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Fracking Versus Food

America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake

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uly four is a special holiday celebrating our independence from England. We know the history as taught to us in our public school system—it was about taxation and respect. Today, we have another situation. From where I sit, we have interdependence. Interdependence is expressed through our complex system of creating goods and trash/recyclables that we export. We depend on other countries to purchase our “stuff”. The same goes for the importing of goods, thus completing the circle of transfers. However, I’m not sure that we import waste materials from other countries directly by purchasing, but we do receive waste and the byproducts of production by other means—through our natural, global circulatory system that is not entirely independent either... the clouds, creeks, streams, rivers, and oceans that nourish all that lives. A traumatic export into this system in recent years was a result of the earthquake off Japan in the Pacific Ocean, adding all things man-made and natural in the land areas of northeastern Japan. No one particularly cared if a little more dirt or trees or bushes were set adrift in the ocean.We were more concerned when we realized the floating man-made debris would start showing up on our shores. We’re all connected through global systems down to the drops of water and the particles in the air. It rains quite a bit here in Broward. Think of the cigarette butts that get unconsciously dropped onto the street, along with other debris. When the rains come, all this goes into the storm drains and then shows up in our miles of canals and ultimately on the beach, brought in by the daily tides. I pick them up if I see them and place them in my bag to then deposit in the trash can. I wonder how many filters a single thoughtless smoker will toss during his or her lifetime—about 10 a day times 20 years equals 73,000 filters. Might cigarette companies consider developing an earth-friendly filter that would readily break down when exposed to the elements? Moving up to a more celebratory

nature, of being and doing more positive and wonderful things in the world… for one, my niece is having a baby. I asked my sister if she knew if it was to be a boy or girl. The news came via email with a photo of my niece’s dog Alice. Above Alice’s head were four BLUE helium balloons. I grinned from ear to ear. It’s such joy to be a part of a family! Independence. I contemplate what that means. I treasure the independence I have. I feel blessed to be able to have the freedom and independence to move about, for the most part, from state to state and country to country. Within my pursuit of happiness I have locally grown orchids on my desk. I look out over the ocean and watch the bathers play among the waves. I’ve set up my office just the way I want. I sit here, typing this letter in peace and harmony. Everything is perfect; I am in need of nothing else in the present moment. Tonight I’ll be making another presentation to a nearby homeowners association about the “Butterfly Public Art Community Project”. You may recall the news brief I placed about the project last month. I’m gathering input on what the neighbors want in terms of public art. It’s a fun, interactive process and I’ve been meeting some very interesting people. The health of all our neighborhoods is important to the whole of our county. I’m excited about proposing a meaningful project to the Broward Cultural Division in September. More on that later. If you want to be a part of the conversation, sign up on my art website at butterfly. Give back to the community today, even if it’s just to smile at someone, or to pick up a single piece of trash. Love the interdependence and the independence of it all; plan on it.

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newsbriefs Zaumeyer & Pescatore Unite

Dynamic New Medical Team Provides Quality Healthcare for Women


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more than 20 years. Dr. Earle Pescatore, Jr. is a South Florida native and a Nova Southeastern graduate. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and has special knowledge and skills in treating women with urinary and gynecological issues. He is one of this country’s leading experts in correcting vaginal mesh surgeries. Women’s Awareness (Zaumeyer’s practice) has united with Women’s Continence and Robotic Surgery Specialists (Pescatore’s practice) located at 2021 East Commercial Boulevard, Suite 305, Fort Lauderdale. Together, they are providing office gynecology services including: annual exams, menopause management, contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, weight loss, and treating women with urinary and gynecological issues. Additionally, the team has extensive training and experience in providing Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy to women (menopause symptoms) and men (low testosterone). Schedule an appointment today at Women’s Continence and Robotic Surgery Specialists, 954-734-1298. Most insurances accepted. See ad page 56.

3rd Annual Conference Empowering and Inspiring Women


uits, Stilettos and Lipstick™ in collaboration with the Women’s International Holistic Council is excited to announce the upcoming 3rd Annual Women’s conference. It will be held on Friday, September 12, at the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, from 9am to 4pm. This year’s theme is “It’s Time to Play BIG!”, and by the look of the lineup of speakers, panelists, celebrities and honorees, the conference organizers are playing very big. This extraordinary all-day conference will focus on health, business and inspiration. Additionally, they will have a lineup of women-focused

exhibitors and a silent auction to benefit Catch 84 Foundation. Fo u n d e r a n d CEO, Dr. Elizabeth King explains, “SSL’s overall mission is to empower and inspire professional women to reach their highest potential. Every woman deserves this day.” Grace Bosco, a past year attendee, shares her experience: "What a fabulous, professional and inspiring conference! A true life changing experience!” For a full lineup of speakers and all other conference details including registration, visit SuitsStilettosandLipstick. com or call 954-903-9426. Grab your tickets fast because this event will sell out quickly. It’s time to play BIG! Are you in?

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oey’s Home Bakery Gluten-Free is the only dedicated, fresh baked, gluten-free bakery in Palm Beach County. A wholesale/retail commercial bakery, they service all of southeast Florida. They were recently awarded first place for taste at the National Gluten-Free Expo in West Palm Beach. Many bakeries use sugar, along with sulfites and nitrates to increase shelf life. Joey’s uses no additives, preservatives, artificial coloring or flavoring, no artificial anything, no white flour or sugar, rather using whole grains and organic where possible. Their menu includes Breads, Focaccia, Muffins, Cookies, Pastries and Cakes. Gluten-free items which are also vegan (V) and/or dairy-free (DF) are indicated. Breads: 5 Whole Grain Sandwich or Cinnamon Raisin, (DF); 5 Whole Grain

Rosemary Focaccia, (V); 3 Cheese Focaccia; Crusty Boule/Baguette or Sundried Tomato/Olive or Challah, (DF). Glutenfree Muffins: Blueberry, Banana-Walnut, (DF); Organic Carrot or Chocolate, (V). They have a wide variety of glutenfree cookies and biscotti as well as cupcakes, Chocolate Flourless Cake, Key Lime Pie, and birthday and wedding cakes made to order. Joey’s Home Bakery Gluten-Free is located at 1532 SW 8th St., Boynton Beach (Home Depot shopping center), 561-292-4004; and at PB Outlets, West Palm Beach, Kiosk outside Food Court, 561-352-3450,,, See ad page 55.

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newsbriefs The Amrit Yoga Institute Gains International Accreditation


n the 1960s a handful of men came to the United States from India, introducing yoga to the West, and thus began the yoga craze that has grown to include 27 million people in the U.S. alone. Yogi Amrit Desai is one of the earliest arrivals and the last living Master of Yoga from that initial wave. He has been

repeatedly honored with titles such as Doctor of Yoga Science, Jagadacharya and Grand Master of Yoga along with a wide variety of awards from both the East and West for his pioneering work with Yoga, Yoga Nidra, quantum breath meditation and Yoga Therapy. Yogi Desai is globally recognized for creating a unique approach to the practice of yoga which he first developed as Kripalu Yoga and later refined into Amrit Yoga, a combination of Hatha (physical) and Raja (meditative) yoga. It is due to his more than 53 years of dedication to teaching the true form of Yoga that the Council for Yoga Accreditation International has honored Yogi Desai and the Amrit Yoga Institute as one of the founding Member Institutions, and currently the only Yoga Institute with International Accreditation in the U.S. For more information visit or See ad page 2.

FAU Announces Research Grants Collaborating Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative


lorida Atlantic University recently established a Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative. Building on the success of FAU’s Peace Studies Program, which is generously funded by the Schmidt Family Foundation, and supported by the Lynn-WoldSchmidt Peace Studies Endowment, the

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Art at Lauderdale Lakes


herryl Muriente, an urban acupuncturist, will be focusing on creating a collaborative cross-disciplinary project that captures the voice of the community in regards to the Lauderdale Lakes Children’s Garden. Working together with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of Lauderdale Lakes, t h e C h i l d r e n ’s Garden, Boyd H. Anderson High School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School, Oriole Elementary School, local businesses and neighbors, she will conceptualize improvements to the garden through the use of art. Muriente finds inspiration to create small-scale interventions which serve as catalysts to transform the larger contexts and activate the complex networks within a place. These subtle

interventions resonate in the collective subconscious of those living in the city. Her creativity focuses on happenings, performance art, art installations, and live art. Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of

County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The project culminates with a review presentation to the Broward Cultural Council on September 17, 2014. The public is invited to attend.

