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irst and foremost I want to say the reason I’m writing this is because I believe that human beings should care for one another. In the hopes of preventing other people from going through what I have gone through, I am sharing my experience. In 2014 I had a lot of medical issues to deal with. I had to have surgery to remove a cyst from my throat, and I also needed a total hip replacement. In preparation for these surgeries, I went to my dentist and my periodontist to ensure excellent oral health. We are learning more each day how important oral health is. Research has now proven its effect on our cardiovascular system, immune system, and overall health. I had a crown on a lower left molar that had been bothering me since the first day I went to see my dentist. I had to see him six times in seven months to have him adjust this crown. Eventually, he told me to go to the periodontist to have a crown lengthening procedure as his adjustments were not helping. When I went to the Periodontist I was told that I needed a root canal, not a crown lengthening. Unfortunately, this was very bad news as my dentist had told me that another tooth on my upper right had cracked due to decay, and needed a root canal also. So now I needed two root canals and I was only 52 days away from my hip surgery. Two days later I had both root canals done. Now I needed to have two crowns placed but I had such a bad experience

with the prior crown from my Dentist, I decided to go for a alternative opinion to Dr. Yolanda Cintron in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Cintron suggested I go home and do some research regarding my dental health. I recommend that you all do the same. It was quite an education. When I researched online, I found an article by an Oncologist who treated all types of cancer. He had done a study on all of his cancer patients and found that 97% of them had root canals. His research revealed a direct correlation between the site of the root canal and the type of cancer the patient manifested. Before he would agree to take on their case, he insisted that they remove their root canals in an effort to arrest and cure their cancer. After reading all the material, I decided that I needed to remove those teeth immediately. Basically in layman’s terms, a root canal is a form of embalming a dead tooth and leaving it in your mouth. There is a lot of research on the dangers of root canals. I truly believe that if I had left those in my mouth, I would have had a terrible outcome with my hip replacement, and possibly have lost my hip. One week later, I had Dr. Cintron remove both teeth with the root canals. Under those teeth she showed me photos of deep infection in both upper and lower jaw bones. She performed laser surgery to address the infection, bone grafting and plasma rich growth factors (PRGF) on both extraction sites to speed up healing time.

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We are learning more each day how important oral health is. Research has now proven its effect on our cardiovascular system, immune system, and overall health. 10 days before I got the root canals, I experienced a terrible sinus infection. After 10 days of heavy-duty antibiotics I was still very infected. After Dr. Cintron removed my teeth with the root canals, I woke up with great relief from my sinus infection. I now understand that without the removal of those teeth, the infection would have persisted. We must educate ourselves whenever we are having any medical procedure done. I would advise all of you to research root canals, and never have one done. Although they are recognized as standard of care, I would suggest seeking alternative options. Also if you have root canals I would highly recommend that you have them removed before they cause future problems. Dr. Yolanda Cintron did an amazing job of removing the teeth and cleaning out the infection. She gave me emotional support and encouragement. My new hip is great, I feel stronger than ever and I am smiling again. See additional ad on page 35.



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pril drops its sweet rain, to nourish the soulful flowers and further cleanse our streets through the Florida landscape, without regard for society’s imposed boundaries and fences. There seems such freedom and trust within Nature’s way that all will be served as needed. Not so unique to Florida, our storm drains divert not only the water from the sky but all that floats through their grates toward the waterways and ultimately our great oceans and source of way, more than I can comprehend. I take many an opportunity to pick up plastic and other floatables I see on the sidewalks to the nearest trashcan for us to process in a different way. Surely some will be recycled. Where does it all go? If you’re interested in participating in a really cool “art by the people for the people” project I’m directing, please call Trash to Treasure at 888-828-8242, ext. 701 for more information. I’ve been collecting and cleaning plastic debris from the beaches to use for this project, respectfully covering a Cuban refugee boat, for public display. We’ll be working at ArtBunker for eight straight Saturdays beginning with March 28, from 11am till 2pm. Come join us for our “All Hands On Deck” boat project. If you would like to offer some space for display of the landmark art piece, again, call Trash to Treasure. It’s sure to be a head turner. See Calendar of Events this issue for additional info. This month’s focus is Everyday Sustainability. Discussed within this issue are items such as the products we buy, the food we eat, and over all of that, a discussion on soil, water and air. As Postel says in the article by Sechrist, “...citizens must first understand the issues and insist on policies, laws and institutions that promote the sustainable use and safety of clean water.” I couldn’t agree more. So how does that happen? It happens by getting more involved. Who will you be casting your vote for to make policies and laws

that affect the lifeblood of our future generations? What is our legacy? Project out 20, 50, 100 years from now... what do you envision for us? If you haven’t been to the north Fort Lauderdale beaches lately, you’re in for a surprise. The beaches are twice as wide as they were a few months ago. I witnessed the hauling and dumping of many a truckload of sand. What a massive project. I’m quite ambivalent about the imported beach sand. On one hand, I see the property values on an upswing for those intimately within easy access to the new yards of sand, and on the other hand, I wanted information around keeping the sand in place with a dune project or education for those of us who live by the beach to work better with Nature maintaining this asset. I’ve seen dune grasses planted by some and pulled out by others. Where’s the sense in that? Did the grass not complement the adjoining building’s color scheme? April rain. Planting dune grass. Seems like a natural fit. Reminder: I’ve got an art exhibit of the work I’ve been doing in my studio (using plastic collected from the beach area) and some collaborative art with Kids Ecology Corp’s groups of volunteers, picking up beach debris, cleaning and transforming it into captivating art. The exhibit is called “From the Ground Up” at Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall in April. Come by opening night and say hello, Tuesday, April 5, from 5 to 7pm. I’d love to see you there. Take loving care with designing, planting and watering your own ‘garden’. Enjoy and share the fruits of your labor; plan on it.

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newsbriefs Namaste Yoga Salon Offers Shamanic Meditation Program


hamanic Condor Group Meditation and Activation of Luminous Body takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., on April 23, at Namaste Yoga Salon. This dynamic will help

participants develop and expand higher visionary skills, increasing creativity and psychic power. Journeying, like meditation, can be used as a tool for spiritual growth and healing. Through this shamanic meditation, participants will learn to develop and use high sensory levels as a way to reconnect with the inner power of abilities and potentials. Also, activation of the Luminous Body is effected using imagery, visualization and

exploration via the physical body, reactivating the natural self-flow of energy by sending chemical and electrical pulsations. Arising Condor Journey: Spirit of the East, great Condor, Eagle, soaring ones, I welcome your power, energy, and strength. Please teach me the way of perspective, of seeing the bigger picture and keeping an open heart. See your subconscious mind through symbols and visualizations, assisting you to awaken to your true nature, your spiritual self. Location: 407 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Pre-registration required, 954785-6333. See ad page 55

Improve Your Relationships through Practice at The Yoga Expo


reated as a platform to empower and strengthen the yoga community, The Yoga Expo comes to the Broward Convention Center, 10am to 6pm, on April 16, featuring local teachers and studios. The first expo held this past January attracted more

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than 11,000 attendees and numbers are expected to grow throughout the year. One of the many beautiful aspects of yoga is its open-door policy. All are welcome to explore the world of meditation and downward dog poses, regardless of age, sex, shape or size. Yoga teaches you to love yourself—the first step of being able to form any healthy relationship with others. When you love yourself and are confident in the things you have to offer, it makes it much easier to be accepting of others and understand their perspective. The practice of yoga supersedes the physical aspect. This is done by connecting mind and body in order to increase self-trust, the desire to stay in the present moment and reduce tension with others. By finding inner balance and peace, you are able to put calmness out into the universe and build stronger relationships with those around you. Location: 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit

newsbriefs SusieQ Displays Artwork at Fort Lauderdale City Hall


ocal artist and activist SusieQ Wood will be displaying a selection of her environmental art pieces at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, April 3 through April 28. Opening Night and an opportunity to meet with the artist takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., April 5. The selection of this exhibit is to increase awareness of the impact trash and litter have on our planet and to raise consciousness on transforming trash into treasure.

The exhibit will be on display through Earth Day to support the city’s initiatives for raising awareness on this vital issue. SusieQ, an award-winning artist and publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine in Broward County, is the Eco-Program Director for Broward County’s Kids Ecology Corp. She produced the Expo of Heart for seven years, promoting the integrative wellness industry, attracting over 2,000 people annually. Her current work focuses on environmental health and she

has connected with organizations such as Warner Independent Films, Lovewell, Water Matters, Citrix Corp., Museum of Science and Discovery and many others. She has exhibited her art in Los Angeles, Seattle, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and is a member of the local ArtServe and Broward Art Guild. Location: 100 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-630-1610, email or visit See ad page 6 and 46.

World Class Artist Uses All Recycled Materials


oe Thompson feels there is good karma in using second-hand components for his work. The tools, tableware and materials Joe uses had another life and purpose before he found them at pawnshops and flea markets. “The area’s landfill would be a lot higher without me,” he jokes.

