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Passionate Pursuit Helena Rose Cover artist Helena Rose’s creations portray the power and beauty of nature and the female form. A student of astrology, tarot reading and numerology, Rose depicts a magical place where the tangible and ethereal meet through her art. “I am endlessly inspired by the world around me—vibrant, saturated colors; overly intense light; fluid forms; and jagged textures,” says Rose. “The luminosity of life, humanity and the cosmos often leaves me speechless.” Rose uses a wide array of materials in her creations, including pastels, colored pencils, clay and wood. She also creates wearable art, such as handbags made from salvaged leather and jewelry made from sea glass, meteorites, gemstones and other natural materials. The cover image, Passionate Pursuit, is part of a series of “collage to canvas” acrylic paintings. “I had been making collages for years and one day decided to try using those fun little pieces as sketches for my more serious painted works,” comments Rose. Born, raised and home-schooled in rural Washington state, Rose is a self-taught artist who makes her art and home in Thousand Oaks, California. View the artist’s portfolio at 6

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ay this day be an inspiration and bring you joy, and even better, through your actions, bring joy to others. Share your smile, your positive energy, your wellness attitude with someone. Engage with life. I’ve been checking off some items that have been too long on my to-do list. You know, those things that are important, but not so important that they cannot wait until tomorrow. The trouble with not setting a target date for completion is that in some instances the days turn into years, and I recognize that anxiety sets in. Those feelings become a silent thief of my time. It was with that recognition, that perspective, that I decided I would no longer tolerate it. I moved to do something about it. I wanted to plug up the leaky crock. I had to move forward and get these “tomorrow items” off the list. There are better things to do with my time/life than allow wasteful, stressful feelings to reside in the now more peaceful mornings as I mentally run through my list of projects for the day. My day consists, in part, office time. Good things come from answering the phone, rather than letting it go to voice mail. Listening to others, going over questions and figuring out how I can help. And, as the universe would have it, I’m on the other end of the “phone” and get input/advice/ideas for the next steps in my journey. Now, that’s exciting too, feeling as a valuable, integral part of the whole. Doing my part in being exactly who I am and honoring the gifts we all have. What is it about making someone’s day that enriches our own lives? Scientific research indicates our pleasure indicators rise even when we watch from afar “acts of kindness”. That’s a good thing. Goodness begets more of the same. Does this fit in with the abundance consciousness? A little update on my beach plastic collection: I finally made a long awaited sculpture, pictured here. I guess that it has about 700 pieces of plastic parts of goodness-knows-what. I organized

the pieces somewhat by color, stuffing as many as I could inside this thin, repurposed wooden box, then covered the box with additional pieces of plastic that had been broken by the ocean, or the rather large machine called a “raker” that comes along our wrack line and turns under the organic and inorganic debris. The more brittle plastic is broken down even further. I like to get on the beach before the raker destroys the natural looking wrack area. I’m looking for a title for this sculpture. Please feel free to email me at and put in the subject line “Title - Sculpture One”. If I choose your title, I’ll send you a set of my SusieQ note cards with envelopes, featuring one of my paintings. This month’s feature article on intuition rings a bell for me. The process of “taking my life back”, meaning taking ownership of what I have created in my life, includes finding that inner voice and paying attention, leading me to find pieces of the puzzle to “get” that hunch on the next best course of action. There’s another conversation that is ongoing between cells, organs and systems. We understand it through aches and pains, through listening to another type of communication. I will admit that I could use major improvement in this area. Okay, recognition is first. I’ve said it. I am drawn to move my body, to listen to the body reactions of my movements. I think I’ll go for a swim. It’s been more than a week since I’ve been in the ocean. I love the warmer weather as the ocean and the pools are a delightful temperature. May you find just the right way to next move into your life, to share your love, your gifts with others, to inspire the next generation. Follow your intuition; plan on it.

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outreach series that evolved into her nonprofit, Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life. Schmidt remains an integral community partner with FAU and its new Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative. See ad page 5.

FAU Event Introduces New Book by Barbara Schmidt James Van Praagh Atlantic Three City Florida Fhostlorida University will Tour in June an event to celebrate the launch of The Practice, a new book by Barbara Schmidt, on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m., in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. The event, which includes a lecture and book signing, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at Schmidt, a businesswoman, philanthropist and spiritual teacher with more than 30 years of experience devoted to spiritual development and research, will present excerpts from her new book which offers simple tools for managing stress, finding inner peace and uncovering happiness. Schmidt has studied with many notable teachers such as Deepak Chopra, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, James Finley and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since 2001, Schmidt and the Schmidt Family Foundation have supported FAU’s Peace Studies Program, and in 2005, she helped launch a community


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ames Van Praagh is a #1 *New York Times best-selling author and a world renowned psychic medium, with books published in over 30 countries and translated into 25 languages. As a trail blazer, Van Praagh introduced the world to mediumship when he was the first medium and favorite guest on the NBC daytime television show The Other Side in 1994. Since then, he has appeared on most every national radio and television show, including Oprah, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, A & E’s Biography, Nightline, Unsolved Mysteries, The View, The Joy Behar Show, Today Show, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, Chelsea Lately, Howard Stern, Coast to Coast, The Doctors, and many more. He also was the creator and executive producer of CBS’s long running series, The Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The dates and cities for the Florida tour are June 11, 7:30pm, Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale; June 13, 7:30pm, The Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg; June 14, 7:30pm, Saenger Theatre, Pensacola. For all ticket information, visit

Life Counseling Center Pembroke Pines


ife Counseling Center of Broward, a holistic private practice, provides services covering all mental health needs, utilizing collaborative healthcare, and counseling individuals, families, couples, and groups. They provide a nonjudgmental, supportive environment with Licensed Mental Health Counselors whose specialties include, but are not limited to, anxiety; depression; relationship issues; substance use/abuse; LGBTQ; life coaching; women’s issues; ADHD; career concerns. Natalie Nesbitt, LMHC, provides service to clients seeking counsel regarding a range of life’s difficulties, and her passion is working with couples and those struggling with relationships. She offers pre-marital counseling to help those in the beginning stages of relationship, marriage counseling to help build communication, and/ or divorce counseling to help maintain a respectful dissolution. See her profile at

newsbriefs Amanda Patterson, LMHC, Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) works with clients to identify, process and resolve their feelings of depression and anxiety, and has extensive knowledge in 12-step work, using it as a framework when providing addictions counseling. She is passionate about helping people attain the life they are meant to live. Find her at Life Counseling Center of Broward, 2400 North University Drive, Suite 201, Pembroke Pines, open seven days a week, including evenings, 954-450-0114, See ad page 57.

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or the month of May 2014, Julia George of Aquarian Age will be offering a free 45-minute session to anyone wanting answers to questions, to discuss concerns, or whatever one would like to share to initiate healing, via phone,

Now in her fifth decade, and fully embracing her own shadow, George is adept at guiding others out of their own darkness into the light, where they can reside in love, self acceptance, acceptance of all others, and of life. For more information, visit See ad page 58.

Skype, or in person at her healing room in Boca Raton. Utilizing untainted mental clarity, communication, and intuitive awareness, George is able to penetrate and pervade the subconscious mind, retrieving the repressed and rejected parts of the human psyche known as “The Shadow”. This is where all emotional healing begins. Growing up with two immediate family members suffering with mental illness, George began studying the mind by the age of thirteen, but renounced her intuitive abilities due to the serious responsibility she felt went along with them. Not until she reached her 30’s did she begin sharing the information that would come through her effortlessly.


