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ctober, a time for autumn-spiced food delights, like the cold, dayold pumpkin pie that my mother used to make when I was a kid with more cinnamon and less cloves than what was called for. Now, that was comfort food! I’ve experienced many Octobers in Delaware and the celebrations around the cooler fall days, with the leaves turning their magnificent colors to gracefully fall, covering the ground. I remember helping to rake up the crispy crunchies into a huge pile, and with a running leap, tumbling in for a soft landing. I am deeply saddened when I hear of the thousands of acres of trees in the rainforest that are being cut down for more (unsustainable) grazing land for cattle. That’s a whole other story. I recently signed up to support meatless Mondays. I rarely eat meat these days; I seem to have lost the taste for it. Sustainability is part of the story as to why I have chosen a plant-based diet. My own personal digestive health and immune system are also part of that decision to eat the way I do. There is an inspiring article this month on sustainability in terms of the cities and neighborhoods. It’s a holistic approach to redesigning urban spaces. I’m delighted to see more local gardens popping up in Broward. I encourage you to attend your local civic association meetings to have a conversation around supporting land usage to be more “food friendly”. Too many places forbid any cover other than water-demanding grass in the front yard. The community in which my parents lived had a section of the land

devoted to garden space. My dad planted and tended to the growing of both food and flowers. What might be your take-away for the sustainable neighborhoods? What might you support in terms of changes to the look and feel of the land use, increasing the health and happiness of your household and that of your neighbors? Besides food, land use includes transportation and, of course, living space. More families are looking into living in smaller spaces or redefining the space they have to be more efficient from an energy perspective. The cost of using solar power has come down to half of what it was not too long ago. Our condo building doesn’t use solar power. It may be time to revisit that conversation. I see this decade being one of using our imagination to create a better dialogue and brainstorming with others about what we want. As Curwood reminds us (see Wise Words section) with the phrase, “You don’t know what you don’t know,” we benefit by including new people in our lives and having different conversations. We each bring something to the table, a new perspective... all valid. It can be uncomfortable, but I feel it’s something to be embraced. Enjoy the process of stretching beyond your comfort zone; plan on it.

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et an early start to Halloween at the Keiser University campus in [Fort Lauderdale]. The Scare Fair Open House, hosted by university faculty, staff and students, will invite attendees of all ages to come in costume and partake in music, games, prizes and refreshments from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 29. Keiser University’s associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs prepare students for in-demand career opportunities in the health care, business, culinary, technology and legal fields. Students can complete one class at a time with flexible scheduling that leaves more time for family, work and other pursuits. Keiser University has been Florida’s Statewide Career University for over 35 years. Location: 1500 NW 49th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309]. For more information, call or call 888-844-8404. Also visit KeiserUniversity. edu. See ad, page 55.


ecently featured in USA Today and the Sun Sentinel, The Zen Cruise has just been voted one of the top five theme cruises for 2015 by Porthole Cruise Magazine. This transformational yoga and music journey returns for its second year to Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica and Haiti, February 9 to 14, 2015. The Zen Cruise was created in response to the growing number of travelers seeking unique vacation experiences that combine fun and celebration with a deeper sense of being, community and self-development. Nearly two dozen powerful presenters are onboard, including chart-topping musicians Nahko and Medicine for the People, Kirtan gypsies Mayapuris, and lyrical sensation Ash Ruiz, as well as Hay House author Jennifer Grace, yoga phenomenon and I Love Yoga founder Moses Love, and many more captivating presenters, musical performances and DJs. Fr o m S u n r i s e Gong Meditation, Invigorating

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ocated just south of Coral Springs, in Tamarac, Sabeena Yoga is situated in the beautiful Gardens Mall. Panoramic views of the crystal clear blue fountains and pools add to the peaceful ambiance of the studio.

A health and fitness studio, Sabeena Yoga teaches the five principles of Sivananda yoga wherein students deepen their practice to include proper breathing, proper exercise, proper diet (vegetarian), positive thinking, and meditation and focus. Classes include Beginner to Advanced students; Mommy and Me; Children; Prenatal; and Active Adult. A Reiki Healing Circle is held the first three Wednesdays of the month, at 6:45pm; Meditation and Kirtan, including Satsang, the last Wednesday of the month, at 6:45pm. Everyone in the community is welcome. Love donations are accepted. Shelli August, owner of Sabeena Yoga, has a mission to educate, empower, and enlighten her students in small, intimate, traditional classes. Karma Service is always accepted in exchange for funds. No student who wants to practice yoga will be turned away. Multiple class packages are available at substantial savings. For more information, call 954-5530933. See ad page 54. 8

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newsbriefs Algae for a Healthy Future


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nutrients, spirulina has powerful hydrating properties due to its inherent water-binding molecules; studies indicate it can bind with heavy metals in the body and help remove them. Spirulina induces an anti-inflammatory action that plays a key role in cellular membrane restructuring and vitamin transport. In addition to its antioxidant properties, the presence of lutein and beta-carotene can increase the elasticity and lipid levels in the skin, making it the ultimate inside-out, head to toe rejuvenator. Universal Living Sprouts is now offering locally harvested, fresh, raw spirulina. They deliver to over 15 pick-up hubs throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties. Call 561-795-2554 or visit their greenhouse at 6238 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, West Palm Beach. See ad page 19.

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Lower Breast Cancer Risk by Eating Colorful Veggies


esearch published in the British Journal of Nutrition discovered that the risk of breast cancer decreases with increased consumption of specific dietary carotenoids, the pigments in some vegetables and fruits. The research was based on five years of tracking 1,122 women in Guangdong, China; half of them had been diagnosed with breast cancer and the other half were healthy. Dietary intake information was collected through face-to-face interviews. The women that consumed more beta-carotene in their diet showed a 46 percent lower risk of breast cancer, while those that consumed more alpha-carotene had a 39 percent reduced incidence. The individuals that consumed more foods containing beta-cryptoxanthin had a 62 percent reduced risk; those with diets higher in luteins and zeaxanthins had a 51 percent reduction in breast cancer risk. The scientists found the protective element of increased carotenoid consumption more evident among pre-menopausal women and those exposed to secondhand smoke. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and dandelion greens top the list of sources rich in luteins and zeaxanthins, which also includes watercress, basil, parsley, arugula and peas. The highest levels of beta-carotene are found in sweet potatoes, grape leaves, carrots, kale, spinach, collard and other leafy greens. Carrots, red peppers, pumpkin, winter squash, green beans and leafy greens contain alphacarotene. Red peppers, butternut squash, pumpkin persimmons and tangerines are high in beta-cryptoxanthin.

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Acupuncture Lowers Meth Withdrawal Symptoms


esearch from China published earlier this year in the journal Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion suggests that electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture—also called ear acupuncture—can alleviate symptoms of withdrawal from methamphetamine addiction. For four weeks, 90 patients attempting to withdraw from methamphetamine use received either electro-acupuncture, ear acupuncture or no treatment. Compared with the no-treatment group, those given electro-acupuncture and ear acupuncture treatments showed significant reductions in anxiety, depression and withdrawal symptoms. Between the two acupuncture treatments, the electroacupuncture group did better during withdrawals than the auricular group.

Water Fluoridation Gets Another Thumbs-Down


n extensive review of research from the UK’s University of Kent has concluded that fluoridation of municipal water supplies may be more harmful than helpful, because the reduction in dental cavities from fluoride is due primarily from its topical application instead of ingestion. Published in the Scientific World Journal earlier this year, the review, which covered 92 studies and scientific papers, concludes that early research showing a reduction of children’s tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation may have been flawed and hadn’t adequately measured the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption. The researchers note that total fluoride intake from most municipalities can significantly exceed the daily recommended intake of four milligrams per day, and that overconsumption is associated with cognitive impairment, thyroid issues, higher fracture risk, dental fluorosis (mottling of enamel) and enzyme disruption. The researchers also found clear evidence for increased risk of uterine and bladder cancers in areas where municipal water was fluoridated.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating October 6 to 12 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.

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Engineers Detail a Clean Energy Future

Methane Dangers May Be Three Times the Estimate

Stanford University researchers, led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson, have developed detailed plans for each U.S. state to attain 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using currently available technology. The plan, presented at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Chicago, also forms the basis for the Solutions Project nonprofit. “The greatest barriers to a conversion are neither technical nor economic. They are social and political,” the AAAS paper concludes. The proposal is to eliminate dirty and inefficient fossil fuel combustion as an energy source. All vehicles would be powered by electric batteries or by hydrogen produced by electrolysis, rather than natural gas. High-temperature industrial processes would also use electricity or hydrogen combustion. Transmission lines carrying energy between states or countries will prove one of the greatest challenges. With natural energy sources, electricity needs to be more mobile, so that when there’s no sun or wind, a city or country can import the energy it needs. The biggest problem is which companies should pay to build and maintain the lines. Source:

Results of a meta-analysis of 20 years worth of scientific studies published in Science magazine conclude that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has underestimated the natural gas industry’s climate impact by 25 to 75 percent by not including methane leakage from fracking, gas drilling operations and pipelines. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher Gabrielle Petron voices concern with the discrepancies because, “Emission estimates, or ‘inventories’, are the primary tool that policy makers and regulators use to evaluate air quality and climate impacts.” For a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, researchers flew aircraft over a heavily fracked region in northeastern Colorado and concluded that emissions from drilling operations were nearly three times higher than an hourly emission estimate published by the EPA.