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Eco/Art Film Fest 2016 Themed “Water: Lifeblood of the Planet”


osted by Trash to Treasure (T2T) in collaboration with several local water protection groups, the festival has three main activities. Casey Eckels of T2T explains, “The arts are a path to the heart, so we have created activities that are creative, fun and educational to support the film fest.” The public is invited to submit artwork expressing the importance of water and the necessity of protecting it for an art show called“WaterWorks”. Intake is May 14 and art will be on display until May 28. If you prefer group art, consider the

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“All Hands on Deck” project, which will transform an historical Cuban refugee boat using “sea debris” as mosaic. The debris is litter collected over several months by volunteers in Florida Beach Sweep, Fort Lauderdale’s monthly beach cleanup. Led by artist SusieQ, master of using sea debris as art, this activity will be held eight Saturdays, beginning March 26.

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Documentary films about critical water protection issues will be screened from May 26 to 28, with Saturday featuring films for kids, and by kids, from 10am until 2pm. To get involved, call 888-828-8242, x 701. Info and registration, visit or 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. See ad page 54.

Take Off the Mask Seminar


ake Off the Mask is a free seminar that will provide tools to help individuals release their past and embrace their future. It offers the ultimate rejuvenating experience for a lifetime. Participants will learn how to let go of hidden feelings/ emotions; how to break down barriers that inhibit growth; how to identify hidden resentment and things that stifle growth. Seminar takes place 3pm, April 23, at the African American Research Library & Cultural Center. Location: 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP by April 9, 954-5847355 or email natural awakenings

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Kiwis Boost Heart Health


multi-center study from the University of Salamanca, in Spain, has found that consuming even one kiwi fruit (Actinidia deliciosa) per week will significantly boost cardiovascular health. The researchers tested 1,469 healthy people throughout Spain. The volunteers were given dietary questionnaires and underwent testing for cholesterol lipids and inflammatory markers for heart disease. The researchers determined that those that ate at least one kiwi fruit per week had significantly lower triglycerides and fibrinogen (a marker for inflammation), and higher HDL-cholesterol levels. Higher levels of HDL-cholesterol are associated with reduced incidence of atherosclerosis. The researchers concluded: “Consumption of at least one kiwi a week is associated with lower plasma concentrations of fibrinogen and improved plasma lipid profile in the context of a normal diet and regular exercise.”

Mercury Use Linked to Dentists’ Tremors


study of thousands of dentists found that the absorption of mercury is associated with an increased risk of tremors. Published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the study followed 13,906 dentists for a 24-year period. The research tested the dentists’ urinary mercury levels to estimate their individual exposure. The incidence of tremors—the involuntary shaking of hands, arms and other parts of the body—among the dentists was then compared with their exposure to mercury. Higher exposures to mercury increased the risk of tremors among the entire population of dentists studied by 10 percent; the increased risk among the young dentists was 13 percent.


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Fracking Fluids Found Toxic to Health


n analyzing 1,021 chemicals contained in fluids and wastewater used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil or natural gas, a Yale University study found that at least 157 of the chemicals—including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and mercury—are associated with either developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity or both. Of the total identified chemicals, 925 were used in the hydraulic fracturing process, 132 in fracking wastewater and 36 were present in both. The scientists utilized the REPROTOX database in the Chemical Abstract Service registry and then reviewed the available research, including human and animal studies. Toxicity data wasn’t available for 781 of the chemicals used in fracking. Among the other 240 chemicals, 103 were reproductive toxins. An additional 95 were developmental toxins. Another 41 have been found to be both reproductive and developmental toxins. The researchers further suggested that at least 67 of the chemicals be prioritized in drinking water testing. Senior author and Professor of Public Health Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., adds, “This evaluation is a first step to prioritize the vast array of potential environmental contaminants from hydraulic fracturing for future exposure and health studies. Quantification of the potential exposure to these chemicals, such as by monitoring drinking water in people’s homes, is vital for understanding the [associated] public health impact.”

Tai Chi Eases Effects of Chronic Disease


review of research from the University of British Columbia tested the effects of tai chi exercise upon people with four chronic diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis and cancer. Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and his team analyzed 33 studies of more than 1,500 people that participated in tai chi. The research also tested the effects of the practice on general health, including walking speed, muscle strength, speed in standing up from a sitting position, quality of life, symptoms of depression and knee strength. The heart disease patients among the subjects showed a reduction in depression symptoms, and all shared a reduction of muscle stiffness and pain, increased speeds in both walking and standing from a sitting position and improved well-being. “Given the fact that many middle-aged and older persons have more than one chronic condition, it’s important to examine the benefits of treatment/exercise interventions across several co-existing conditions,” says Chen. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is April 30

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ of Cancer-Causing Chemicals


cientists at the Environmental Working Group published a list of the 12 chemicals that have been most prevalently linked to cancer in numerous research studies. The list encompasses bisphenol A, atrazine, organophosphate pesticides, dibutyl phthalate, lead, mercury, per- or polyfluorochemicals (PFC), phthalates, diethlyhexyl phthalate, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, triclosan and nonylphenol. The scientists suggest that consumers can reduce their exposure to each of these chemicals by avoiding plastics marked with “PC” (polycarbonates) or the recycling number 7 mark, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics in food packaging, PFC-treated wrappers on food and other products, lead paints, mercury-laden seafoods, phthalatescontaining fragrances and plastics, foam products made before 2005, foreign antibacterial soaps, and detergents and paints with nonylphenol. Other proactive measures include drinking only filtered water when in agricultural areas and purchasing organic foods. The researchers contend, “Given that we live in a sea of chemicals, it makes sense to begin reducing exposures to ones we know are bad actors.”

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Essential Oils are the Game Changer


any people rely on their morning green drink as an important source for their daily nutrients. Some put a scoop of green powder in a shaker, others blend their leafy greens and squeeze the juice through a seed bag separating the juice from the pulp. Some simply swallow a few capsules. Recent clinical experience has discovered a huge difference in greens without the addition of essential oils versus the addition of essential oils*. In one experiment, powdered greens without essential oils were consumed and there was a blood absorption of 42 percent at the end of a 24-hour period. Essential oils were added

to the same formula and there was a blood absorption of 64 percent in only 30 minutes which rose to 86 percent in one hour. The evidence suggests that with the addition of essential oils, cells are now receiving nutrients that they had previously not been able to assimilate. So, the next time you reach for your greens…add a few drops of essential oils or, better yet, purchase your powdered greens already infused with essential oils. *Must be authentic essential oils approved for internal consumption. For more information, see ad pages 20 & 51.

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Follow the Directions For optimum relief, apply a generous amount of Natural Awakenings Topical Pain Relief Plus directly onto the area of pain or discomfort, allowing it to be absorbed for two to three minutes. Don’t wipe away any that is not absorbed; massage it into the surrounding areas, and use it as often as needed— there are no side effects! Using Natural Awakenings Topical Pain Relief Plus three times daily is ideal—depending on your level of pain—when you wake up, at mid-day or after work and just before bedtime. Regular use will continue to alleviate pain and help keep it from returning as often or as intensely.

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Down-to-Earth Climate Change Strategy The Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign report Soil & Carbon: Soil Solutions to Climate Problems maintains that it’s possible to take atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that fuels climate change and put it back into the soil, where much of it was once a solid mineral. There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and the oceans, but not enough stable carbon in the ground supporting healthy soils. Cultivated soils globally have lost 50 to 70 percent of their original carbon content through paving, converting grasslands to cropland and agricultural practices that rob soil of organic matter and its ability to store carbon, making it more susceptible to flooding and erosion. Healthy soils—fed through organic agriculture practices like polycultures, cover crops and compost— give soil microbes the ability to store more CO2 and withstand drought and floods better, because revitalized soil structure allows it to act like a sponge. The report concludes, “Rebuilding soil carbon is a zero-risk, low-cost proposition. It has universal application and we already know how to do it.” Download the report at

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Lower Austria Wholly Powered by Renewable Energy Lower Austria, the largest of the country’s nine states and home to 1.65 million people, now receives 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. The country’s total power output is about 70 percent renewable. The Danube River is so powerful that hydroelectric power is a natural choice. The mountainous geography means that vast amounts of energy can be generated from this high-capacity river rapidly flowing down through a series of steep slopes. The remainder of the state’s energy is sourced from wind, biomass and solar power. Source:


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DARK Act Defeated Senate Vote Reflects Citizen Demands

The Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, was defeated in the U.S. Senate in March, representing a major victory for consumers. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) spearheaded the large-scale citizen opposition to a bill that would have outlawed all state-level labeling laws of genetically modified (GMO) food ingredients nationwide; it was intended to keep consumers in the dark about the genetically engineered content of their food. Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president for government affairs, says, “Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, ‘We want the right to know more about our food.’ We remain hopeful that congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry.” Organic Consumers Association reports that an alternative to the DARK act is being proposed that still could preempt state GMO labeling laws. So they recommend that consumers stay vigilant to ensure the DARK act remains defeated. The development is evidence that the EWG Just Label It campaign is on the right track, and the group plans to support the recently introduced Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act targeting a national mandatory standard for GMO labeling. Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, explains, “This bill finds a way to set a national standard and avoid a patchwork of state labeling laws, while still giving consumers the information they want and deserve about what’s in their food.” Sources: Natural News, Environmental Working Group, Organic Consumers Association

GMO-Free Germany

Five Dozen Countries Now Ban or Label GMO Crops New rules implemented by the European Union now allow individual member states to block farmers from using genetically modified organisms (GMO), even if the variety has been approved on an EU-wide basis. Scotland was the first to opt out and Germany is next, according to German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt. Controversy concerning the safety and/or necessity of GMOs persists, but countries like these have decided not to idly sit by while the effects posed by long-term consumption of GMO foods are revealed. This move makes Germany one of between 64 and 74 countries that have instituted some type of ban or mandatory labeling requirements. Source:

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Touted Dispersants Worsened Effects of Gulf Oil Spill A study conducted by the University of Georgia has found that the Corexit oil dispersant lauded by British Petroleum during the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill not only failed to perform as expected, but may have formed deposits on the seafloor in a chemically altered condition. The naturally occurring proliferation of a particular species of bacteria (marinobacters) that eats untreated oil was completely curtailed when the spill was replaced with dispersed oil. This could be a worst-case scenario, because marine life would continue to be exposed to it over many years, if not decades. According to the report Environmental and Health Impacts of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, “As compared with only oil, Corexitladen oil is four times more lethal; dispersed oil is 10 times more deadly than the dispersant alone.” The Center for Biological Diversity reports, “One of the dispersants used at the BP spill, Corexit 9527A, contains the toxin 2-butoxyethanol, which may cause injury to red blood cells, kidneys or the liver with repeated or excessive exposure.” Many nations have since outlawed the use of dispersants in their territorial waters in response to these revelations. Read the report at

Free Park-ing National Parks Announce Fee-Free Days The National Park Service turns 100 years young in 2016 and is offering free admission on special days. Next up are April 16 to 24, National Park Week; August 25 to 28, its birthday celebration; September 24, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day. They invite everyone to come out and play. natural awakenings

April 2016



Working Worms

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They Can Safely Biodegrade Plastic Waste Mealworms can safely and effectively biodegrade certain types of plastic waste, according to groundbreaking new research from Stanford University and China’s Beihang University. In two newly released companion studies, researchers reveal that microorganisms living in the mealworm’s gut effectively break down Styrofoam and plastic into biodegraded fragments that look similar to tiny rabbit droppings. Plastic waste takes notoriously long to biodegrade; a single water bottle is estimated to take 450 years to break down in a landfill. Due to poor waste management, plastic waste often ends up in the environment, and research reveals that 90 percent of all seabirds and up to 25 percent of fish sold in markets have plastic waste in their stomachs. Worms that dined regularly on plastic appeared to be as healthy as their nonplastic-eating companions, and researchers believe that the waste they produce could be safely repurposed in agriculture. Further research is needed before the worms can be widely deployed. It’s possible that worms could also biodegrade polypropylene, used in textiles, bioplastics and microbeads. Source:


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Community Initiatives Secure Local Eco-Rights

While America will choose its next president this November, voters in Oregon may also vote on the right to local community self-government, enabling protection of citizens’ fundamental rights and prohibiting corporate activities that violate them. The Oregonians for Community Rights group, formed by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), submitted a constitutional amendment proposal to the secretary of state in January as a prelude to a larger signature-gathering effort to qualify the measure for the state ballot. Concurrently, the CELDF is supporting other community initiatives on various topics that may inspire other regions to also be active at the grassroots level. For example, Oregon’s Coos County Protection Council is currently finishing its signature gathering to place a Right to a Sustainable Energy Future ordinance on a special ballot in May. It would protect citizens’ rights to clean air and water and the production of sustainable, localized

energy, instead of county approval of several potential non-green energy projects. Oregon’s Columbia County Sustainable Action for Green Energy is gathering signatures for a Right to a Sustainable Energy Future ordinance for its November ballot that would protect the county from fossil fuel projects like coal and oil trains and a proposed methanol plant, and close two natural gas power plants by 2025. Other state groups are seeking to have November ballots in Lane and Lincoln counties include bans on aerial pesticide spraying. A Lane County group has filed a local food system charter amendment that would ban GMO (genetically modified) crops locally. “Community rights are driven by the people in the community, not by any organization targeting potential activism,” says Kai Huschke, Northwest and Hawaii community organizer of the CELDF, which has supported 200plus separate community initiatives. Particularly active states have included New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. “Organizing typically comes about due to a localized threat. It means settling into a long-term battle to change the structure of government, having resolve and organizing beyond just a ballot vote.” Learn how to take local action at


Florida Artist Inspires and is Inspired by Old Materials


ustainable art is being taken to unique and ultradistinctive levels and forms by Joe Thompson, who lives with his wife and three children on Merritt Island, Florida. He uses 100 percent recycled and repurposed materials to create fine paintings and sculptures that are collected both nationally and abroad. A self-taught, fulltime artist since 2008, Thompson’s paintings are done on recycled doors—or doors owned by clients that are sent to him— and his paint comes from landfills. All sculptures are either found objects or reclaimed steel. Some of his more intriguing commissioned works include a kinetic wind sculpture depicting a marlin chasing bait fish at Port Canaveral, near Cocoa Beach and a life-size female form consisting of more than 7,500 trampoline springs. “When I started, I didn’t have a budget,” explains Thompson. “It’s great that materials have fit into my art world and it all became fine art to me. To me, art is sacred. I’m often inspired first by the old materials I see, like old tools or scrap metal.” Thompson believes his works can inspire others that have a passion for attaining goals that may seem out of reach. “When someone wants something bad enough, they can make it happen. There are opportunities everywhere, but we have to wake up to see them,” he says. To inquire about commissions, call 321-292-0514 or email To view his portfolio, visit See ad page 10.

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Celebrating Earth Day Locally and Globally by Meredith Montgomery


epresentatives from nearly every country on Earth gathered in Paris for the 2015 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Paris Agreement a triumph for people, the planet and multilateralism. The signing ceremony is set for Earth Day, April 22, at UN headquarters, in New York City. For the first time, every country has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience to related impacts and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. Other key elements aimed at achieving a state of climate neutrality—having a zero carbon footprint—before the century’s end include transparency, accountability and a plan for developed countries to support climate action in developing countries. “A big part of the Paris agreement focuses on reduced use of gas, coal and oil, but there is also a focus on


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preserving trees and expanding forests,” says Earth Day Network (EDN) spokesperson Timothy McHugh, referring to this year’s Earth Day theme of Trees for Earth. This year also kicks off a four-year countdown to the environmental campaign’s 50th anniversary on Earth Day 2020. “By that mark, we hope to have planted 7.8 billion trees—approximately one tree for every person on the planet. Trees are vitally important because they soak up carbon and clean the air,” McHugh explains. In addition to countering climate change and pollution, EDN’s global tree planting seeks to support communities and local economies, protect biodiversity and inspire environmental stewardship. From global leaders convening at the UN to people participating in community events close to home, billions of the world’s citizens will celebrate

our precious home planet this year. To join the worldwide observance, find an event online at or participate in one or more of the local events listed here.

Sunrise Earth Day Festival Celebrate green living at our fun, family-friendly Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 9, from 11am. - 4pm at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park (237 North New River Circle, Sunrise 33326). Admission is FREE, and the first 1,500 people through the gates will receive a reusable shopping tote and a BPA-free water bottle. The bottles can be refilled throughout the day at the City’s complimentary water station. The City’s annual Earth Day celebration features live music (bands TBA!); a Kids’ Korner with children’s activities, bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts and more; handcrafted goods; fantastic food and beverage vendors; and non-profit exhibitors. There

will also be a Tree Planting Ceremony in observance of Arbor Day. The Earth Day Festival is sponsored by the City of Sunrise Utilities Department, All Service Refuse, and Baptist Health Urgent Care-Sawgrass, and presented in partnership with The Shark 104.3 FM. No coolers, glass bottles, pets or bicycles will be allowed in the park during the Festival. However, dedicated bicycle parking will be available. For more information, or to request a vendor application, please call the Leisure Services Department: (954) 747-4600.

The Village of Pinecrest invites you to celebrate our magnificent planet on Sunday, April 19th when we open our gates FREE to the public for a day of activities for the entire family including workshops organized by the CLEO Institute and Plant Societies, food demos, planting activities, plant sales, an eco-fashion show, green vendors, wild life shows, local school

performances, crafts for kids, lady bug releases and so much more. Pinecrest Gardens , 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, FL 33156, Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 12noon to 4pm.

Boca Raton Florida Earth Festival Join us as we celebrate Florida Earth Festival’s third annual Earth Day Fair April 23rd: 10am - 7pm at University Woodlands Park, 2501 St. Andrews Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33434. For more information call 561-880-0510

Central Florida Earth Day Welcome to the 11th annual Central Florida Earth Day, presented by Vegetarians of Central Florida. Join us for the 11th annual Central Florida Earth Day, the largest and longest-running Earth Day festival in Central Florida! for more info visit Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10am 6pm, Lake Eola Park (east side), 195 N. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

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Edible Heirlooms Old-Fashioned Fruits and Veggies Return to the Table by Avery Mack


f the 7,500 varieties of apples in the world, 2,500 are grown in the U.S., but only 100 commercially. As of the 1990s, 70 percent were Red Delicious; more recently they’re being replaced with Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji types from taller, thinner trees that can be planted more compactly for easier harvesting, yet are more sensitive to disease and require trellis supports. Mass-produced fruits and vegetables have been modified over the years to make them look appealing and ship well, while sacrificing taste. Consumers in search of health-enhancing nutrients and robust flavor can find them by instead connecting with the past through food and flowers. “Heirloom seeds have remained intact and unexposed to commercial pesticides,” says Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Seed Company, in Mansfield, Missouri. “They’re reliable—plants grown now will be the same next year; not so with hybrids.” This cleaner, tastier alternative to the status quo is typically packed with more good


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vitamins than good looks. Heirloom produce often also delivers a unique regional flavor, such as Vidalia onions or Hatch chile peppers.

