connect at KathleenBarnes. com.

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Understanding Anxiety and Focus Issues for Highly Sensitive Children by Harry Hong, Ph.D, LAc

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nxiety is a normal part of childhood, and every child goes through phases. A phase is temporary and usually harmless. But children who suffer from an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness and shyness, and they start to avoid places and activities. Anxiety disorders (AD) affect one in eight children and often co-occur with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with symptoms like difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, or hyperactivity. Research shows that untreated children with AD and ADHD are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. Pharmaceutical drugs such as SSRIs and stimulants can be used to control symptoms of anxiety and focus, however, all medications are symptom-based drugs with side effects. To understand the root issues for AD and ADHD becomes important in searching for a long term solution for these children to live a normal childhood.

According to Dr. Elaine Aron, a highly sensitive child (HSC) is one of the 15 to 20 percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. This makes them quick to grasp subtle changes, prefer to reflect deeply before acting, and generally behave conscientiously. They are also easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes, and the emotional distress of others. Your child is probably a HSC if he/she: • Complains about scratchy clothing, seams in socks, or labels against his/her skin • Is sensitive to sounds, smells and textures • Learns better from a gentle correction than strong punishment • Is hard to get to sleep after an exciting day • Doesn’t do well with big changes • Notices the distress of others • Is a perfectionist • Performs best when strangers aren’t present • Feels things deeply Because of their highly sensitive traits and easily stressed and overwhelmed nervous systems, HSC are vulnerable to develop anxiety and focus problems. As a matter of fact, most of the children with anxiety and focus issues belong to this group. To understand the highly sensitive traits and the root causes for anxiety and focus issues helps HSC manage their lives better and possibly prevents them from development into AD or ADHD.

Neurotransmitter Imbalance Neurotransmitters are messenger chemicals in the brain. There are two types of neurotransmitters, excitatory ones such as dopamine and norepinephrine, and inhibitory ones such as serotonin and GABA. Anxiety and focus issues are the direct result of the imbalance of the neurotransmitters. From a holistic point of view, to balance neurotransmitters we should look at the problem beyond neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are synthesized from amino acids, the building blocks of protein, which are absorbed in the digestive system. Serotonin production occurs mainly inside our gut, the so called brain-gut connection. Supplementation of specific amino acids may help the body produce more corresponding neurotransmitters, but the results may not last. A healthy digestive tract is the basis for balancing neurotransmitters in the brain.

The Brain-Gut Connection Many children with anxiety and focus issues also have digestive problems. Stress and toxin factors from modern lifestyles cause weakened digestive systems and compromised immune function. Overgrowth of Candida yeast, bad bacteria and 24

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According to Dr. Elaine Aron, a highly sensitive child (HSC) is one of the 15 to 20 percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. parasites in the digestive tract results in damage to the lymphatic tissue and receptors on the intestinal lining, and further leads to food indigestion and malabsorption of nutrients such as amino acids. Thus, solving digestive issues, such as balancing microbial and repairing intestinal lining becomes the number one goal for neurotransmitter-related conditions. The other pathway of the brain-gut connection is through food sensitivity, which is a neurogenic response and different from allergies. You may not have antibodies to particular food but still respond to it neurologically. This type of reaction belongs to neuroinflammatory response that triggers psychological and behavioral changes in children. Common foods that cause reactions include sugar, food coloring and preservatives, gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy). Thus, dietary changes and desensitization of food and nutrients become important steps in helping anxiety and focus problems.

Adrenal Stress & Lifestyle Changes Busy schedules, lack of sleep and over-exposure to electronic frequencies stress our adrenal system too much and result in sympathetic dominant status and excessive excitatory neurotransmitters in the system. This is the basis for the anxiety

and hyperactivity. Long-term stress to the adrenal system results in adrenal fatigue, a deeper issue that greatly affects the body’s healing ability. Helping adrenal function is crucial to heal any type of illness, especially for anxiety and focus issues, because a weakened adrenal function makes hypersensitivity even worse. A hypersensitive nervous system results in more adrenal stress that creates a vicious cycle. A comprehensive adrenal program plus lifestyle changes, including sufficient sleep, relaxation, and avoiding electronics are necessary in helping anxiety and focus problems.

Neurotoxins & Liver Detox Function Neurotoxins such as heavy metal may also play a role in developing anxiety and focus problems. Mercury is known to have an affinity to nervous tissue and causes damage to the receptors, which leads to chaos in signal transduction between neurons and high neuroinflammation. Thus, detoxification therapy is also important. In addition, liver is the main detox organ in the body. It helps not only detox the toxins but also detox excess hormones and neurotransmitters in the system. Stresses always weaken liver detox function and result in toxin accumulation and imbalance of hormones and

neurotransmitters. Supporting liver function and detoxifying the body are necessary steps in balancing neurotransmitters. In summary, anxiety and focus issues are multi-factor illnesses that require a holistic approach to addressing the root issues. Medications and amino acid therapy to support inhibitory neurotransmitters such as serotonin may help the symptoms temporarily. For a long-term solution, addressing digestive issues, adrenal stress, hypersensitive nervous response, immune response due to food sensitivities, emotional stress and toxin accumulation as well as lifestyle changes are necessary components in a holistic healing program. Once the root causes are corrected, HSC will get their life back without having to rely on medications for the rest of their days. Dr. Harry Hong is a licensed acupuncturist specializing in Holistic Healing for the Highly Sensitive. He teaches highly sensitive people to listen to their body and take charge of their own health. With his own systematic IBMT protocol that includes Chinese medicine, modern homeopathy, energetic testing and allergy desensitization, Dr. Hong helps highly sensitives gain back their immune strength and their life. He has offices in South Florida and Chicago. Visit HighlySensitiveBody. com or email See ad page 28.

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Home Safe Home Practical Pillars of Well-Being by Christa O’Leary

Done right, our home serves as an empowering foundation for well-being. Aligning with four key pillars of harmony will facilitate an inspired, healthy and vibrant home that supports body, mind and spirit. Mainstays of a home in harmony Creating an inspired and healthy home environment soothes the soul and recharges our proverbial batteries. Making healthful choices in the products we use and consume helps ensure we retain a healthy body and vibrant living in an era when we are inundated with disease-producing toxins in our homes, food, air and water. Applying simple solutions to slow down helps us maintain a calm mind amidst the frenetic pace of daily life. Periodically unplugging from the instant demands of technology is a good first step. Tuning into our life purpose and sharing it with others allows us to shine. We naturally radiate our inner light in ever-expanding ways. 26

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Mindful Strategies A study published by the International Academy for Design and Health shows that because our home influences us on many levels, the setting is continually either supporting or depleting its occupants. Consciously creating and sustaining a nurturing environment fortifies the roots from which family members evolve and grow. Experience shows us how improving our immediate surroundings, ranging from our wardrobe to household furnishings, helps to manifest positive internal transformations. The activity likewise reflects our inner landscape, allowing us to take a step back and observe how we are changing and hope to change. That’s why we periodically feel impelled to clear unsettling clutter from

our private spaces. It’s an irritant that disrupts order and our sense of beauty; even when it’s stashed in drawers and closets, we still know it’s there. It competes for attention and distracts our focus. A recently relocated design client felt that her new house was beautiful, but didn’t feel like a home. The woman explained that when she was there, she was short-tempered with her kids, a sharp contrast to her usual demeanor. She yearned to love her home, enjoy her kids and live vibrantly. A key part of the solution was tackling the home’s mudroom entrance that was cluttered with the kids’ detritus, a condition that irritated her the minute she walked through the door. Many of the home products we buy contain disquieting, hidden elements. Understanding which ingredients are hazardous is imperative to maintaining a safe home environment. Key decisions range from the choice of carpets, couches and bedding to cleaning products, laundry solutions and air fresheners. Knowing the products we use are healthful enhances peace of mind. As one homeowner said, “I am so relieved to have a better understanding of what products I shouldn’t bring home. I was so scared before that I just ignored the idea that chemicals could be harmful.” Being informed and alert to the composition of the items we bring into our home—including food—is vital. More than 80,000 chemicals make up the ingredients in commonly available products that end up in the typical American home, and a large portion of them are toxic. Nearly 20 percent of the chemicals are not divulged, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA also reports that the average person holds more than 700 toxic chemicals in their body. We inhale myriad chemical byproducts that fill the air both indoors and out, plus ingest numerous toxins in the foods and beverages we consume. Once absorbed, they remain in the body unless flushed out, throwing it out of balance and, as widespread research shows, causing a broad range of diseases. reports that the

psychological impacts of feeling stressed, helpless and overwhelmed by the fear of lurking poisons can directly influence our physical health. Making informed choices can alleviate such feelings. It only requires taking a series of small and manageable, progressive steps to create our own style of a healthy and harmonious home life. On a spiritual level, we can rest assured that such caring for our inner temple and larger environment supports a greater good and fosters a deeper connection to life’s Source. We feel

more physically, psychologically and spiritually vibrant. Our home becomes a vital wellspring that, cleaned and furnished with holistic awareness, continually refreshes us. Christa O’Leary is founder and CEO of Home in Harmony, Inc., combining expertise in marriage and family therapy, interior design and green living. Her book, Home in Harmony Lifestyle: Designing an Inspired Life, will be released in November. Connect at