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Ginger and Turmeric Protect Skin from Sun



cientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin that can be damaged by the sun’s rays. The researchers measured the ability of each herb extract to absorb ultraviolet radiation and act as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. Turmeric and ginger extracts absorbed a significant amount of UVB rays before they could damage the skin, according to the results, published in Photochemistry and Photobiology. Each was found to stimulate the synthesis of thioredoxin 1, an antioxidant protein that appears to protect keratinocytes from DNA damage and toxicity to living cells.

Fruits and Veggies Boost Kids’ Learning and Social Skills


study published in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association finds that increased fruit and vegetable consumption among school-age children may increase learning skills related to interacting with others, as identified in social cognitive theory. Researchers divided 138 students into two groups, with one group consuming more fruits and vegetables than the other. After three months, the group on the healthier diet tested higher in social cognitive learning skills. They also scored better in self-efficacy (belief they could succeed) in difficult situations, social support and observational learning.


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Essential Oils Effective in Fighting Candida, MRSA


ssential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing. Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.

Dried Plums Prevent Bone Loss

C Preterm Babies Grow Better with Supplements


n a study published earlier this year in Pediatrics, researchers from Liverpool Women’s Hospital gave either a standard diet or that plus multivitamin and mineral supplementation intravenously to 150 preterm infants for 28 days after their birth. Supplemented babies had higher rates of growth, measured in weight, plus head circumference sizes that were between five and eight millimeters greater. The differences in head circumference remained nine months after the supplementation period ended.

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onsuming dried plums, Prunus domestica, appears to reduce bone loss and may increase bone mass. Studying 236 postmenopausal women for one year, Florida State University researchers gave half of the women 100 grams of dried plums per day, while the other group received 100 grams of dried apples. Bone scans done at three, six and 12 months found significantly greater bone mineral density among the group that ate dried plums. A study from Oklahoma State University showed similar results with post-menopausal mice put on a diet supplemented with dried plums or other dried fruits for two months. Only the diet with dried plums prevented bone loss among the mice. Another study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found increased bone mass among both elderly and adult male mice that ate a diet comprising 25 percent dried plums, while those that did not eat dried plums lost bone mass.


Ashwagandha Herb Mutes Bipolar Disorder, Lowers Stress

he ancient ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) shows promise in reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to two recent studies. For eight weeks, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute gave 500 milligrams per day of ashwagandha extract or a placebo to 53 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The researchers used a series of bipolar tests to gauge cognition, response time, social cognition response and other processes. After the eight weeks, the group given ashwagandha showed significant improvements in auditory-verbal working memory, reaction time and social cognition. In a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatric Medicine, among a group of 64 men and women with chronic stress, after two months of ashwagandha treatment, standardized test scores revealed stress reduced by 44 percent, anxiety and insomnia by 68 percent and severe depression by 79 percent. Depression and anxiety are hallmarks of bipolar disorder.

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globalbriefs Farm Building

Training Programs Attract Young Farmers There’s little doubt that the nation needs more young farmers, because statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the average American farmer is 58 years old. Hope lies in farm incubators that equip young agrarians with the technical skills and the business savvy needed to compete in the fierce, burgeoning market for locally grown produce. At Kinsman Farm (, in Cleveland, the Ohio State University Extension gives would-be farmers quarter-acre starter plots and helps them develop business plans. Financial support is available, too. “The city of Cleveland recently received private funds to expand its Gardening for Greenbacks Program,” advises spokesperson Marie Barni. “Our urban farmers can now receive a $5,000 grant to help start their farming microenterprise.” Some city planners have voiced considerable skepticism about whether urban farms are an effective tool for creating jobs and rebuilding economies like Cleveland’s, but advocates point to other farm incubators in North Carolina, Oregon and Rhode Island, as well as in Kansas City, Kansas, Holyoke, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Missouri, and Seattle, Washington. In Chicago, students at the role model Windy City Harvest, coordinated by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Richard J. Daley City College ( windycityharvest), engage in six months of hands-on horticulture training, and then a three-month paid internship with a farm or food justice organization. Source:


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Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Microbeads Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation outlawing the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. “Banning microbeads will help ensure clean waters across Illinois and set an example for our nation to follow,” says Quinn. The new law halts the manufacture of personal care products containing microbeads by the end of 2017, the sale of personal care products and the manufacture of overthe-counter drugs by the end of 2018, and the sale of over-the-counter drugs by the end of 2019. At least four other states are considering similar bills. Preliminary studies in the Great Lakes have found millions of microbeads per square kilometer. The non-biodegradable plastic particles that are used as exfoliants in many facial cleansers and soaps make their way through sewage systems and accumulate in waterways. Once in the water, microbeads, like other plastics, can absorb persistent toxic chemicals and are than mistaken for food by fish and wildlife of all sizes, raising serious concerns about their impact on a variety of species up the food chain. Unilever has announced plans to complete its phaseout of microbeads globally by 2015. Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, The Body Shop and L’Oreal have announced on their websites plans for gradually eliminating the scrubbing beads from their products and are testing more natural alternatives, like ground seeds or nuts. Consumers that don’t wish to use products with the beads should avoid products that list polyethylene and polypropylene as ingredients, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an advocate for protection of the Great Lakes.

Strength in Numbers It Takes a Village to Feed the World

Organizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 ( All are vital in creating a better food system. Here are a few examples. Food MythBusters is telling the real story of how food is produced through short films, showing that we can have a food system that is truly affordable, delicious, fair and good for the planet. Heifer International has been helping small farmers around the world practice better animal husbandry and develop more environmentally sustainable sources of food production for 70 years. Oxfam, a confederation of 17 organizations worldwide, helps find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam America’s recent Behind the Brands campaign highlights how favorite consumer brands bring hidden costs to farmers, food security and the environment. Real Food Challenge, started in 2008 mainly among students, aims to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets from industrial farms and junk foods to community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources by 2020. Seed Savers Exchange is dedicated to saving and sharing organic, heirloom and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds.

Food Transparency

Vermont Demands GMO Labeling Vermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for Vermont to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, game-changing new law signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on April 23.  Anticipating the current lawsuit by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Vermont has set aside $10 million for legal fees. The Organic Manufacturers Association is working to expand funding behind Vermont’s defense because the outcome could affect all 50 states. Unless legally overturned, starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9 percent GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic engineering was used. Products that contain GMOs and are labeled as such cannot also label their products as “natural”. The bill, however, does not apply to labels for milk, eggs and meat from animals fed GMOs.  Donate to Vermont’s defense fund at

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globalbriefs Relaxing Rules

Sperm Killer

Monsanto Roundup Herbicide May Cause Gene-ocide

U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege Last September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, all but guaranteeing that when the NOSB meets every six months, the non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic items will increase. Certain non-organic or synthetic materials can be used in up to 5 percent of a USDA Organic product, and in up to 30 percent of a Made with Organic Ingredients product. Look for the addition of carrageenan, synthetic nutrients such as DHA and ARA, sausage casings made from processed intestines, synthetic methionine, antibiotics and mutagens, among others. Sign a petition in protest at The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled to allow Roundup herbicide residues in food at concentrations a million times higher than levels already shown to be carcinogenic in cell research. Now a new study published in Free Radical Medicine & Biology adds to a growing body of research implicating the herbicide’s main ingredient, glyphosate, at concentration ranges well within the EPA “safe level” for food, in inhibiting male infertility. Noting the research revealing Roundup’s toxicity to the germ line (sperm and egg) of animal species, the argument can be made that this chemical has contraceptive properties and therefore, genocidal consequences. By directly affecting the biologically immortal cells within the testes that contain DNA with more than 3 billion years worth of information essential for the future of the human species, Roundup could even be considered an instrument of mass destruction. Minimally, the precautionary principle should be applied that any chemical with the potential to disrupt or destroy our species’ reproductive cells should be banned unless the manufacturer can prove its safety beyond a reasonable doubt. Source: 16

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Urban Habitats

How Plants and Animals Adapt to Cities

More than half of the world’s population now resides in cities, and the United Nations projects that 5 billion people will call a city home by 2030. “We need to understand how cities are changing the ecology of the systems they are built on, and how plants and animals are adapting to them,” says Dieter Hochuli, a Ph.D. biologist who specializes in integrative ecology at the University of Sydney, in Australia. For the most part, plants and animals adapt to urban surroundings using traits that help them survive in their natural habitat, but some scientists predict the pressures of the city, especially pollution, may become so great that evolution may intervene. “We’ve created this whole new habitat that never used to exist here,” remarks Angela Moles, a University of New South Wales (Australia) plant biologist. “There will be some species living here that are not doing so well and there’ll be selection for individuals that can do better in an urban environment.” “We still have functioning ecosystems, they’re just different from what they were 200 years ago,” comments Hochuli. Some shifts will be irreversible.