Exemplary Fruits Fine restaurants like to feature Yellow Wonder wild strawberries because they taste like cream. The fragrant Baron von Solemacher strawberry, an antique German Alpine variety, is small and sweet, red and full of flavor; it’s been around since the Stone Age. For pies and preserves, pair them with Victorian rhubarb, which dates back to 1856. Eat only the rhubarb stalks; the leaves contain poisonous oxalic acid. Aunt Molly’s ground cherry (husk tomato) hails from Poland. “It’s sweet, with a hint of tart, like pineappleapricot,” says Gettle. “The Amish and Germans use them in pies. Their high pectin content makes them good for preserves. Heirlooms send people in search of old recipes and they end up creating their own variations. It’s food as history.”

eat the bounty, she’s accumulating the seeds to save the varieties.


Valuable Vegetables Trending this year are purple veggies like the brilliantly colored Pusa Jamuni radish. Pair it with bright pink Pusa Gulabi radishes, high in carotenoids and anthocyanins, atop a stunning salad with Amsterdam prickly-seeded spinach’s arrow-shaped leaves, a variety once grown by Thomas Jefferson. Add a fennellike flavor with Pink Plume celery. Brighten salsas using the Buena Mulata hot pepper, a deep violet that ripens to a sweet red. Serve with pink pleated Mushroom Basket tomatoes or Lucid Gems, with their black/orange peel and striking yellow/orange flesh. Purple tomatillos are sweeter than green varieties and can be eaten right off the plant. “Purple sweet potatoes are found in Hawaii, but aren’t common on the mainland,” explains Gettle. “Molokai Purple sweet potatoes keep their deep purple color even when cooked, and are much higher in antioxidants than the orange variety.” To be novel, serve the Albino beet. Baker Creek’s customers use it raw in salads, roasted or fried and don’t let the greens go to waste. Monique Prince, a clinical social worker in Chester, New Hampshire, grows heirloom organic radishes, greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in eight raised beds. She received Ganisisikuk pole beans (seventh-generation seeds) and Abnaki cranberry runner beans from a Native American client. Rather than

Thai basil loves summer heat. Make batches of pesto, then freeze it in ice cube trays for later. Christina Major, a nutritionist in Trevorton, Pennsylvania, grows heirloom herbs that include borage, with its edible flowers, and marshmallow, which is a decongestant when added to tea. Her 300-square-foot garden supplies summer veggies such as scarlet runner beans, more than 50 kinds of perennial herbs for year-round use and heirloom raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries “that are eaten as fast as they’re picked,” she says. Heirloom enthusiasts like to exchange seeds to try new varieties. “From December to March, traders swap seeds and plot their gardens,” says Major. “I got 20 kinds of tomatoes by connecting with other traders on Facebook.”

Heirlooms extend to trees and bushes. The drought-resistant Fourwing Saltbush has a deep root system and provides cover for songbirds in the West. ~BBB Seed

Flowers Of 400,000 flowering plants in the world, 20 percent are in danger of extinction. “Instead of marigolds and petunias, consider old-fashioned annuals. Trying new things is fun,” says Gettle. Four O’clocks, familiar to many Midwesterners, come in several colors and are easily cultivated from their abundant seeds. The succulent Ice plant, with its white-pink flowers, looks like it was dipped in sugar; its edible leaves taste like spinach. Black Swan’s burgundy poppies have a frill-like edge, while Mother of Pearl poppies offer subtle watercolors. “Save seeds, share with neighbors and pass them on to the kids,” advises Gettle. “They’re evidence of our culture.” Connect with the freelance writer via

Look for Non-GMOs The Non-GMO Project label on U.S. food products assures consumers they have no genetically modified ingredients. Now a few seed companies are starting to display the butterfly label, as well. “As demand for non-GMO choices continues to rise, farmers are seeking more non-GMO seed,” says Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project. “Similarly, smaller farms and home gardeners are choosing to plant more organic and non-GMO varieties.” High Mowing Organic Seeds, in Wolcott, Vermont, is the current leader, with 700 Non-GMO Projectverified seeds. Company President Tom Stearns explains, “We continue to hear about GMO concerns from our customers and while we are certified organic, that doesn’t say anything about GMO contamination.” His team helped develop a verification program for seeds because they wanted third-party verification of their claims. “We’d spent a huge amount of time implementing preventative measures and did GMO testing, but felt this wasn’t enough,” he notes. Stearns reports that there are many more genetically engineered plants than most people realize. “Some 40 GMO plant species include petunia and endive,” he says. Plus, “Contamination risks exist even when a GMO crop isn’t commercially approved, like when GMO wheat escapes field trials.” Source:

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Homegrown Heirloom Cookery almost soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and continue cooking until their liquid has almost cooked out, about 20 minutes more. Add in the thyme and boiling potatoes, sautéing them for another 5 minutes. Add kale and reduce heat to low, cooking until wilted, about 10 minutes. Add the stock and cooked beans, return heat to high and bring to a boil.

Place the green pepper, Buena Mulata, sugar, salt, chocolate, vinegar and coriander in a heavy preserving pan. Cover and boil gently for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 2 to 3 hours or until the peppers are completely soft. Purée to a smooth creamy consistency using a blender.

Vegan Tuscan Kale Soup

Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.

Reheat in a clean preserving pan and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes, and then adjust the heat factor with additional pepper to taste.

/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped carrot ¼ cup finely chopped fresh purple basil leaf 1 lb ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaf 1 lb waxy boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces 1 lb lacinato kale, washed and cut into ¼-inch-wide strips ½ cup dry cannellini beans, cooked until tender 2 qt vegetable stock Sea salt to taste

Serve with toasted slices of bread.

Pour into sterilized jars and seal.

Source: Adapted from Mediterranean Vegetables by Clifford Wright.

Source: Adapted from a recipe courtesy of William Woys Weaver.

Yields: 4 servings 1

Heat olive oil in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat and sauté the celery, onion, carrot and basil until they’re

Salsa Morada

Yields: Five cups (five 8-oz jars) 1½ lb sweet green peppers, seeded and chopped 8 oz Violet Buena Mulata hot peppers, seeded and chopped 1 cup organic sugar 1½ Tbsp pickling salt 2 Tbsp powdered fair trade unsweetened chocolate 1½ cup vinegar (preferred variety) 2 tsp ground coriander 1 Tbsp ground hot chile pepper (optional)

Vegan Eggplant, Chickpea and Spinach Curry Yields: 4 to 6 servings ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, in all; 2 Tbsp reserved 1½ lb eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 Tbsp fresh ginger paste 2 hot green chiles, deseeded and minced 2 tsp whole cumin seed ¼ tsp asafoetida resin 2 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 Tbsp coriander seed, ground 1 tsp paprika ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp turmeric


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½ cup filtered water 2 cup cooked chickpeas 1 lb fresh spinach, coarsely chopped 2 tsp sea salt ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaf 1 tsp garam masala Heat 6 tablespoons of the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add in the eggplant cubes and sauté until browned and cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the ginger, chiles and cumin, and fry until the cumin seeds have turned brown. Add the asafoetida and stir fry for another 15 seconds. Add in the tomatoes, coriander, paprika, black pepper, cayenne and turmeric. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the oil separates from the tomato sauce, about 10 minutes. Add water and bring the sauce to a boil.

cooked eggplant cubes, chickpeas, chopped spinach and salt. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Before serving remove from heat, stir in the chopped cilantro and garam masala.

Serve warm with brown rice or naan flatbread. Source: Adapted from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine by Yamuna Devi.

Safe Seed Sources In switching to heirloom varieties, first replace species known to have been subjected to higher concentrations of pesticides. The Environmental Working Group’s no-go list includes apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers, kale and collard greens. Here are sources of alternative garden heirloom species. Directory of heirloom nurseries by state

Baker Creek Seed Company, Mansfield, Missouri Video at Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa, nonprofit Hosts largest U.S. seed swap BBB Seed, Boulder, Colorado Regional wildflower seed and grass seed mixes Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Reduce heat to low and add in the Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

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Farm-to-Hospital On-Site Farms Grow Organics for Patients by Judith Fertig


ost people would agree with the results of a 2011 study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Typical hospital food is full of the dietary fat, sodium, calories, cholesterol and sugar that contribute to the medical