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Coral Countdown Endangered Caribbean Reef Solutions

With only about one-sixth of their original coral cover remaining, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of two main grazers in the region, according to the latest report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012. It’s published by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the United Nations Environment Programme. The report—involving 90 experts and an analysis of 35,000-plus surveys at 90 locations since 1970—included studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish. Climate change has long been thought to be the main culprit by making oceans more acidic and causing coral bleaching. Now, the loss of parrotfish and sea urchins is seen as the main factor; their demise has broken the delicate balance of coral ecosystems, allowing the algae upon which they feed to smother the reefs. Restoring positive populations, plus protection from overfishing and excessive coastal pollution, could help the reefs recover and make them more resilient to future climate change impacts. Download the report at

Coastal Caretaking Zoning Tropical Waters Like Land Resources

In the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, 24 scientists from Canada, the U.S., the UK, China, Australia, New Caledonia, Sweden and Kenya affirm that one-fifth of humanity lives within 60 miles of a tropical coastline, primarily in developing countries. They warn that growing populations and the increasing impact of climate change ensure that pressures on these coastal waters will only grow. Most locations are lacking in holistic, regional management approaches to balance the growing demands from fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, oil, gas and mineral extraction, energy production, residential development, tourism and conservation. Lead author Peter Sale, of the United Nations University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health, states, “We zone land for development, farms, parks, industry and other human needs. We need a comparable degree of care and planning for coastal ocean waters. We subject [the sea], particularly along tropical shores, to levels of human activity as intense as those on land. The result is widespread overfishing, pollution and habitat degradation.” According to the paper, solutions must address a larger geographic scale over a longer period of time; focus on multiple issues (conservation, fisheries enhancement and landbased pollution); and originate from a local jurisdiction to gain traction with each community. View the paper at

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Renewables Gain Ground Worldwide Excess heat from London subway tunnels and an electric substation will soon be funneled into British homes, slashing energy costs and lowering pollution, according to the Islington Council. Germany’s renewable energy industry has broken a solar power record, prompting utility company RWE to close fossil fuel power plants that are no longer competitive. RWE says 3.1 gigawatts of generating capacity, or 6 percent of its total capacity, will be taken offline as it shuts down some of its gas- and coal-fired power stations. In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012 and out-produced it again last year, generating 135 terawatt-hours (1 million megawatts)—nearly enough to power New York state. While it takes about six years to build a nuclear plant, a wind farm can be completed in a matter of months. China also employs a recycling-for-payment program in Beijing subway stations that accept plastic bottles as payment. Passengers receive credit ranging from the equivalent of five to 15 cents per bottle, which is applied toward rechargeable subway cards.

In the U.S., a newly installed working prototype of a pioneering Solar Road project has raised more than than double its $1 million crowd-funding goal to seed the manufacturing process ( Watch a video at Tinyurl. com/NewSolarRoadways. Primary Source: Earth Policy Institute

False Alarm

Expiration Labels Lead People to Toss Good Food Several countries are asking the European Commission to exempt some products like long-life produce from the mandatory “best before” date labels because they lead to food waste. According to a discussion paper issued by the Netherlands and Sweden and backed by Austria, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg, many food products are still edible after the labeled date, but consumers throw them away because of safety concerns. The European Union annually discards about 89 million metric tons of edible food. In the U.S., food waste comprises the greatest volume of discards going into landfills after paper, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2012, this country generated 36 million tons of food waste, but only 3 percent of this waste stream was diverted from landfills. A 2013 report co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic proposes that producers and retailers take other steps to prevent the discarding of good food. Source:

Conservation Covenant

A Greener Future for National Parks National parks have an undeniable environmental impact on the very lands they seek to preserve. Yellowstone’s managers have been working on ambitious management goals to elevate it to be a world leader in environmental stewardship and become one of the greenest parks in the world by 2016. The Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative goals (against a 2003 baseline) are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent (50 percent by 2025); reduce both electricity and water consumption by 15 percent; reduce fossil fuel consumption by 18 percent; and divert all municipal solid waste from landfills. Source: Environmental News Network 16

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Enrich Garden Soil Naturally Homeowners with gardens have many natural, organic and sustainable options for mulching, which enriches soils with nutrients, helps retain moisture and controls weeds. In most regions, many types of trees can provide ingredients. In northern areas, ridding the yard of fall leaves yields a natural mulch. Apply ground-up leaves, especially from mineral-rich oak and hickory trees, so they biodegrade by growing season. suggests choosing from doubleground and composted brush and yard trimmings; hemlock, pine, fir and Canadian cedar; and ground recycled wood. Using a lawnmower with a high blade height or switching to a serrated-edged mulching blade can chop leaves into tiny fragments caught in an attached bag. The National Turfgrass Federation notes, “A regular mower may not shred and recirculate leaves as well as a mulching blade.” Shredded leaves also can filter through grass and stifle springtime dandelions and crabgrass, according to Michigan State University research studies. John Sibley, former chapter president of the Florida Native Plant Society ( and owner of All Native Garden Center, Nursery and Landscapes, in Fort Myers, Florida, says that mulching during the summer and fall is particularly beneficial in southern areas. “It’ll decompose more due to heavy rains and intense humidity and provide more composition to help acidic sandy or clay soils retain nutrients,” he advises. “Applying it in winter will retain more moisture, which is helpful during the dry season.” Sibley suggests avoiding cypress-based mulch. “It’s endangered, a critical component of U.S. native habitat and can act like a sponge, keeping moisture from plants.” He recommends eucalyptus mulch because the tree is more prevalent, and melaleuca, an invasive exotic that can kill termites and won’t float in heavy rains. Also consider pine straw, which is plentiful in the South. Ground-up parts of many other plants can also provide natural mulch in their native regions. cites cottonseed hulls and peanut shells in the Deep South, cranberry vines on Cape Cod and in Wisconsin bogs, Midwest corncobs, and pecan shells in South Carolina. natural awakenings

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hiropractic manipulation of the spine has long been a remedy for structural malfunctions such as aching backs and recurring headaches. Today, chiropractors are also treating neck pain from stress, plus tight shoulders and numb fingers from long hours of computer use. An increasing number of them are now incorporating acupuncture into their arsenal against disorders once treated by chiropractic alone, with great success. “What if you had a nail in your foot? You can do anything to try to heal it, but until you pull the nail out of your foot, you’ll still have a recurring problem,” explains Dr. James Campbell, owner of Campbell Chiropractic Center, in East Brunswick, New Jersey, a certified diplomate and incoming president of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture (ABCA). “Like removing the nail, chiropractic removes the mechanical problem and opens the way for acupuncture to stimulate healing,” Similarly, a chiropractic adjustment removes obstructions and opens acupuncture meridians to facilitate quick healing, “sometimes even immediately,” says Campbell. “Instead of having the needles in for 20 to 30 minutes, I can actually use a microcurrent device to access the meridians in the ears or on the hands

and get the same results in five to 10 seconds.” He notes that relief can be both fast and permanent because the healing energy currents are able to circulate freely throughout the body.

Growing Movement Combining the two modalities has been practiced for more than 40 years, although awareness of the enhanced effectiveness of doing so has been primarily realized in the eastern half of the U.S. The dual therapy is the brainchild of the late Dr. Richard Yennie, who initially became a Kansas City chiropractor after acupuncture healed a back injury shortly after World War II. An acupuncturist smuggled prohibited needles into Yennie’s Japanese hospital room in the sleeve of his kimono for treatments that ended with Yennie’s hospital discharge marked, “GOK,” meaning in the doctor’s opinion, “God only knows” how the intense back pain was healed. While Yennie went on to teach judo and establish five judo-karate schools, his greatest achievement was bringing the two sciences together in the U.S. He founded both the Acupuncture Society of America and the ABCA, affiliated with the American Chiropractic Association. Certification as a diplomate requires 2,300 hours of training in the combined modalities.

Proven Practice Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Kleker, of Aspen Wellness Center, in Fort Collins, Colorado, is also a state-licensed acupuncturist. “I can tailor treatments to whatever the individual needs,” he says. For patients experiencing pain after spinal fusion surgery, with no possibility of any movement in their spine, Kleker finds that acupuncture helps manage the pain. “We can commonly get the person out of the chronic pain loop,” he says. He also finds the combination helpful in treating chronic migraines, tennis elbow and other chronic pain conditions. “When I started my practice in 1981, few chiropractors knew anything about acupuncture, let alone used it. Now there are more and more of us,” observes Kleker. Both Kleker and Campbell are seeing increasing numbers of patients with problems related to high use of technology, facilitating greater challenges for chiropractors and new ways that adding acupuncture can be valuable. Notebook computers and iPads have both upsides and downsides, Campbell remarks. Users can find relief from repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome by utilizing portable devices. However, he is treating more patients for vertigo due to looking down at screens or neck pain from lying in bed looking up while using the devices. “Blackberry thumb”, which refers to pain caused by texting, responds especially well to a combination of chiropractic manipulation of the thumb to free up the joint and microcurrent or acupuncture needles to enhance energy flow in the area,” advises Campbell. Prevention is the best cure for these problems, says Kleker. He routinely informs patients about proper ergonomic positions for using traditional computers and mobile devices. He also suggests exercises to minimize or eliminate the structural challenges that accompany actively leveraging today’s technological world. In addition to chiropractors that are increasingly adding acupuncture to their own credentials, an increasing number of chiropractors have added acupuncturists to their practices. Therapy combining chiropractic and acupuncture has yet to be widely researched, but one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine

in 2012 reports the results of two acupuncture treatments followed by three chiropractic/acupuncture treatments for a women suffering from long-term migraine headaches. The migraines disappeared and had not returned a year later. Other studies show the combination therapy offers significant improvements in neck pain and tennis elbow. Campbell relates a story of the power of chiropractic combined with

acupuncture, when his young son that was able to walk only with great difficulty received a two-minute treatment from Yennie. Afterward, “My son got up and ran down the hall,” he recalls. Locate a certified practitioner at American Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at

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The Sun’s Electrifying Future Solar Power is a Worldwide Eco-Goldmine by Linda Sechrist

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” ~ Thomas Alva Edison in 1931

Energy Engine Humankind has sought for centuries to harness the sun because the cumulative energy of 15 minutes of its rays shining on Earth could power the world for a year. Following the invention of the solar collector in 1767, a slow, yet steady evolution of other breakthroughs in the quest have included the photovoltaic (PV) effect, observed in 1839, invention of the first solar cell in 1954 and a solar-powered communications satellite in 1958. Solar summits in 1973 and 1977 led to the inception of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act signed by then-President Jimmy Carter. Making the most of the “alchemy of sunlight” that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin writes about in The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, has 20