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Benefits of Lymphatic Massage Therapy for Surgery


ymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage to help increase lymph f l o w, r e m o v i n g harmful substances from the tissues and increasing immune function. The lymphatic system is located throughout the entire body, with its main superficial lymph node areas at the cervical, axial, and inguinal portions.

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Lymph, the fluid that circulates through the lymphatic system, is a transparent, usually slightly yellow, often opalescent, liquid collected from tissues in all parts of the body and returned to the blood. Its cellular component consists mainly of lymphocytes which serve as a defense mechanism by removing bacteria and toxins, and play a major role in antibody formation. Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system is not closed and has no central pump. Lymph transport, therefore, is slow and sporadic, at approximately five to eight beats per minute. Lymphatic massage therapy increases the transport rate up to 100 beats per minute. Starting with the abdominal area, special massage techniques are applied over the entire body; client will experience a relaxed and greater sense of wellbeing. Lymphatic massage therapy is highly recommended pre- and post-surgery, and will ensure easier surgery and recovery while minimizing swelling. Be well, stay well, Ellen Mills, your local Massage Therapist, will come to you; call for appointment 754-235-6890. See ad page 39.

Become a Certified Life Coach


s life grows more complex and challenging, people are turning to coaches for inspiration, encouragement and direction. To meet this growing demand, the Coaching Excellence Institute will offer a “Life Coach Certification” course in Fort Lauderdale on June 21-22nd. These trainings will be led by Jennifer A. Gage PhD, giving participants the benefit of her seventeen years of teaching and coaching experience. If you’ve got a passion to help others, this content-rich training will equip you with the insights, skills and strategies needed to build a profitable coaching practice. Our proven system is easy to learn, fun to implement and it will allow you to coach anyone with both clarity and confidence. Additional classes are scheduled for Fairfield, CT (June 7-8th) and Asheville, NC (July 12-13th). For additional information please call 954-448-7648 or visit See ad page 29.

Free Yoga Day at Weston Yoga to Benefit Women in Distress of Broward County


ive yourself the gift of a yoga class, and help women and children in need. Weston Yoga’s mission is to offer a welcoming, vibrant yoga community devoted to health, personal growth, spirituality and happiness. In that spirit, they’re honored to offer a Sampler Yoga Day on May 18th

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newsbriefs (classes are free with a Love Donation of any size), with all proceeds to benefit the wonderful organization, “Women in Distress of Broward County”. From total beginner to advanced yogi, all are welcome. Four classes will be offered from 9:15am to 4:30pm: Heated 9:1510:45am; Hatha (all levels) 11:30am-12:30 pm; Gentle Yoga & Meditation 1:30-2:45pm; Yoga en Español (class taught entirely in Spanish) 3:30-4:30pm. Sign up at or by calling 954-349-6868. Weston Yoga offers an array of yoga classes at all levels, seven days per week, as well as special events, workshops, private instruction and unique gifts in its tea lounge boutique. Join them for this special day benefitting our community (questions welcomed). Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite #400, Weston. Namaste! See ad page 59.

Natural Awakenings’ Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a group of new publishers that completed an April training program at corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC training staff spent several days with the entrepreneurs


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now launching new Natural Awakenings magazines in Chicago Western Suburbs; Rochester, New York; and Hawaii. Company CEO Sharon Bruckman launched the first edition of Natural Awakenings in 1994 and began franchising it in 1999 (with the Broward edition). The company currently publishes 90 Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, with a collective readership exceeding 3.5 million. “Interest in naturally healthy living that’s good for people and the planet is now influencing mainstream America, thanks in part to our active and growing readership,” says Bruckman. “Natural Awakenings’ dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, connects readers with a wealth of national and local resources mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit or call 239-530-1377.

A Railroad Runs Through It


he Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) started in 1895 bringing with it economic prosperity, creating vibrant urban cores. However, during the 1950s and 60s, there was a flight out of the urban cores into the suburbs leaving behind

disparity, blight and slum necessitating the creation of Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA) specifically tasked to address these issues. With a renewed interest in once again including passenger service along the FEC line, All Aboard Florida, along with proposed future train stations and Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the potential economic, environmental and social impacts are significant. Exploring these impacts on and with surrounding CRA communities in Pompano Beach, Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale and Dania ca is the focus of public artist Valerie J. Amor. Her project, “A Railroad Runs Through It”, will seek community generated ideas for the inclusion for public art in future train stations and TOD through a series of workshops and passive interactive installations. Storytelling, music, dance, theater, public chalkboards and public charettes will allow for community engagement to better understand these impacts and to ‘find a way’ to share their past, present and future alongside the in-

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Online Course in Natural Recovery from Incontinence, Pelvic Prolapse and Pain


oin natural health care practitioner Dr. Sandy Bevacqua in her unprecedented online course to help women recover fro m b lad der issues, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain and organ prolapse in their own homes. The first session in her sixmonth Pelvic Health Transformation Program begins at 3pm EST on May 9. “More than half of all women, including those in their 20s and 30s, have pelvic floor issues,” explains Bevacqua, whose onsite healing practice is in Tucson, Arizona. “Many will take meds or select surgery in seeking relief but often these solutions don’t work. What isn’t so well known is that pelvic floor issues can be successfully addressed using natural methods.” With a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, “Dr. Sandy” is known as an expert in nutrition, genetic engineering and human biology. She also had her own healing journey with pelvic damage from the traumatic birth of her son that she healed using entirely natural methods. The new online program combines lessons learned in both her personal and professional experience to guide women in regaining a completely healthy pelvic floor and organs. Participants receive bimonthly calls and personal support from her and her team of women’s health care specialists plus bonus classes on female sexual health and recovery from childbirth. All calls are recorded and available for replay. Meet Dr. Sandy at; register at See ad page 27.

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Merciér Pelvic Massage Boosts Women’s Fertility


new, noninvasive infertility treatment has met with highly favorable results. In a recent study published in the journal Midwifery Today, 40 of 48 women between ages 28 and 42 that underwent two or more sessions of Merciér Therapy achieved pregnancy within the first year; 32 of those used the method alone (no other artificial fertilization/insemination techniques). The four-year study was presented at the 2013 World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain. The Merciér Method was developed by Jennifer Merciér, a midwife and holistic women’s health practitioner. The regimen includes six hours of pelvic organ massage manipulation, along with a supplement program and continuous monitoring. She explains, “Our protocol is a gentle and noninvasive visceral manipulation of the female reproductive organs that helps to increase general organ mobility and blood flow, which enhances optimal function.” A documentary on the protocol, Fertility: The Shared Journey with Merciér Therapy, premieres this month (

Vitamin D No Help for Bone Mass or Hip Fractures


niversity of Pittsburgh researchers that followed 29,862 women for 11 years have found that supplementing calcium with vitamin D does not reduce hip fractures. The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that women taking calcium plus vitamin D had as many hip fractures as women taking a placebo. Women supplementing with more than 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day also had a 28 percent higher incidence of breast cancer. Because hip fractures are linked to a reduction in bone density, these findings are compounded by a review of research published in The Lancet, which established that vitamin D supplements typically taken with calcium did not increase bone density among elderly adults. The review analyzed 23 studies among 4,082 participants, 92 percent of whom were women.