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problems that land many in the hospital in the first place. The study’s dietitians further found that some hospitals house up to five fast-food outlets. Because studies from institutions such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the University

of Maryland show that a poor diet contributes to a host of illnesses and longer recovery time after surgery—all of which increase healthcare costs—it befits hospitals to embrace healthier eating. Now, a dozen pioneering hospitals have their own on-site farms and others are partnering with local farms, embracing new ways to help us eat healthier, especially those that most need to heal. “In a paradigm shift, hospitals are realizing the value of producing fresh, local, organic food for their patients,” says Mark Smallwood, executive director of the nonprofit Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. It recently partnered with St. Luke’s University Hospital, in nearby Bethlehem, to help support operations of the hospital’s 10-acre organic farm that yields 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits served in hospital meals to support patient recovery. New mothers are sent home with baskets of fresh produce to help instill healthy eating habits. “Organic fruits and vegetables offer many advantages over conventionally grown foods,” says Dr. Bonnie Coyle, director of community health for St. Luke’s University Health Network. She cites the higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants as contributing to a reduced incidence of heart disease and some cancers and a lowered risk for

other common conditions such as allergies, and hyperactivity in children. Hospital farms also benefit the environment and facilitate other healing ways. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor’s hospital farm, created in 2010 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is a win-win-win solution. “We can model the connection between food and health to our patients, visitors, staff and community,” says hospital spokesperson Laura Blodgett. Their Health Care Without Harm pledge commits the hospital to providing local, nutritious and sustainable food. The farm repurposed some of the hospital’s 340-acre campus, eliminating considerable lawn mowing and chemicals. Today, its organic produce also supplies an on-site farmers’ market. Most recently, collaboration with a rehab hospital treating traumatic brain injuries resulted in a solarheated greenhouse to continually produce organic food using raised beds and a Ferris-wheel-style planting system that enables patients to experience gardening as agritherapy. “Patients love the hands-on healing of tending the garden,” says Blodgett. Another innovative hospital is Watertown Regional Medical Center, in rural Wisconsin. Its farm, located behind the 90bed hospital, raises 60 pesticide-free crops a year, including vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers. “We believe that food is medicine,” says Executive Chef Justin Johnson. He also serves his healthier fare to the public via special dinners in the hospital’s café, celebrating spring and fall harvests. In Arcata, California, Mad River Community Hospital’s designated farmer, Isaiah Webb, tills six plots and two greenhouses to supply organic carrots, beets, tomatoes, basil, potatoes, sweet corn, artichokes, squash, pumpkins, lettuce, blueberries, apples and strawberries to patients and guests. An in-house work/share program encourages hospital employees to volunteer gardening time for a share of the produce. A three-way partnership of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center, all in the Burlington area, combines community supported agriculture (CSA) and physicians’ prescriptions for healthier eating. Diane Imrie, director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen, comments, “If we want to have a ‘well’ community, they have to be well fed.” Paid student farmers from 15 to 21 years old grow and harvest eight acres of fruits and vegetables for selected doctor-recommended patients in the 12-week-growing season program. Patients gain an appreciation of healthy eating that remains with them, thus decreasing their need for acute medical care. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmto-institution programs like these both provide healthy food to hospital patients and help develop sustainable regional food systems. We all benefit from such healing ripples in the healthcare pond. Judith Fertig is the author of award-winning cookbooks, including The Gardener and the Grill; she blogs at from Overland Park, KS. natural awakenings

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EVERYDAY SUSTAINABILITY Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko


or many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over time to the point that nearly every activity yields better results for themselves,


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their family, their community and the planet. It might begin with the way we eat and eventually expand to encompass the way we work.

New American Way “The sustainability movement is large and growing in the U.S.,” says Todd Larsen, with Green America, a grassroots nonprofit organization harnessing

economic forces to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. “Half a million people turned out in New York City to march for action on climate change. People also are working in their local communities to oppose fracking and pollution, and to support green building and clean energy. Many businesses now include sustainability as a core business practice, including the 3,000 certified members of Green America’s Green Business Network.” This month, Natural Awakenings profiles the experiences of representative individuals from around the country that are helping to both make the world more sustainable and their own lives richer and more meaningful. From growing and cooking family food and line-drying laundry to powering their business with renewable energy, their approaches are as varied as the places they call home.

First Steps “Many people start with something small at home, particularly if they’re concerned about the impacts on their family’s health,” says Larsen. “More Americans are approaching sustainability first through food. It’s relatively easy to change spending habits to incorporate more organic, fair trade and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods, and with the growth of farmers’ markets nationwide, people are able to buy local more easily.” A focus on food quality is how Wendy Brown and her husband and five children launched their ecojourney just outside of Portland, Maine. “We started thinking about where our food came from, how it was grown and raised and what we could do to ensure that it was better,” says Brown. “What we don’t grow or forage ourselves, we try to purchase from local farmers.” Living more simply during the past decade has helped the family cut debt and become more financially stable. “Our entry point to sustainable living was to grow tomatoes on the steps of an apartment that Kelly and I once called home years ago,” echoes Erik Knutzen, who, with his wife Kelly Coyne, have transformed their 960-square-foot Los Angeles bungalow

into an oasis where they grow food, keep chickens and bees, brew, bake and house their bikes. Gabriele Marewski’s journey also started with what she ate. “I became a vegetarian at 14, after reading Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé,” says Marewski, who in 1999 turned an avocado orchard in Homestead, Florida, into Paradise Farms. “Forty-seven years later, I’m still a strict vegetarian. I believe it’s the single most important statement we can make about saving the planet.” Marewski’s five-acre farm showcases certified organic micro greens, edible flowers, oyster mushrooms and a variety of tropical fruits marketed to Miami-area chefs. Her farm also offers Dinner in Paradise farm-to-table experiences to raise funds for local nonprofits providing food for underprivileged city residents, and bedand-breakfast lodging. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology offers a free online course, Sustainability in Everyday Life, based on five themes: energy, climate change, food, chemicals and globalization. “People can make a difference by making responsible choices in their everyday life,” says Anna Nyström Claesson, one of the three original teachers.

Consume Less “Every step toward sustainability is important and in the right direction,” explains Gina Miresse, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which will again host the world’s largest energy fair in June in Custer, Wisconsin. “It’s easy to start at home by adopting one new practice and sticking with it until it becomes a habit; then add a second practice and so on. This keeps people from getting overwhelmed.” We might, for example, switch to non-toxic home cleaning products when current products are used up. “There’s no need to throw everything in the trash and replace it all immediately—that would partially defeat the purpose of sustainability,” says Miresse. Green America, which suggests green alternatives to many products in online publications at GreenAmerica. org, recommends a congruent strategy. “We see people first change the way they purchase their food, move to reduce their purchases overall and green those they make, and then make their home more energy-efficient,” remarks Larsen. “Next, they consider walking and biking more.” Pamela Dixon explains, “On a day-to-day basis, it’s really about the products we use, like transferring to eco-friendly cleaners and yard

maintenance, recycling electronic devices, paying bills electronically and receiving statements via email.” She and her husband, David Anderson, own Dave’s BrewFarm, in rural Wilson, Wisconsin, where they grow herbs, hops, raspberries and apples on 35 acres. “A 20-kilowatt wind generator supplies our electricity, and we use geothermal for heating and cooling,” adds Dixon. Due to career opportunities involving teaching principles of sustainability, the Wisconsin couple is in the process of selling the BrewFarm to move to La Crosse. “At our new home, we’re replacing the windows and appliances with more energy-efficient ones. We also chose our neighborhood so we can walk or bike to local grocery co-ops. We prefer to repair things when they break rather than buying something new, recycle everything the city will accept, compost food scraps and buy clothes at secondhand stores.” When the MREA Energy Fair began 27 years ago, the majority of attendees were interested in learning about first steps, such as recycling, relates Miresse. Today, sustainability basics ranging from fuel savings to water conservation are familiar, and they’re focused on revitalizing local economies. “Folks are now considering more ambitious practices such as

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sourcing food directly from local farmers, producing their own solar energy and incorporating energy storage, driving an electric vehicle or switching to more socially responsible investing.” The fair’s 250 workshops provide tools to help in taking their next steps on the journey to sustainability. Knutzen and Coyne’s passion has evolved from growing food into a larger DIY mode. “Cooking from scratch is something I prefer to do,” comments Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Line-drying is just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”

Each Day Counts “The biggest and most positive impact I have comes from my general nonwaste philosophy,” advises Brown. “I try to reuse something rather than


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throwing it away. I’ve made underwear out of old camisoles and pajama pants from old flannel sheets. I reuse elastic from worn-out clothing. My travel beverage cup is a sauce jar with a reusable canning lid drilled with a hole for a reusable straw. Such examples show how we live every day.” Marewski’s love of travel doesn’t interfere with her sustainability quest. “When I travel, I like to walk or bicycle across countries,” she says. “It gives me a closer connection to the land and spontaneous contact with interesting people. I’m building a tiny home on wheels that’ll be completely self-sufficient, with solar, composting toilet and water catchment to reduce my footprint even further.” “Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the

Next Steps to Sustainability Green America Midwest Renewable Energy Association Browsing Nature’s Aisles by Eric and Wendy Brown ECOpreneuring by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown The Urban Homestead and Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen

perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s ecojourney is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun.