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required a global village of inventors, visionaries, scientists and engineers. Pioneering companies have produced technological advancements and reduced manufacturing costs that expand the sun’s services to the world. Today, thanks to solar power, many of the remotest villages in developing countries have electricity. “Without solar photovoltaics on satellites and those powering the uplink transmitters, downlink receivers and associated equipment on the ground, the isolated residents of developing countries can’t join the modern world,” explains Neville Williams, author of the recently released book, Sun Power: How the Energy from the Sun is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet. As founder of the guerilla nonprofit Solar Electric Light Fund (, Williams led the charge for electrifying households in 12 developing countries

for 17 years, beginning in 1990, using solar panels and systems funded by grants. “While we were cost-effective and decisive, the results were due to the honest, hardworking and dedicated people we found there,” he advises. Williams initiated his pioneering advocacy of solar energy as a media specialist with the DOE during the Carter administration and served as the national media director for Greenpeace, in Washington, D.C. In 1997, he co-founded the solar installation company SELCO-India, which has supplied solar home systems to more than 150,000 families in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam and South Africa. In 2005, he founded the solar solutions supplier Standard Solar Inc., of Rockville, Maryland.

developing countries can get their electricity from the sun, why can’t Americans do the same?” he queries. In a 2002 National Public Radio Planet Money podcast, Yergin, president of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, in Massachusetts, addressed the concerns of everyone that sees the common sense of relying on solar energy. “Technology will be central to solutions for our energy challenges,” he says. “What needs to be done is very, very

large, as are the risks and challenges. What we have going for us is the greatest resource of all—human creativity—and for the first time in history, we are going to see it employed on a global scale.” To learn more, visit and Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for Neville Williams’ recorded interview.

Economic Engine The U.S. currently has an operating capacity of 13,000-plus megawatts of cumulative solar electricity—enough to power more than 2.2 million average American homes. As the industry grows, so does its impact. The Solar Foundation’s Solar Job Census 2013 reported nearly 143,000 solar workers in the U.S.—a 20 percent increase over 2012—at 6,100 businesses in 7,800 locations encompassing every state. According to Yergin and Williams, the increasing value of nationwide solar installations has “electrified” the U.S. economy. In 2013, domestic solar electric installations were valued at $13.7 billion, compared to $11.5 billion in 2012 and $8.6 billion in 2011. The top 10 states for annual additions of photovoltaic capacity in residential and commercial applications are California, Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado, New York and New Mexico. Currently, there are more than 550 major solar projects underway nationally. Under the Obama administration, 16 of these have been permitted on federal lands and will provide 6,058 megawatts of generating capacity. The two experts expect solar energy to be a major catalyst of global political and economic change. Williams contends that now is the time to fully access this cheapest form of unlimited energy. “If millions of poor families in natural awakenings

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TRICK & TREAT Host a Halloween that’s Natural, Healthy and Cost-Conscious by Avery Mack

Slipping masks, sagging costumes and sugar hits can all contribute to cranky kids at Halloween. Healthier, greener and safer options will up the ongoing fun factor.

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Hooray! Princesses and superheroes are more popular than witches and devils these days. With encouragement from parents, kids can enjoy a greener Halloween with tiaras, wands and capes made from recycled cardboard and hobby shop items. Thrift stores offer up hats and jewelry for added bling. The Internet overflows with inspiration. Also, many public libraries host costume swaps this month; find other swap locations at

Consider inexpensive temporary hair coloring instead of wigs. Mix three packets of sugar-free drink mix or one box of sugar-free gelatin dessert mix (because sugar makes hair sticky), a few drops of both water and a conditioner into a paste. Apply cocoa butter at the hairline to prevent color from running down the face. Use a paintbrush to apply it to the hair, topped by a shower cap for a steeping period of as long as youthful patience allows


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before shampooing. Homemade face paint is a fun and healthy alternative to sweaty masks. (Commercial face paint can contain lead and other undesirables.) A moisturizer with sunscreen, unscented lotion or cocoa butter acts as the base. “UVA/ UVB rays are present year-round,” says Dermatologist Michael Taylor, in Portland, Maine. “Use zinc- or titaniumbased products, free from fragrance, para-aminobenzoic acid, parabens, bisphenol A, phthalates and other harmful ingredients.” Natural food coloring, spices or other pantry items provide colorants. Turmeric makes a bright yellow; raspberry, blackberry or beet juice yields pink or red; mashed avocado and spirulina show up green; blueberry juice is naturally purple; and cocoa powder makes a great brown, according to

Age-Perfect Parties For the youngest treaters, hold an afternoon party with games and an outdoor wildlife/leaf hunt. “Plan a scavenger hunt or arrange stuffed toys to be knocked over with balls,” suggests Pamela Layton McMurtry, author of A Harvest and Halloween Handbook, and mother of seven in Kaysville, Utah. “Older kids will love a block party. Solar twinkle lights can mark the perimeters. Plan for a potluck and emphasize healthy choices. Games with prizes like wooden toys, juices, raisins or glutenfree crispy rice cakes take the focus off of candy. Tweens like progressive parties: appetizers at one house, dessert at another and music or scary movies at a third.”

“Disguise healthy snacks as scary, gross foods,” suggests Rosie Pope, a parenting style leader and former reality TV personality in Ridgewood, New Jersey. “Homemade grape or orange juice popsicles with a small gummy worm inside are popular.” Pope likes to decorate cucumber and apple slices with raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries and pretzels adhered with organic peanut butter to

More EcoTreat Tips 4 Keep kids’ hair dry after applying temporary coloring to keep ingredients from running.

mimic crawly creatures. Black spaghetti colored with squid ink can simulate boiled witch’s hair. Spinach linguini masquerades as swamp grass. Look for gluten-free varieties. Prepare peeled grapes for green eyeballs. “Cover party tables with a patchwork of fabric remnants,” advises McMurtry. She also suggests a DIY taco area or cat-and-scarecrow-shaped pizzas. Use sliced olive or cherry tomato eyes, shredded cheese hair and a red pepper smile. Prepare a cheesy fondue with whole-grain bread. Individually wrapped popcorn balls studded with bits of fruit can be great take-home desserts for guests.

Harvest Décor In addition to the usual farmers’

market gourds, Indian corn and pumpkins, “Oranges, tangerines and apples covered with cloth and tied with orange or black yarn or ribbon hung as miniature ghosts in the kitchen and doorways add a spooky touch,” adds Pope. “After the holiday, the fruit returns to the table as a snack.” Pope’s children also like to draw Halloween murals on windows using water-based markers. Traditional tricks and treats are easily improved upon with mindful shopping and imagination. The calorie counts are lower, environmental impacts are lighter and the feel-good fun factor soars. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

4 Mix cornstarch and beet juice to make “blood”. 4 Post a door notice that this family is giving out healthy snacks. Search out organic, fair trade, GMO-, gluten-, nut- and sugar-free treats in recyclable packaging (or no packaging at all). Avoid artificial preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. 4 After gutting the pumpkin, roast the seeds for a snack and purée the pumpkin to add fiber and flavor to recipes. 4 Post-Halloween, compost the jack-o’-lanterns and gourds and add any corn stalks to foliage recycling. Find more tips at Eco-Halloween. Contributing sources: Green,

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A Terrifyingly Healthy Halloween! Kid-Friendly Pizzas

Kids can make individual pizzas starting with pre-baked crusts, bagels or English muffins. Choose whole wheat or gluten-free as desired. Smaller sizes allow for portion control. Add toppings and cheeses, regular or vegan, pop in the oven and serve. recipe photos by Pam McMurtry Designs

Yields 8 servings

Want fun shapes like a Halloween cat or scarecrow? Make an organic crust with a recipe from RealFood, or try a whole-wheat version like one found at recipes/whole_wheat_pizza_dough.html (using whole wheat and organic, unbleached all-purpose flour and a natural granulated sugar).

2 Tbsp olive oil, divided 8 bagels evenly split, English muffins or prepared pizza rounds 1 garlic clove, peeled and split lengthwise 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated 1 cup organic pizza or marinara sauce One protein, such as lean ground beef or soy crumbles (browned and drained); sliced vegetarian pepperoni; turkey or vegetarian bacon (fried, drained and broken into pieces); or peeled and deveined shrimp, cut into bite-sized pieces Red, yellow or green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, sliced or diced black or green olives, drained pineapple bits, garlic cloves, drained and roasted 1 to 1½ cups shredded mozzarella or vegan mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly oil two cookie sheets and set aside. Open and arrange bagels or muffins on the sheets. If using prepared pizza rounds, place on sheets whole. Rub each piece of bread lightly with cut garlic. Brush each round with olive oil. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to stove top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to oven for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove, spread with sauce. Raise the oven heat to 375° F. Begin with the proteins, then layer the vegetables and special ingredients and top with a layer of cheese. Return the rounds to the hot oven and bake until the cheese melts. Cool slightly and serve.

Spicy Cheese Fondue with Crudités and Croutons 1 24-oz round of unsliced sourdough bread 24

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3 cups (12 oz) organic sharp cheddar cheese, grated 12 oz organic Neufchâtel cheese, softened 1 cup organic sour cream 1 cup green onions, chopped 2 (7-oz) cans green chilies, diced ½ tsp salt Directions for bread bowl Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut off and reserve the top of the sourdough bread round. Hollow the inside with a small knife, leaving a ¾-inch shell. Cut remaining bread into 1½-inch cubes for croutons. Directions for fondue Mix together the cheeses, sour cream, onions, chilies and salt. Spoon the mix into the bread bowl, replace the reserved top. Wrap tightly with several layers of foil and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350° F for 1 hour or until cheeses melt. During the last half-hour of cooking, toast bread cubes. Remove bread from foil and place on a serving tray. Encircle with vegetables and toasted croutons. Toasted Croutons for Fondue Dipping Cut one 16-oz baguette of sourdough bread into ½-inch pieces and add the cubed bread from hollowing the sourdough loaf. Add ½ cup of melted butter. Toss bread gently to coat it. Place in oven during the last half-hour the fondue is baking. Remove when crisp, not hard. Crudités for Fondue Dipping Plan 4 servings per pound of vegetables of broccoli, zucchini, celery, cauliflower, green cauliflower, cucumber, mushrooms and red, yellow, orange and green bell pepper strips. Also consider serving grapes, orange slices and melons as refreshing bites after the cheesy fondue.