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Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema


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

Multivitamins with Selenium Counter HIV

Roundup Toxin Accumulates in GM Soybeans



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

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

Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies


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

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Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities

Organic Food Labeling Causes Confusion A recent Harris Poll of 2,276 U.S. adults showed that concern for the environment is growing, but Americans may not be ready to spend more for organic food. More than half think that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more. Yet more than half of respondents also believe that organic foods are healthier than non-organic. At the same time, only 23 percent know what the term “dirty dozen” means in regard to organic food; it’s the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of foods consumers should always buy in organic form due to high pesticide levels in conventional farming.

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

Greening Garbage

Activist Turns City Food Waste into Rural Soil Jeremy Brosowsky had an epiphany at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, greenhouse a few years ago that set him on a more sustainable path: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” He was in the Midwest to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen, and was considering starting a rooftop agriculture business. Allen’s emphasis on the importance and elusiveness of fertile soil intrigued him. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky realized. His solution was to create Compost Cab (, a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up and delivers urban food waste to local farms for composting. Nearly 100 cities already divert food waste from landfills, but Brosowsky emphasizes, “Composting is not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production, education, jobs and creating social benefits.” He hopes to roll out Compost Cabs in other cities. 16

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Sinking Reptiles

World Turtle Day Sounds Alarm Since 2000, people around the globe have celebrated World Turtle Day, held this year on May 23, to increase respect for and knowledge of the world’s oldest creatures. Susan Tellem, co-founder with Marshall Thompson of American Turtle Rescue (ATR), states, “These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.” They believe that turtles may be extinct within 50 years and suggest ways to increase their chances for survival for future generations: n n n

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, 20

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

The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer,

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Dangerous Downsides Mount Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire

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diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton. Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop

n Osteoporosis n Sleep disorders n Stroke n Vaginal yeast infections n Weakened immune system

taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

Natural Contraceptives Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic

doctor and registered nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including the Basic Health Publications User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement. Connect at

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Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick


aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?

Dressing Our Essence Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”

Green Choices For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to 22

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reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at

The Five Elements Wood: associated with greens and blues, plants and flower prints. Fire: represented by reds and products from living organisms like cottons, leather, silks or wools (or manmade substitutes) and animal prints. Earth: reflected in yellows and earthtoned colors. Metal: plays out in grays, whites, pastels and metallic fabrics. Water: associated with black and dark colors and flowing lines. Source: Western School of Feng Shui, Encinitas, CA

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Multiple Culprits While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-the-counter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the use of antibiotics.

All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health, researchers at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics

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Fennel: This mildly licorice-flavored seed hasn’t been extensively studied, but lovers of Indian cuisine have traditionally used it to promote smooth digestion after consuming curry-laden meals. Sources: American Botanical Council; Mayo Clinic, MN; Baylor University, TX; University of Michigan; University of Rochester, NY through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

Good Food Solutions There is considerable agreement that probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acidforming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance of the

right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibiotic-induced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many nonfermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects. Kathleen Barnes is the author of a wide variety of natural health books including 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, with Dr. Hyla Cass. Connect at

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abrielle Reece has been called one of the world’s most influential women in sports and one of its most beautiful athletes. In her 20s, she built a career as both a fiercely competitive pro volleyball player and a fashion model. Since then, she’s written books and become an expert on women’s peak fitness and overall well-being, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton. Plus, she volunteers for environmental organizations such as the National Resources Defense Council and RainCatcher, a nonprofit bringing safe drinking water to people in need.

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Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will take your kids and you’ll take theirs. I think that is an underutilized tool. I

always encourage women to approach life with a strategy and use each other to help navigate it, because that makes it a little easier.

Which role is most important to you and where does selfcare fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.

With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape? I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.


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How do you choose to expend your volunteer efforts? Laird and I are usually quick to be on board with anything that involves the environment and people. These causes are near and dear to everybody, but make special sense for us, given the amount of time we have lived and worked outside.

As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors. It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit natural awakenings

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Body Ease Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours by Sarah Todd


ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.

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“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students

learn to move through routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue.

The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

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Trager Approach Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at SarahToddInk. com. natural awakenings

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faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

Changing Directions For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and 30

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received from external and internal environments. “Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D.,

guidance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As believes in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit body allows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, Method of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, wisdom and freedom.” Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identiShe relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention fied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one life-giving processes in nature. session, my client, who had been silently experiencing nu“It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses merous feelings in her stomach, asked and urges,” she says. “This ‘inme why I had touched her abdomen. ner divining rod’ informs us what I was just intuitively led to that part of feelings, thoughts and actions are her body.” moving us into alignment with our Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a source and what is moving us out of Ph.D., medical intuitive and co-author alignment.” of All is Well, notes that everyone has a Quieting the mind and strengthenconnection to intuition. “We get a gut ing the directives of prana through medifeeling and sadness in our heart from tation, yoga and being in nature moves our inner intelligence that we don’t us away from what we tell ourselves know what to do with. While some and back to directly responding to its individuals consult a practitioner, promptings. “Absorbed in the present others listen to their body’s intuitive moment and bodily sensations, we conlanguage and reflect on their insights nect with inner guidance,” explains Deand dreams—the language of soul,” sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly servant to inner intelligence. It can both through symptoms,” she observes. direct our lives and make us sensitive to “Eventually, when disregarded, it can early symptoms suggesting oncoming become a full-blown illness.” illness,” she adds. Biochemist and author of Secrets “There is growing interest in of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s energy medicine and developing Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, a deeper connection to the body’s is awed by the body’s cellular intelligence through yoga and enFearlessly following our intu- Ph.D., intelligence. “Our cells are invisible, so ergy practices like qigong and tai chi because people are tired of taking ition frees us to fully live an we don’t think of ourselves as cellular However, a deeper understandmedications that don’t heal the root authentic and satisfying life. beings. ing of our constitution and that our cause of health problems,” comments cells speak to each other and collaboDr. Sue Morter, founder of Morter rate harmoniously could inspire us to befriend our body’s Health Center, near Indianapolis, Indiana, and the healing intelligence for life,” she says. “We might shift from wanting phenomenon she terms Energy Codes. to fix an ache or pain to understanding that our cells are A regular practice of any one of these disciplines expands warning us of something.” sensory function to encompass internal recognition and Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends referencing of subtle information. we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal several books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purhave a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuition and distracting chatter. “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive natural awakenings

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The Healing Power of Massage From Body Repair to Reversing the Blues by Case Adams


n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or

medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last few years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

Relieves Stress An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 34

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60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

Reduces Depression A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid

What Researchers Now Know Breast Cancer: A French study of 129 breast cancer patients found massage generally reduced lymphedema, a swelling of the lymphatic system, following treatments. The total reduction of lymphedema volume was 33 percent among those receiving massages, according to Gynecologic Oncology. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Thirty minutes of massage with trigger point reduced symptoms and improved function in a study of 21 carpal tunnel patients (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies). Constipation: Massage therapy increased the average number of bowel movements among 33 hospitalized Korean children, as reported in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. Dementia: Research from Spain’s Extremadura University on 120 institutionalized elderly adults diagnosed with dementia found massage therapy generally helped improve behavior and sleep. Migraines: Craniosacral massage reduced migraine occurrence in a study of 20 migraine sufferers from Iceland’s University of Akureyri, as published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

Expands Acceptance Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage

therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben. “Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at CaseAdams. com.