Aphids Have a Place in Our Garden by Donna Torrey


f you have started a butterfly garden, then you have planted milkweed, the host plant for our beloved monarch butterfly. Aphids come in many colors: yellow, brown, black and green; they suck plant juices, deform leaves and weaken plants. Once you have milkweed, aphids may take on new meaning. For some reason, milkweeds have their own lively yellow aphids that swarm the growing tips mercilessly. Some people mistakenly take them for butterfly eggs, but the monarch eggs are like tiny white pearls laid underneath a leaf—you really have to look for them. The aphids are bright yellow and quite obvious; here’s a clue: they move! Now, there are a few things we can do about this situation. If you are the fastidious type, you can use soapy water and go out there on a very regular basis and squirt them around. If you choose this method, you may find yourself quite exhausted after about a week; they are breeding machines. The next option is to do nothing. That’s right, nothing. This is what will happen: One day you will go out there and notice other insects getting in on the activity. They are red and black, and yes, they’re ladybugs! This may seem cute to you, but in fact, the only reason that

the ladybugs are there is because they eat, almost exclusively, aphids. If your milkweeds were not infested with aphids, the ladybugs would have no reason to come. By allowing your aphids to live, you have enabled ladybugs to live, reproduce and eradicate the aphid problem! Watch closely next time you are concerned about those milkweed or citrus or whatever. Give it a week or so; the plant won’t die and you may get the chance to see Nature at work for you. If they don’t come, and your plants seem to be floundering, you can buy ladybugs for release on aphid infested plants. However, you must have aphids available for them to eat or they will fly away in search of them. A ladybug release is a great way to teach children and adults how Nature works. Everything has a purpose in Nature and if we work with Nature and not against, every creature wins, and that includes us. Plants and seeds are always available at The Garden Gate, located at Sears, 2251 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Citi Centre (corner of Copans Rd. and Federal Hwy.), 954-783-4283, See ad page 51.

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Millennials’ Take on Fitness

They Like Short, Social and Fun Workouts by Derek Flanzraich


illennials are a big deal. Most businesses view them as trendsetters for good reason: Born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, they make up 25 percent of the population and represent $200 billion in annual buying power. Like the baby boomers before them, they also have the power to profoundly influence other generations, both young and old. Millennials have largely rejected

previous fitness trends and instead paved a new path to health and wellness. In doing so, they’ve transformed both the business of fitness and the idea of what it means to be healthy. They’ve created a more personalized approach that encompasses the values of their generation.

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informed group. They devour news and information as soon as it’s released and then share it with others, usually via social media. This quick turnover cycle has led to an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality in many aspects of life. For a generation that strives to be trailblazers, things quickly become outdated. Millennials are always seeking new ways to get fit and eat healthy, even if it means creating something unique to them. The Internet has allowed these young adults to find more like-minded people than ever before. They grew up with constant connectivity, which has allowed them to build larger communities of friends online as well as locally, and keep everyone apprised of their fitness goals and progress. Millennials’ overscheduled lives mean they value shorter, quicker and more convenient options, especially in regard to workouts and healthy meals. They are more likely than any other age group to track their own health progress and use technologies such as health and fitness apps which monitor such data as steps, heart rate and caloric intake as a complement to their fitness routines. Being healthy means more than weight loss or looking good to them. For this pivotal generation, health is increasingly about living a happier life.

growth of innovative fitness movements, health-focused stores and restaurants and alternative medicine. Here are the three biggest trends making an impact on the wellness industry. What’s hot: Shorter, full-body workouts that are also fun. What’s not: Steady-state cardio exercises as a starting point for losing weight and improving health. It’s been increasingly shown that steady-state cardio workouts may be the most effective way to lose weight, but they also lack widespread appeal. Instead of sticking to a traditional treadmill, many millennials have flocked to workout regimens that regularly switch exercises or use high-intensity interval training, such as Zumba, SoulCycle and CrossFit. What’s hot: A more holistic approach to health. What’s not: Diets that emphasize rapid weight loss. Millennials don’t believe that weight is the major indicator of health as much as previous generations have. Instead, they increasingly think of weight as just one among many key components of a healthy lifestyle. A higher percentage define being healthy as having regular physical activity and good eating habits. What’s hot: Alternative workouts that are customizable, fun and social. What’s not: Inflexible gym memberships and daily attendance. Instead of hitting the gym, young adults tend to prefer new forms of fitness that can be personalized to their needs. They like obstacle races such as Tough Mudder, fun and distance runs like The Color Run, at-home fitness workouts like P90X, and bodyweight regimens. As a group, millennials are redefining wellness and changing how following generations will view health. Their preferences for fun, personalized workouts and holistic wellness have fueled trends with far-reaching implications for the food, tech and healthcare industries, and that’s just the start. Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to help the world think about health in a healthier way. He is the founder and CEO of Greatist, a New York City-based media startup working to make healthy living cool. natural awakenings

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A GREENER SHADE OF YOUTH New Generations Put Earth First by Randy Kambic


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aby boomers inspired in their youth by Earth Day are now supporting a new generation’s enthusiasm for sustainability through educational and employment opportunities. A 2015 Nature Conservancy survey of 602 teens from 13 to 18 years old revealed that roughly 76 percent strongly believe that issues like climate change can be solved if action is taken now; they also hold that safeguarding important lands and waters should be a priority, regardless of ancillary benefits or the economy. This represents an increase in awareness since a 2010 Yale University Project on Climate Change Communication survey of 517 youths 13 to 17 years old showed that just 54 percent believed global warming was even happening. Launched as Teens for Safe Cosmetics in 2005 and renamed Teens Turning Green two years later, today’s expanded Turning Green (TG) nonprofit of Marin County, California, also informs and inspires college and graduate students to live and advocate for an ecolifestyle ( TG’s first 30-day Project Green

Challenge (PGC) in 2011 involved 2,600 students nationwide and internationally; last fall’s annual edition drew 4,000 students. “We’ve seen tremendous increases in sustainability offices and curriculums at universities nationwide,” notes Judi Shils, founder and executive director. “They have set an intention.” Reilly Reynolds, a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University, hopes to take up urban farming and eventually own a farm-to-table organic restaurant. The PGC finalist and TG student advisory board member says, “I strive to lead an environmentally friendly and socially responsible life, but there is always room for improvement.” Another PGC 2015 finalist, Matt Gal, a senior at the University of Arkansas, also aspires to be an organic farmer. He wants “to grow and give away as much fresh and organic food as possible to people who need it most.” The TG site features eco-friendly products, plus green advice geared for college students. It also operates a Conscience College Road Tour, leadership program, and organic non-GMO school lunch programs in Marin County and Sausalito schools via its Conscious Kitchen and Eco Top Chef programs. Milwaukee’s 13th annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition (, from April 13 to 15, will admit local students for free. “We’ll address trends and potential careers in energy engineering, environmental health and water quality technology, sustainability and renewable energy,” says Summit Chair George Stone, a Milwaukee Area Technical College natural sciences instructor. Bradley Blaeser, founder and coowner of The Green Team of Wisconsin, Inc., which provides eco-friendly landscaping and gardening services, helped start the Sustainable Enterprise Association of Milwaukee. As a social worker at the nonprofit Neighborhood House of Milwaukee in the late 90s, he helped young people in schools and community centers learn how to build their own aquaponics system, plus other gardening skills. “We hit the marks as far as science guidelines,” he recalls. “Kids would see the entire seed-to-harvest cycle through

Every generation gets a chance to change the world. ~Paul David Hewson (Bono) after-school and summer camps. Teachers also embraced nature a little more and saw how they could infuse it in curriculums.” He notes that two young men that subsequently graduated from local colleges currently work for Neighborhood House and Growing Power. More recently, he’s worked with two local organizations, Next Door Foundation and Operation Dream, to teach youngsters agricultural skills and find recruits for related job training internships and employment. Green Team landscape technician Darius Smith, 25, of Milwaukee, will become a crew leader this spring. “You get a

good feeling installing plants,” he says. “We’re a team, working in sync.” For the 13th year, the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey ( has selected a youth ambassador—Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak, 16, of Millstone Township, near Princeton—to visit 2016 fairs to promote agri-tourism and encourage youngsters to pursue agricultural careers. “It’s important for kids to know where food comes from,” says CarmeliPeslak, who is also in her second year as a local 4-H Club health and fitness ambassador, visiting Monmouth County libraries to speak on healthy

eating and exercise. She’s training selected peers to speak in other counties; the club’s latest Look to You award recognizes her mentoring prowess. She says, “I want to be a large animal vet and own a farm.” “Young people are becoming well informed about environmental issues by traditional and social media,” observes Shils. “There’s exponential growth in their taking a stand and becoming more active.” Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day – at every meal. ~Ingrid Newkirk

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April 2016




WATERS Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist


irtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus Rex splashed in 68 million years ago, along with what was


poured into Cleopatra’s bath. Perhaps this mythological sense of water’s endlessness or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration images from outer space of a blue planet nearly three-quarters covered by water makes us complacent. Yet only 2.5 percent of Earth’s water is not salt water and of sufficient quality to be consumable by humans, plants and animals.