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Quiet Kids in a Noisy World Bringing Out the Best in Introverts by Meredith Montgomery


abrielle Perillo’s daughter, A’ngel, 11, is a deep thinker, compassionate for all beings (human and not), a defender of justice, spiritual and extremely creative. She pursues any subject she studies with focus and passion. Although other children are naturally drawn to her, A’ngel, a born introvert, generally prefers to play quietly on her own. At first, her mother worried that her daughter was being insensitive to others and not paying attention to her surroundings. But once Mom released her own emotional projections, she recognized how happy her daughter is in her own space and began to appreciate the benefits of this independence. At least a third of Americans are introverts, yet many parents are prone to mischaracterize their more private children as antisocial, self-centered and lonely. Susan Cain, a former corporate attorney and author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, explains, “Introverts


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social, they just prefer socializing in lower-key ways.” They usually form a few deep and intimate relationships compared to extroverts that often cultivate many friends. Christine Fonseca, an educational psychologist and author of Quiet Kids,

notes the danger in misunderstanding a child’s hesitancy or reserved nature. “Kids can benefit from understanding who they are and what it means to be an introvert. Otherwise, they may compare themselves to their extrovert friends and feel deficient.” Introverts own many exceptional qualities. They tend to be deep thinkers able to work independently in highly creative and innovative ways. They may prefer to learn a lot about a few topics instead of a little about many different areas. Often described as empathetic, conscientious and self-aware, introverts make authentic leaders and effective managers as adults. Introvert and extrovert temperaments are distinguished by how individuals generate energy. Introverts process the world and recharge through solitude; many can flourish in social situations as long as they can rejuvenate by being on their own. Fonseca notes a defining difference in physiology. “Introverts use part of the nervous system that has a long pathway from point A to point B, so it takes them longer to process information.” Cain adds, “Introverts also usually have a longer runway than others, so it takes them longer to take off and fly. It’s crucial that the message they’re receiving from parents and teachers is, ‘That’s okay.’” It’s important that parents balance how they honor a child’s preferences with teaching them skills to thrive. “Don’t expect them to follow the gang,” says Cain. “Instead, encourage them to follow their passions.”

Christine Fonseca, an educational psychologist and author of Quiet Kids, notes the danger in misunderstanding a child’s hesitancy or reserved nature. “Kids can benefit from understanding who they are and what it means to be an introvert. Otherwise, they may compare themselves to their extrovert friends and feel deficient.”

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Kristen Tyler Parents can empower children with tools to increase their comfort zone. If youngsters have difficulty speaking up in class, it helps to prepare them with what they want to say beforehand. Cain notes that this lessens anxiety and when they are able to speak up, they’ll feel like part of the class. Simple tips can offer relief in uncomfortable social situations. Perillo reinforces social manners before she and A’ngel arrive at an event. She focuses on the greetings, reminding her to extend her hand first, speak clearly, make eye contact and smile. Also, because self-promotion doesn’t come naturally to introverts, they often need coaching to highlight their own assets when applying for a club, college or job. Fonseca encourages families to embrace digital technology. She observes, “Most introverts are extroverts online. While face-to-face communication tends to drain them, that doesn’t happen as much online, plus it’s easier to feel more adept socially there.” They’ll still need to disconnect and renew after socializing online, so it’s important to set usage boundaries. Fonseca, who has one introverted and one extroverted child, facilitates dialogue that teaches each of them to communicate with their peers about their needs. “My introvert tells her extrovert friends not to take offense if she needs to take quiet time alone. They offer each other a perspective that makes their own point of view more well-rounded.” From a neuropsychological perspective, introverts and extroverts can learn from each other, as well. According to Fonseca, extroverts that habitually activate their sympathetic nervous system (“fight-or-flight”) can experience burnout if they don’t learn how to slow down and be calm. However, introverts, relying mostly on their parasympathetic system (“rest and digest”), can be overly calm and slow to respond to situations. Fonseca notes, “It’s not about one temperament being more positive than the other; it’s about understanding who everyone is, their authentic self and finding balance.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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RETHINKING HEART HEALTH Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist


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n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Plaque the Culprit The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys to improving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the carotid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heart-related diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and biochemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He

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Cholesterol’s Bad Rap Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/ body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing longrepressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder

of and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s trillions of cells, plus bile salts for digestion. Even your brain makes and uses cholesterol to build connections between the neurons that facilitate learning and memory.”

Real Perpetrators Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the

risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

Essential Spirit Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated (also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different

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realm of experience entirely, one that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo. He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart:

Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People. “Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional decisions that don’t involve the cerebral cortex,” advises McCraty.

To Happy Hearts Pioneering integrative medical doctors Masley, Sinatra, Forleo and Mona Lisa Schultz, who also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take center stage. Schultz, who recently coauthored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement, applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine. Shultz observes, “Every illness has

an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovascular disease prevention and medical management versus 90 percent on medical treatment procedures and hospital care. For individuals interested in taking charge of their heart health, working with a physician that embraces the emerging paradigm of integrative lifestyle changes and prevention can be a drug-free, life-saving decision. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for full interviews.

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CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health by Judith Fertig


esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plant-based chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and author of What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains


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higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 metaanalysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed shortterm trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate

or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo. com, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

Chocolate Cookery Vegan Chocolate Pie Serve this with fresh raspberries and enjoy a little romance. Yields 8 servings Chocolate Wafer Crust 6½ oz dairy-free chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into fine crumbs 1 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 oz vegan buttery stick (such as Earth Balance), melted and slightly cooled Chocolate Filling 13 oz dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli) 1 /3 cup strong brewed coffee 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 lb silken tofu, drained 1 Tbsp agave 1 (9-in) prepared chocolate wafer crust Preheat the oven to 350° F. For the crust, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted vegan buttery stick. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the crust is set and appears dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the filling, melt the chocolate chips with the coffee and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often with a spatula. Combine the tofu, melted chocolate mixture and agave in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the filling becomes firm.

Vegan Hot Chocolate A comforting way to enjoy the benefits of chocolate on a cold day. Yields 4 servings 2½ cups plain rice milk 3 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch cayenne pepper Bring the rice milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk until frothy. Serve immediately. Source: Recipes courtesy of Judith Fertig

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LOVE MAGNET Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani


fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

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the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you if you permit me to hold you accountable to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3 percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resentful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before. Another centers on old agreements—the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

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Cardiac Care for Pets How to Keep Little Hearts Humming by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs dur-

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Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a wait-and-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure. The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest X-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac ultrasound to classify the stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a diseased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.

Omega-3 Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be anti-inflammatory. Contrariwise, omega-6 fatty

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Coenzyme Q-10 Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet, CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, soybean oil, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products. The Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines explains that CoQ10 is used in electron transport in mitochondria—small organelles inside cells that convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It reports that studies in people with hypertension showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure through CoQ10 supplementation.

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Being Healthy Aging Gracefully by Howard Cohen, LMHC


believe being healthy, aging gracefully, having a comfortable lifestyle and taking care of your self are four important factors for being happy and satisfied. The reality is we are all getting older. A little bit every day. Our bodies wear out, little by little. It’s a part of being alive that we are slowly winding down to our eventual finish. It’s something we have to expect and accept if we are going to get through this thing called life. We have to try to eat right and minimize the intake of high cholesterol and high sugar foods. Moderation in everything is key: exercise, stress, partying, spending, activities, rest, and love. Sometimes, our genetics have other plans for us: illness, mental challenges, and negative behavioral patterns. There is only so much we can control. But, there are things we CAN control. Plan on seeing your doctor at least once a year. Go to your dentist every six months for a cleaning. Take your medicine as prescribed. Exercise a little every day. Take a yoga or meditation class. Talk to family, friends or a mental health professional about your problems and don’t hold them inside. Augusten Burroughs has it right when he says, “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else


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matters at all.” Aging gracefully is truly in the “eye of the beholder”. For some, aging means only that facial, physical and mental changes will ensue and they must be stopped with plastic surgery or tummy tucks. For others, the fine wrinkles and gray hair are merely a sign of maturity and the battle scars of living a full life. I believe that your physical youth lasts for a time, but your youthful spirit and resiliency can last a lifetime. Everyone has their own philosophy on dealing with the aging process. I believe the healthiest way to handle it is to embrace it completely and accept the changes as they happen. Each of us is beautiful in the different phases of our journey, and we have much to appreciate as we go forward. With age, we have achieved a greater understanding, depth of character, and experiences from which we have learned many lessons. Getting older isn’t only about the gravity shift and navigating sicknesses, it’s about accomplishing goals, making a difference to others and feeling connected and confident. I hope when you think about aging now you will remember to take it in stride and wear it with grace and pride.