Osteoporosis: A study of 48 postmenopausal women receiving traditional Thai massage showed increased bone formation after just four weeks. The massage group’s serum P1NP levels—which assesses bone formation—increased by 15 percent, while the control group saw no increases (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine). Stroke: Massage therapy tended to speed rehabilitation after strokes for 45 Russian patients in a study published in Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. natural awakenings

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Never Thin Enough!

Eating Disorders and Homeopathic Treatment by Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHom, Board Certified Homeopath


ying to be thin has become not just a figure of speech but a literal phenomenon in our culture. As an active individual in our society, I am aware of many young women who struggle every day with the obsessive-compulsive tendencies of eating disorders through starvation (anorexia nervosa) or binge-eating and then vomiting (bulimia). Statistics reveal a startling picture of eating disorders in the U.S.: Anorexia and bulimia affect nearly 10 million women and 1 million men (primarily teens and young adults). Eating disorders are the most lethal of all the mental disorders, killing 6 to 13 percent of victims, 87 percent under the age of 20. Eating disorders can lead to longterm health complications, including congestive heart failure, growth retardation, dental problems, constipation, stomach rupture, swelling of the salivary glands, anemia, loss of kidney function, and osteoporosis. Between 13 and 20 percent of college students report engaging in the binge/purge cycle of bulimia. Seventy to 80 percent of fourth graders report that they are dieting. In a recent study, young girls were quoted as saying that they would prefer to have cancer, lose both parents, or live through a nuclear


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holocaust than be fat. In the 1970s and 80s, anorexia nervosa was regarded as an upper and middle class problem. More recent studies indicate that it is increasingly common among all races and social classes. An eating disorder reflects an extreme obsession with body image and food. This compulsion can be so severe that it

becomes the focus of the person’s entire existence and cripples their day-to-day functioning. Everything they think about or plan, socially and personally, relates to eating, bingeing, or purging. Then they struggle with the emotional and physical repercussions that follow. Where does it begin? Opinions about the root cause of eating disorders vary, but most researchers agree that familial, societal, interpersonal, psychological, and biochemical factors play a role in this complex problem. Often, there is a family history of eating disorder or severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sometimes there is a history of having been teased or ridiculed about size or weight. In some cases, a form of starvation can begin as early as birth; that is, when caregivers do not comfort and nurture a baby, the child may grow up not knowing how to self-soothe in a healthy way. Instead, the child seeks abnormal amounts of external comfort or relief. Caregivers who do not accurately listen to, acknowledge, and validate their charges make it difficult for children to learn how to value themselves. If a child’s previous attempts to receive love and attention have brought disappointment, frustration, or even abuse, the result may be a distorted, negative self-image. A young child or adult may turn to eating disorders as a substitute. They deal with indigestible facts and feelings by eating or not eating, soothing their hurt through food. Their self-esteem is based on how well they control their food intake. If they fail to control their eating habits, starvation or purging may follow. This vicious cycle then repeats itself again and again. Never too thin! Societal influences and the media play a huge role in influencing the manifestation of eating disorders. In a study of female Stanford University students, 68 percent felt worse about their appearance after looking through women’s magazines. In addition, pro-anorexic web sites on the internet motivate and instruct viewers how to become the best anorexic they can be.

In some cases, a form of starvation can

begin as early as birth; that is, when caregivers do not comfort and nurture a baby, the child may grow up not knowing how to self-soothe in a healthy way. Instead, the child seeks abnormal amounts of external comfort or relief. Alternative ways to treat eating disorders. Adequate nutrition, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping purging behaviors are the foundation of treatment. But in order to achieve that, the patient will need enormous mental and emotional support from their family and/or a support group. Psychotherapy is also extremely helpful in some cases. Family support is crucial in playing a role in the healing. The family needs to understand the patient and avoid any criticism. Some gentle physical activity such as yoga is good for the body and the mind. As nutritional support there are various herbal remedies that are helpful during the healing. Homeopathy’s role. As Homeopaths, we treat the whole person and not just the symptoms of the eating disorder, so it is important that we conduct a comprehensive intake interview in order to get the complete symptom picture before prescribing a remedy. Due to the secretive nature of this disease, the patient may not share that the eating disorder is their main complaint. They may only disclose this after rapport has developed between the Homeopath and the patient. Once a patient takes a well chosen homeopathic remedy, it is more likely that they will open up about their hidden thoughts and behaviors during subsequent follow-up visits. In my experience, successful treatment of people with eating disorders takes much time and persistence on the part of both the patient and the Homeopath; two to four years of consistent case management is common. Although patients should see some response fairly early in treatment, they will experience ups and downs. A relapse of starving, bingeing, or purging does not mean that the patient has reverted to square one. When setbacks occur, the patient is advised that as with any addiction, old behaviors can recur until the body reaches equilibrium and can withstand the compulsive urges. As their vital force becomes stronger, relapses will occur less often. Low self-esteem, insecurity, and a need to be accepted and loved typically lie at the core of these cases. These patients need a lot of reassurance and support, especially when they begin to gain weight, which can be very frightening to them. Therapy and support group are also recommended during Homeopathic treatment. A well-chosen homeopathic remedy can work wonders to balance their entire system. With the body in a state of equilibrium, the compulsions of starving and bingeing and the delusions of distorted self-image begin to lessen.

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What if I Have Reactions to Everything I Eat?

by Harry Hong Ph.D. L.Ac.


hane” came to see me a few years ago. A 30-year-old male suffering from severe food sensitivities, he could only eat five foods: rice, broccoli, apple sauce, plain organic chicken, and salt. Most foods other people enjoyed eating every day made him tired, gave him a stomachache, diarrhea and/or skin irritation. He looked pale, skinny and anxious. Shane’s parents had divorced when he was very young, and he had only one elder sister with whom he did not share a close relationship. What he could remember about his family was the fighting, between his parents, his sister, and himself. He was a smart computer programmer who loved what he did, however, his food sensitivities bothered his body so much, he couldn’t concentrate on his work, was fatigued all the time, and didn’t feel rested after a night’s sleep. Shane had taken many allergy tests, but the results were very confusing. According to some tests, he shouldn’t eat anything. He had frequent sinus infections and had to use antibiotics often. He brought his own special soap to work because regular soap caused breakouts. He tried many natural healing therapies which only caused more frustration

because he couldn’t handle most of the natural supplements. Shane is a typical patient of mine with a highly sensitive body, albeit on the more severe end. People’s initial reaction to sensitivities is to stay away from the substances to which they are sensitive, the “runaway” approach. However, for many highly sensitives, without resolving the root issues for the sensitivity, they eventually have “nowhere to run” due to accumulation of sensitivities. Many food sensitivities have emotional correlations, especially for young children. Food digestion starts before you actually eat the food. When you start to feel hungry and think about the food you will have, your body has already prepared