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If needed, add oil. Stir to break up large clumps and cook until browned.

Salsa Fresca Yields 3 cups

Remove from skillet and drain the meat. Return to skillet, and then add tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin. Stir to blend and simmer over medium heat until the sauce begins to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.

Yields 6 generous servings This one-dish treat contains all of the major food groups. Prepare favorite taco ingredients and stack them on organic blue-corn chips or a bed of torn lettuce. Homemade salsa adds more veggies and zing. Use a recipe like one at AllRecipes. com/recipe/fresh-salsa-2. For a flavor twist, add diced avocado sprinkled with lemon juice to keep the bright green color; red, green, orange or yellow peppers; and fruit like mangos or peaches. 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil (if needed) 1¼ lb naturally raised lean ground meat or meat substitute 1 small onion, 2-in or less in diameter, chopped 1 (8-oz) can organic tomato sauce 1 tsp chili powder ¾ tsp ground cumin Natural salt and pepper to taste 2 (15½-oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped in ¼-inch pieces 1 bunch cilantro leaves, stems removed 1½ cups organic shredded cheddar, Mexican blend or vegan cheese 1 (15½-oz) can black olives, drained and sliced 1 (8-oz) container of regular or vegan sour cream 1 small head Romaine lettuce, roughly chopped 1 (1-lb) bag organic blue corn, whole grain, artisan, white or yellow corn or gluten-free baked tortilla chips

Place beans, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, olives and sour cream in separate bowls. On a serving plate, put Romaine lettuce, taco chips or a combination of the two. Add toppings and salsa as desired. Optional substitution: Use one 8-oz can of tomatoes with green chiles instead of the tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin.

8 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 bunch green onions, sliced 3 jalapeño peppers (or to taste), seeded, stems removed, finely minced (wear gloves and work in a ventilated area) 1 to 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp natural salt Juice of 1 lime Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill covered. Adjust seasonings before serving. Source: Recipes courtesy of Pamela Layton McMurtry

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Airwaves Activist

Public Radio’s Steve Curwood Empowers Listeners to Aid Planet Earth by Randy Kambic


s creator, executive producer and host of Living on Earth, the weekly environmental news program broadcast since 1990, first distributed by National Public Radio and more recently by Public Radio International, Steve Curwood keeps millions of people informed on leading environmental topics. Broadcast on more than 250 public radio stations nationwide, the program has garnered a host of accolades, including three from the Society of Environmental Journalists and two Radio and Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow awards. In-depth interviews and onsite tapings bring subjects to life for listeners. Movers and shakers, innovators and grassroots organizers explain complex issues in understandable terms. Updates of previously aired segments sometime point to what has changed since a piece first aired. Here, Curwood reflects on his own key learnings.


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destroy the ability of our civilization to proceed as it has been. Everything else operates within the envelope of the environment. There’s no food, economy, family or anything else good if we don’t have a habitable planet.

As Living on Earth approaches its silver anniversary, what stands out to you as having changed the most over the years?

What do you believe is the most important environmental challenge we currently face? Hands down, global warming and the associated disruption of Earth’s operating systems is the biggest risk that we run right now. If we continue to get this wrong—and right now we’re not getting it right—it’s going to

One thing that is new and important is an understanding of the power of coal to disrupt the climate. Massachusetts Institute of Technology research shows that using natural gas energy has about three-quarters of the impact of coal over its lifetime, and work at other universities and government agencies supports that finding. Another way to put this is that coal shoots at the environment with four bullets while natural gas does it with three. It also raises serious questions about whether we should be making massive infrastructure changes

to use natural gas when we already have that infrastructure for coal, and why we shouldn’t instead be moving to clean and renewable energy sources that don’t destroy the climate system.

of media picked up on the idea and started doing those kinds of profiles... not always, not everywhere, but frequently. Presidential candidates can now expect to be asked questions about their positions on the environment.

Can you cite the single highest-impact segment enabling NPR to tangibly help forward changes benefiting the environment?

How much does listener feedback and interaction influence your selection of topics?

I believe that in 1992 we were the first national news organization to do environmental profiles of presidential candidates, prompting follow-up by ABC News, The Wall Street Journal and others. That signaled the greatest impact—that other news organizations felt it was important. A number

When we launched the program, surveys showed that only 14 percent of the public cared about the question of global warming, which means 86 percent didn’t care, but we thought the story was important and stuck with it. People do care about their health, so we pay a lot of attention to envi-

ronmental health stories, particularly eco-systems that support healthy living, from clean water to the vital roles of forests to the toxic risks we run from certain manmade chemicals. That’s really important to people, and listeners are quite vocal on such subjects. There’s a phrase, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” If we just relied on listeners to tell us what we should tell them, we wouldn’t be educating them. On the other hand, it’s equally important to cover what listeners are curious about, because they can also educate us. It’s a two-way street. Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer, editor and contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Bennett, founding CEO of EcoDistricts (, a Portland-based nonprofit skilled in developing protocols for establishing modern and sustainable city neighborhoods. The group has recently extended help to seven other cities, including Boston, Denver and Los Angeles, applying innovations to everything from streetscapes to stormwater infrastructure. “The failures of the old, decaying urban and suburban models are evident,” says Bennett. “We’re now learning how to do it well and create environmentally sustainable, people-centered districts.”

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CITYSCAPES Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way by Christine MacDonald


oday, buzzwords like “sustainability” and “green building” dominate discussions on how to overcome the unhealthful effects of climate change, extreme local weather events and pervasive pollution. Now, a growing body of research indicates an unexpected upside

of living greener; it not only makes us healthier, but happier, too. It’s all helping to spread the “green neighborhood” idea across the U.S., from pioneering metropolises like New York, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, to urban centers like Cincinnati, Detroit and Oakland, California.

Rethinking Redevelopment A sustainable, or “eco”-city, generally runs on clean and renewable energy, reducing pollution and other ecological footprints, rather than on fossil fuels. Along with building entire eco-cities, developers also are striving to replace hard-luck industrial pasts and turn problems such as depopulated urban cores into opportunities for fresh approaches. “We are having a major rethink about urban development,” says Rob 28

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The concept of home is undergoing a radical makeover. From villages of “smallest houses” (usually no bigger than 350 square feet), to low-income urban housing complexes, people interested in smaller, more self-sufficient homes represent a fast-growing, increasingly influential segment of today’s housing market, according to experts such as Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House. Google reports that Internet searches for information on “tiny houses” has spiked recently. Economic freedom is one factor motivating many to radically downsize, according to Bloomberg News ( Cities nationwide have overhauled their building codes. Cincinnati, for example, has moved to the forefront of the eco-redevelopment trend with its emphasis on revamping instead of demolishing existing buildings. Private sector leaders are on board as well; a transition to buildings as sustainable ecosystems keeps gaining ground through certification programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the “living building” movement begun by Seattle’s Cascadia Green Building Council has gone international.

Friendly Neighborhoods Walkability is “in” these days, along with bike paths, locavore shopping and dining and expansion of public destinations, all of which draw residents out to meet their neighbors. This “new urbanism” is evident in places like Albuquerque’s emerging Mesa del Sol community and Florida’s proposed Babcock Ranch solarpowered city. While public and private sectors

are involved, residents are the catalysts for much of the current metamorphoses. Whether it’s a guerrilla gardener movement—volunteers turning vacant lots and other eyesores into flowering oases—creative bartering services or nanny shares, people-helping-people approaches are gaining momentum. The Public School, an adult education exchange that began in Los Angeles in 2007 and has since spread to a dozen cities worldwide, the Seattle Free School, the Free University of New York City, and Washington, D.C.’s Knowledge Commons all have taken the do-ityourself movement into the realm of adult education. The latter offers more than 180 courses a year, most as free classes offered by and for local residents encompassing all neighborhoods, with topics ranging from urban foraging and vegan cooking to the workings of the criminal justice system.

Upgraded Transportation With America’s roads increasingly clogged with pollution-spewing vehicles, urban planners in most larger U.S. cities are overseeing the expansion of subway and light rail systems, revamped street car systems and even ferry and water taxi services in some places. Meanwhile, electric vehicles (EV) got a boost from four New England states, plus Maryland, New York, Texas and Oregon, which have joined California in building networks of EV charging

New York City residents taking an urban walking tour rated the experience better and more exciting when it included an urban garden. ~ Charles Montgomery, Happy City stations, funding fleets of no- or lowemission government cars and making green options clearer for consumers. If all goes as planned, the nine states estimate that 3.3 million plug-in automobiles could hit the streets by 2025. Mass transit, biking and walking are often quicker and cheaper ways to get around in densely populated urban centers. Car sharing, bike taxis and online app-centric taxi services are popular with increasingly car-free urban youth. Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing program addresses affordability with a $5 annual membership for low-income residents. One common denominator of the new urbanism is an amplification of what’s considered to be in the public welfare. Through partnerships among public and private sectors and community groups, organizations like EcoDistricts are developing ways to help communities in the aftermath of natural disasters like hurricanes and

tornadoes, seasonal flooding and water shortages. Coastal cities, for example, are grappling with ways to safeguard public transit and other vulnerable infrastructure. Designing for better public health is a central tenet of sustainability, as well. Active Design Guidelines for promoting physical activity, which first gained traction in New York City before becoming a national trend, intend to get us moving. Banishing the core bank of elevators from central locations, architects substitute invitingly light and airy stairwells. Evolving cityscapes make it easier for commuters to walk and bike. Tyson’s Corner, outside of Washington, D.C., has made sidewalk construction integral to the overhaul of its automobile-centric downtown area. Memphis recently added two lanes for bikes and pedestrians along Riverside Drive overlooking the Mississippi River, while Detroit’s HealthPark initiative has many of the city’s public parks serving as sites for farm stands, mobile health clinics and free exercise classes.