Now, we can talk about having a comfortable lifestyle. What does that mean to you? Did you think I was referring to money in the bank, a large home or an expensive car in the garage? I was thinking more about having an emergency fund and nest egg for the future, but mostly I was hoping for minimal amounts of stress, being in a job that you enjoy, spending quality time with those you love and expressing your creative side in some way. I believe your lifestyle includes your career since we spend so many hours working for a living. For some of us, our career defines who we are. If we spend 25 to 30 years working at the same job or industry, then it’s hard to determine our own self-identity. We oftentimes are referred to as the banker or the mortgage broker, but not the person. What may be needed is an overall evaluation of our current work life with a possible transformation into a new and more flexible way to earn a living. Being motivated and less rigid at work should provide you with the ability to express yourself, and more personal time to enjoy your family and pleasurable activities. In order to pursue your passions in your career, you may have to consider receiving less of an income at first, but eventually your newfound energy and freedom may bring you down a path of many options and financial possibilities. A happier and healthier lifestyle should reward you with many more years of living, loving and monetary gains. All of these changes would be considered acts of self-care or what I would call “putting yourself first”. When you begin to consider your own needs first, you start to realize what is missing in your daily life. Worrying about things we cannot change and the fear of what may happen are saboteurs in being open to new endeavors and experiences. Our ability to be intimate with our partners may be affected by our lack of self-care and concern. Here are a few ways to begin to take care of yourself:

1. Try to stay positive and upbeat. If you catch yourself being negative, send a firm message to your brain to cease and desist! You will get through this. 2. Get to bed at a reasonable hour and rest for seven to eight hours a night. 3. Try to be more carefree and less controlling of others. 4. Be open to the possibility that you can succeed and become more self-assured. 5. Take a yoga class or attend a meditation group. Learn to relax more. 6. Allow time for intimacy and love. 7. Stop making so many lists of things to do and do what you can. Try to be happy with less. 8. Accept that you are getting older and accept your limitations. 9. Accept, accept, accept and forgive, forgive, forgive! A big part of creating a “happier you” is being grateful for what you have been given and not focusing on what you don’t have. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to make a gratitude list. Laura Shin, author with LearnVest.Com, writes, “As with any new habit, start small: Decide that every day, starting today, you’re going to write down five things you’re grateful for. Eventually, you can make your list any length you want, but to start, set a goal of coming up with at least five things a day. There are only two rules to getting gratitude right: First, pick a place to keep all your lists so it’s easy to refer back to them—and chart how you’ve changed. You can use a journal, a Google document or even a notepad program on your phone. “Second, when writing your list, make each item a full sentence that begins, “I’m grateful for __” or “I’m grateful that __.” This way, it’s a complete thought, and you’re not just listing things or people, but actively associating them with giving thanks. “Other than that, it’s up to you. Your list can be composed of specific things—Honeycrisp apples with almond butter, cabs, an upcoming trip to Iceland, or abstract—courage, perspective, and help in all its forms. It can be about small things—funny things people write on your Facebook wall, or big ones—friends and their love. Just go with what comes to you. Also, consider sharing your list with others. Each morning I email my list out to a few likeminded friends, and we share our gratitude lists with each other.” Take a few minutes now and write down what you are thankful and/or grateful for and you’ll see you have many talents, resources, abilities in your back pocket and people in your corner. I’m grateful to Susan Wood at Natural Awakenings magazine for allowing me to share my thoughts and become a published author! I’ll end this article with an “enlightened” proverb. Besides discovering that lightning was a powerful source of energy, Ben Franklin had also recognized the power of words and ideas. In one of his most famous of phrases, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” he reveals to us the importance of having a healthy routine and self-care. I hope this article is the light switch that inspires you to create a brighter and happier journey! Yours in personal change and growth, Howard M. Cohen, LMHC, 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors,, 954-980-9628, See ad page 51.

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Take Your New Year’s Resolutions from Dreams to Reality with a Therapeutic Life Coach by Yvonne Haase, LMHC


t’s that time of year again…where we make promises of igniting our relationships, losing weight, quitting smoking, getting out of debt, taking our business/career to the next level or finding our life’s purpose. The reality is that while 45 percent of Americans make resolutions, 25 percent don’t make it past one week, and only 8 percent are successful in achieving them. Being that February is considered to be the month for love, it is the perfect time to recommit to loving yourself enough to reach your dreams. How can you be a part of the 8 percent who succeed, even if you have failed in the past? First, build a support team that not only cheers you on, but also challenges you to push through your obstacles. That team should include friends, family and a professional such as a psychotherapist or therapeutic life coach. What is therapeutic life coaching? Therapeutic life coaching is the integration of effective therapeutic techniques with solution-focused and practical coaching strategies. Therapeutic life coaches are credentialed and licensed with a masters or doctorate degree in mental health counseling.

Here’s how a therapeutic life coach will help you go to the next level. Shift your language: A trained therapeutic life coach can help you reframe your goals in a way that makes them more appealing to you. Most people make resolutions worded in the negative, for example, wanting to “lose weight” or “quit smoking”. Therapeutic life coaches are trained in teaching clients to shift their language in a way that works in conjunction with the subconscious and allows clients to propel themselves forward. Get clear on your vision: Clients often think they have a visual of what they are seeking, but when pushed for details, their vision becomes blurred. Therapeutic life coaches are trained to ask questions that push clients to visualize in grand detail. Clear your energy and tap into your

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power: Clients’ biggest obstacles are typically themselves. Therapeutic life coaches can be your biggest cheerleader, but they can also be your greatest source of candid feedback. They can press you to search for what is underneath your behaviors and provide the tools for you to make positive changes. If you are *really on a path of change this year, a therapeutic life coach may be your key to unlocking your potential in your love life, health and/or business. Yvonne Haase, LMHC is a therapeutic life coach, psychotherapist, relationship expert, certified DISC facilitator, parenting coordinator, member of the Florida Adoption Council and The American Psychological Association. She specializes in couples and families in transition, and provides Infertility Evaluations, Adoption Home Studies and Couples Retreats. She is the Clinical Director of International Holistic Center (IHC) and the Event Coordinator for Suits, Stilettos and Lipstick (IHC’s sister company). For information or to schedule an appointment with Haase, call 954-903-9426 or visit IHCHealthFusion. com. See ad page 39.


HEALING HURT A Hawaiian Mantra Lets Love Back In H

o’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian huna, a secret to facilitating forgiveness within; or simply, the art of forgiveness. Four healing phrases are employed in a harmonic mantra to help “make things right” or “correct the errors”. It works to cleanse hurt feelings and relieve suffering from being in an unforgiving or unforgiven state. According to the Babylon online dictionary, Ho’oponopono is used to release problems and blocks that cause imbalance, unease and stress in the self; bring peace and balance through physical, mental and spiritual cleansing that involves repentance and transmutation; and create

balance, freedom, love, peace and wisdom within individuals, social entities, the world and the universe. Ho’oponopono Forgiveness Mantra I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. These four forgiveness phrases, both individually and collectively, help heal us and our relationships with others, especially loved ones. Each one

melts hearts and heals souls. Going deeper, we can voice this mantra in communing with the divine and see the effect both within and without. I am sorry for participating in this erroneous memory data. Please forgive me for not seeing the perfection in this moment, and playing back a universal memory I have received within me that is riddled with wrongs and errors. Thank you for cleansing me, others, the world and the universe. I love you. Loving the sweet divine is the greatest power or energy there is in all space. I am now loving everyone involved and affected. I know that my perceptions of them are within me, where this error first occurred and where it can be eradicated. Like planting a seed in soil that grows into nothing of our making, the divine does the work as we allow it to work through us. As we come to consistently use the Ho’oponopono mantra, we may elect to select a special word as a substitute for the whole mantra to use as a touchstone, so that when we say or think this word, we are immediately clear and clean of all the pain associated with any erroneous memory data presented. Our heart is healed and family or friends will return to relationships with a lighter heart. We do not need to understand how it works, only that it does. Source: Adapted from

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Say I Love You All Year Round by Donna Torrey recently read that flowers contain the highest expression of energy on Earth. Perhaps that’s why they are traditionally present at all of our most important occasions. Valentine’s Day is no exception, and though it has been a holiday usually celebrated with cut flowers—roses in particular, I say, let’s “green” it up with flowering plants that we don’t have to throw in the trash at the end of a few days. Orchids top the list, rivaling the rose in beauty, color and even fragrance, while also whispering exotic extravagance. Orchids come in many colors, shapes, sizes and price ranges. There are so many magnificent ones to choose from, you are certain to find one that speaks for you. Be sure to find out the growing conditions they need, and as an added bonus the orchid will likely bloom each following


year, a continuous reminder of your love. South Florida is uniquely suited to growing orchids outdoors, so after you have enjoyed them indoors, they can be brought outside, though not in full sun. Most prefer bright, indirect light or a few hours of early morning sun only. Be sure to keep them moist but not wet, and you are sure to have bigger and better blooms next year. Don’t be afraid; orchids are some of the toughest plants around! If you are looking for something inexpensive but always lovely, how about African Violets? They are small, colorful, and easy to care for. The trick is to give them very bright light on a windowsill or a table close to a window, and to always water them from the bottom. This would mean setting the pot in a shallow saucer or cup, and watering it by keeping the

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receptacle filled ever so slightly, so that it never dries out completely at the bottom, but never gets soggy on top, which causes crown rot. This is the secret behind the socalled “self-watering” pots. Now you can make your own. This year, express your love energetically. Give the gift that lasts: living flowers! Donna’s Garden Gate Nursery is located at 2251 North Federal Highway (at Sears), Pompano Beach, 954-783-4283, See ad page 56.