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and stressed function of the adrenal gland would result in more allergies and sensitivities. Thus, detoxification, erasing past emotional trauma, and helping adrenal function and regeneration ability become the three main approaches to my natural healing protocol. To achieve these goals requires taking natural supplements such as herbs, enzymes and vitamins. However, people with a sensitive body cannot handle the supplements well for more than a few weeks if their immune system malfunctions. Many patients come to my office with baskets full of supplements, which helped them in the beginning but stopped working after a while, and some even caused adverse reactions. Most of the patients are not sure if the supplements are still working but are afraid to stop them. Even though they are taking so many pills a day, they still have many symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, food indigestion, aches and pains. The unique nature of highly sensitive people is the presence of an energetically chaotic state. This outside layer of the disease is characterized by high inflammation, high toxicity, high sensitivity and

autoimmune response. The energetic system is so chaotic that many energetic pathways are blocked, and the immune system is attacking the body’s own organs, tissues and regulatory system as well as many nutrients and enzymes. Without solving the initial layer of the disease, the body’s overall function cannot reach an optimal condition and any types of therapy may not have a beneficial result. I started two types of treatment for Shane in the first three months to prepare his body for detox. One treatment involved homeopathic remedies to recharge cellular energy, reduce inflammation, improve drainage, and open emotional blockages. The second approach was to desensitize his sensitivities with an energetic technique that I call Immune System Reprogramming. This is a technique that combines acupressure and homeopathy. Shane went home with a treatment plan to perform the desensitization procedure every day, and came back each month for more assignments. After three months of treatments, his condition was stabilized and a detox protocol followed, including intestinal cleansing for

Candida and parasites, liver support and detoxification. Later on, a regeneration protocol was used to regenerate leaky gut, support the adrenal system, and repair damaged organs and tissues. After about one year into the program, Shane became symptom-free and was able to eat most of the foods that he was previously unable to eat. I still suggested he not eat gluten and dairy products, and keep a low sugar diet for the rest of his life. It has been many years since I started to treat Shane; he has learned a lot about his highly sensitive body and continues to maintain a balanced, symptom-free life. Dr. Harry Hong is a licensed acupuncture physician 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 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 get their life back. He has offices in South Florida and Chicago. Visit See ad page 21.

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ccording to the National Institutes of Health, lower respiratory infections are more prevalent worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. Those that suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis or asthma are especially prone reports the journal PLOS Medicine. Treatment can be especially difficult when it’s unclear if the cause is a virus, bacterium or fungus. The typical Western practice of ingesting pills spreads drugs throughout the body instead of treating only the air-side of the lungs, where the problem is located. It’s better to target the active treatment agent only where it’s needed. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Micriobiology & Infectious Diseases suggests delivering a fine-droplet mist from a nebulizer directly atop the invading pathogens and replenishing often to keep the area moist with antimicrobials. This can achieve far greater local dosing with far lower systemic penetration. Choose an antimicrobial that kills all three potential types of pathogens so the physician won’t need to guess the proper drug or try them sequentially. A more natural option is to avoid drugs. Clinical studies by the Klearsen Corporation and the laboratory work at National Jewish Hospital have shown that locally administering an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver in the recommended manner will clear even the

most stubborn pathogens. Plus, it has no adverse side effects. When dosing with a liquid colloid of silver concentration of 50 parts per mission (ppm) or more, the suggested protocol is usually three milliliters, three times per day. For acute infections, the three-milliliter dose can be administered every two waking hours. Using a nebulizer is essential to achieve the effective micro-droplets required to reach all areas of the lungs. Inhaling the nebulized mist deep into the lungs will coat the invading pathogens. Note that a vaporizer isn’t suitable because its steam delivery will leave the active ingredients behind. Steven Frank, has researched respiratory infection therapies for 15 years and holds three related patents. Study sites include the Institute for Tuberculosis Research, National Jewish Hospital and Klearsen Corporation. He presented Respiratory Clinical Trial results to the American Naturopathic Medical Association in 2006. He can be reached at See ad page 17.

Pinched Nerve Misdiagnosed? by Dr. Russ Tannenbaum


any people are misdiagnosed with a pinched nerve when, in fact, the nerve is not pinched at all. Many have car accidents, sports injuries, postural imbalances, poor sleeping habits, emotional stress, other injuries or falls, and, of course, poor posture, period. Couple that with bad eating habits, cigarette smoking, etc. and, no wonder, people do not feel well. We humans stand upright on two legs, not on all fours like our furry friends. After age 30, our joints (spine, knees, etc.) begin to have wear and tear; it's called the aging process. If you begin to have pain in your neck with pain and/or numbness down your arms alone, chances are you are suffering from a combination of muscle weakness, muscle spasm, and some joint inflammation. You may or may not have positive x-ray findings (plain x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans), and if you do, most of the time it has little or nothing to do with your symptoms. This is what the latest medical literature and research have shown. If you truly have a pinched nerve, you will have muscle weakness, such as dropping things due to not being able to hold on to objects with your hands. If it is your lower back that is affected, chances are you may have numbness or pain down your legs. This alone is not a pinched nerve, however your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and can be affected by tight gluteal muscles (muscles in your buttocks) or tight hamstrings (muscles in the back of your thighs). If you have muscle weakness where you develop a foot drop, or you cannot move your legs, you then have a pinched nerve. So, if your chiropractor, orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, family physician, neurosurgeon, or

any other health care professional tells you that you have a pinched nerve, ask them how they came to this conclusion, and if they cannot or will not answer your question, get another opinion. Sometimes, you are told that something is severely wrong with you when it is not serious at all. With the proper conservative care, you can have a full recovery in four to eight weeks. The most effective treatment for neck pain with or without arm pain or numbness, lower back pain with or without leg pain or numbness, is one or a combination of conservative treatments such as physical therapy modalities (heat, ice, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, traction, etc.), massage, exercise, stretching, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, stress reduction, postural correction, proper sleep instruction, proper eating habits, proper pillow and bedding selection, proper work station positioning, and lifting instruction if applicable. If after trying some or all of these things is ineffective, then short term use of medicines given by your medical physician may help (short term meaning three to four weeks). If medicines fail, then counseling by a social worker or psychologist should be considered. A

lot of people suffer from chronic painful conditions which may be buried deep down in the brain. If this is so, all the previously mentioned treatments will not be effective. This is also noted in some of the latest medical studies. Dr. Russ Tannenbaum has been using chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling for over 30 years. More information can be found at See ad page 54.

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The release of such endorphins not only helps with pain but also PMS and infertility. Serotonin levels have been connected to depression, so the increase of those levels is how acupuncture is a great alternative for the treatment of depression. The physiological effects observed throughout the body during an acupuncture treatment include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief of pain, relief of muscle spasms, and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system. What can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture can treat an array of different ailments. The World Health Organization (WHO), the health branch of the United Nations, as well as the National Institute of Health (NIH) found acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of over 50 common problems. Some of the most common include: addiction, anxiety, asthma, arthritis, bronchitis, carpal tunnel, fatigue, constipation, dental pain, common cold, depression, digestive trouble, eye problems, diarrhea, dizziness, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, menopause, nausea, vomiting, sinusitis, tennis elbow, stress, sleep disturbances, sciatica, pneumonia, menstrual irregularities, indigestion, facial palsy, frozen shoulder, fertility, numbness, pain. The U.S. Air Force treats everything from battlefield wounds to post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) with acupuncture. Does acupuncture have side effects? The most common side effects are very pleasant and include: better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, better digestion, less stress. The less pleasant include: emotional release, lightheadedness, occasional bruising, muscle twitching. Does it hurt? Most people relax during treatments and find it to be

Demystifying Acupuncture

by Monique Bain, L.Ac., Dpl.Ac. cupuncture is a 2000 year old ancient form of medicine and the most commonly used medical practice in the world. Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles in specific points of the body. The East explains that acupuncture regulates the qi (pronounced “chee�) or life force which flows in the body along pathways called meridians. The West explains acupuncture as being the stimulation of specific points