Seabirds’ Significance

Complex Interactions Help Cool the Planet Top predator species of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied to the health of the ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to a study from the University of California-Davis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When phytoplankton are eaten by grazing crustaceans called krill, they release a chemical signal that attracts krill-eating birds. The chemical signal, dimethyl sulfide (DMS), forms sulfur compounds in the atmosphere that also promote cloud formation and help cool the planet. Seabirds consuming the krill then fertilize the phytoplankton with iron, which is scarce in oceans. “The data is really striking,” says Gabrielle Nevitt, Ph.D., a professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior at the university, who co-authored the paper. “This suggests that top marine predators are important in climate regulation, although they are mostly left out of climate models. More attention should be focused on how ecological systems impact climate. Studying DMS as a signal molecule makes the connection.” Source: Environmental News Network (

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Sneak Attack on Dietary Supplements


ccording to Scott Tips, president and legal counsel for the National Health Federation (NHF), harmonized global standards are enabling overall reduced vitamin and mineral levels in pill and food form. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed changes to both the current Nutrition Facts panel on food labels and Supplement Facts panel on dietary supplement labels that prompt concern. “While the food industry, media and general public focus on the proposed format changes, new wording and label design, there’s a danger to our health in the FDA harmonizing our Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamin and mineral levels down to the extremely low levels of the Codex Alimentarius, which our organization has fought against for more than a decade,” advises Tips. Although a few RDIs have been raised, if the proposed rulemaking is adopted, the NHF anticipates that the FDA will work to conform other recommended nutrient values to those of Codex. Support for this projection is based on an October 11, 1995, FDA pronouncement in the Federal Register to harmonize its food laws with those of the rest of the world. The deadline for citizens to submit comments to the FDA ended on June 2, 2014, but we can still write the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5360 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Mention Docket No. FDA-2012-N-1210 and insist that the FDA cease pushing its harmonization agenda. For more information, visit


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Garden Gunk

Sewage Can Lurk in Bagged Fertilizers Bagged garden fertilizers help plants grow, but store-bought brands can be a scary mix of sewage sludge—treated human, industrial and hospital waste. No federal or state regulations require that sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, be listed on the label. Sludge can also be blended with more natural fertilizers without listing it as an ingredient. Today’s testing requirements for waste sludge cover only 10 elements and two indicator bacteria; all other contaminants, pharmaceuticals and toxic chemicals that go down the drain of every home and business go right into the fertilizer. Terms like “organic” and “natural” only apply to some food products, not compost or fertilizer. Arsenic and lead are both considered natural ingredients. Toxins and heavy metals don’t disappear when exposed to sun or rain; they enter the soil or travel by wind and water runoff into yards and communities and can be absorbed in vegetables, plants and livestock. When we consume foods grown in sludge, we consume whatever the plant takes up from the soil. Also, elements like heavy metals collect in the meat, milk and fat of animals that are fed crops grown in sewage sludge. To protect the family garden, call the fertilizer manufacturer before purchasing a product to verify ingredients. Ask the nursery or store for labeling that depicts which products are sludgefree and also insist on their use at area schools, parks and playgrounds. For more information, visit


Fracking Versus Food America’s Family Farm

Heritage and Health at Stake by Harriet Shugarman


hat if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its accompanying infrastructure threaten this. Questions must be raised and answered before the safety of our food supply is permanently impacted.

Conditions that Demand Changes


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What To Do 4 Support local, county and state bans on fracking operations and waste disposal. 4 Learn about local farmers’ situations and make them aware of factors to consider. 4 Support local farmers and food producers. n No federal funding exists for researching the impacts of chemical contamination from oil and gas drilling and infrastructure on food and food production. n No public tests are required for what contaminants to look for because many of the 500-plus chemicals used in the fracking process are categorized as proprietary. n Minimal-to-no baseline analysis is being done on air, water and soil conditions before oil and gas companies come into a new area. n No commonly agreed distances are lawfully required between farms, farmlands, rivers, streams and water supplies in relation to oil and gas wells and their infrastructure.

Compounding Crises Harsh economic conditions, plus concerns over long-term climate changes, including extreme weather events, have pitted neighbors against one another as farmers consider leasing their lands to oil and gas companies. More, often the riches promised do not make their way to the farmers that need them the most as American policies continue to favor megalithic agribusinesses and push farming families into unsustainable choices. Standard drilling leases rarely provide broad protections for farmers and can even eliminate their input on where roads

are created and fracking machinery is installed on their property, all of which can hamper normal farming. In Pennsylvania, where fracking is commonplace, thousands of diesel trucks drive by working farms daily, compounding problems already associated with 24/7 vibrations, noises, emissions and light pollution, stressing both humans and farm animals. In New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio, farmers that have or are near such leased land are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain mortgages, re-mortgage property and acquire or renew insurance policies. Caught up in a vicious cycle, some farmers feel forced to abandon their farms, thus opening up more land to oil and gas companies. “Fracking is turning many rural environments into industrial zones,” observes Jennifer Clark, owner of Eminence Road Farm Winery, in New York’s Delaware County. She notes that we often hear a lot about the jobs fracking might create, but we hear little about the agricultural jobs being lost or the destruction of a way of life that has been integral to America’s landscape for generations. Asha Canalos, an organic blueberry and heirloom vegetable farmer in Orange County, New York, is among the leaders in the David versus Goliath battle pitting farmers and community members against the Millennium Pipeline Company and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. On May 1, oral

arguments were heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals. According to Canalos, “Our case could set a national precedent, with all the attending legal precedent, that will either empower other farmers and communities like ours and Minisink or will do the opposite.” In January 2013, more then 150 New York chefs and food professionals sent a letter to Governor Mario Cuomo calling for a ban on fracking in their state. As of December 2013, more then 250 chefs have signed on to the Chefs for the Marcellus campaign, which created the petition. In April 2014, Connecticut chefs entered the fray by launching their own petition to ban the acceptance of fracking waste in Connecticut. In California this past February, farmers and chefs banded together to present Governor Jerry Brown with a petition calling for a moratorium on fracking, stating that fracking wastes huge amounts of water. The previous month, California had declared a statewide drought emergency, and by April, Brown had issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water. Ironically, existing California regulations don’t restrict water use by industrial processes, including fracking, which uses and permanently removes tremendous amounts of water from the water cycle. To date, fracking in California operates with little state regulation. It’s past due for a “time out” on oil

Information is Power Center for Environmental Health, CEH. org Chefs for the Marcellus, The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange, Food Not Fracking, FoodNotFracking. org GRACE Communications Foundation, Love NY: Don’t Frack It Up, Minisink Matters, and gas production and infrastructure development. Every citizen needs to think carefully and thoughtfully about what’s at stake as outside interests rush to use extreme forms of energy extraction to squeeze the last drops of fossil fuels from our Mother Earth. Activist Harriet Shugarman, a veteran economist and policy analyst and former representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations, currently chairs regional environmental committees and works with national, state and local organizations seeking pro-environmental legislation.

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ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.


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Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries?

James Gormley Takes On the FDA Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself by Kathleen Barnes

The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929 book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in

2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.

With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.

Did the FDA declare war on the natural products industry

in the 1990s? The FDA conducted numerous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal Ltryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the “vitamin B-bust”. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.

Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study con-

ducted since World War II. The superrefined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.

What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americans’ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at

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Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies by Judith Fertig


moothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities.