Open Your Heart to a Good Relationship


Dear Karen Kaye, I read your column on a regular basis and would like to know, in your opinion, what is a good relationship? Sincerely, Peggy


Dear Peggy, In observing couples and individuals for 28 years in relationships, I would say that a good relationship is made up of two individuals who know themselves and what they want. These individuals care enough about themselves and their relationship to communicate about both the good and the bad. This occurs through a daily/ weekly commitment. They know when it is time to negotiate, and when to take a stand. Therefore, they won’t lose themselves in the “roles” of who they were taught to be (by society and their parents) in relationships. That’s a mouthful! When I refer to “knowing themselves,” I mean each individual has taken a non-biased look (hopefully with a professional) at their own strengths and weaknesses, and can accept them and their mate’s faults, and

are willing to work on themselves and the relationship at any time. We find out a lot about ourselves through the experience of a relationship. When I speak of a person who “knows what they want,” I am referring to a person who doesn’t expect their mate to “mind-read” them because they know it is their responsibility to honestly communicate their “wants.” Conversely, this person would not allow their mate to second-guess their decisions, choices, and most importantly their feelings. A relationship that lacks the above mentioned traits becomes a power struggle, one in which no one wins. An example of this is a person who claims to know themselves and what they want but is unwilling to share that part of themselves with their mate. In conclusion, all that works in a

good relationship is a constant, steady flow of real, honest communication by an individual who knows their “self” and their “self-worth.” And if in that flow, conflict arises, then a conflict resolution plan needs to be worked out and put into place. This all may sound to some people as a very “tall order.” In reality, though, these guidelines are the basics for the foundation of a good relationship. Once the foundation is laid, you and your relationship will flourish for many years to come. Sincerely, Karen Kaye, LMHC Karen Kaye has been in private practice for 28 years, working with couples and individuals. To speak with her, call 954-384-1217. See ad page 55.

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calendarofevents Monday, February 24

Orion Mini Seminar - 7-9pm. Orion (similar to Abraham and Seth) a collective consciousness translated thru Leslie Stewart. Orion will be introducing their new book “Trust and Allow the Process of Life-In-Joy!” plus a spiritual message followed by questions and answers (general or personal). Book signing following the session. $35/door or $20 early registration. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33315 (inside sunshine cathedrals’ Fasana Chapel), Ken Routson, 513.942.3009, 754.300.1428.

Tuesday, February 25

Orion Mini Seminar - 7-9pm. Orion (similar to Abraham and Seth) a collective consciousness Channeled thru Leslie Stewart. Orion will be introducing their new book “Trust and Allow the Process of Life-In-Joy!” plus a spiritual message followed by questions and answers (general or personal). Book signing following the session. $35/door or $20 early registration. Duncan Conference Center, 15820 Military Trail, Delray Beach, Florida 33484-9130 Ken Routson, 513.942.3009.

Saturday, February 8

Broward Art Guild Quick-Draw Timed Art Competition & Event. Event location and date: Main beach front area of Pompano Beach. Check-in starts at 10:00am, Pavillion! Paint out is from 11:00am2:00pm. For further information call 954.537.3370. Photographers welcome.

Saturday, February 8

Montessori School Open House - 10:30am-1:00pm. Learn about the Eco-friendly Montessori School



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Q&A with Producer Mark Kitchell following film The first big picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism, both history and successes. Presented by the Fort Lauderdale Friends Meeting Quakers

Robert Ray 954-696-6389

503 SE 6th St, Ft Lauderdale FL 33301 tickets: ~ 954.525.3456 Adults $10; Students, Seniors $8; Members $6

It’s a New Year and can be a New You “Return to Zeropoint II” available at and Barnes and Noble

1:30 to 4:30 pm Metaphysical Chapel of Fort Lauderdale $20.00 prepaid, $25.00 at door ~ limited capacity. Upcoming classes or private appointment:

serving infants through Kindergarten children. Tour the classroom, learn about the curriculum and meet the teachers. Free, Green Children’s House, 307 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060, Danyiel Louis, 561.703.2454.

Sunday, February 23

Do you have any dermatological diseases or skin problems? - 9am-3pm. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine’s (ATOM) Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is inviting you to have a free Consultation and Acupuncture treatment at our DAOM clinic. Patients will be seen by Licensed Acupuncturists (DAOM students) who will be supervised by an expert in that field. All treatments are observed by the class. ATOM, 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301. Appointments: 954.763.9840 ext. 201.

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Saturday, February 15, 7pm Cinema Paradiso

Sunday, February 23

2014 Predications-Dr. Sondra Zecher Nationally recognized psychic as the “Son of Sam Psychic”, helped F.B.I. apprehend mass murderer David Berkowitz. Deep trance channeling is an activity which permits her spirit guide to speak directly through her. Q&A follows. 1:00pm, $25 Limited seating. Sponsored by Carole & Goddess T.O.U.C.H.. Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy., Suite 4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. Pre-register, 954.655.5490.

thursday, February 27

Twelve x 12, the collective Exhibit runs Feb 20 – March 24, This wildly popular exhibit strengthens the cultural fabric of Broward County by bringing together artists of all levels in the same format – 12” x 12”. Hundreds of art works encompass the entire gallery for this show, which can be taken as soon as the purchase is made. Paintings. Photographs.



with Jorge Mena from Ecuador.

Certificates signed by Isaac Goiz Duran.

March 5th through 9th 9am to 6pm Hollywood FL

5 day course includes lunches, biomagnetic pair (manual of Isaac Goiz Duran), a biomagnetism session from Jorge Mena, and a pair of magnets.

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Healing Crystal Sale (no pre or post sales) Saturday, March 1 10am-4pm Lisa’s Healing Center 4301 N. Federal Hwy #4 Pompano Beach, FL 33064

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Multi-dimensional art works. Sculptural pieces, and more are offered. Each work is consistent only in its size (12”x 12”) and price (just $200 each). Artists are limited only by their own imagination. Your organization can earn!

upcoming events Saturday, march 1

NoBe Arts District ArtWalk - Free and open to the public. 7-11pm. The First Saturday of every month, join us for arts and crafts vendors, over 10 open galleries, sidewalk cafes, live music and more. 1 block north of Oakland Park Blvd, just off A1A in the North Beach Shoppes & Restaurants area. Barry Gross Gallery - Free and open to the public. 7-11pm. The First Saturday of every month, join us for the art of legendary painter Barry Gross. 3335 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.

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RED - An exhibit of the Broward Art Guild. Free and open to the public. 7-11pm. Exhibiting works from artists with the theme of red. Red attire requested. 3280 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.

Saturday, march 16

1st Annual RescueFest - 10am - 4pm. Free event at TY Park, Hollywood, FL. Featuring animal adoption rescues and a wide variety of pet vendors, raffle prizes and events for the whole family. Coastal Boxer Rescue of Florida For more info, call Cecilia Mich coordinator for the event at 954.559.4463.

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ongoingevents sunday Yoga on the Beach - Classes held daily (7 days/week) 9:30-10:30 am, weather permitting. $10 Donation. Experience gentle yoga flow outside, in a tropical paradise setting. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33308, 516.840.1455. [Laura Coppersmith

Unity Church of Ft Lauderdale Services: 9:30am & 11am. Youth Education/Sunday School at 9:30am serv. Toddler & nursery care at both services. Rev. Tita Calzada, Minister. Unity Church, Wilton Manors. 954.463.4359. Sun Unity Church Ft Lauderdale 501(c)3 tcb QPin discussed.