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located near or on the surface of the skin, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. How does acupuncture work? There are many different answers to that question and not simple. Several studies have shown that various biochemical and physiological changes happen to the body during an acupuncture treatment. One of the explanations says that acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity, and inserting a needle at these points stimulates various sensory receptors, and in turn stimulates nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. These glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. The substances released as a result of treatment relax the whole body and regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. Is acupuncture only for pain? That is a very common misconception. As explained before, acupuncture brings on various biochemical and physiological responses in the body. For example, endorphins play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system and are 200 times more potent than morphine.

restful. Some report a mild tingling, heaviness, warmth or a dull ache at the acupuncture point, which is the sensation of qi moving. Acupuncture needles are not hollow needles (like those used to take blood or give injections). They are solid and as thin as a human hair. Most patients are very surprised at how relaxed and calm they feel, and for some patients, it is their chance for a "time out" from life. How long is a session? An acupuncture session can last from 15 minutes to one hour. It depends on the patient and the illness; every patient is unique and requires a customized approach. Can acupuncture help me? Acupuncture is suitable for all ages, including babies, children and the elderly. It is very effective and can be integrated with conventional medicine. How many treatments will I need? The number of treatments required depends on the severity and duration of the symptoms to be addressed. For chronic health conditions of years or even life-long duration, a longer course of treatment is normally required. Does my insurance cover acupuncture? Several health insurance companies as well as Workmen's Compensation cover for acupuncture treatment. When calling to make your appointment, make sure to give your insurance information and have the office check on your benefits. How do I find a reputable acupuncture physician? Acupuncture physicians in Florida are licensed and they are trained three to four years at an accredited graduate program after their four year undergraduate degree. Acupuncturists may be certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a national organization established to regulate the practice. After passing national exams, acupuncturists are designated as board certified or diplomates. The NCCAOM maintains a directory of certified practitioners on their website Some physicians offer treatment known as medical acupuncture, a kind of mini acupuncture based on a much shorter course study, normally 200 to 300 hours. An accredited study

program in acupuncture includes 1700 to 2500 hours of graduate study. Make sure to look for a qualified acupuncture physician that has had the extensive study. What should I expect on my first visit? The first treatment is normally a longer session and lasts from 45 minutes to 1.25 hours. You will be asked to eat a light meal and refrain from drinking alcohol before and after treatment. Acupuncture treats the whole patient, not just the symptoms, taking into account the individual's unique pattern

of illness. Instead of feeling frustrated by conventional methods, look into acupuncture as a possible alternative. In just a few sessions you could experience relief from any one of dozens of hard to treat conditions by stimulating your body’s innate healing abilities, something prescribed drugs cannot do. Monique Bain, L.Ac., Dpl.Ac. has her practice at Five Element Wellness Center, 7310 West McNab Road, Suite 107, Tamarac. For more information, visit and call 954-657-8342. See ad page this page.

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Natural Awakenings Publisher Releases The Art of Flow


reddie Zeringue, a transformational coach and facilitator for over 25 years, has announced the release of his long-awaited new book, The Art of Flow, available in print and digital form. Known for helping clients achieve breakthroughs in the areas of health, relationships, prosperity and personal well-being, he has distilled vital principles into The Art of Flow, marking a new direction in the transformational field. Zeringue, publisher of the Northeast Florida edition of Natural Awakenings magazine, says, “The point of the book is to bring people into a state of natural flow, where they are able to create their lives in a very dynamic way that overrides resistance and opens up space to let in the limitless bounty of creation. The Art of Flow goes beyond The


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Secret and other books in the field to transform how we see ourselves and each other, objectively analyzing great teachings from a new perspective and embracing the idea that we are ‘divine creators’.” Universally-applicable and harmonizing with any individual’s personal beliefs or spiritual path, the essentials of the book are practical explanations of concepts we are all familiar with—things we’ve heard so often that we might assume we already know what’s at their core. Zeringue brings them into a new light, illuminating how they work together to dynamically create our lives. The mastery of these principles is profoundly life changing. The book is available on and, which features a FREE audio supplement available for download.

I’m Not Crazy! Why Should I Seek Therapy? by Yvonne Haase, LMHC


ne of the many questions I receive from people I meet is, “Why should I seek therapy?” This question is often followed by a detailed account of how great things are going in their world or the copious amount of friends they have that they can turn to in difficult times. Of course, there is also the pervasive myth that we only need to seek therapy when there is a trauma in our life or if we are “crazy”. As much as I would like to think we have outgrown these myths, I hear them from so many people I encounter, that I know they are still embedded in so many belief systems. So, if there is no immediate trauma in your life and you are not crazy, why should you seek therapy? For many reasons, but here are my top three! 1. We grow from the feedback we receive. Yes, we need friends in our lives, but our friends are often more interested in maintaining the friendship they have with us than being honest with how they see us. Family members also see us in a different light than the rest of the population. Unlike your friends, or perhaps your mother, your therapist is unbiased and not concerned that you may get upset or angry when they provide feedback to you. They see you for who you are, and a good therapist will call you out to help you grow. 2. You’re not crazy, but you may be stuck or bored with certain areas of your life. So many people seek counseling because they simply aren’t feeling great about where their life is going, or they feel that there needs to be some change but have no idea what that change is or where to start. You may also be experiencing a general lack of motivation or some anxiety about your future. Therapists support clients with a variety of concerns such as depression, marital strife, personal development, parenting, and career challenges. Your therapist will act as a guide, helping

you to achieve your full potential. 3. You are not a fortune-teller. You have no idea what may lie ahead for you or your family. Establishing a baseline relationship with a therapist will make you more comfortable reaching out for support if there is either future trauma or transition in your life. The same is true for your children; giving them a place that “belongs” to them will allow them the ability to reach out for support when they have concerns that arise in their life. Whatever the reason, therapy is a useful tool for the larger transitions in life as well as an instrument for personal growth. Yvonne Haase, LMHC is a psychotherapist, therapeutic coach, certified DISC facilitator and communication specialist, qualified parenting coordinator, member of the Florida Adoption Council, and The American Psychological Association. She specializes in couples and families in transition. She

provides Infertility Evaluations, Adoption Home Studies, and Couples Retreats. Haase is the Clinical Director of the International Holistic Center (IHC), a boutique center that fuses conventional and non-conventional therapies to address problems at the core, not just the symptoms. She is also the co-director of Suits, Stilettos and Lipstick, the women’s division of IHC. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 954-903-9426 or visit IHCHealthFusion. com. See ad page 35.