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Other ingredients follow the peak of summer crops. Berries, greens, melon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots and stone fruits like peaches and mangoes add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon or two of milled flax seeds,

hemp or nut butter adds richness to the flavor, while providing omega-3 fatty acids necessary for complete nutrition. For the finale, add a touch of sweetness from fruits, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia. The best way to mix a smoothie is to start with either a liquid or an ingredient with a thicker consistency, like yogurt, placed in a standard or high-speed performance blender. Next, add the desired fruits or vegetables and flavorings, followed by ice. Start on a slower speed, holding down the lid tightly, before increasing the speed to achieve a velvety texture. If the smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit or ice. Freezing the fruits first and then blending them into a smoothie can substitute for ice. Peeling bananas before freezing them makes smoothie-making easier. Freezing the fruits in recipe-size portions also simplifies the process. Smooth-fleshed fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, ripe peaches and nectarines blend more easily to a silky finish than do fresh berries. Tender, baby greens such as spinach, kale or chard virtually disappear within a smoothie; if using mature, rather than baby greens, cut out the stems unless the blender is extremely powerful. Blending enough ingredients for two smoothies can yield a leftover serving to store in a reusable glass jar in the refrigerator. To reactivate the full taste later, just turn over the jar and give it a good shake to re-blend the ingredients. Spirulina (made from a microsaltwater plant) and wheatgrass juice and powder are some popular smoothie additions. Milled flax seeds add healthy

fat, but their water-soluble fiber also adds a little bulk; although the texture difference isn’t noticeable if the smoothie is enjoyed right away, it will be apparent if it sits for 20 minutes or more. With the whir of a blender—and no cooking—summer’s tastiest bounty

transforms into at-home or on-the-go beverages to revive, replenish and renew us so we’re ready for our next adventure.

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Yields 2 servings ¼ cup cranberry juice 1 cup pitted sweet black cherries ½ cup raspberries 1 /3 cup plain soy or coconut yogurt 4 ice cubes Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Mango Lassi Yields 2 servings ¾ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk ¼ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1½ cups chopped fresh mango, frozen ½ tsp ground cardamom Agave nectar to taste Ground pistachios for garnish Combine the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, mango and cardamom and blend using low to high speeds until smooth. Add agave nectar to taste and blend again. Sprinkle ground pistachios over each serving.

Tomato Smoothie Yields 2 servings

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2 cups tomatoes, chopped ½ cup tomato juice ¼ cup apple juice ½ cup carrots ¼ cup celery, chopped Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste 2 cups ice

Yields 2 servings 2-3 cups watermelon, seeded 1 cup low-fat vegan vanilla yogurt 1 cup frozen organic strawberries 1 cup frozen organic sliced peaches

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Cool as a Cucumber Smoothie Yields 2 servings 1 cup apple juice 1 cup sliced sweet apple ¼ cup applesauce ½ cup sliced carrots ½ cup cucumber, peeled and sliced 2 cups ice Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Summer Salad Smoothie Yields 2 servings ½ cup apple juice 2 cups stemmed and chopped baby spinach, Swiss chard or kale 1 apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped ½ avocado, peeled and chopped ½ cup cilantro leaves 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp matcha (fine green tea powder) 1 Tbsp milled flax seeds ¼ cup vegan protein powder Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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hether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts. One way to disconnect kids from electronics is to go camping. Such educational, fresh air exercise is inclusive and inexpensive. David Finch, superintendent of the Dunes Edge Campground, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, suggests borrowed gear for the first outing. A backyard campout can be a rewarding trial run; each child can ask a friend to stay over and a parent and the family dog can participate. Once kids have the hang of sleeping somewhere outside their own bedroom, consider an overnight program at a local or regional zoo. Kids get a kick out of watching the animals and learning about their behaviors, diets and habitats. The Toledo Zoo, in Ohio, offers Snooze at the Zoo, including a pizza dinner, breakfast and admission the next day. Children sleep near one of the exhibits or in a

safari tent. The program teaches animal adaptations, food chains and ecosystems and meets requirements for scout badges in a fun setting. The Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Maryland, near Baltimore, offers a rich outdoor experience. Organizers provide food, activities and camping equipment. Children first attend a fire safety class, and then help cook a meal and make s’mores. At night, participants learn how to mimic owl hoots and practice their new skills, often receiving hoots in return. Night walks sometimes include sightings of deer, bats or flying squirrels, while morning walks showcase groundhogs and birds. Jean Gazis, with the women’s and girls’ rights nonprofit Legal Momentum, in Brooklyn, New York, observes, “It’s easier to camp with small, even tiny, children, than with older kids. Babies are portable.” She recalls taking her 7-week-old infant along and nostalgically comments, “Now that the kids are 11 and 14, they don’t have as much free time.” Drive-up camping in a state park

“It’s not how fast and how far you go, it’s what you see, smell, touch and listen to along the way. You might move only five feet in 15 minutes, but what you see and discuss will help children grow into respectful explorers and lifelong campers. Take photos and bring a journal; a child’s adventures are the best keepsakes.” ~ Stephanie Rach, founder of the Let’s Go Chipper play-based learning program, in Corte Madera, CA that offers facilities and planned activities sets up a good time. Gazis feels that a destination four hours away is the limit for car trips with small children. She advises giving everyone duties. “My young son once had a great time digging a ditch around the tent when it began to rain,” she recalls. “He kept the sleeping bags dry and got to play in the mud.” Jeff Alt, of Cincinnati, Ohio, author of Get Your Kids Hiking, suggests, “Start

Leave No Trace 4 Know the rules beforehand and be ready for inclement weather. 4 Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Use existing trails.

them young and keep it fun. Get the kids involved in the planning. My kids have gone along since they were born. We stayed at a lodge when they were small because little trekkers have a lot of gear. During the day we were out in the park exploring, always keeping in mind that kids tire out fast.” His mandatory equipment includes good walking shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Adhering to such rules as never leave the trail or wander off and don’t pick flowers or touch animals is non-negotiable. Stephanie Wear, a biologist for The Nature Conservancy, working in Beaufort, South Carolina, has found that it’s easy to make the experience lively. “We like to do observational scavenger hunts—find the flower, the mushroom

or the tree that looks like a picture and make a list of what you see. Getting out in nature sharpens observation skills, boosts creativity and improves physical and mental health,” she says. Wear notes that her kids have listed 70 forms of life in the family’s backyard alone. Visit a local park or to take part in more activities and explore different locations. “Nature presents a great parenting tool,” she remarks. Summertime camping helps every member of the family unplug, unwind and wander along new paths. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

4 Dispose of waste properly. 4 Leave plants undisturbed. 4 Minimize campfire impacts. 4 Use a lightweight stove instead of a fire. 4 Respect wildlife. Do not follow, feed or approach animals. 4 Keep dogs tethered so they can’t chase or harm wildlife. 4 Be courteous to other visitors (no loud music). Happily share the trail and experiences. Find more tips from the Center for Outdoor Ethics at


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Be a hero, take pollution down to zero. ~ National Park Service

Good Clean Fun Water Sports Saying No to a Wave of Trash by Avery Mack


he ocean is my bliss. My job lets me do what I love and call it work,” says Andrea Neal, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Sci-


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ences, a scientific collaboration seeking healthy water solutions, in Ojai, California. “When I surf, I’m in sync with water and air at the same time.” One time during a Scandinavian snowfall, she donned a wet suit to ride eight-foot waves; after splashdown, she emerged with icetipped eyelashes and a huge grin. “I’ve never been so cold, but it was glorious!” Neal likens scuba diving to entering another world, revealing nature’s undersea glories. “Crabs sneak a peek and you’re face-to-face with fish. Sea lions want to play,” she says. “I’ve also had great white sharks cruise by and give me an intimidating nudge.” It’s not just sharks and extreme weather that swimmers, divers and watercraft enthusiasts worry about these days—it’s trash, too. The most basic requirement for safe water sports is clean water. Plastics, paper and other debris, ranging from microscopic toxins to everyday garbage, pose life-threatening hazards to human and marine life. “I want my kids and their kids to share in what I’ve experienced,” exclaims Neal, part of the global scientific community redefining clean water habitats as an investment. Semiannual walking beach cleanups, an Oregon tradition for 30 years, have removed 2.8 million pounds of trash, largely comprising cigarette butts, fishing ropes and plastic bottles. Unusual items

include telephone poles and a 200-pound Styrofoam block. In the 2014 spring campaign, 4,800 volunteers that treasure coastal recreational activities removed an estimated 24 tons of litter and marine debris ( What West Coasters see can also show up in Japan and vice versa, so coordinated cleanup efforts benefit outdoor enthusiasts in both countries. Lake Tahoe, on the California/ Nevada border, beckons paddleboard, raft, canoe and kayak aficionados. Last year, volunteers for the Great Sierra River Cleanup, a Sierra Nevada Conservancy project, finessed the condition of this recreational site by picking up a ton of trash in and near the water and were able to recycle 600 pounds of it (Tinyurl. com/SierraRiverCleanup). Desert winds, combined with flat landscapes, blow Las Vegas debris into Nevada’s Lake Mead. Operation Zero – Citizens Removing and Eliminating Waste, ferries volunteers to a cove accessible only by boat to clean and enjoy the area ( The improved natural environment attracts visitors to the lake to try new sports like wakesurfing, riding the water behind a wave-producing boat by dropping the tow line once waves form. The more adventurous go wakeboarding, which combines water skiing, snowboarding and surfing skills as the rider becomes airborne between waves. The more advanced sport of waterskating requires more stylish skateboarder moves. Further inland, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers help keep the Great Lakes clean. More than a beach sweep, volunteers regularly monitor litter throughout the year and perform a complete beach health assessment on each visit. The eight Great Lakes border states—Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—benefit from teams of volunteers continually working to improve beach health (