Unity of Pompano, A beacon of inspiration & joy! 9:30am Power Hour meditation and discussion. 11am Sunday Service – Live music, inspiration, community! 11am Youth Ed K-8, 261 SE 13 Ave, Pompano Beach, FL 954.946.0857 [Sun Albert Manning QPin 954.336.1898 ARB]

Interfaith Worship Services – 10am (3rd Sun ea mo) Rev. Dr. Lori Cardona. See the image of God in yourself & in everyone around you. 1164 E Oakland Pk Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.632.0605

ECK Worship Service – 11am–12pm. Free. 2nd Sunday/ Jan 12, (normally First Sunday/month). Experience the Light and Sound of God. Learn about the HU Song Eckankar, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. Joanna Carter,QPin -4.465.9959

Coral Springs Metaphysical Group - 1–3pm (1st & 2nd Sun ea. mo. & 3rd Tues ea. mo) Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087 [Sun Charles Zecher 954.340.7087 QPin]

Consider a different kind of education for your child – 3–5pm, Free, (2nd Sun ea mo), Self Initiated learning in a democratic setting. Sunset Sudbury School, 4200 N 66th Ave, Davie 954.404.7785. [Katherine Williams QPin]

Reiki Healing Circle & Potluck Full Dinner Social – 5pm, (second Sun ea mo). $4Love. Reiki hosted by Usui Reiki Master Fred Levick in private home in W Broward. RSVP 954.742.2113. [sun Fred Levick – QPin]

Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) – 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting calland-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726. yoga warehouse Sun — exception to QPin

Sunday QPin ARB

Buddhist Meditation Class - 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191 [Sun Drolma 954.536.9522 Elizabeth Jurado QPin (1 of 2)

Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 1550 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, 954.566.2868. Bump distrib Joan QPin de-

Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. [SUN Kevin Lee free invoiced with Kpin (1 of 2)

Catholic Mass: The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm, Wed 7pm) 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. [Sun 501(c)3 St Francis Fr Joe Spina QPin]

Mindfulness (Insight) Meditation – 10:30am– 12pm, Free. Silent group meditation followed by a talk & conversation. 16 NE 4th St, Ft Lauderdale. Call for details. 954.232.8422. [Sun Michael Kasten 501(c)3] QPin free

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – 11am– 12pm, ­Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, MultiPurpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433. Sun 501(c)3 SUN Mary Jo Klingel QPin


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Taiji-Qigong Health On Beach -Evenings 6:30­7:45pm. 1st 3 lessons, $5 (after $7) N. Hollywood at Franklin St & Surf Rd. Inside if rain, phone. Certif. Instr. Raven Cohan 954.927.2836. Call for Website. 32 years teaching. See Thurs. listing. [Mon raven cohan QPin]

GNOSIS - 7-­8pm. Free. Awakening our Consciousness, overcome the Mind (Doubts & Fears). Classes: Meditation, Tarot, Astral travel, Kabbalah. Gnostic Association, 720 Bayshore Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Jean & Dan, 941.228.9208. [Jean Hubicki mar14 no renewal]

Living Effectively: An Anger Management Group – 7–8pm $25. Develop healthy ways to respond to difficult situations. The Community, LLC, downtown Ft Lauderdale. Directions: 954.533.9818. [MON Ilsa Comte 786.317.3806 QPin distrib]

Come on Get Happy - No-Charge, Self-help Educational / Discussion Group: Maintain & achieve self love & happiness with emotional balance & stability. 7–8:30pm. Led by Dr. Lewis Jordan Ph.D., @ SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, 2nd Fl, Wilton Manors, 954.306.1493. [Mon Lewis Jordan David Warren QPin dist 954.399.2093

Meditations 4 Moderns, Peaceful Mind, Open Heart. Non-denominational 7:30pm (2nd & 4th Mondays), 2500 S Federal Hwy, Suite 303, Ft Lauderdale. 954.232.5782. [MON distrib QPin Anthony Spatarella.298.9556 Jeff 232.5782

Self Mastery Groups - 7:30-9pm. Fee Based. 17 Weekly groups using mixed modalities. Self Esteem Building • Master Your Emotions w/ EFT • Burn Your Bridge to Obesity • Hypnosis for Personal Power. Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy #4, Pompano Beach. Gary, 954.707.8992.

Tai Chi Classes - 9–10:30am (Wed 6:30–8pm, Sat 10:30am–12pm). First class free. Several classes in the Taoist Tai Chi internal arts of health available. Taoist Tai Chi Society, Sage Plaza, 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, 954.455.2474.

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Gentle Yoga & Meditation – 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868.

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Yoga in the Park with Lynette - 3:45–4:45pm. (+ Thurs. @ 3:45pm) $10. Relaxing class, unique setting, panoramic views. All levels. Secret Woods, 2701 W State Rd. 84, Ft. Lauderdale 954.357.8884. [Mon Lynette Culp Kpin 1 of 2]

Pre Natal Yoga – 6pm Postures, Breath, Meditation to prepare for birth & motherhood. Modifications given for individual trimester & ability. Doctor’s note req. Red Pearl Yoga, 918 NE 20th Ave, 2nd fl, waterside, Ft Lauderdale. 954.828.1651. MON. Gavrilov mo/mo Dec14 advert

Hathaflow Yoga – 6:30pm. Poses are modified to suit students at every level, (Tue Yin Yang; Wed Gentle; Thu Flexible Strength; Fri Donation 7:15pm), Yoga Dynamics, 4996 N Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill, 954.803.3313. Mon. Degia, Angela QPin distrib 954.376.5782.

Women’s Support Group: Wonderful Women of Awareness 7:30–9:30pm. $20/ session, ongoing group–be more aware & committed to your own vision through re-education & support. Karen Kaye, LMHC 954.384.1217.

tuesday Tai Chi/Taoist Chi Kung Meditation –10am (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7–8:30pm (Mon & Wed). For health & longevity in the tradition of masters. A journey of knowledge and refinement. Sifu Andrew Chung. 2831 E Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954.224.9940. [Sat Aimara Sage CRG/ad

Free Bible Study and Soup - Come Break Bread and Enjoy a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ. 10am–noon, and 6–8pm, Boca Raton, RSVP 561.929.4316. [tue Alexandra Van Horn JJ QPin]

Raja Yoga Meditation – 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. [Tues free Roz Reich invoiced with Kpin]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group - 1:30pm, Love Offering, Our Lady Queen of Heaven church, 1400 S State Road 7 (East side of State Road 7, North of Commercial.) Terri, 954.572.0222.

Meditation/Relaxation Class – 5:45– 6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733.

Reiki on the beach, mindfultime - be present 5—6pm. $20. Experience chakra healing in a tropical paradise setting. Find your calm. weather permitting. YogabyAna, South Ocean Dr and Magnolia St, Hollywood 33019, Ana, 914.393.6850.

Meditation Classes - 6pm, $15/person or two for $25, Guided Imagery for all levels. Pathway’s Conference Room, 9381 W Sample Rd, Ste 200, Coral Springs FL 33065. RSVP required @ 754.484.4492. Refreshments provided.

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American Holistic Nurse’s Assn – 7pm, (2nd Tue) Speakers on Holistic topics, Open to the public, Holy Cross Hospital, 4700 N Federal Hwy, Radiation Oncology Conference Rm / Cancer Center, Ft Lauderdale. 954.494.2849. Tue Marsha Gill’s number QPin

Coral Springs Metaphysical Group – 7pm, (3rd Tue ea mo, also Sun 1–3pm) Free, topics: Numerology, Handwriting, Auras, Near Death, Past Life, Kabbalah, Sondra & Charles Zecher’s Estate, 12140 NW 10 St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. [Tue, sent QPin free MAIL INVOICE. Zecher

Reiki Circle & Meditation – 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400. [tue Simons, B advert 2 of 2 Feb14]

Shamanic Healing Circle – 7pm-8:30pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays). Donation $10. A Native Caribbean Amer-Indian Circle honoring the healing energies and elements of mother earth. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, Rev. Tehsonte, 954.530.6006. [tue Geddes adv Dec14]

Soul Focused Healing Circle – 7pm-8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tuesdays). Donation $10. Align & Harmonize Chakras of the Body, Mind & Soul. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, Rev. Elizabeth Lucey, 954.348.2652. [tue Geddes extra oncal Dec14]

Free Usui Reiki Circle – 7:30–9 pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP. [tue rowlands QPin dist]

wednesday Laughter Circle – 8:45am. Free. Playful, breathing, stretching & laughing for health & happiness. By Pavilion 4, TY Park, 3100 N Park Rd, Hollywood 954.989.3774. [wed Goddess Diana, Moah free QPin]

Yoga & Mediation on the Beach: 9.30-10.30am (& Saturdays) $12 donation. Vinyasa Flow, relax the mind open & detox the body. South Ocean Dr and Magnolia St behind The Wave building, Hollywood, Fl Public Parking. Ana, 914.393.6850. [Ana D Naon Daminopoula KPin]

Yoga Basics – 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 9:45–10:45am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868.