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LIVE YOUR SONG It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself by Jill Mattson


isten to a traditional West African Griot story: When a tribal woman knows she is pregnant, she goes into the wilderness with a few friends to pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and

at the time of their marriage. If at any time someone commits a crime or aberrant social act, the villagers will circle the individual and chant their song, recognizing that the proper correction is love and the remembrance of identity, because when you recognize your own song you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, family and friends gather at the bedside, as they did at birth, and sing the person to the next life. In any culture, a friend is one that knows our song and sings it to us when we have forgotten it. Those that love us are not fooled by the mistakes we’ve made or the dark images we hold about ourself. They remember our beauty when we feel



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ugly; our wholeness when we are broken; our innocence when we feel guilty; and our purpose when we are confused. Life always reminds us when we are and when we’re not in tune with ourself. When we feel good, we are matching our song. We may feel a little wobbly at times, but so have all the great singers. If we just keep singing, we’ll find our way home. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. Modern pioneers in vibrational energy like Sharry Edwards (bioacoustic biology) and Donna Eden (energy medicine) have independently detected that each of us has a fundamental signature frequency that can be equated to our unique song that persists throughout life. We innately seek natural sounds that reinforce and strengthen our song such as the surf, wind or birds. Even the stars and heavens offer songs out of our hearing range that benefit cell-to-cell vibrations within that we intuitively feel as the magic of a midnight sky. At one with the universe, our song contributes its part in the infinite chorus of creation. Jill Mattson is an author, artist, musician and sound healing composer. Her books and CDs, based on 20 years of studying ancient civilizations, support healing and personal growth. Connect at The Griot story is based on an interpretation by Jane Maluka and Dan Millman.


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Dear Karen Kaye, I cannot get my boyfriend of five years to commit to me. What am I doing wrong? Laura


Dear Laura, My first question to you is what will you achieve if you get your boyfriend to commit after five years? Commitment must come from his heart. What do you think will happen over the years if the relationship is so unstable now? You will have no foundation. What will become of your life and self-esteem while you sit waiting for him? Your boyfriend’s lack of commitment might be reflecting back to you— your lack of commitment to yourself. It seems to me that you may not know what you deserve in a loving relationship. Oftentimes, people who have difficulty with making a commitment have felt that they were not committed to in their childhood. Men and women bring their unfinished business

from childhood to their adult relationships. The idea is to heal some of these “wounds” together. Your boyfriend must be willing to admit that he has commitment issues and also be willing to address these issues to be a worthy partner. In the meanwhile, address your issues of self-worth and commitment in order to take the focus off him. Take your “self” back and then you can decide how you want to move forward. Take care of yourself. Sincerely, Karen Kaye, LMHC Karen Kaye has been in private practice for 28 years, working with couples and individuals. If you would like to speak with her, call 954-384-1217.


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Life Without Pain - 7:30 - 9pm. Free. Demonstration shows how using FDA cleared microcurrent devices can provide noninvasive, drug free pain relief by stimulating the body’s own healing electrical impulses and therefore helps with pain. Come experience the positive effects. First Alternatives, Inline Chiropractic, 4621 N University Dr. Coral Springs, FL, Gail Naas, 954.651.7976.

Wednesday, May 14

Biochemical Nutrition & Stretch Revolution 6:30pm to 8pm. or May 17th 10am. Discussion: the importance and impact of Biochemical Type Nutrition. Stretch Revolution therapy allows the body to gain flexibility and mobility. NRG Fitness, Physical Revolution, 1005 N. Federal Highway, Fort

Lauderdale, FL 33304. Inside Plaza, NW corner of Sunrise and North Federal. RSVP Alliette Chignoli, 762.218.3481.

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FISP’s Annual Hugs for HOPE 5K Run/Walk - 7:30 AM to 900 AM. HOPE stands for “Helping Overcome Problems Effectively.” HOPE Clubs help students in Middle Schools, High Schools and Colleges learn life-changing skills. Help fund HOPE Clubs around South Florida. $20.00. Markham Park, 16001 W. State Rd #84, Sunrise, FL 33326, For more information and registration Jackie Rosen, 954.384.0344.

One World Family - Uniting the World Through Compassion - Building a global community. 5-9pm. Free. Presented by The Kriya Yoga Institute (305247-1960) and Unity Fort Lauderdale. Speakers: Reverend Tita Calzada, Kriya Yoga Master Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, Reverend Roy Eugene Davis, Lama Karma Chotso and Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Arun Gandhi. Unity Fort Lauderdale, 1501 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, 33305.

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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. 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. Unity of Pompano, Realize Your Higher Self 9:30am Power Hour-Discussion on The New Earth; 11am Celebration Service—Inspirational Message & Live Music; 11am Youth K-8-Fellowship, Unity of Pompano, 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. 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. 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

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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.

monday 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. Meditation Practice - 9am-10pm. Free Start your week with a calm mind. Join us for a free meditation practice. Exceptional Wellness, 9070 Kimberly Blvd, Suite 50 - Boca Raton, FL 33434, Jill, 561.852.0910. 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. Community Acupuncture with Guided Meditation - 2-3pm. $25.00 Treatment options for weight loss, smoking cessation, detox, boost energy, improve sleep, wellness, stress Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy, Suite #4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Lisa, 954-782-6564. 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. 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. Taiji-Qigong Health On Beach -Evenings 6:30–­7:45pm. 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. GNOSIS - 7-­8pm. Free. Awakening our Consciousness, overcome the Mind (Doubts & Fears). Classes: Meditation, Tarot, Astral travel, Kabbalah. Gnostic Association (call for directions), Fort Lauderdale, Jean & Dan, 941.228.9208. Ho’oponopono Meditation - 7-8:30pm. $Love. Exploring meditation using a Hawaiian practice of clearing resistance. SoulTranSync, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Edward Miller, 954.990.8948.


Broward County, Florida

Come on Get Happy - 7–8:30pm. No-Charge, Self-help Educational / Discussion Group: Maintain & achieve self love & happiness with emotional balance & stability. Led by Dr. Lewis Jordan Ph.D., @ SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, 2nd Fl, Wilton Manors, 954.306.1493. Reiki Circle/Meditation - 7:30-8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. 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.

Reiki Circle & Meditation – 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400.


Shamanic Healing Circle – 7pm–8:30pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays). Donation $10. A Native Caribbean American-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.

Visit Cohen Counseling for a supportive and nurturing experience to create a healthy balance in your life.

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.


Constellation Therapy - 7-10pm, (2nd & 4th Tuesdays). $45 1st time; $30 repeating. Revealing & repairing hidden dynamcis for personal healing. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, John Moore, 954.540.9799.

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.

Transformational Wellness Workshops - 8-10pm, last Tues ea. month, $5 Donation. Connect though meditation and somatic responses. Explore your journey in holistic wellness soul/mind/body Registration required, limited spots. Pvt. residence, Cooper City FL. Matthew 954.205.9470. Refreshments provided.

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. 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. 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.) Dan, 954.970.7088. Channel with Spirit World - 6:30-8:30pm. $10.00 Last Tuesday of the month. Medium connects with loved-ones that have passed. Spirit Guide advice. Dying To Live Again Foundation, Pompano Beach Civic Center, Steve, 954.788.3430. 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. 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.

Wiccan/Pagan Discussion Group - 8-10pm, 2nd Tues ea. month, $5 Donation. Like-minded people welcomed. We honor the seasons, the moon/sun and cyclical nature of all things, internal as well as external Pvt. Residence, Cooper City. Matthew 754.229.9216. Refreshments provided.

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. 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. Law of Attraction Meetup Group - 10am-Noon (1st Wed. only ). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343.