Moving south, Project AWARE cleans up Iowa’s waterways, “one stretch of river, one piece of trash at a time” ( Stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are popular river activities. Paddlers collect litter en route and leave it in designated bins at access points. In Missouri, the Big River beckons. Jeff Briggs, an insurance adjustor in High Ridge, tubes the mile-plus stretch between dams at Rockford Beach Park and Byrnes Mill. “When we’re tubing, it’s just for enjoyment,” he says. “For a longer float, we take the jon boat so there’s space to stow trash.” Table Rock Lake, in southern Missouri, draws fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. Their WK Lewis Shoreline Cleanup has removed 179 tons of trash in 10 years. In 2013, 670 volunteers filled 11 dumpsters ( WK-Lewis-Cleanup). “It takes love and commitment, patience and persistence to keep cleaning

up habitats,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., co-founder of four grassroots water advocacy groups. “Clean water is important though, to sustain fit life on

the planet.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

How Trash Impacts Marine Life by Avery Mack “No matter where you live, trash can travel from your hands to storm drains to streams and on to the sea. The problem of ocean trash is entirely preventable, and you can make a difference,” advises the Ocean Conservancy. The Ocean Trash Index provides information by state and country on how much and what kind of trash enters our waterways. Each fall, data is collected during the organization’s International Coastal Cleanup one-day campaign both on land and under water. About 10 million pounds of trash was collected worldwide in 2013; of that total, 3.5 million pounds, or nearly 35 percent, originated in the U.S. The most common offenses include discarded cigarette butts and filters, food wrappers, plastic bottles and bags, beverage caps and lids, cups, plates, utensils, straws and stirrers, glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper bags. All of it could have been recycled, including the cigarettes (see Trash enters the water from illegal or thoughtless dumping, extreme weather

events, a crashed plane, sunken boat, lost fishing traps, nets or lines, movie props or windblown litter. For example, a plastic bag blows out of the trash can or truck, enters a storm drain or creek and moves into rivers and the ocean, where it endangers marine life, swimmers and watercraft. Water boards in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area recognize that voluntary measures aren’t enough to solve the problem. Some cities in the Los Angeles area have implemented full-capture systems designed to trap debris greater than five millimeters in size. Prevention is obviously the least expensive, safest and easiest way to keep water clean. To protect local, regional and global waters, follow the familiar refrain

of recycle, reuse, repair and repurpose. Be thoughtful about what’s in the trash can and keep it securely closed. Move the car on street sweeping days—along with dust, dirt and leaves, a street sweeper picks up animal waste and oil from cars. Ask for and advocate less packaging on commonly used products, stiffer fines for polluters and increased funding for enforcement and research. Knowing what comprises most trash helps consumers demand product redesigns and new policies that address the most problematic items and materials, explains Nicholas Mallos, a marine debris specialist with the Ocean Conservancy. Rippl is a free mobile application that can help users practice what they preach in making simple, sustainable choices by delivering weekly green living tips, available at A safe, fun day near, on, in or under the water starts with green practices at home. For details visit CoastalCleanupReport.

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Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change by Melinda Hemmelgarn


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rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farmers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of heroes providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and the way we think about the ability of good

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food to feed the future well. Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations. Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong dream to farm in 2009, each at the age of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm

Diana and Dick Dyer program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son, Joraan, who died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 23. Joraan’s orchard is home to thriving, health-supporting apple, apricot, cherry and plum trees, plus native aronia berries. It also injects fresh life into the community. Each spring, the Forbords celebrate their son’s birthday by “waking up” his orchard. His mother

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and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of Tarrant Lanier, of the the world, and Center for Family and I want future Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord Community Developgenerations to ment (CFCD) and Victory Teaching enjoy it without fearing that it’s making Farm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants all us sick,” she says. “We are intent on children to grow up in safe communihaving a school garden in every school, ties with access to plenty of wholeand we want to see area hospitals estabsome food. After working for nearly two lish organic food gardens that support decades with some of South Alabama’s efforts to make people healthier without the use of heavy medications.” Lanier further explains: “We see our victory as reducing hunger and increasing health and wellness, environmental sustainability and repair, community development and beautification, economic development and access to Tarrant Lanier, gardening with children at the locally grown food, by Center for Family and Community Development promoting and creating a local food system.” most vulnerable families, Lanier wanted to “provide more than a crutch.” In 2009, Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, of she established the nonprofit CFCD Zephyros Farm and Garden, in Paoorganization, dedicated to healthy living. nia, Colorado, grow exquisite organic Within five years, she had assembled a flowers and vegetables for farmers’ small, but hard-working staff that began markets and community supported building community and school gardens agriculture members in Telluride and the and creating collaborative partnerships. Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the couple Recently, the group established the decided to take fewer trips away from Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s first their children and homestead, and inurban teaching farm and community stead bring more people to their 35-acre resource center. “The farm will serve as family farm to learn from the land and an onsite experience for children to learn develop a refreshed sense of community. where their food comes from and the From earthy farm dinners and reasons fresh, organically grown food elegant weddings to creative exploration really matters to our health,” says Lanier. camps for children and adults and an However, “This is just the tip of the educational internship program, these iceberg for us. Ultimately, we’d like to family farmers are raising a new crop of be a chemical-free community through consumers that value the land, their food advocating for reduction and elimination and the people producing it. The couple of pesticide and chemical use in schools, hopes to help people learn how to grow hospitals, households and local parks

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explains: “People of all ages gather—an assortment of our friends, Joraan’s friends and their growing families, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, students and others—to keep his legacy growing. The incredible community support keeps us going.”

Don Lareau

“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” ~ Don Lareau and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised

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that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.”

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Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red kidney beans and edamame soybeans, along with raising livestock on about 1,400 acres. Their family farm philosophy entails looking at the world through a lens of abundance, rather than scarcity, and working in cooperation with their neighbors instead of in competition. The result has been a groundswell of thriving organic farmers and a renewed sense of community and economic strength throughout their region. The Martens switched to organic farming after Klaas experienced partial paralysis due to exposure to pesticides, compounded by concern for the health of their three children. Because the Martens work in alliance with nature, they’ve learned to ask a unique set of questions. For example, when Klaas sees a weed, he doesn’t ask, “What can we spray to kill it?” but, “What was the environment that allowed the weed to grow?” Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer

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after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in the Copper River and Bristol Bay fisheries. During that time, Mosness became a passionate advocate for protecting coastal communities and ecosystems. “Like farm families on land, fishing families face many risks and uncertainties,” but she believes, “political forces may be even more damaging to our livelihoods and wild fish.” For example, “We are replicating some of the worst practices of factory farming on land in our marine environment with diseases, parasites and voluminous amounts of pollution flushing into our coastal waters,” explains Mosness. She’s also concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential approval of genetically engineered (GMO) fish without adequate health and environmental assessments, and she works to support GMO labeling so consumers can make informed choices in the marketplace. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.