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Firehouse Yoga - 6-7:30pm, Free, donation optional to help support the Fort Lauderdale Fire Museum, an unorthodox setting for a hour and half of Hatha Yoga. Instructor Pranava is a Marine Corps veteran and Firefighter who takes a slightly different approach to the yoga practice. Unified Worldwide, 1022 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Nathan Morris, 954.663.2081. [Nathan Morris Apr14 Kingpin?]

Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message - 6:30–8pm. $10.00 Tired of being sick and tired? Looking for answers? Goddess TOUCH, Inc., c/o Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy. #4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Carole A. Ramsay, 954.655.5490. [CAROLE Ramsay Kpin]

Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. [Wed Russo advert Sep14]

Wisdom Through Action – 7–8:30pm. An Esoteric School teaching the Work of inner development in the tradition of G.I. Gurdjieff & P.D. Ouspensky is now enrolling students for classes in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Online classes also available. Se habla Español. Call Kay to find out how to start at 888.889.9588 or visit our website. [Wed Wisdom Susan Hubbard thru May14 auto renew per email]

Reiki Circle 7:30–8:30pm, $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278. [Wed Delmar “free” Tom Jones QPin

Tai Chi - 7–­9pm, also Sun 10:30am­–12:30pm. First class $10. Barnard’s Martial Arts, 6336 N. Powerline Rd, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309, 954.654.0031. [Josh Barnard Qpin annual]

Healing/Praying Circle - 7–8:15pm. $10 Donation, Meditation included. Walking in Love Ministry, 8150 NW 10th Street, Pembroke Pines, 33024, Rey Mercado, 954.559.8435. [WED Rey Mercado Kpin]


Tai Chi-Chi Kung/Tao Yin Classes 7:30­–8:30am (+Fri­, Sat, Sun. am and Mon. night), Near shady lifeguard stand, Franklin St, N Hollywood Beach, Raven Cohan. 954.927.2836. Call for Web, directions. 32 years teaching. See Mon. night listing. [Thur raven QPin (1 of 2)]

A Course in Miracles Study Group, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, 10am–Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Markus 954.471.3300/Ken 954.816.8090. [Thur Markus Edmiston QPin 1st 501(c)3.

markyourcalendar Today’s the Day to… Take Charge of Your Life! Visit Cohen Counseling for a supportive and nurturing experience to create a healthy balance in your life. For Individuals, Couples or Family Therapy Schedule an Appointment to speak with

Howard M. Cohen, M.S., LMHC

Wilton Executive Suites, 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Call him at 954-980-9628 or e-mail:

Reiki on the beach, mindfultime - be present. - 5 to 6pm. $20. Experience chakra healing in a tropical paradise setting. Find your calm. weather permitting. YogabyAna, South Ocean Dr and Magnolia St, Hollywood 33019, Ana, 914.393.6850. [Ana D Naon Daminopoula KPin]

Course in Miracles Evening 7-8:30pm. Ongoing and innovative study with rotating facilitators. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St. Suite 244, Wilton Manors, 954.530.6006. [THURS Geddes/adv Nov14]

Buddhist Meditation Class - 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191. [Thur 954.536.9522 Elizabeth Jurado Drolma QPin (2 of 2)

friday Hatha Yoga for Children & Parents – 3:30– 4:30pm, $120 for 12 weeks. Fun & relaxation! Parent free (& Sat 8–9am), 704 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach. 954.480.6789. [fri. Jamile Nogueira QPin AprOct ARB]

Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale – 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. [fri Colanero. distrib ongoing]

Spiritual Evolution Study Group - 7-8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. [Telesco/ad May14]

Fun ballroom dancing, group classes ~ 7pm $10/ person. Singles and couples welcome. Learn the latest and most popular dances. Morales Dance World at World Fitness Association, 2747 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, by reservation 954.551.5790. Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. [Fri Simons, B Feb14 advert]

[Wed Fabienne Grossman distrib/ad 2 of 3]

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Tai Chi/Qigong Basics – 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252. [Sat Iborra /crg

Group Quantum Entrainment Session - Includes mental training & group healing at conclusion. (4th Sat. ea. mo) 10–11:30am. Must pre-register & prepay. Limited spots available. RSVP, call Vondette 954.226.3612. [SAT Vondette Brinson QPin dist]

Tai Chi & Chi Kung/Qigong Meetup: 10am-2pm: 10am practice Qigong; 11:15am practice Tai Chi; 12:30pm lunch. Classes taught by Master Jennifer Yu. Classes $15. Lunch about $15-$17. Yu School, S. Palm Beach and N. Broward area. 561.866.0852 reserve or details. Jennifer Yu /crg Nov14

Yoga at Secret Woods - 10–11:30am. (+Mon. @ 3:45pm) w/Lynette Culp, E-RYT-500, $10. Relaxing class, unique setting, panoramic views on 56 acres, indoor/outdoor class. All levels. Secret Woods, 2701 W State Rd. 84, Ft. Lauderdale 954.357.8884. [Sat Lynette Culp Kpin ARB 954.524.6034 2 of 2]

Free Reiki Circle - 10am, New Age Books and Things, 4401 N Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308. 954.771.0026. [Sat Veronica Arocha/ad Apr14]

Free Reiki Circle - 10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. [Duke/adv Apr14]

Reiki Circle/Meditation – Hosted by Reiki Masters Mayra & Rose, 7:30pm, $Love, Essentials Complementary Wellness Center, 2104 N Federal Hwy, Ste A, Hollywood. 954.921.7808. [Fri Mayra Luria Qpin annual]

saturday Meditation Classes - 7am, $15/person or two for $25. Guided Imagery for all levels. Pathway’s Conference Room, 9381 W Sample Rd, Ste 200, Coral Springs FL 33065. RSVP required @ 754.484.4492. Refreshments provided.

Conscious Aging Forum – 10am-12:30pm (4th Saturday). Donation $20. A monthly Forum 55+ for Re-Inspiring & celebrating our future. Open discussions. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Susan Silverman, 954.530.6006. [Sat Geddes/adv Dec14]

The Sistrunk Farmers Market - locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours 10am–2pm. EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale; [in house]

[Sat Raymond-Pescatore advert Dec14]

Morning Chant for World Peace & Harmony – 7:30am. Free. Chant Om Namo Narayanaya for inner peace & planetary healing. Peace Garden, Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726. [sat distrib Yoga Warehouse except QPin

Morning Puja - 8:30–9am. Free Swami Sharadananda leads a ritual of reverence to the Divine. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305, Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco, 917.579.3750. Sat. grace telesco free Qpin inv./CRG


Broward County, Florida

A loving heart

is the beginning of all knowledge ~Thomas Carlyle

Community Acupuncture – 11am–1pm $30-$40 (also Mon & Wed 4–6pm). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. [Sat Filiz Bakir Thrive MindBody QPin Distrib]

Psychic Fair – (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. [SAT Kevin Lee Kpin (2 of 2)]

Mission of Maitreya – 4–5pm, These sessions are to further explain & clarify the teachings. http://www. 954.629.4873. Sat Tahirah Dottie Rappaport QPin

Reiki/Meditation/Discussions – 6pm (+ other topics M-F), Pine Island & I-595 in Broward, directions/ info 954.654.3010. [Sat Diana Castillo QPin]

Kirtan Sacred Devotional Singing/Chanting 7–8:30pm, Every Saturday night $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. [Telesco / ad May14]

Spiritual Cinema –­ 7pm-9:30pm (4th Saturday). Donation $10. Inspired Cinema selections, enlivening spiritual discussion, popcorn & drinks. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Rev. Kandi Haggerty, 954.530.6006. [Sat Geddes/adv Dec14]

classifieds Classifieds are $4.50 per word for each three month series ($45 minimum charge). EXAMPLE: 10 words = $45 for all three months: Jan., Feb. and March. Submit online at Due date is the 10th of the month. Ads are organized alphabetically within categories. FREE ~ HELP WANTED ads*: Have a 20 hour or more a week job offer? Place your classified ad FREE for the first three months (Submit your LOCAL job offer with a maximum of 10 words. Pay only $4.50 per word over 10 words.) *Restrictions apply. Environmental protection from excessive electromagnetic fields. Call Joseph 954.295.8999,

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ballroom dance

Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Clinic II

Morales Dance World

Juan Morales 954- 551- 5790

1623 South Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-440-0179

The clinic offers Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine consultation and treatment provided by our team of highly experienced licensed acupuncturists, many of whom are acupuncture faculty of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. As a Clinic II patient, you can expect to be provided high quality, individualized care that is specifically tailored to your unique needs. See ad page 2.

Yen Mar14

Elizabeth Nelson LAc, LMT

Yen Mar14

angelic readings MARIA SCOZZARI, Angel Therapy PractitionerÂŽ certified by Doreen Virtue Ph.D.

BIOFEEDBACK Mae Dae Mentoring

Michelle Redden 6300 NW 5th Way, Suite 150, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 601-600-0066

Thru Feb14

Friends and Family Spinal Care Dr. Justin Brown, NUCCA Chiropractor 954-369-1212, Coral Springs

Discover the upper cervical difference. We provide a gentle upper neck adjustment, restoring balance and health throughout the body. Call 954.369.1212 for special consultation rate.