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Vulnerable to the demands of humanity’s unprecedented population explosion, careless development and toxic pollution and other contamination, we must reexamine this precious resource. Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, who has studied freshwater issues for more than 30 years, says, “Communities, farmers and corporations are asking what we really need the water for, whether we can meet that need with less, and how water can be better managed [through] ingenuity and ecological intelligence, rather than big pumps, pipelines, dams and canals.” Seeking to reclaim lost ground in the protection of our water and wetland resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The new regulations are needed to restore the strength to the 1972 Clean Water Act that has been weakened by the courts and previous administrations. Notably, within hours of activating the regulation, the EPA was served with lawsuits from corporate polluters, and within weeks, more than 20 state attorneys general filed suit against it. Today the legal battle continues over whether the new regulation will be allowed to stay in force or not. “Every day, local, state and federal governments are granting permission to industries to pollute, deforest, degrade and despoil our environments, resulting in serious effects on our planet and our bodies,” says Maya K. van Rossum, a

Delaware Riverkeeper and head of the four-state Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Under van Rossum’s leadership the network has created a national initiative called For the Generations advocating for the passage of constitutional protection for environmental rights at both the state and federal levels. It was inspired by a legal victory secured by van Rossum and her organization in 2013 in a case titled Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which used Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Environmental Rights Amendment to strike down significant portions of a pro-fracking piece of legislation as unconstitutional. Until

Water is the foundation of life. this legal victory, Pennsylvania’s constitutional environmental rights amendment was dismissed as a mere statement of policy rather than a true legal protection. “Each individual process of fracking uses on the order of 5 million gallons of freshwater water mixed with chemicals for drilling and fracking operations, introducing highly contaminated wastewater into our environment,” explains van Rossum. “Every frack increases the chances of carcinogenic chemical leakage into the soil and water sources.” In the pioneering Pennsylvania case, the court’s ruling made clear that the environmental rights of citizens aren’t granted by law, but are inherent and rights that cannot be removed, annulled or overturned by government or law. “Even more significant, the court stated that these environmental rights belong to present generations living on Earth today and to future generations,” enthuses van Rossum. She also cites that although America’s Declaration of Independence includes several inalienable rights, our federal constitution and those of 48 states fail to provide protection for three basic needs required to enjoy them—the right to pure water, clean air and healthy environments. Van Rossum’s audiences are shocked to learn that clean water isn’t enforced as a human right. Threatened by myriad environmental, political, economic and social forces, and contamination from carcinogenic pesticides, toxic herbicides, chemical warfare and rocket fuel research materials plus heavy metals like mercury and lead, an era of clean water scarcity already exists in parts of our own country and much of the world. Episodic tragedies like the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill near Silverton, Colorado, and Flint, Michigan’s current lead-laced drinking water crisis raise public awareness. “The technologies and know-how exist to increase the productivity of every liter of water,” says Postel. “But citizens must first understand the issues and insist on policies, laws and institutions that promote the sustainable use and safety of clean water.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Marie Kondo on the Joy of Tidying Up

Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson

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apanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys. The organizing system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing,


Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Kondo’s principles, including vertically stacking clothing and using special folding methods for socks, can seem quirky, yet her approach gets results. Kondo claims a nearly zero percent “clutter relapse” rate among clients because they’ve become surrounded only by things they love.

such as installing clever storage solutions to accommodate stuff or de-cluttering one area at a time. Her New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in 30 countries, demonstrating that her methods speak to universal desires, including a hunger for order and simplicity. She’s now released a companion book,

It’s not about a set of rules, but acquiring the right mindset for becoming a tidy person. Think in concrete terms, so that you can picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space. Start by identifying your bigger goal. Ask yourself why you want this, repeating the question to get to the root of the answer. As you explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you’ll realize that the ultimate reason is to be happy. Then you are ready to begin. I recommend cleaning out and organizing your entire space in one goaround. When completed, the change is so profound that it inspires a strong aversion to your previously cluttered state. The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete

change of heart. By discarding the easy things first, you can gradually hone your decision-making skills, including knowing who else can use what you don’t need. I recommend starting with clothes, then move to books, documents, miscellaneous items and finally anything with sentimental value.

Is it important to touch every single object in the decision process? At one point in my life, I was virtually a “disposal unit”, constantly on the lookout for superfluous things. One day, I realized that I had been so focused on what to discard that I had forgotten to cherish the things I loved. Through this experience, I concluded that the best way to choose what to keep is to actually hold each item. As you do, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” When you touch something, your body reacts, and its response to each item is different. The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own—identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and bidding them farewell and good wishes for their onward journey—is a rite of passage to a new life.

Must keepsakes be included? Mementoes are reminders of a time that gave us joy, yet truly precious memories will never vanish, even if you discard the associated objects. By handling each sentimental item, you process your past. The space we live in should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.



How does this process change us and our relationship to things? Through it, you identify both what you love and need in your home and in your life. People have told me that decluttering has helped them achieve lifelong dreams, such as launching their own business; in other cases, it has helped them let go of negative attachments and unhappy relationships. Despite a drastic reduction in belongings, no one has ever regretted it, even those that ended up with a fifth of their earlier possessions. It’s a continuing strong reminder that they have been living all this time with things they didn’t need.




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Horse Rescue

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n estimated 9 million horses in the U.S. are used for racing, show, informal competitions, breeding, recreation, work and other activities. Many need a new home when they start to slow down physically or when an owner’s finances become tight. Horses need space to run, require hoof care and when injured or ill, may require costly procedures.

Domestic Horse Rescue “We foster 50 horses right now,” says Jennifer Taylor Williams, Ph.D., president of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, in College Station, Texas, which has placed about 800 horses in the last decade. “We could have 10 times that many if we had more foster homes and space. There’s often a waiting list. We help law enforcement, animal control, and shelters with horses found through neglect or abuse cases.” Starved and too weak to stand, Tumbleweed was an emergency case when she arrived at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch clinic on a sled. Having since regained her health, including gaining

200 pounds to reach the appropriate weight for her age and size, she illustrates the benefits of the facility’s status as one of the country’s leaders in providing equine rescue and rehabilitation. The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racers (CANTER USA) serves as an online matchmaker for racing horses. Volunteers take photos at tracks, obtain the horse’s bio from the owner or trainer and post them to attract potential new owners. Along with the healthy horses, the 3,000 ill or injured horses cared for by the alliance have been retrained, rehabbed and re-homed to participate in polo, show jumping, cart pulling and rodeos. “Race horses are intelligent, used to exercise and retire as early as 2 years old, so we find them a second career,” says Nancy Koch, executive director of CANTER USA. The nonprofit’s 13 U.S. affiliates work with 20 racetracks across the country. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of volunteers. No one here receives a salary.” Collectively, they have placed more than 23,000 horses nationally since 1997.

Horses Count Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 844,531 Showing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,718,954 Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,906,923 Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,752,439 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,222,847 Note: “Other” activities include farm and ranch work, rodeos, carriage tours, polo, police work and informal competitions. Source: The Equestrian Channel; U.S. stats

Wild Horse Rescue The U.S. Bureau of Land Management calculates the appropriate management level (AML) for the number of wild horses. Excess numbers are captured and offered for adoption or sale. In December 2015, 47,000 horses were waiting in holding facilities at an annual cost of $49 million. The AML projects removal of an additional 31,000 horses from Western lands. As an example, although local wild species predate the park’s existence, horses in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park are labeled “trespass livestock”, and subject to removal. Return to Freedom, a nonprofit wild horse rescue in Lompoc, California, recognizes the tightly bonded nature of these herd groups. Its American Wild Horse Sanctuary is the first to focus on entire family bands, providing a safe haven for about 200 horses and burros. The Wild Horse Rescue Center, in Mims, Florida, rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for mustangs and burros, usually housing 30 horses at a time. With many needing medical care upon arrival, expenditures average $3,000 their first year and $1,700 annually once they’re healthy. Although the goal is adoption, equine fans also can sponsor a horse by donating $5 a day or purchasing a painting done by a horse. The center also provides public educational forums. Sponsored by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), April 26 is Help a Horse Day, a nationwide grant competition. Last year, some 100 U.S. equine rescue groups held events to recruit volunteers, gather donated supplies and find homes

The average lifespan of a horse is 30 years. It should have two acres of land for grazing. The minimum annual cost for basic food and veterinarian services is $2,000, not including equipment and boarding, which can be more expensive in urban areas and in or near racing meccas like Kentucky or Florida. Rescues budget $300 a month per horse. for adoptable horses ( ASPCA-HelpAHorseDay).

Call to Action Although a U.S. law now bans slaughterhouses for domestic horses, each year 120,000 are sold at auction for as little as $1 each and transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, their meat destined for human consumption in Europe and Japan or for carnivores at zoos. Horses can legally be confined to a trailer for up to 24 hours without food or water during shipment. Two-thirds of all horse rescue operations are either at or approaching capacity. Almost 40 percent turn away animals because of lack of space or money. Many

horses are ill, underweight or injured, which raises the cost of care. “We need foster homes and volunteers. We need the time and skills people can donate; not everything is hands-on, so those that like horses but don’t have handling skills can still help,” says Williams. “Bluebonnet, for example, has many volunteer jobs that can be done remotely. Office work, social media to spread the word, gathering donations— everything helps.” Rescue groups ask that concerned horse lovers donate time, money and land to help and lobby for legislation to ban the export of horses for meat markets. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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other Earth’s gentle hand is the secure cushion that warms us on long nights and sings comforting messages through endless days, protecting us even when things seem amiss. Take in her lovely presence. Embrace her consistent wisdom. Know that her dreams are ours and ours hers, connected by timely, comforting songs. It’s time to step away from the manicured lawns, concrete walks and well-planned gardens. An open door beckons us to the sparkling air out there to listen to the grasses breathe and murmur. Prairie grasses roll on and on through curvaceous hills and flat-edged fields, undeterred by human attempts to control their rippling arpeggios. We are asked to just listen. Be alone with the music of the grasses and be in harmony with the hum of the universe. Mother Earth’s apron is laden with flowers; simple, ever-present reminders that we are loved. She tempts us to take some time off, shed our shoes and settle into the lyrical realms of her strong body. The trees reach to the depths of the earth, deep into the mystery of lavender waters, and simultaneously throw their arms to the heavens, connecting all things living. The wind hears the prevailing songs that weave in and out of these lovely courtiers of the forest. In listening to their unerring stories, we let their siren songs sigh into our soul. It’s time to play in Earth’s garden and see her for who she is—today. Don’t hesitate. Go, play, linger, breathe and be one with the present moment. Adapted from Just Imagine Trees, a coloring book for all ages, by Susan Andra Lion.