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Are You Boston Strong? Are you naturally resilient to personal challenges? If not, can you learn to be? by Howard M. Cohen, LMHC s a mental health counselor, I have observed that certain people have an innate ability to overcome adversity. Some people go through one personal challenge after another and have the ability to pick themselves up and keep on going with the business of life. They seem to possess a wonderful and special gift to be *resilient, the ability to bounce back from difficulty or even a tragedy, and not have the effects or after-effects of the episode faze them much. Merriam-Webster. com defines resilience as “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens; the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.” Of course, I am not talking about working with playdough or stretching a rubber band here. We are talking about human beings and their capacity to return to an original emotional state, which means to me that their original self was fairly secure and strong before the event occurred. I believe that some individuals possess an inborn adeptness to keep moving forward, but oftentimes, I’ve seen it develop through strong relationships with family members, close friendships, and within therapeutic alliances. Can you really learn to be resilient from others or is it already predetermined for you? Interesting question, right? According to, “Some individuals come by these abilities naturally, with personality traits that help them remain unflappable in the face of challenge. However, these behaviors are not simply an inborn trait found in a select few individuals. According to many experts, resilience is actually quite common and people are very capable of learning the skills that it takes to become more resilient.” So, it appears that resilience can also be acquired and can positively affect a person’s outlook and their ability to cope with crisis situations. The title of this article “Boston Strong” is referencing the bombing tragedy which occurred a little more than a year ago at the Boston marathon. After watching the events unfold and tracking a few of the victims’ healing journeys, I noticed that the community rallied around them and provided a “strong” and united circle of support. I also noticed that many of the people affected by the tragedy were very hardy and resilient and that their injuries did not deter them from going on with their plans and dreams. I was taken by the way the citizens of Boston seemed to take a vow of solidarity towards bringing the terrorists to justice, and


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not allow the negative outcome of one marathon to influence the staging of the next one. It also seemed like the victims became warriors and tough on their own, but it made me wonder if the support of the community, and the country, bolstered their confidence to conquer their wounds and go on with their lives. I have never before witnessed private citizens in our country under the duress of massive explosions, with amputated arms and legs, rebound so fully and robustly. It was incredible to see their courage and fortitude, given the nightmarish situation. I think we can all learn a few things about resilience from our “Boston Strong” compatriots. Here are a few more tips from about becoming more resilient in your own life. I know that I have mentioned a few of these techniques in other articles I have provided, but they definitely bear repeating: 1. Build Positive Beliefs in Your Abilities Research has demonstrated that self-esteem plays an important role in coping with stress and recovering from difficult events. Remind yourself of your strengths and accomplishments. Becoming more confident about your own ability to respond and deal with crisis is a great way to build resilience for the future. 2. Find a Sense of Purpose in Your Life In the face of crisis or tragedy, finding a sense of purpose can play an important role in recovery. This might entail becoming involved in your community, cultivating your spirituality, or participating in activities meaningful to you. 3. Develop a Strong Social Network Having caring, supportive people around you acts as a natural awakenings

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protective factor during times of crisis. It is important to have people you can confide in. While simply talking about a situation with a friend or loved one will not make troubles go away, it allows you to share your feelings, gain support, receive positive feedback, and come up with possible solutions to your problems. 4. Embrace Change Flexibility is an essential part of resilience. By learning how to be more adaptable, you’ll be better equipped to respond when faced with a life crisis. Resilient people often utilize these events as an opportunity to branch out in new directions. While some people may be crushed by abrupt changes, highly resilient individuals are able to adapt and thrive. 5. Be Optimistic Staying optimistic during dark periods can be difficult, but maintaining a hopeful outlook is an important part of resiliency. Positive thinking does not mean ignoring the problem in order to focus on positive outcomes. It means understanding that setbacks are transient and that you have the skills and abilities to combat the challenges you face. What you are dealing with may be difficult, but it is important


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to remain hopeful and positive about a brighter future. 6. Nurture Yourself When you’re stressed, it can be all too easy to neglect your own needs. Losing your appetite, ignoring exercise, and not getting enough sleep are all common reactions to a crisis situation. Focus on building your self-nurturance skills, even when you are troubled. Make time for activities that you enjoy. By taking care of your own needs, you can boost your overall health and resilience and be fully ready to face life’s challenges. 7. Develop Your Problem-Solving Skills Research suggests that people who are able to come up with solutions to a problem are better able to cope with problems than those who cannot. Whenever you encounter a new challenge, make a quick list of some of the potential ways you could solve the problem. Experiment with different strategies and focus on developing a logical way to work through common problems. By practicing your problem-solving skills on a regular basis, you will be better prepared to cope when a serious challenge emerges.

8. Establish Goals Crisis situations are daunting. They may even seem insurmountable. Resilient people are able to view these situations in a realistic way, and then set reasonable goals to deal with the problem. When you find yourself becoming overwhelmed by a situation, take a step back to simply assess what is before you. Brainstorm possible solutions, and then break them down into manageable steps. Yours in personal change and growth, Howard M. Cohen, LMHC,, 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-9809628, Howard Cohen is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice with offices in Wilton Manors and Dania Beach. Cohen Counseling is a safe place for individual and family therapy, with specialties offered in the areas of LGBT issues, career counseling, overcoming depression and anxiety, family conflict resolution, coping with loss and grief and addiction solutions. See ad page 54.

Why Go Gluten-Free? by Eddie Grosman


or many years I experienced uncomfortable symptoms in my body. I frequently felt tired, had mild bloating, stomach pains and diarrhea, and couldn’t explain why. I thought I followed a healthy lifestyle. Heaven knows, I taught this healthy lifestyle for 34 years professionally as a vegan/vegetarian/raw food personal chef and instructor. Three years ago my friend told me that he was diagnosed with celiac disease, which is a severe intolerance to gluten products. He told me to try not eating products with gluten for 30 days to see if the symptoms would go away. I am always up for a challenge. He reminded me that if I made this commitment, I could not cheat even once for 30 days. At the end of the 30 day challenge, all of those uncomfortable symptoms that my body was so used to experiencing when I ate gluten products were gone. I was amazed and fascinated. I wanted to learn more, so I did. Gluten is a protein found in several grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, triticale, spelt, kamut, farro, semolina and durum. When flour is mixed with water it forms a sticky substance giving it that elastic

property which allows bread to rise. When gluten reaches the digestive tract and is exposed to the cells of the immune system, the cells believe that they are being attacked by an invader-like bacteria. People with celiac disease have the most severe form of gluten sensitivity where their immune system attacks the gluten as well as the intestinal wall. Thus, the body experiences nutrient-deficiency since all nutrients are absorbed into the body through the walls of the colon. In non-celiac gluten sensitivity there is no attack on the body’s tissues, but there can still be symptoms such as bloating, stomach pain, fatigue and diarrhea, as well as pain in the bones and joints. Most people with celiac disease don’t realize they have it. I didn’t have celiac disease, but going gluten-free for 30 days showed me that my body was certainly sensitive to gluten. Along with a great improvement in my digestive system, my thinking became sharper and clearer too. One out of eight people has a sensitivity to gluten and goes undiagnosed for years, accepting bodily discomforts as part of life and resorting to drugs to relieve the discomforts. Additionally, studies have shown

that schizophrenic, autistic and epileptic patients respond well to a gluten-free diet, and this is only the beginning. So much research is being devoted to this area and more is being revealed all the time. Gluten-free is big business now, and practically every store has become smart enough to cater to the gluten-free population. There is a lot of money being made and no shortage of products in the marketplace. Gluten-free grains include rice, millet, buckwheat, corn, oats (not all, so check the package for gluten-free oats), sorghum, teff and wild rice. I love to make tabouli with quinoa instead of bulghur wheat. It’s easy to substitute ingredients and there are many cookbooks available as well as recipes online. Because of the increased demand for gluten-free and to help change the face of the fast food industry, I have developed my own gluten-free, soy-free, vegan fast food restaurant, VeGo. VeGo’s menu will feature a variety of burgers, including Chipotle Black Bean, Veggie-Rice, Portabella Mushroom and Eggplant, hot air French Fries and Sweet Potato Fries, kids’ meals, salads and drinks, with a drive-up window and indoor and outdoor seating. You certainly don’t have to be gluten-free or vegan to enjoy this type of healthy fast food! In the meantime, if you think you have a problem with gluten, take the 30 day challenge and see for yourself. For more information contact Eddie Grosman, 954-551-1285,

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Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. \“Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (, of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”

Sunburn, Bug Bites and Poison Ivy A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted lavender is also a great remedy

Best Carriers Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation. Use cold-pressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance. Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil.

for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.” Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.

Allergy Relief During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using

a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.

Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot. Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.”