Quantum Biofeedback measures frequencies in the body. The program suggests which items need to be balanced and then provides frequencies for those out of range. Redden Jan14

CHIROPRACTIC physician Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC Dr. Wei Sheen Chong 9960 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines FL 33024 954-604-5384

Celestial Readings in person, via Skype or by phone. Chakra Clearings, Past Life regressions, Angels Courses and Certifications.

Scozzari Mar14

Broward County, Florida

Dr. Bernard Burton is a Holistic Doctor who uses chiropractic, nutrition, applied kinesiology, acupuncture, and craniopathy to find and fix the cause of your symptoms.

Morales Mar14

Spanish: English:


2045 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322 954-742-0332

Teaching couple style dancing to singles and couples. Beginners through Advanced welcomed. Offering over 25% discounted private lessons by appointment only. It’s Fun. Please Call.

2323 NE 26 Ave, #109, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 954-803-4943

Acupuncture to reduce pain, allergies (N.A.E.T.) and group acupuncture for addictions (N.A.D.A.). Relaxing Swedish Massage. Some insurances. Call today for an appointment. AP1962, MA28559

Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c.

Passionate about helping others improve their health naturally. Dr. Chong uses gentle spinal adjustments to remove nerve interference so your body can do the healing. Chong thru Dec14

Michelle Brown, thru Mar14

Russ Tannenbaum, D.C., P.A. Dr. Russ Tannenbaum, D.C. 5800 Colonial Drive, Suite 305 Margate FL 33063 954.979.2333 954.868.8468

I have been practicing in South Florida since 1982. I practice chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition using an asyra and applied kinesiology. I have a massage therapist on staff.


COLON therapy Physical Health Complex

Sandra Herrington, OMD, RN, LMT, CT 2544 No. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-0444

thru Jul14 Herrington

Cleansing for health/energy. Constipation, impaction, bowel rehabilitation, digestive disorders, candida detox, nutrition, living foods/wheatgrass. Individualized plans or Rx followed. Physician/ Instructor administered. Established 1964. Clean, private, caring environment. mm966, ma6884.

counseling/therapy Cohen Counseling

Howard M. Cohen MS PA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Wilton Executive Suites, 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-980-9628 Our approach is collaborative; the counselor and client work together as a team to uncover new ways to effect change. This positive and reinforcing experience creates a healthy life balance. Individual, couple and family counseling is available. Cohen Dec14

Healing Hearts Center

Sarah DiPerna, Psy.D., C.Ht., IKYTA 1937 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 106 Pompano Beach, FL, 33060 954-560-7629 My approach to healing engages the strengths we each already possess in Mind, Body and Spirit to create lasting happiness, freedom and fulfillment. See ad page 20. Sarah DiPerna Mar14

Heart Centered Family Medicine

Rachel Greenberg, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, ACHT 8320 W. Sunrise Blvd. Plantation, FL 33322 954-797-3887 Individual and Family Counseling, Healing for Substance Abuse, Addictions, Sexual Abuse, Depression. Trim-Life Trainer, We i g h t R e l e a s e , S m o k i n g Cessation, Stress Management, Clinical Hypnosis. Greenberg Dec14

KAREN KAYE, LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR 2625 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33331 954-384-1217

Ready for your 30,000 mile “check-in?” As a Holistic Counselor of 28 years, I use clinical and spiritual methods with my clients (individuals & couples) to explore their core beliefs, resulting in a more gratifying life. Kaye thru Nov14

dental health Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry 2467 E. Commercial Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-771-5300

The International Center For Dental Excellence Yolanda Cintron 2021 East Commercial Blvd., Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 A ll

phases of dentistry for

optimum health.

• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Biocompatible materials • Biocompatible Testing • Laser Dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/Ceramic Implants • Natural bone augmentation with Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums Cintron Feb14

Energy Therapy Ralph Flores, Certified Reconnective Healing Practitioner™

2715 N. Ocean Blvd # 17D, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-873-4038

Experience healing beyond anything you’ve read, thought, or dreamt about! Reconnective Healing® is non-touch, comprehensive, and different from other healing methods. Helps eliminate physical, emotional, and mental dis-orders or dis-eases. Call for more information and appointment. Ralph Flores Dec14

Do you wait till it hurts to see the dentist? Enhance your smile at our new tranquil, state-of-the-art office. We have been providing wholistic family dental care since 1985. Most insurance accepted. Mon – Thurs, 7:30am – 5pm.

Eye care Natural Eyes of Weston

2863 Executive Park Dr. #103, Weston, FL 33331 954-217-2992

We are a modern eyecare practice with a nutritional focus, offering great customer service, very thorough eye exams and a unique eyewear collection in a spa-like atmosphere. See ad page 20.

Bracco / Levan Jun14, 14 words over

Dental Spa

Dr. Gregory Gertsen, D.D.S. 3640-7 N Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-7778


Let your smile be a sign of happiness and great health. An attractive, younger smile can be yours today.

Gertsen Dec14

State-of-the-art dental office. Many treatment options. Make informed, good choices about your oral health.

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Fine art


SusieQ Wood

Women’s Awareness

954-630-1610 Discover the world of SusieQ Art, colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment. See ad page 47.

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 4540 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale 954-791-4475 Gynecology Exams Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies Menopause Evaluation & Treatment Family Planning & Birth Control STD Testing & Treatment Weight Loss Programs

Susan Wood optional listing

Most insurance plans accepted

Food - organic

homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

9895 NW 48th Ct., Coral Springs FL 33076 754-484-7988 Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner. Homeopathy relieves PMS, menopause, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, acne, asthma, seizures disorders, herpes, addictions, eczema, psoriasis, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, recurring cold & flu. Homeopathy will give you a healthy, balanced life.

Francine Kanter thru Jul14

Zaumeyer Sep14


The Joy of Organics Food Buying Club

Joy Walstrum 954-465-6502 TheJoyOfOrganicsFoodBuyingClub

Lisa’s Healing Center

Pick up locations near you! Stretch Your Food Dollars AND Eat Clean! Farm fresh, certified organic food at big savings. Davie, Ta m a r a c , F t L a u d e r d a l e , Hollywood.... Call for location near you. CRGJan14


Lisa Smith 4301 N Federal Hwy Suite #4 Pompano Beach, FL 33064 954-782-6564

Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Various Massage modalities, Reiki, LaHoChi, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Aura Readings, Animal Aura Readings, Animal Communication, Sound T h e r a p y, C r y s t a l H e a l i n g , Spiritual classes, Educational classes, CEU classes, Exercise classes. MM#27808. Lisa # 1 Smith Oct14

The Garden Gate

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-GATE (4283)

White Crane Healing Arts

A unique garden center specializing in Florida native plants, butterfly and bird habitats, herbs, orchids, water gardening, organic gardening products, beneficial insects, garden decor and more!

7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319 954-721-7252

thru Mar14 Donna Torrey

GLUTEN-FREE EATERY Iborra thru Oct14

Over 20 yrs. experience in acupuncture, herbs, nutrition. Over 40 yrs. experience in Qigong. Authentic Taoist Lineage classes/ private lessons in Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, Longevity Breathing & more. Healing & transformation through experience and education.

Positive Nutrition of So. Florida

Wendy Pacella, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner 954-263-3259 Offering Individual Counseling, Detox & Weight Loss Plans, Grocery Shopping Tours, Hair M i n e r a l A n a l y s i s Te s t i n g , Homeopathy & Herbology. We also have ongoing Holistic Events!

Pacella Oct14 + naPAL

hypnosis Center for Holistic Options, Inc. Pamela Shenk, C.Ht. 4800 Northeast 20th Terrace, Suite 401, Ft Lauderdale 954-771-6226

Hypnosis can help with stress, fears, weight, smoking, confidence, sports, test anxiety, substance abuse, sexual problems, pain management and much more. See ad page 25. Pamela Shenk Oct14 emailed renewal


1637 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-3344 South Florida’s first 100% gluten-free organic eatery and juicery, offering the best of vegan, vegetarian, grass-fed meats and wild caught fish, that offer healthy foods with healing properties and amazing flavors. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm. See ad page 29.

Siragusa Apr14


Broward County, Florida

Gestures, in love, are

incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words. ~ François Rabelais

Prestege Wellness & Aesthetics

Eve Marie Preste 3077 E Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale FL 33308 954-263-9555 954-491-6200 Eve is a life coach, hypnotist, reiki practitioner, author of “My Journey Through Breast Cancer” and public speaker. By her deep spiritual nature, she is able to connect with clients in a profound manner.


meditation Relaxation Wellness Institute

Lakshmima, Laurie K. Schaffer, MSW, LCSW 954-441-1562

Working with the human soul both as a psychotherapist and a yogi, serving individuals, groups and classes, meditation, intuition, global transmissions of healing and peace.