Clean Energy The ways we make and use energy are currently being re-envisioned on both large and small scales. Solar cooperatives have neighbors banding together to purchase solar panels at wholesale prices. Startup companies using computer algorithms map the solar

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The benefits of urban agriculture are not limited to the provision of food, with many advocates citing community empowerment, environmental justice, public health, and education and training as primary goals. ~ Columbia University production potential of virtually every rooftop in the country. However, while solar panels and wind turbines are rapidly becoming part of the new normal, they are only part of the energy revolution just getting started. In the past several years, microgrids have proliferated at hospitals, military bases and universities from Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, to the University of California at San Diego. These electrical systems can operate in tandem with utility companies or as self-sufficient electrical islands that protect against power outages and increase energy efficiency, sometimes even generating revenue by selling unused electricity to the grid. While still costly and complicated to install, “Those barriers are likely to fall as more companies, communities and institutions adopt microgrids,” says Ryan Franks, technical program manager with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

Local Food What started with a few farmers’ markets feeding urban foodies has given

way to a growing local food movement that’s beginning to also reach into lowincome neighborhoods through mobile markets, a kind of farmers’ market on wheels, and an explosion of urban gardens and city farms. Ohio City Farm ( grows food for in-need residents on six acres overlooking the Cleveland skyline. In Greenville, South Carolina, the Judson Community Garden is one of more than 100 gardens in the downtown area, notes Andrew Ratchford, who helped establish it in a neighborhood four miles from the nearest supermarket. Giving residents an alternative to unhealthy convenience store fare is just one of the garden’s benefits, Ratchford says. “We’re seeing neighbors reestablish that relationship just by gardening together.”

Waste Reduction While cities nationwide have long been working to augment their recycling and find more markets for residents’ castoffs, many are becoming more sophisticated in repurposing what was formerly con-

sidered trash. Reclaimed wood flooring in new homes and urban compostsharing services are just two examples characterizing the evolution in how we dispose of and even think about waste. We may still be far from a world in which waste equals food, as described by environmental innovators William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their groundbreaking book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Nevertheless, projects certified as cradle-to-cradle are cutting manufacturing costs and reducing pollution. For example, carpet maker Shaw Industries Group, in Dalton, Georgia, reports savings of $2.5 million in water and energy costs since 2012, when it improved energy efficiency and began using more renewable material in its carpet tiles. Shaw is spending $17 million this year to expand its recycling program. Stormwater runoff is a pervasive issue facing older cities. Many are now taking a green approach to supplementing—if not totally supplanting —old-fashioned underground sewage systems. Along with creating new parks and public spaces, current public spaces are often reconfigured and required to do more. Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Portland, among others, are instituting carefully planned and built green spaces to soak up rainwater and cut down on runoff into sewer drains—taking motor oil and other pollutants with it. Using revamped sidewalk, parking lot and roof designs, plus rain gardens designed to filter rainwater back into the ground, municipalities are even successfully reducing the need for costly underground sewer system overhauls. The proliferation of rooftop gardens in places including Chicago, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C., and new green roof incentives in many cities nationwide further exemplify how what’s considered livable space is expanding. Altogether, eco-cities’ new green infrastructure is saving cities billions of dollars and improving the quality of life for residents by adding and enhancing public parklands and open spaces, a happy benefit for everyone. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit


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HAPPINESS GOES VIRAL by Christine MacDonald Since the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan first came up with the idea of ditching standard measures of prosperity for a more inclusive Gross National Happiness (GNH) about a decade ago (, it has spread around the world. After gaining a U.S. foothold in Seattle, dozens of American cities and institutions have adopted the central tenets—the idea that the time has come to rethink our concept of well-being. Today, the nonprofit Happiness Alliance ( supports grassroots activists that are challenging the idea that economic activity always leads to happiness and is pioneering new ways to think about and measure life satisfaction, resilience and sustainability. GNH proponents from around the country came together in Vermont last May for their fifth North American conference. Alliance Executive Director Laura Musikanski says that more than 50,000 people and 100 municipalities, college campuses and businesses have been using the GNH Index, developed to more accurately gauge a community’s happiness, and the group expects to see even more growth as its expanding website tools allow more people to connect online. “Economic success in terms of money only correlates with happiness up to a certain point,” she remarks. “After you meet your basic needs, the biggest things determining your happiness are community and feeling that you can trust the people around you and the democratic process.” While faith may be in short supply when it comes to community and politics today, Musikanski thinks there’s cause for optimism, because happiness is a core value in this country. “We believe in the Declaration of Independence and ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ These are truly American values.”

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Breath-Taking Wisdom Six Ways to Inhale Energy and Exhale Stress by Lane Vail


e draw an astounding 22,000 breaths daily, but because breathing is involuntary, we often take it for granted. Transforming breathing into a conscious activity can provide amazing energy, awareness and control, and dramatically improve our mental, physical and creative performances, according to Al Lee, co-author of


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Everyday Ease Lee paints a picture of perfect breathing: “Watch a baby breathe; it looks like there’s a balloon in the stomach

that inflates and falls back down. This is belly breathing—pleasant, enjoyable and natural.” During inhalation, the diaphragm pulls down under the lungs, allowing them to expand with air and displace space in the abdomen. However, “Breathing can fall victim to the same movement dysfunction as any other skill, like running or walking,” says Nick Winkelman, director of movement and education at EXOS, an elite athletic training facility in Phoenix, Arizona. He points to “shoulder breathing”, characterized by a lifting of the shoulders with each shallow sip of air, as a common dysfunction perpetuated by too much sitting. “Hunching over the laptop or sitting in the car binds up the abdominal region and reduces the possibility of expansion there, so the breath moves higher into the chest cavity,” Lee explains. Replacing shoulder breathing with belly breathing “creates a cascade of positive effects,” says Lee, including lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system. Deep breathing also clarifies the mind and is used in nearly every spiritual tradition to achieve deeper states of prayer, meditation and contemplation, he notes. Try these six healing techniques.

Six-Second Breath Lee’s six-second breath is a simple prescription for stress that can be used anytime, anywhere. Relax the abdominal muscles and inhale for three seconds, breathing through the nose to “disinfect,

filter, condition and moisturize the air before it reaches the lungs,” says Lee. Visualize the breath filling the body like a bell, with the flared bottom expanding completely around the waistline. Pause momentarily and exhale through the nose or mouth for three seconds, gently contracting the abdomen to help expel the air. Practice this whenever needed to ease stress or for five minutes daily to establish a slower, deeper breathing pattern.

Ocean Breath The yoga breath ujjayi, or ocean-sounding breath, is achieved by slightly constricting the throat muscles and gently lifting the glottis, so that a soothing hiss is produced when the breath is drawn in through the nose. Dr. Richard Brown, an integrative psychiatrist, associate professor at New York’s Columbia University and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath, explains the benefits. “Ujjayi creates resistance to air flow, triggering receptors deep within the lungs’ alveoli, which allows more oxygen to be delivered to the cells. It also stimulates the vagus nerve input to the brain, which promotes calmness and

clear thinking.”

Target Breathing A recent study from the journal Pain Medicine found that deep, slow breathing, combined with relaxation, effectively diminishes pain. “The nervous system represents a physical or emotional trauma in an unregulated pattern of signals,” says Brown. “But the mind and breath can wash away and rewire that pattern.” Practice target breathing, a technique derived from qigong, by inhaling deeply into the belly and visualizing the breath as a ball of energy which upon exhaling can flow to the place in the body needing healing, advises Lee.

Bellows Breath Brown has co-authored a review in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine describing the neurophysiological basis and clinical benefits of yogic breathing on depression and post-traumatic stress. Bhastrika, or bellows breath, is a mood-lifting technique wherein one inhales vigorously through the nose while raising the arms above the head, fingers

extended, and then forcibly exhales through the nose while pulling the elbows down alongside the ribs with fingers closing gently. Avoid overdoing it, instructs Brown; three rounds of 15 to 20 breaths are sufficient for healthy individuals.

4-2-10 Breathing Anxiety attacks often generate feelings of breathlessness, and fixating on each inadequate inhalation reinforces panic. Winkelman recommends 4-2-10 breathing, a technique that emphasizes elongating exhalations. Inhale through the nose for four seconds, hold for two, and then slowly release the breath for up to 10 seconds. Lee explains that after several breaths, the brain will start to shift from reactive emotional thinking to rational problem solving. “Concentrating on the breath makes it hard to think about the future or rummage around in the past,” says Lee. “It keeps you in the moment, intimately in touch with the mind, body and emotions.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at




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Seven Common Mistakes Women Make when Dealing with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid Disease by Dr. Marianne Beck


y now, most everyone has heard of, or is familiar with, Hashimoto’s Disease. Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid Disease is an autoimmune disease meaning that your own body’s immune system is attacking and killing your thyroid gland. As thyroid cells are “killed off”, they are dumped into the bloodstream, releasing their thyroid hormones (T4 and T3). When this happens, a person may experience hyperthyroid symptoms such as heart palpitations, insomnia, anxiety, etc. However, over time, as more and more of the thyroid is attacked and dies off, hypothyroid symptoms such as hair loss, cold hands and feet, fatigue, depression and mental sluggishness become the norm. Just for reference purposes, other autoimmune diseases include multiple sclerosis, where your immune system is attacking your nervous system; rheumatoid arthritis, where your immune system attacks and disfigures your joints; and lupus, where your immune system attacks your body’s connective

tissues, etc. There are many more autoimmune conditions and the list grows longer every day. There is no easy fix for any autoimmune condition. Autoimmune conditions can only be managed. It is very important to understand all the factors that can trigger Hashimoto’s and manage these factors. These are what I have found to be the biggest mistakes women make when trying to manage Hashimoto’s:

1. Focusing Only on Taking Thyroid Hormone Replacement When first being diagnosed, a thyroid hormone may be given to bring TSH levels into a “normal” lab range. However, Hashimoto’s is a multifaceted condition and thyroid hormone medication does not fix the autoimmune component of this disease. Also, many thyroid medications contain gluten as a capsule filler. This can lead to a worsening of Hashimoto’s. Once on thyroid medication, it may be difficult to keep

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TSH in a normal range whether meds are synthetic like Synthroid or “natural” like Armour Thyroid, or bio-identical T3 or T4 because the autoimmune attack has not been managed.