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ost people turn their noses up at the thought of drinking something with kale, spinach, celery or any other green vegetable. Some think it is crazy to start their day with a green juice. Yet, who can resist the aromas of cucumber, apple, celery, kale, and lemon with a hint of ginger charging the air in the early morning hours! Yes, I’m saying it—I believe green juice is the best way to start the day; it gives you that much-needed energy boost and offers more benefits than a cup of coffee that induces an acidic reaction inside your body. And here are three more reasons: 1. You get a full serving of green vegetables in a single 16 ounce glass. (When in the grocery store look for glass rather than plastic; plastic is wasteful and leaches chemicals such as BPA which has been linked to numerous health hazards.) 2. You flood your cells with numerous phytochemicals, nutrients, and minerals which give you energy, control your metabolism and allow your body to run at optimal level. We may not necessarily get all of the vitamins and nutrients we need in our everyday diet, therefore, having a fresh vegetable juice each day can have a huge added benefit for your body. You increase your alkalinity, offsetting all those acid-inducing foods endemic in our diets. The Standard American Diet is filled with processed, refined, and chemical laden foods which unfortunately promote illnesses such as cancer, inflammation and chronic diseases. 3. A diet filled with greens, vegetables and green juices is a way to adequately handle toxic overload and eliminate it. If you feel tired, sluggish, and lack energy, then incorporating these things into your lifestyle can turn that around. The chemical interactions kicked off by green juices enhance your ability to fight illness while maintaining a strong immune system. Think back to 8th grade biology class. Green leaves contain chlorophyll, critical in photosynthesis, the process which allows plants to convert light energy, generally from the sun, into chemical energy that fuels the organisms’ activities. More specifically, photosynthesis converts water and carbon dioxide to carbohydrates, mostly sugars, and then releases oxygen as a by-product, replenishing the atmosphere. By consuming juice from green leafy vegetables you are infusing your body with the building materials that initiate this chemical process. So, the phytochemicals, vitamins and nutrients help our bodies release toxins by carrying oxygen straight to our blood cells. The result is an energy boost from our increased blood circulation and hemoglobin levels. Another great attribute to drinking a green juice is that it contains loads of magnesium, Vitamins A and C. Magnesium is essential for efficient calcium utilization. The highest concentration of calcium can be also found in good ol’ kale! Notice, I didn’t reference dairy as the highest source. Yes, that’s right, dairy is not the highest source, but that is another story entirely. Lastly, all chlorophyll-laden foods act as a form of ‘stored

sunshine’, to regulate calcium and compensate for Vitamin D deficiency. So, if you get no sunshine, then increase the greens in your diet! So, now you have a clear idea of why drinking a green juice daily is so important for your health. Here are some ways to keep your green juices fun and exciting: Rotate your greens. Juicing the same vegetables over and over can lead to an alkaloid buildup, which is okay in small doses but not so good over time. Make sure to switch things around with parsley, bell pepper, bok choy, collards, watercress, spinach and any other one of your favorite green vegetables. Even if you’re not crazy about the taste of a particular vegetable, suck it up once in a while; you’re trying to stave off disease and optimize health! If taste is so important, you may add lemon, lime or ginger and maybe a couple of dates for sweetness, but don’t go overboard with the dates. You may also add some extra satisfying soul benefits by including wheat grass, spirulina, and E3 live which all aid in higher concentrations of chlorophyll.

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minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.




10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow

A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.

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To keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results.



Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.

Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.

Eggs Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith, owners of Foster and Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 40

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Coconut Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals. Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according to naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.

Carob Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and

Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.

Wild Salmon Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.

Cranberries Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers. The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.

Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form

of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute.

Suzi Beber is the founder of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission.

Chow Down Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible for all of these recipes.

Chia Coconut Crunch

¼ cup goat’s milk Olive oil Combine ingredients in a mediumsized bowl; let sit for 10 minutes.  Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, add bowl contents and then scramble like regular eggs. Cool before serving as a topping to a dog’s regular meal.

Raw Liver Paté

1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ cup coconut flour 1½ Tbsp chia seeds ¼ cup coconut oil 1 cup almond butter 2 whole eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla ¼ cup carob chips Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except carob chips. After ingredients are well incorporated, add carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands, place on cookie sheet and lightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag.  

Oats ‘n Egg Scramble 2 eggs, whisked ½ cup rolled oats

½ lb liver (chicken or bison) 2 eggs 1 tsp sea salt or kelp 1 Tbsp olive oil Whirl all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use as a topper for regular meals.

Cooked Liver Paté

Same ingredients as liver paté. Hard boil the eggs and set aside. Lightly sauté liver in a pan with the olive oil, sea salt and kelp. Cook until pink is gone. Cool and then combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Serve and store as indicated above. Source: Recipes courtesy of Suzi Beber. natural awakenings

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Give Freedom a Hand Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World by Kirk Boyd


048 is a plan to prevent wars, eliminate poverty and create the conditions for global sustainability by the time we celebrate the centennial of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unanimously adopted in 1948 by all UN member countries. 2048 dispels myths, including a major misconception that peace and prosperity are hopelessly complicated and unattainable. In truth, both can be secured through the realization of five fundamental freedoms for everyone: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment and freedom from fear. These basic freedoms establish a framework within which other


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rights can flourish. The five fingers of our hand illustrate the possibilities, starting with the thumb. It looks different and stands out. It is strong. It represents freedom of speech, an idea that stands up to dishonesty and corruption. With our index finger, we point and indicate direction. It represents freedom of religion. Each of us is free to choose our own way. Those that decide

God is their guide are free to live their own relationship with God. The middle finger, the longest, represents freedom from want—the long road of existence and the certainty that there’ll be food, water, education and health care for every one of us as we go along. Next is the wedding ring finger for many of us, and a finger with a direct link to our nervous system for all of us. It represents freedom for the environment and for life. We all have a direct link to the Earth and the ecosystem of which we are a part. When the life of the Earth is spoiled, our lives are spoiled. Finally, there is our little finger, the least imposing. It represents freedom from fear. It’s the “finale” of our hand, our reward. All the others lead to this one. As we recount the five freedoms represented by our fingers, remember that we didn’t ask for that hand; we were born with it. Everyone was born with the right to all five freedoms. They are the essence of a good life for all, and in this way they are intertwined; the success of each bolsters the others. As we learn our rights, we come to expect and demand them, with lasting results. They become our way of life. Source: Adapted excerpt from 2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together by Kirk Boyd. Used with permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers. See the evolution of human rights at Tinyurl. com/HumanRightsTimeline.


Who are the “Everyday Heroes?”


Dear Karen Kaye, I like the idea of a hero, but what would you tell me about an “everyday hero”? Thanks! Lauren


Dear Lauren, Everyday heroes come in all shapes and sizes and have numerous and various attributes. I will attempt to describe some of the basic characteristics of an everyday hero. I am quoting here a message from Dr. Phil that resonates with me: “This situation needs a hero.” An everyday hero is someone who is grounded enough in their own conscious awareness to meet their own needs while not being blinded by them, and recognizing the needs of others. They do not see or believe themselves to be heroes, and often say, “I just did what needed to be done.”

They are a teacher who lives life as a student with truth and integrity. They can teach and learn at the same time. These heroes show up when others walk out, not seeking benefit for themselves, but who have knowledge or service to offer the situation (and it is okay with them as a byproduct of their service to receive). They also realize when they cannot give to and benefit a situation. They can lean on others as well as being leaned on. They take internal inventory of their own strengths and weaknesses consistently, and live honestly, vulnerably and transparently. They can live with their faults and the faults of others. They are extremely

patient and don’t quit until the job is done. Lauren, an everyday hero is a fallible human who can be counted on in good times and bad, and who makes a difference in their own life and the lives of the person(s) they touch. I do my best to live this way myself; some days are easier than others Many thanks, Karen Kaye, LMHC Karen Kaye has been in private practice for 28 years. If you would like to speak with her, call 954-384-1217. See ad page 55.

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Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex - 7- 9pm. $5. Dynamic discussions of various Abraham Hicks quotes/processes. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, Patti Blankenship 305.546.2526.

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Spiritual Healing Center - 12pm-5pm. Spiritual Healing Fair - Spiritual Readings, Therapy Sessions, Animal Communication, Aura Readings, Reflexology, Free Chair Massages, crystals and more for sale. Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N Federal Highway, Suite 4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Lisa Smith, 954-782-6564.