See ad page 9. Abrami May14

LYMPHATIC Therapy Kristen Tyler, CLT

Commercial & Bayview area or, Powerline & Palmetto Pk Rd. 305-613-6974

KRISTEN Tyler, Dec14

Electrosound lymphatic decongestive therapy is a gentle way to assist your body to reduce swelling, detoxify, increase your energy and revitalize your entire lymphatic system. See ad page 29.

Shudong Wang, M.D. (China) A.P. 4522 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-772-9696

28 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and herbs. Professor and clinic Director at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. See ad page 2.

Stu Goldman 954-296-2495 A moving meditation improving health, serenity, creativity and productivity. Adapted to American lifestyles. 20 easy-to-learn movements can be done by anyone regardless of age or physical ability. Daily practice takes 45 minutes. Learn in 10 sessions.

intuitive healer

Deirdre offers in-person & telephone private psychic intuitive r e a d i n g s , We e k l y P s y c h i c Development Class Series, Certified Angel & Mediumship Workshops & Mind, Body & Soul Conferences. Visit her site for details

natural acupuncture

T’ai Chi Chih

JanCRG only

6th Generation Psychic Healer, Speaker & Coach Delray Beach, FL 561-READING (732-3464)

Mendelsohn Oct14


Free Phone Consultation

Deirdre Abrami

Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, relationship counseling, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, mood & anxiety disorders. Providing individual and group therapies.


ReIntegrative Hypnosis & Coaching

Supporting you through Life’s Transitions. Let go of what no longer serves and create the life that’s calling to be lived.

954-294-7036, Fort Lauderdale, 33308


Eve Preste Mar14

Harriet Sharaf 301 NW 84th Ave., Plantation, FL 33324 954-562-3910

Dr. Susan Mendelsohn, Clinical Psychologist

massage therapy

NOT a martial art.

Yen, Thru Mar14 billing through ATOM

optometric Physicians Natural Eyes of Weston 2863 Executive Park Dr. #103 Weston, FL 33331 954-217-2992

fixxx this line for contact info.

We are a modern optometry practice with a nutritional focus, offering great customer service, very thorough eye exams and a unique eyewear collection in a spa-like atmosphere. See ad page 20.

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Ave, Maltz Building Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 954-262-5730

Schramm thru Apr14

pain management

A t N S U ’s P s y c h o l o g y Services Center and Family Therapy Clinic, we offer therapy and testing services to children, adolescents, couples and adults. Make a choice for complete wellness, call for an appointment. See ad page 19.

Physical Therapy Wellness Institute

23 East Acre Drive, Plantation FL 33317 954-642-2444 Revolutionary Pain Treatment. No drugs, surgery or needles. Relief for Chronic Pain: Headaches, Shoulder, Back, Neck, Hip, Pelvic, Knee, Foot, Exercise injuries. Hands-on techniques for Fast Recovery and Long Lasting Relief.

Stephanie Belle NOVA Mar14

Nous parlons Francais.

Laura Coppee Nov14 paperwork ?!?

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Photon Light energy sauna Photon Light Spa, LLC

at Body Shop Medi-Spa 12505 Orange Drive, Ste 906 Davie, FL 33330 954-303-9585

Stephen Anthony, abch 2331 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors 954-564-2323

Feng Shui hairstyle consultations, American Board Certified Haircolorist, No ammonia / thio haircolor and perming, Hawaiian Keratin Treatment: FormaldehydeFree, environmentally safe. 20% off first visit.

World’s only heat and light “Energy Sauna” to regenerate cells/nerves, pain, weight loss (700 calories), detox, devitalize pathogens and balances emotions. Nutrition therapy offered.

Eva Bueno Johnston 2544 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 954-566-1119 Quit smoking now with Laser Therapy at The Physical Health Complex. No drugs, gum or patches. Painless and highly effective.

Stephen Anthony Aug14

schools 2370 Hammock Boulevard, Coconut Creek, FL 33063 954-330-3561

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

Kris Drumm, LCSW, ACHT 954-549-0263 Uncover and transform limiting and damaging belief systems with individual and group therapies, including heart-centered hypnotherapy and inner child healing. Free one half-hour consultation offered.

Grace Telesco May14

relationship coaching Getting What You Want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 36.

An Organic, Green, Classical and Christian School! Pre-K2-8th grade. An Advanced Curriculum, private, non-profit, educational institution nurturing children in the art of learning. 10-acre campus, No-Voc paint, green carpets, organic edible gardening!

Johnston Dec14

Summit—Questa Montessori School

Judy Dempsey 5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie FL 33314 954-584-3466 A non-denominational Montessori school on a lush 10-acre campus with PE fields, organic vegetable garden, live pond, new gymnasium and pools. Montessori education for prek-3 to 8th grade. Accredited by AISF, AdvancEd/ SACS, MSA, Ai, NCPSA and an AMS full member. Recipient of the Gold Seal Award of Excellence.

self improvement Logosophy

2640 Hollywood Blvd, Ste 112, Hollywood, FL 33020 954-305-6595

Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354

We offer scalp–hair analysis & detox, henna, organic colors, formaldehyde-free keratin. Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach.

Angel Workshop, Inc.

Veronica Bedford 954-586-0425

Psychic Readings with Spiritual Love Get answers to all your personal issues. Find out how to live happy as you walk your spiritual path. Parties for all occasions. Veronica Bedford, Nov14

Stacy Andrews, AUG14

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

Spiritual Counselor

Paola Weber Jan14

Sheppard Oct14

Logosophy – A science to built self-confidence, reliability and selfimprovement. Three elements that will raise one’s life to another level of happiness. Free weekly talks, lectures, workshops. jancrg Aguiar Jan14

Villasenor Mar14

Broward County, Florida

quit smoking now with laser therapy


Lori Heimberg Jan15


smoking cessation

spiritual healing Julia George

Luminary ~ Teacher ~ Seer 561-750-9292 Emotional Healing at a Soul Level Conflict Resolution Shadow Work Commit, Transform, and Heal, through the journey within. CRG Jun14

Spiritual Life Coaching Sirus Ra

954-274-7089 Spiritual Guidance, Laying on of the Hands, Guidance on Meditation and Ascension, Spiritual Life Coaching. We are all here on a Journey to Oneness. Let me help you find your Path of Freedom to God. Murtaza Mohammad Jun14

structural integration Core Energy Institute

706 NE 3rd Ave Downtown Ft. Lauderdale 33304 954.298.3369

The Rolf Method of Structural Integration. Your b o d y ’s l a n g u a g e t e l l s everyone who listens a story of who you are. If you’re trying to change old habits, old pains, old injuries, old age, old beliefs and want to look and feel good mentally and physically, Structural Integration can give your body a brand new language. Change the way you hold your body and your mind will follow. #ma38092. See ad page 5. core energy nelson, Peggy Jun14 verbal 42 words over

women’s health Dr. Marianne Beck, D.C.

Women’s BestHealth 601 East Sample Road, Suite 104, Pompano Beach, Florida 33064 954-782-4855 A N AT U R A L , F u n c t i o n a l Medicine approach to health including herbals, homeopathics, nutritional supplements, diet and lifestyle redesign. Testing and management for Adrenal Fatigue, Thyroid dysfunction, Hashimoto’s Thyroid, Depression, IBS, Crohns, Fibromyalgia and Autoimmune disorders. See ad page 25.


tai chi / QiGong Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu

Sifu Andrew Chung 2831 East Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-224-9940

Master Andrew Chung 40 years experience and 30 years teaching Authentic Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Chi Kung Meditation, Tao Yin Yoga, Tui Na & Herbal Nutrition. For Health, Longevity and Rejuvenation.

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yoga Weston Yoga

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868

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Yoga - Hot Yoga

wholistic physician Dr. Amadi’s Wholistic Health Center Hepsharat Amadi, M.D., L.Ac. 10189 W Sample Rd Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-757-0064 954-757-2612, fax

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Primary Health Care with a Natural Approach including Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Quantum Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Detoxification, Natural Allergy Treatment, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. See ad page 31.

Weston Yoga offers a variety of healing modalities, classes, and workshops. 21 regular scheduled classes a week. Beginners to advanced. First class $10.00.

Awaken Yoga Studio

Veronica O’Hara 2016 E Sample Road, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-0899 Awaken-Yoga-Studio-in-Lighthouse-PointFL/54338343494 Awaken Yoga is a hot yoga studio proudly offering Vinyasa flow, YogaFusion, Yin Classes, Warm Yoga. New Student Special 5 classes for $30 (valid 30 days). CRGJan14

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Natural Awakenings  

February issue, 2014, for Broward County Florida, USA. Rethinking Heart Health plus much more.

Natural Awakenings  

February issue, 2014, for Broward County Florida, USA. Rethinking Heart Health plus much more.

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