2. Not Eating Totally Gluten-Free It is now scientifically proven that gluten is the major trigger for Hashimoto’s patients. Everyone with Hashimoto’s must be 100 percent gluten-free without cheating! Even one bite of a gluten containing food can set a Hashimoto’s patient up for a flare-up in symptoms. This is because gluten is inflammatory to the body and your immune system will produce inflammatory chemicals call cytokines that will stay in the body for many months after ingesting gluten. Eating gluten-free when it is only convenient is not a gluten-free diet.

3. Not Avoiding Gluten CrossReactive Foods Many other foods are “cross-reactive” with gluten, meaning that their protein structure resembles gluten to your now hyper vigilant immune system. These foods then trigger the same immune response as if you have eaten gluten. The foods that commonly cross-react are dairy, corn, rice, soy and gluten-free oats. Other grains may also cross-react, and because of this, many Hashimoto’s sufferers have adopted an Autoimmune Diet Protocol. Cyrex Labs can easily test for cross-reactive foods.

4. Not Dealing Properly with Stress We all have mental and emotional stress. Our jobs, family and financial strains all add stress to our lives. Chronic stress, however, is inflammatory to the body. During stress the body produces many inflammatory chemicals which cause an increase in the autoimmune response causing a flare up in autoimmune symptoms. If women are under chronic stress they should practice de-stressing techniques such as meditation, walking on the beach or just being out in nature. Yoga and Pilates are also very helpful in reducing stress. Finding out the levels of your stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA, through a salivary Adrenal Stress Index test is very helpful to identify the health of your stress glands—your adrenals! Since the thyroid and adrenal glands influence each other, this is very important in overall endocrine health.

5. Not Treating “Leaky Gut” Researchers pretty much agree that you can’t acquire an autoimmune disease without first having a leaky gut. With leaky gut, undigested proteins from inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, soy, etc. get through the gut lining into the bloodstream where they do not belong. Your immune system (white blood cells) attacks these “foreign invaders” causing an immune response anywhere in the body. We know gluten ingestion triggers Hashimoto’s disease and other autoimmune diseases.

Also, many of us harbor gut infections in the form of candida, parasites and pathogenic bacteria which may also get through the leaky gut along with their toxic waste. This all causes systemic inflammation which causes autoimmunity and flare-ups in Hashimoto’s symptoms. Ongoing gut infections must be treated and the leaky gut must be healed and sealed before you can achieve improved health.

6. Not Supporting the Immune System In dealing with Hashimoto’s, you must support the immune system, for Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease, not a disease of the thyroid gland. Such supplements as vitamin D, which helps regulate the immune system, Omega 3 fish oils, which reduce inflammation, and glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant and detoxifier in the body, are a good way to start. Do not purchase a whole bunch of immune supporting supplements such as echinacea, licorice, reishi mushrooms, acai, etc. Each Hashimoto’s patient’s immune system is uniquely their own and some supplements may flare-up the autoimmune response making symptoms worse! A great way to support your immune system is to stop indulging in sugary drinks and foods. Sugar triggers inflammatory chemical (cytokine) activity in the body causing autoimmune flare-ups.

7. Not Seeking out a Functional Medicine Physician to Assess Hashimoto’s As stated before, your primary M.D. or endocrinologist will only give thyroid medications for Hashimoto’s and do nothing for your autoimmunity. This will not stop thyroid gland destruction. Functional Medicine practitioners are trained to enhance your immune system, test for various food intolerances, chronic infections, toxins, heavy metals and adrenal stress and help you decrease systemic inflammation and heal your leaky gut. Marianne Beck, DC is the director of BestHealth, 601 East Sample Road, Suite 104, Pompano Beach. She has been in active practice for 34 years and is a clinical nutrition and functional medicine practitioner. You can reach her at 954782-4855 and See ad this page.


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A Conversation with Bhava Ram and Amanda Carestio by Amanda Carestio


hava Ram is a former network news war correspondent who self-healed from stage four cancer and a broken back through the sciences of Yoga. He is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir, *Warrior Pose, How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, and several other books on Yoga and Ayurveda. Ram is the founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, and leads retreats, trainings and seminars worldwide, devoting his life to sharing self-empowerment through Vedic Wisdom. We spoke with Bhava to gain a deeper understanding of his story, his inspiration, and his vision for a healthier world. AC: When did you first realize that it's important to prioritize your health? BR: When I lost my career to a broken back and failed surgery, then was diagnosed with stage four cancer and given the prognosis that survival was impossible, it was like a major wakeup call from the universe. I not only realized that I had to prioritize my health, which I thought I had been doing by relying upon western medicine, but that I had to TAKE CHARGE, step out of the box, exert devoted and consistent effort, and implement massive changes in all aspects of my life. AC: What one change would you suggest for someone just getting started on their journey to having a healthier life? BR: Listen closely to your suffering and learn to have gratitude for it because it is a catalyst for positive change. Be willing to let go of old agreements and step into new territory. Be patient, go slowly, one step at a time.

AC: Who are some of your influences? BR: Dr. Emmett Miller, Dr. David Frawley, Colin Campbell, Deepak Chopra. AC: Have any of your views evolved over the course of your career in regards to healthy living? BR: Yes. I've learned that everyone has to begin by meeting themselves where they are, not taking on too much, seeking small victories rather than becoming overwhelmed. AC: What are you most proud of, in relation to your work? BR: I’ve had the privilege and honor of seeing so many embrace our Deep Yoga pathway to wellness and find vibrant physical and emotional health. Not everyone fully heals, but I have seen devoted clients overcome cancer, heart disease, depression, and diabetes. It is not because of me, but rather due to the deep wisdom and mind/body/spirit science of the full practices of Yoga and Ayurveda. AC: What do you think are the ingredients for a life well lived? BR: Contentment, loving kindness, learning to let go, serving others, and seeing the oneness in all that is. AC: What’s on the horizon for 2015? Do you have any new and exciting things in the works? BR: My memoir, *Warrior Pose, is being made into a feature length film. Shooting begins in 2015 with a release date in 2016. My wife, Laura Plumb,

and I are sharing our Deep Yoga message to wider audiences, including Yoga Journal Conferences, Renaissance Executive Forums, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and major spiritual centers across the country. I believe everyone has an inherent power to heal to their maximum potential, turn adversity and obstacles into life-changing opportunities, connect with themselves at a deeper level, and ultimately manifest their fullest potential. This is our birthright, from which we have largely been disenfranchised as a result of living in an overstimulated world fraught with too much that is artificial. When we return to natural food and natural living, learn to replace our stress with gratitude, compassion, and loving kindness, and begin to fully believe in ourselves, we are capable of miracles. To learn more about Bhava and his work, visit For the first time, he will be joining the Holistic Holiday at Sea 2015 cruise, March 14 to 21. Learn more about Holistic Holiday at Sea’s 12th voyage to well-being at, email or call 1-828-749-9537. See ad page ​2.

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New Cancer Test for Dogs Detects Illness in Time for Effective Treatment by Shawn Messonnier


et owners often ask if there’s an accurate, inexpensive way to test dogs for cancer before they develop clinical signs of it. A diagnosis early in the course of the disease is crucial for beginning effective treatment and better outcomes. Until recently, the answer to their question was no. As a result, most owners have remained unaware of the problem until the cancer was well advanced and had spread throughout the pet’s body. While chemotherapy can help some pets, the treatment is unable to heal most of them due to the advanced stage of most diagnosed cancers, which typically already have been active for six to 12 months or longer. Early diagnosis would allow both traditional and natural therapies to be more effective. In some cases, chemotherapy might not even be needed, because natural medicines such as astragalus, essential fatty acids, mushroom extracts, ginseng and


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green tea may be able to reverse the cancer at its earliest stages. Fortunately, dog owners can now secure an accurate early diagnosis using a new blood panel costing less than $200, including lab processing, that enables veterinarians to detect cancer and other inflammatory diseases before a pet becomes ill. The tests provide valuable information about the dog’s health before overt signs of disease are observed, damage occurs and treatment options become more limited and expensive. Early detection tests for cancer in cats will be available soon. The tests measure several aspects of cell irregularity, including abnormal cell division and systemic inflammatory activity, by detecting any increased levels of thymidine kinase and C-reactive protein in the pet’s body. A study by California’s Veterinary Diagnostics Institute’s VDI Laboratory applying the new blood panel tests to 360 dogs followed their incidences of cancer and other serious diseases for up to a year. The researchers found that nearly all of the cancers that occurred were detected four to six months prior to the pet showing outward signs. Because the cancers were detected early and treated before the pet became overtly ill, costs to the pet owner were greatly reduced and the effectiveness of cancer treatment improved. The new cancer screening tests, which are designed to be part of a routine wellness plan, constitute the most comprehensive single blood diagnosis available in monitoring overall canine health. It’s just as important to check the vitamin D status of canine patients. Low levels contribute to increased incidence of cancer and infectious diseases, according to a study published in the journal Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. Supplementing vitamin D levels is easy and inexpensive and may help reduce the incidence of serious disease later in life. While the new blood panel tests have been shown to be highly accurate in early cancer detection, any test can miss it if the number of cancer cells is too small. Therefore, pets with negative test results should be retested every six months, while positive results prompt further diagnostic tests and initial treatment. Pets with cancer also benefit from these tests because they allow the vet to fine-tune a treatment plan and determine when a cancer may be coming out of remission. The screening is recommended for all dogs 5 years of age and older. Only a small amount of blood is needed and results are available within a few weeks. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit