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Tuesday, July 22 “Getting What You Want” - Susan Sheppard shares her original five-step system that, when followed, guarantees you a love relationship. 6:30pm, free. Private location: N.E. Fort Lauderdale, Reservations: 818.414.6032.

Wednesday July 23

Open House - Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine - 4pm-8pm. Earn a Master’s Degree & become a Licensed Acupuncturist. Tour the college & clinic, speak to students, free tongue & pulse diagnosis, observe an acupuncture treatment, learn how it’s done and why it’s so effective. Last tour at 7pm. 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301, 954-763-9840 ext. 213. RSVP.




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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 Introductory to Meditation - Gyanpriya - 10am11am. $18. Meditation with simple, systematic progression through practices. Experience a variety of meditation techniques to develop intuition, inner peace and clarity. Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Kelly, 954.648.5831.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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


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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. Satyananda Yoga - Yoga for the Soul - 9am–10:15am (Fri 9am, Thurs 7pm). $18. Customized, slow-paced & nourishing classes for inner-outer balance. Asana, pranayama & mediation. All levels Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Gyanpriya, 954.604.7930. Yin Yoga - Jayne Villimizar - 5:30–6:45pm (Wed 11–12:15am & 5–6:15pm). Yin yoga works the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones. Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Jayne, 954.604.7930. 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. 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. Tai Chi - 7–8pm (Wed 7–8pm). $18. Taiji quan (tai chi) uses slow, meditative movements to increase coordination and balance and to promote relaxation and internal strength. Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Kelly, 954.648.5831.

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.

tuesday Qi Gong for Health & Vitality - 8-9am & 6:307:30pm. $18. Practiced in America as a physical discipline or therapeutic activity.– every person’s experience is unique. Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Halima, 954.648.5831. 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. 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. 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. 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. Release, Relax and Replenish – 7pm–10pm. $10.00 Start the summer with an amazing detox boast. Discover how to keep yourself energized and empowered to nourish your soul. Hollywood Jaycee Hall, 2930 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33021, Mary, 305.389.0554. Family Constellation Therapy – 7–10pm, (2nd & 4th Tuesdays, also 3rd Saturday 2-5pm). $45 1st time; $30 repeating. Revealing & repairing hidden dynamics for personal healing. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, John Moore, 954.540.9799. 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. Yoga for Peaceful Sleep - 8-9pm. 4 classes/$50 A soft, nurturing class for everyone. Gets great feedback from students! Practices induce total relaxation and peace - inside and out. It helps those with insomnia to sleep better. Also at 6:30pm. Yoga for the Soul, 915 NE 20th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954.317.9336. 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. 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 Yoga Excellation Power workout Flow - 8:30– 9:45am (Friday 5–6:15pm). $18. This class is about strength and endurance. Face Challenges with an enhanced mental attitude. Teacher: Marcel AndersHoepgen, Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Jayne, 954.604.7930.

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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. 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. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Reiki Circle – 7:30–8:30pm, $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.

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thursday Rise & Shine Yoga - 7am-8:15am. Donation on sliding scale of $5-$25 per class. Awaken the body, mind & Spirit with Hatha Yoga! I Love Yoga Donation Studio, 2980 Griffin Road, Studio 1, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312, Mary, 754.551.0155. 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. A Course in Miracles Study Group – Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, 10am–Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Adam: 954.684.7007. Prenatal Yoga - 4:45–5:45pm. $18 per class or $15 for 10 class card. Nurture deep relaxation and health through pregnancy. The Bombay Room Yoga Studio, 3354 NE 33rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, Amy Glenn, 954.567.1110. 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.

Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $15. 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. Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 7–9pm (2nd & 4th 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. Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. 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.

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.


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.

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. Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex - 7- 9pm. $5.00. Dynamic discussions of various Abraham Hicks quotes/processes. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, Patti Blankenship, 305.546.2526.


Broward County, Florida

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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; 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. 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. Mission of Maitreya – 4–5pm, These sessions are to further explain & clarify the teachings. http://www. 954.629.4873. 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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Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Clinic II

Unique Holistic Boutique

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

The clinic offers Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine consultation and treatment provided by our team of highly experienced licensed acupuncturists, many of whom are acupuncture faculty of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. As a Clinic II patient, you can expect to be provided high quality, individualized care that is specifically tailored to your unique needs. See ad page 7.

Vesna Stankovic 561-705-8989 200 Lindell Blvd. # 917 Delray Beach FL 33483 Lisa Ruff 954-415-1871

Hand Poured Organic/ Wildcrafted Therapeutic Essential Oils. Custom Blends and sprays. Tesla Metamorphosis Energy Healing. Iridology Consults with Zyto Analysis and Herbal Suggestions for ailments.

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

Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

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

Physical Health Complex

Sandra Herrington, OMD, RN, LMT, CT 2544 No. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-0444 Cleansing for health/energy. Constipation, impaction, bowel rehabilitation, digestive disorders, candida detox, nutrition, living foods/ wheatgrass. Individualized plans or Rx followed. Physician/ Instructor administered. Established 1964. Clean, private, caring environment. mm966, ma6884.

counseling/therapy CHIROPRACTIC physician

Elizabeth Nelson LAc, LMT

COLON therapy

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

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.


Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c. 2045 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322 954-742-0332

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.


Broward County, Florida

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 21.

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 Holistic Psychotherapist I work with the whole person (not their defects). I help my clients to become one with their thoughts and actions, teaching clients how to be their own therapist. Adults-Couples-Teens

dental health Atlantic Dental- Rafaella Correa-Pinto DMD 100 NW 17th Ave, Suite 102 Pompano Beach, FL 33069 954-917-0715

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 49.

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

Mortgages The Zen Way

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.

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

Jay Robins 954-612-8192

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.

Fine art SusieQ Wood


phases of dentistry for

optimum health.

• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Biocompatible materials • Biocompatible Testing • Laser Dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/Ceramic Implants • Natural bone augmentation with Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad page 11.

Discover the world of SusieQ Art, colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment. See ad pages 6.

gardening The Garden Gate

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

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.

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 561-292-4004 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


4520 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale FL 33308 954-900-3705 and... 1637 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-3344 South Florida’s first 100% gluten-free organic eatery and juicery, offering the best of vegan, vegetarian, grass-fed meats and wild caught fish, that offer healthy foods with healing properties and amazing flavors. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm.

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.

homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

9895 NW 48th Ct., Coral Springs FL 33076 754-484-7988

Gynecology Women’s Awareness

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 2021 E. Commercial Blvd., #305 954-791-4475 Gynecology Exams Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies Menopause Evaluation & Treatment

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.

Family Planning & Birth Control STD Testing & Treatment


Most insurance plans accepted

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

HEALING ARTS 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. See ad page 46.

Hypnosis can help with stress, fears, weight, smoking, confidence, sports, test anxiety, substance abuse, sexual problems, pain management and much more. See ad page 37.

954-562-8813, Davie, FL 33328 Angel Readings In Person, Telephone, or Virtual. Energy Healing to Clear, Heal, Balance & Release with the Archangels. Indigo Child Consultations. Non-Profit Animal Rescue.

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 33.

meditation 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

ReIntegrative Hypnosis & Coaching

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

Broward County, Florida

Stefanie Miller

T’ai Chi Chih

Weight Loss Programs


intuitive healer

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 7.

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.

optometric Physicians

Photon Light energy sauna Photon Light Spa, LLC

salon Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

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

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.

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

Kris Drumm, LCSW, ACHT 954-549-0263

Stephen Anthony, abch

Uncover and transform limiting and damaging belief systems with individual and group therapies, including heart-centered hypnotherapy and inner child healing.

2331 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors 954-564-2323

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

Free one half-hour consultation offered.


relationship coaching

Summit—Questa Montessori School

Getting What You Want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849

Judy Dempsey 5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie FL 33314 954-584-3466

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 47.

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.

Natural Eyes of Weston 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 17.

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean ~Anne Frank natural awakenings

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

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.

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.

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.


Broward County, Florida

Yu school

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 17.

yoga Sabeena Yoga

Shelli August 954-553-0933 Elaine Prestigiacomo 561-676-3189 7101 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 4B Tamarac, FL 33319 Develop strength, flexibility, focus. Bring body, mind, heart and soul into harmony. Yoga: Sivananda (beginner to advanced), Children, Mommy and Me, Prenatal, Meditation, Kirtan. Reiki. Private sessions available.

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.

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