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For Individuals, Couples or Family Therapy Schedule an Appointment to speak with

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Yoga/Reiki Healing Circle - 5-6:30pm Yoga followed by Reiki Healing Circle 6:45-8pm. Donation. Attend Yoga, Reiki, or both. Sabeena Yoga, 7101 W. Commercial Blvd, Suite 4B, Tamarac, Fl, 33319, Shelli August, 954.553.0933. 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. Sivananada Based Hatha Yoga - 6-7:30pm, Free, Fort Lauderdale Fire Museum, 1022 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Contact Pranava 954.663.2081. Gentle Yoga with Mary - 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Donation. Beginner to intermediate yogis, please join us! Namaste. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S. Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316, 954.713.6118. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. 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. Channel with Spirit World - 7-9pm. $10. First Wednesday of month. Medium connects with loved-ones that have passed. Spirit Guide advice. Dying To Live Again Foundation, Center for Human Development in Hollywood, Steve, 954.788.3430. Intelligent Conversations Group - 7–9pm. Free. Respectful and deep, sometimes funny conversations. No questions avoided! Get your life answers here, finally! Monthly, Third Wednesday. Meet Up, Fort Lauderdale, Panera Bread, 1762 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Nora , 954.607.2183.

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Reiki Circle 7:30–8:30pm, $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.


Healing Circle, with Guided Meditation & Personal Channeled Message – 7 - 8pm - $10 (4th Friday ea. mo). Guided meditation, followed with Reiki and other high frequency modalities allowing you to relax and heal with the help of our “Friends” from the “Other Side”. A channeled message may also be given. 4301 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano 33064. Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.

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. Free Reiki Circle - 10am, New Age Books and Things, 4401 N Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308. 954.771.0026.

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.

Law of Attraction Meetup Group - 7-9pm (2nd Fri. of the month). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343.

A Course in Miracles Study Group, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, 10am–Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Adam: 954.684.7007.

Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400.

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.

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.

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.


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;


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 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. Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message - 7–8pm. $10. 4th Friday of the month. 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. 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.


Broward County, Florida

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. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries – 10:30-11:30am weekly at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30-11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447.

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. 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.

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

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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 9.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Nelson LAc, LMT 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


COLON therapy

Dr. Wei Sheen Chong 6115 Stirling Rd, Suite 205, Davie, FL 33314 954-604-5384


Broward County, Florida

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. See ad page 51.

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 42.

Physical Health Complex

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

Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

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.



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,

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.

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.

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General & Cosmetic Dentistry with a Holistic Touch We make you feel at home. Come meet us and become part of our family. Most insurances accepted. See ad page 22.

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

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.

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

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Discover the world of SusieQ Art, colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment. See ad page 28 and 49.

FOOD EVENT Las Olas Food Tours, Inc. 800-979-3370

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.


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A Holistic approach to financial wellness ~ the mortgage lending and home buying process can be stressful. Watch our video explaining, why and how mortgages work, the Zen way, bringing you clarity, less stress and a peaceful transaction.

The Explore Las Olas Food Tour great fun for families, friends, birthday celebrations, bridal showers, office parties and more, while tasting a variety of delicious foods along Las Olas Boulevard. Learn some history about Fort Lauderdale and visit one of the many fine Art Galleries.

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

Gluten-Free Bakery Joey’s Home Bakery – Gluten Free

1532 SW 8th Street, Boynton Beach, FL 561-202-4004

A Dedicated Fresh Baked, Gluten Free bakery. We Bake Fresh Artisan Breads and Bake Goods Daily. + Vegan, Dairy Free and Paleo. Hours: 8am till 6pm Tues-Friday; 5pm Saturdays and 4pm Sundays. We and ovens rest on Monday.

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White Crane Healing Arts


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


1637 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-3344

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.

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.


homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

Women’s Awareness

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

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.

Weight Loss Programs Most insurance plans accepted

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Wendy Pacella, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner 954-263-3259

Lisa’s Healing Center 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.

Broward County, Florida

Harriet Sharaf 301 NW 84th Ave., Plantation, FL 33324 954-562-3910 Supporting you through Life’s Transitions. Let go of what no longer serves and create the life that’s calling to be lived. Free Phone Consultation

intuitive healer Deirdre Abrami

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

LYMPHATIC Therapy Kristen Tyler, CLT

Bayview and Commercial area 305-613-6974 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 19.

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!

meditation 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.


ReIntegrative Hypnosis & Coaching

T’ai Chi Chih

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. NOT a martial art.

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS Dr. Susan Mendelsohn, Clinical Psychologist

954-294-7036, Delray Beach, 33483 Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, relationship counseling, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, mood & anxiety disorders. Providing individual and group therapies.

Life Counseling Center of Broward

Natalie Nesbitt, LMHC 954-592-9023 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP 954-258-8845 2400 North University Dr., Suite 201 Pembroke Pines FL 33024 We are a practice focused on meeting our clients’ needs. Natalie specializes in couples/relationship counseling. Amanda concentrates on helping clients address anxiety and depression.

natural acupuncture 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 9.

optometric Physicians

relationship coaching

Natural Eyes of Weston

Getting What You Want

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

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 23.

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 44.

pain management salon

Physical Therapy Wellness Institute

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

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. Nous parlons Francais. See ad page 41.

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.

Photon Light energy sauna Photon Light Spa, LLC

Stephen Anthony, abch

at Harmony Hair and Spa 262 Commercial Blvd, Suite B Lauderdale by the Sea FL 33308 954-303-9585

2331 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors 954-564-2323

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.

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

numerology Soul In Vibration

Katherine McDermott 954-200-4588 Your birthdate is a “contract,” holding information on genetic traits, life purpose, strengths, improvements, etc., and will serve as a road map for your life.

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.

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schools 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.

smoking cessation quit smoking with laser therapy Eva Bueno-Johnston 2544 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The Physical Health Complex 954-566-1119

structural integration Core Energy Institute

706 NE 3rd Ave Downtown Ft. Lauderdale 33304 954.298.3369

The Rolf Method of Structural Integration. Your body’s language tells 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 y o u r m i n d w i l l f o l l o w. # ma 3 8 0 9 2 . See ad page 13.

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.

Stop smoking for good the gentle way. Painless and highly effective. Certified Laser Technician 10 years experience. Let me help you quit without withdrawals or unpleasant side effects.

Yu school Spiritual Counselor 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.

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.


Broward County, Florida

5500 NW 2nd Ave., #618 Boca Raton, FL 33487 561.866.0852 Tai Chi - Qigong - Chinese HappyHeart - HappyCouple with Master Jennifer Yu, 6th generation disciple of China’s Yang Family Tai Chi. Group and individual sessions available.

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

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 14.


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Sabeena Yoga

Community Resource Guide (CRG)

Shelli August 954-553-0933 Elaine Prestigiacomo 561-678-3189 7101 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 4B Tamarac, FL 33319

Natural Awakenings Magazine 954-630-1610

Develop strength, flexibility, focus. Bring body, mind, heart and s o u l i n t o h a r m o n y. Y o g a : Sivananda (beginner to advanced), Children, Mommy and Me, Prenatal, Meditation, Kirtan. Reiki. Private sessions available.

Premium Business listing 12 months @ $105/mo. or 6 months @ $119/mo. includes photo or logo, 4 of 8 item plus 25 words to describe your service, products or business. Extra words are $1 each; additional items are $4 each. Order Your CRG ad online today.

Weston Yoga

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 Weston Yoga offers a variety of healing modalities, classes, and workshops. 21 regular scheduled classes a week. Beginners to advanced. First class $10.00.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. ~Oprah Winfrey

“Gems in Recycling ~ Plastic” Fall in love with a painting or mixed media piece, take it with you for your home or office. Call for an appointment today. 954.630.1610

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

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