Live Your True Self Four Tools Guide Us on Our Life Journey

by Indira Dyal-Dominguez


tarting today, we can experience life as a naturally unfolding expression of our vision and realize the contribution we are here to make. Living a truly good and purposeful life becomes as natural as breathing as we shift into a new paradigm based on the four tools of connect, listen, trust and act. In most people’s current paradigm, the limited and limiting human mind will shape and drive our day-to-day actions whenever we allow it to. When we buy into it, it becomes our automatic truth, organizing our energy around fears for survival. Everything changes when we stop focusing primarily on what we need to do in order to function and survive. Instead, by realizing that our essence is energy, we gain powerful access to our ability to separate the human mind’s chatter from our higher consciousness, shifting us into a new relationship with who we are. That’s where we can now go for the answers that are unique to us and aligned with our true journey and purpose. Connect. The initiating step of seeing our real self as an eternal energetic force of higher consciousness activates our alignment with the universal vibrational force of all creation. This energy frequency becomes real and available to us. Listen. By learning to distinguish between the mind’s busyness and intuited messages of our true self, we come to more consistently align our actions with our highest being. As a result, we naturally walk a path of honoring both our highest self and others. Trust. The inner guidance we discern often defies logic, but we begin to trust that it knows best. The beauty is that because everything is in relationship with everything else, when one piece of our life changes or moves forward it shifts the entire energy and relationship with everything else, allowing for a new relationship

and a new result. Such trust goes deep, activating our inner knowing of who we are; not from the basis of a thought or concept, but as our new reality. We are listening to and heeding our most authentic self. Act. Be aware that when we honor our higher self, transcending the human mind’s control, the ego will fight for its survival. It may argue for doing something else, not doing it fully or create circumstances that make it tough to act from an authentic place. Now we can release such mind suggestions and choose what supports our true journey. We are here to experience our own magnificence as we walk our journey on Earth. In acting, we are saying, “I am not my mind; I am a wellspring of divine truth.” We are claiming our eternal identity. Indira Dyal-Dominguez’s new book, YOU: A Spiritual Being on a Spiritual Journey, is based on 15 years of personal experience using the four tools and living from the spirit within while developing and sharing programs that guide others to connect with their true self. Access free tools at natural awakenings

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Sustaining Good Health through Improved Mental Health

Q: A:

Dear Karen Kaye, Is it possible to hal an illness through changing your thoughts and emotions? Theresa

Dear Theresa, Absolutely. In fact, I have witnessed many miracles in my own office. These miracles, though, are not overnight successes with the popping of a single pill. I advocate to approach illness and disease from many avenues— a holistic approach. I still believe western medicine has many benefits, but it has at its roots a sense of powerlessness. Most medical professionals label and treat with medicines that often times have major side effects. The most advantageous aspect at the base of holistic medicine is the intent and commitment to get well, and to remain proactive and align with the healer in order to get well. The healer cannot make you well without your permission.

The basic premise that I teach is that anything in the process of flow, both positive and negative, can come up and out and be corrected; while anything that is stuck gains mass and volume and eventually deteriorates the mind and Anger and fear are the most common culprits of disease, based on their overwhelming and continuous effects on the mind and body. So, for example, if a person has many unidentified fears, those fears lodge inside different parts of the body and can create a myriad of diseases from colds to cancers. Many of my clients with social anxieties get ill right before they attend an event. So how does the mind create, say a fever or cold, so that they do not have to attend the event? Others have headaches or actual migraines, which

are too debilitating to attend an event. This is also potentially a pattern in these people. Therefore, there is a definite mindbody connection (even if only subconscious); or is it just coincidental? I think not. Those clients who have really wanted to overcome their difficulties have done so. They have faced their fears (or angers), identified them and where they began, and then slowly over time they overcame their debilitating emotions by processing them from a different vantage point. Thanks so much, Karen Kaye, LMHC If you would like to set an appointment with Karen Kaye, she can be reached at 954-384-1217. See ad page 51.

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Tuesday, October 7

Take Health Into Your Own Hands: 5:45pm 8:00 pm Cutting Edge, Drug-Free Alternatives for Optimal Health - Dr. Hepsharat Amadi and Loli Heimberg of PhotonLightSpa, will be speaking, Life Extension Institute, 5990 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308.

Saturday, October 1​ 8

Truckload Healing Crystal Sale - 10am - 5pm. 1 day event - Hundreds of beautiful one of a kind crystals! Best prices in town! Energy levels off the chart! Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N Federal Hwy, Suite #4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, 954-782-6564 ​

Book Signing and Reading - 1pm, Free​. ​“The Wonder Of Me”​​with author/illustrator Mary Jo Sullivan, Light refreshments will be served. Finding Forrester’s Books​,​5130 N. Federal Highway​,​ Suite 6, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33308​. 954-451-5844​.​

Sunday, October 19

If you have Diabetes or struggle with obesity, - 9am-3pm.​​ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program invites you for a “FREE consultation & acupuncture treatment”. Patients seen by Licensed Acupuncturists & supervised by expert in that field. Treatments observed by the class.​A ​ tlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), 100 E. Broward Blvd.​S ​ uite 100,​​Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301, Toni Hernandez, 954-763-9840 ext. 214.

Sunday, October 2 ​6

The Spiritual Healing Fair - 12pm-5pm. Spiritual Readings, Therapy Sessions, Animal Communication, Aura Readings, Reflexology, Free Chair Massages, crystals and more for sale. Free, 0. Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Highway, Suite #4 ​Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Lisa Smith, 954-782-6564.

upcomingevent Tuesday, November 11 How to Detox Without the Side Effects – 5:45pm - 8:00 pm, Dr. Hepsharat Amadi and Loli Heimberg of PhotonLightSpa, will be speaking, Life Extension Institute, 5990 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308.

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

Unity of Pompano - Realize Your Higher Self 9:30am Power Hour-Course on The I of the Storm 11am Celebration Service-Inspirational Message & Live Music; 11am Youth K-12; Fellowship; 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. [Sun Chajua, Luzia QPin 954.336.1898 ARB]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Reiki Circle - 11am-12:15pm. $10 Love Donation. iConnect Cafe, Reiki & Yoga, 3088 Griffin Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Amandine Afonso, 305.896.2217. [Amandine Afonso KPin-this distribution 1 of 3]

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

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

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

Community HU Chant - 4th Sunday of each month, 7:00 - 7:30 pm. Release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681 Johanna Carter,/ad Nov14

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

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. [MON Fabienne Grossman Oct14 /advert n/c 1 of 2]

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

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. [Mon raven cohan QPin]

Johanna Carter,QPin -4.465.9959


Broward County, Florida

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. [MON Geddes-adv-addt’l Dec14]

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. [Elise Oranges Cent Spiritual KPin]

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. [Kaye advert Nov14]

tuesday Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung,Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am-12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7-8:30pm (Mon,Wed). ​Kung Fu 7:00 pm. Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, ​Aimara Sage ​954.224.9940. [TUE Andrew Chung CRG/ad Aug15​]​

Free Bible Study and Soup – Come Break Bread and Enjoy a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ. 10am–noon, and 6–8pm, Boca Raton, RSVP 561.929.4316. [tue Alexandra Van Horn end, pull Dec14]

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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group – 1:30pm, Love Offering, Our Lady Queen of Heaven church, 1400 S State Road 7 (East side of State Road 7, North of Commercial.) Dan, 954.970.7088. [TUE. Rita Neri annual billing QPin Mar15]

American Holistic Nurse’s Assn – 7pm, (2nd Tue) Speakers on Holistic topics, Open to the public, Imperial Point Medical Center, 6401 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.494.2849. Tue Marsha Gill’s number QPin

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

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

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


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.

Law of Attraction: How to attract more abundance and more success? - 7-8:15pm. $10 Love donation. iConnect Café, 3088 Griffin Rd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Amandine Afonso, 305.896.2217.

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.

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

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.

[tue Simons, B advert 2 of 2 Feb15]

[tue Geddes adv Dec14]

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. [tues Geddes extra Dec14]

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

wednesday 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. [Wed Fabienne Grossman distrib/ad 2 of 2]

Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 10am-Noon (1st Wed. only). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343. [WED Geddes-adv-addt’l Dec14]

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. [Shelli August / ad Oct14]

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. [Wed Ina Lee QPin]

Movement Meditation - 6-7pm at Point Pleasant Wellness. 19 gentle movements for improved balance, focus and energy. T’ai Chi Chih (not martial art) $160 for 10 week course. Call 954.296.2495 to observe class for free.

[Wed Russo advert Sep15 confirm]

[Amandine Afonso KPin 2 of 3]

[Wed Delmar “free” Tom Jones QPin

[fri Colanero. distrib ongoing]

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

A Course in Miracles Study Group – Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, 10am–Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Adam: 954.684.7007. [Thur Adam Abramowitz QPin 1st 501(c)3.

Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung,Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am-12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7-8:30pm (Mon,Wed). Kung Fu 7:00 pm. Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, 954.224.9940. [Thurs Andrew Chung CRG/ad Aug15

Mediumship & Channeling Development Circle - 6:30-8pm. Donation $15 prepaid / $20 at the door. iConnect Cafe, 3088 Griffin Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Amandine Afonso, 305.896.2217. [Amandine Afonso KPin 3 of 3]

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

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

[fri. Jamile Nogueira QPin AprOct ARB]

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. [Fri Blankenship kpin]

Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $15. 1st & 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. [FRI CAROLE Ramsay Kpin]

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. [Fri Telesco/ad May15]

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. [FRI Geddes-adv-addt’l Dec14]

Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. [Fri Simons, B Feb15 adv]

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

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. [Fri Elise Oranges Kpin]

[wed. Stu Goldman-crg Dec14]

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. [Wed Nathan Morris Kpin]

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

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

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

Tai Chi & Chi Kung/Qigong Meetup – 10am2pm: 10am practice Qigong; 11:15am practice Tai Chi; 12:30pm lunch. Classes taught by Master Jennifer Yu. Classes $15. Lunch about $15-$17. Yu School, S. Palm Beach and N. Broward area. 561.866.0852 reserve or details. Jennifer Yu /crg Nov14

Free Reiki Circle – 10am, New Age Books and Things, 4401 N Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308. 954.771.0026. [Sat Veronica Arocha/ad Apr15]

Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung,Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am-12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7-8:30pm (Mon,​​Wed). Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, 954.224.9940.

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.

Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries – 10:30–11:30am, weekly, free, 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.

Maum Meditation South Florida - 1pm-4pm. Free Open Introductory Talks held daily. Learn about changing human mind to the infinite universe mind. A unique 7-step method throwing away false mind. Maum Meditation, 8201 Peters Rd, Ste 1000, Plantation, ​FL, ​​​954.815.8604.

[​SAT Andrew Chung CRG/ad Aug15]

[SAT Roz Reich KPin]

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

[Sat Geddes/adv Dec14]

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

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

Free Reiki Circle – 10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. [Duke/adv Apr15]

Keys to

Secret Worlds

Unlock the mysteries of your past lives, dreams, and spiritual experiences. Heaven is a state of consciousness, a reality that you can experience with the help of Spiritual Exercises, an Inner Guide, and the creative power of Soul. Try it! Free Interactive Workshop with free book and CD 12/6/14, 1:00-3:00 p.m. West Regional Library 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324

Presented by Eckankar in Ft. Lauderdale: (954)693-5681 visit us at: lauderdale

Florida Satsang Society, Inc., a Chartered Affiliate of ECKANKAR, Copyright 2014 © ECKANKAR, All rights reserved.


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[SAT Kevin Lee Kpin (2 of 2)]

​​[SAT Sun Chu kpin]

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

Yoga and TRX - 6:30pm-7:45pm. $10-$13. plus: Monday Hatha; Tuesday Yin. Wednesday Gentle & Vinyasa flow. Donation: Friday 6pm, Monday 8pm. Yoga Dynamics, 4996 N. Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill, FL 33025, Anju, 954.376.5782. John Colodny Yoga Dynamics annual Dec15]

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. [Sat Telesco / adv May15]

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

classifieds Classifieds are $4.50 per word for each three month series ($45 minimum charge). EXAMPLE: 10 words = $45 for all three months: Jan., Feb. and March. Submit online at Due date is the 10th of the month. Ads are organized alphabetically within categories.

business opportunities Home Base Business - Simply call the 4 minute pre-recorded call 1.800.444.7309 and then press 1. If interested - email Richard at: Moms - Work From Home. Household products, free of chemicals, great compensation plan! Email or call Tonii 305.469.9616.

for sale or rent Beautiful Therapeutic Offices & Yoga/Meditation Studio spaces available for rent, day, week, month. Coral Springs, Call 754.484.4492. Classroom and treatment rooms available by the day, week, month. 954.782.6564.

Holistic healing therapy office in Plantation for rent. 954.478.2062 GREAT SPACE IN PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL PLAZA Available for Chiro/Acupuncturist/ Massage Therapist/any health professional. Rent rooms or entire space. Furnished. Pompano. 954.782.4855.

PRODUCTS/services Boost Your Juice! Boost Your Smoothie! You’ll feel the boost! Experienced, reliable, and compassionate Doula. Quality new born care. Call Ena Dixon, 301.742.1770. Smart Meter Shield (FPL) for sale, installation available 954.295.8999,

Paula—Reiki Master, for you & your pets. 954.523.5575. Tibetan Palm Healing for People and Pets. Appointments Martha 954.609.4570.

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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.

Stankovic May15

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. Thru Feb15

COLON therapy Physical Health Complex

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

Yen Mar15


Elizabeth Nelson LAc, LMT 1240 University Drive Maplewood Wellness Center, Coral Springs, FL 33071 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

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

Elizabeth Nelson Jan15

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.

thru Jul15 Herrington

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

Chong thru Dec14

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. ~Albert Einstein


Broward County, Florida

counseling/therapy Healing Hearts Center

Sarah DiPerna, Psy.D., C.Ht., IKYTA 1937 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 106 Pompano Beach, FL, 33060 954-560-7629 My approach to healing engages the strengths we each already possess in Mind, Body and Spirit to create lasting happiness, freedom and fulfillment. See ad page 24.

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.

Gertsen Dec14

Jay Robins 954-612-8192

State-of-the-art dental office. Many treatment options. Make informed, good choices about your oral health. Robins Apr15

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.

Sarah DiPerna Mar15

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

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

Adults-Couples-Teens Kaye thru Nov14

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 41. Correa-Pinto Sep15

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. Bracco Jun15, 14 words Carol sec’y

SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 Discover the world of SusieQ Art, colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment. See ad pages 6 and 41.

phases of dentistry for

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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.

Fine art

• 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 10. Cintron Feb15

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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™

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!

2715 N. Ocean Blvd # 17D, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-873-4038 Experience healing beyond anything you’ve read, thought, or dreamt about! Reconnective Healing® is non-touch, comprehensive, and different from other healing methods. Helps eliminate physical, emotional, and mental dis-orders or dis-eases. Call for more information and appointment. Ralph Flores Dec14

Mar15 Torrey


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.

Siragusa Apr15

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Gynecology Women’s Awareness

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 2021 E. Commercial Blvd., #305 954-791-4475 Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies, Testosterone Treatment for Men, Menopause Treatment, Botox, Gynecology Exams, Weight Loss, Spider Vein Treatment. Most Insurance plans accepted. Affordable cash pricing.

Zaumeyer Sep15

Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

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


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

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 17.

KRISTEN Tyler, Dec14

meditation Stu Goldman 954-296-2495

Center for Holistic Options, Inc.

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 21, 23 and 45.

Hypnosis can help with stress, fears, weight, smoking, confidence, sports, test anxiety, substance abuse, sexual problems, pain management and much more. See ad page 44. Pamela Shenk Oct14 end

intuitive healer White Crane Healing Arts

Stefanie Miller

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

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.

Pamela Shenk, C.Ht. 4800 Northeast 20th Terrace, Suite 401, Ft Lauderdale 954-771-6226

Lisa # 1 Smith Oct14

NOT a martial art. Stu Goldman Dec14

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS Dr. Susan Mendelsohn, Clinical Psychologist

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

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.

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.

Non-Profit Animal Rescue.

Miller Nov14

LEGAL SERVICES Law Offices of David A. Frankel, P.A.

David A. Frankel 954-683-0300

Frankel Aug15

Broward County, Florida

Bayview and Commercial area 305-613-6974

T’ai Chi Chih

Lisa’s Healing Center


Kristen Tyler, CLT

Francine Kanter thru Jul15


Iborra thru Oct14



A holistic and astute approach to criminal and family law with the intention to reach a greater solution and best outcome for people going through difficult situations. 25 years experience, former homicide prosecutor, certified yoga instructor.

Mendelsohn Oct14

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. Patterson Oct14

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.

relationship coaching Getting What You Want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 45.

Yen, Thru Mar15 billing through ATOM Sheppard Oct14

optometric Physicians


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 31.

1506 E Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 754-223-5558

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

Monday-Friday: 8am–7pm, Saturday: 11am–5pm. Natalie Zaragoza Jan15 or Jul15

Red Yabba All Natural Café 12594 Pines Blvd, Suite 105 Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 954-322-1007

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

Certified Laser Technician 10 years experience. Let me help you quit without withdrawals or unpleasant side effects.

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.

Lori Heimberg Jan15

A Healing Space

Stop smoking for good the gentle way. Painless and highly effective.

Spiritual Counselor

Elaine Stephenson Jan15

Kris Drumm, LCSW, ACHT 954-549-0263

Eva Bueno-Johnston 2544 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The Physical Health Complex 954-566-1119

Johnston Dec14

Think healthy, fresh, vegan, organic, grass fed, wild caught, tasty, Floribbean Cuisine, that’s us! Custom Catering for all occasions. Monday-Friday: 10am–9pm, Saturday: 9am–9pm.



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.

quit smoking with laser therapy

Delicious, healthy, fresh food for the more conscious consumer. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and carnivore selections.

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.

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

smoking cessation

Photon Light energy sauna Photon Light Spa, LLC

Summit—Questa Montessori School

Stacy Andrews, Aug15

Green Spot Kitchen

Schramm thru Apr15


Veronica Bedford, Nov14

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo 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.

Free one half-hour consultation offered.

Grace Telesco May15

Villasenor Mar15

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spiritual healing Julia George

Luminary ~ Teacher ~ Seer 561-750-9292 Emotional Healing at a Soul Level Conflict Resolution Shadow Work

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

Commit, Transform, and Heal, through the journey within. Castanza & George CRG Jun15

tai chi / QiGong Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu Sifu Andrew Chung 2831 East Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-224-9940

Aimara Sage Aug15

• Master Andrew Chung over 40 years experience teaching Traditional Tai Chi, Chi Kung & Meditation, Taoist Yoga • For Health, Happiness and Rejuvenation • Also Kung Fu, Hsing I, Pa Kua, Tui Na massage and Herbal Nutrition • Group and private classes • Beginners to advanced

Amadi thru Mar15 4 words over

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 25.

yoga Sabeena Yoga

Shelli August 954-553-0933 7101 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 4B Tamarac, FL 33319 Develop strength, flexibility, focus. Bring body, mind, heart and s o u l i n t o h a r m o n y. Y o g a : Sivananda (beginner to advanced), Children, Mommy and Me, Prenatal, Meditation, Kirtan. Reiki. Private sessions available. August Oct14 mailed paperwork verbal to end

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.

Weston Yoga

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

yu through Nov14 Fabienne Grossman Oct14

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