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Controlling Anxiety Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC


Dear Karen Kaye, Please teach me how to control my anxiety. It is becoming more overwhelming over time. Thanks, Rob


Dear Rob, Trying to control anxiety is part of what makes anxiety so overwhelming. The more you try to control anxiety, the bigger the grip anxiety has on you! In this technological age of faster and better, anxiety seems to be beating out depression as the single most frequent reason people come to counseling. At its base, anxiety is a need for control that can be paralyzing and happens most frequently to those with perfectionistic tendencies. It is inescapable and intrusive. Anxiety is the need to control where we have no control. It is the need to know the unknown and the need to perfect imperfections. Anxiety lies in our belief systems as a form of competition with ourselves and/or others, where someone or something else is sure to do it better than us. We have been told, as well as believe,

that we are not good enough in the areas we hold anxiety. On a personal note, my second grade teacher told me I would never write “good enough.” Imagine my anxiety when I began writing these columns! Don’t you just love those people who are in a place of authority who label and predict our future negatively? That is no one’s right, not even yours, to put yourself down. You do not deserve it. So, Rob, although you cannot control anxiety, you have the power to manage anxiety by noticing the thoughts and feelings that trigger it. It is up to you to decide to manage your anxious mind. Try to pull your negativity out of the closet to reveal it…not scold it. Reflect on this statement, “I wonder what made me do that or what made me so harsh towards myself in that area.” It is much easier to seek

professional help to uncover these feelings and questions than to do it on your own. Sometimes we are too close to ourselves to identify the problem. Our thoughts and feelings are coming to us to heal us, not to hurt us. Self-acceptance of our thoughts and feelings is a great step towards healing. If I had not remembered my second grade teacher’s foolishness, I may not have continued to write these columns that I thoroughly enjoy! Thank you so much for your question. Sincerely, Karen L. Kaye Karen L. Kaye has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217. See ad page 50.

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Saturday, April 2

“All Hands on Deck” Art for the People by the People! Come and Participate: Saturdays through May 7. from 10-2 pm, $5 Love Donation. Public Participation Art Experience. Bring your friends and family! Join us as we mosaic our historic cuban refugee boat with beach litter (washed) to create a powerful educational and artistic tool for raising awareness about protecting our waters. ArtsBunker, 2034 E Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors. RSVP req. 888.828.8242 ext 701.

Tuesday, April 5

“From the Ground Up” - 5-7pm. Art Exhibit at Fort Lauderdale City Hall “Opening Night” With SusieQ’s guidance and Kids Ecology Corps volunteer groups, collaborative trashformational art was created through collecting plastic trash retrieved from local beaches, Exhibit through Thursday, April 28. Select artwork available for purchase - ask at the City Hall security desk for more information. 100 N. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale.

Wednesday, April 6

Open House - Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine - 4pm-8pm. Earn a Master’s Degree & become a Licensed Acupuncturist. Tour the college, clinic, meet students, free tongue & pulse diagnosis, observe an acupuncture treatment, learn how it’s done and why it’s so effective. 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301, 954.763.9840 ext. 213. RSVP. Free Healing Session with Cristovao Brilho - 7pm - NEW ADDRESS - HOLIDAY INN AIRPORT, West Palm Beach 1301 Belvedere Road, 33409 - call 786.295.8665 must arrive by 7pm.

Friday, April 8 Changing Climates, Sea Levels and Species: Legal & Policy Responses for South Florida, - Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law & Halmos College of Natural Sciences and


Angel Card Certification (Doreen Virtue Teachings)

with Lorena Evans CACR

This workshop will teach you how to read Angel Cards for yourself and others.

April 23 10am-3pm (English) April 30 10am-3pm (Spanish)

$150 (Free Card Deck & Certification Included) Call or text to Reserve your Spot!


I Speak Spirit, 1421 SE 4th Ave Suite B Fort Lauderdale 33316 •

Oceanography co-sponsor this seminar from 8:30am - 3pm. at NSU’s Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center building. Panelists and topics include: Economic, Real Estate and Risk Management Legal Issues,Fish and Wildlife Habitat Issues, What Scientists Want Attorneys to Know,and Government Leadership Initiatives. For more information please contact Elena Minicucci, 954.262.6303.

Liberation Breathing® with Sondra Ray “Your Bridge to Miracles”

Fri.-Sun., May 13-15 $550.

Urban Namaste Center 915 NE 20 Ave., Ft Lauderdale, 33304 or call 954.410.5600

Thursday, April 21

Carolyn Zaumeyer presents Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Seminar - 6-7pm, free. Tunie’s 900 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.791.4498.

April 16-24

Free Park-ing in the National Parks - go enjoy the outdoors.

saturday, April 23

Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep (Every 2nd Saturday of the month) 7:00 – 11am, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, Ocean Blvd, across from the Jungle Queen.

sat, april 16 - Sun, April 17

Saturday, April 30

saturday, April 9

New Life Expo - 2 days of Natural Health & Enlightenment, 150 exhibitors and 150 speakers, workshops, panels, performances and free samples. At the Palm Beach Convention Center, 630 Okeechobee Blvd. 561.897.0900.

Carolyn Zaumeyer presents Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Seminar - 12-1pm, free. Tunie’s 5651 Coral Ridge Dr, Coral Springs. 954.791.4498.

upcomingevents Saturday, May 7

Fort Lauderdale City Hall 100 N. Andrews Ave, Ft Laud.

Opening Night, Meet the Artist:

Tues, April 5, 5-7pm


Broward County, Florida

3 Days of

Take Off the Mask - is a free seminar that will provide tools to help individuals release their past and embrace their future. It offers the ultimate rejuvenating experience for a lifetime. Participants will learn how to let go of hidden feelings/emotions; how to break down barriers that inhibit growth; how to identify hidden resentment and things that stifle growth. Location: African American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP by April 9, 954.584.7355.

“From the Ground Up” April Art Exhibit



Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep - (Every 2nd Saturday of the month) 7—11am Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, Ocean Blvd, across from the Jungle Queen.

Saturday,May 14

“Waterworks” Call to Artists - Open to ages 5 yrs and up! 10am–2pm registration. $35 adult & teens; $25 Trash to Treasure members; 5-12yrs free. (If your work is not included, you will pay no fee). Show during the ECO/ART Film Fest 2016. Art Serve Gallery - 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

wednesday, June 15

Crossing Over With John Edward - 7pm at the Westin Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL See ad for more info. Tickets available by phone at 1.800.514.3849.

ongoingevents sunday Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary — 9am– 5pm. Classes for Interfaith Ministry Ordination. A Healing Space, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Yoga on the Beach — 9:30–10:30am, $10 Donation. Classes held daily weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity of Pompano – Join us at 9:30am: Power Hour discussion on spiritual topics/books led by Cynthia Roberts, L.U.T.. 11am: Celebration Service-Inspirational Message-Live Music; 11am Youth Classes K-12; Fellowship Hour following service. 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. Buddhist Meditation Class — 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191. Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 1550 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, 954.566.2868. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service, 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. 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. ECK Worship Service — 11am–12pm, Free. First Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. Halotherapy Breathing Class - 12:30–1:30pm, $20. Open to everyone - current and former smokers and people with respiratory or allergy issues. Dry saline aerosol inhalation cleanses deep. Salt This Way Wellness Center, 2286 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 754.223.2302.

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.

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.

Community HU Chant — 7–7:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, 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.

Chakra Yoga - 10:45am–12noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333.

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

monday 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. Introduction Mastermind Abundance Class – 7–8 PM $15 (every other week). Gain valuable & practical tools to support wealth growth. Unleash YOUR potential for change. Healing Harmony Wellness Center, 9690 W. Sample Road #204, Coral Springs FL 33065 954-594-0747. Deep Chakra Meditation - 7pm first and third Mondays). $10 Love offering suggested. Deep meditation If you want, bring Mala Beads and cushion. Unity of Hollywood, 2740 Van Buren St Hollywood FL 33020, Randi Sands, 954.305.7050. 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. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness – designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. 8–10pm. $20 per session. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)

tuesday A Course in Miracles Study Group — 10am– Noon (& Thurs). Guided Meditation 2:30-3:30pm. Love Donation, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Adam: 954.684.7007.

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. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-ofbody or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Reiki Circle & Meditation — 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400. Unity of Pompano —7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857. Free Usui Reiki Circle — 7–8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP.

wednesday Fountain of Youth class - 9–10am, $10. Discover the power of your own body to stay resilient and to heal. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, 786.390.2919. Yoga Basics — 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Reiki Circle — 7:30– 9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.

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Tai Chi - 7:30-9:30pm (& Sun 11:30am-1:30pm) Stress management, low impact fitness, exercise routines. Oneness TaiJi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 954.394.4342.

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.



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. Vinyasa Yoga — 7–8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Carole’s Circle – Meditate & Manifest! Guided Meditation, Healing, Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $12. 1st & 3rd Thursdays each month. Tired of being sick and tired? Questions answered. Women’s Club of Deerfield Beach, 910 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Reservations: Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490. Introduction to Living Your Dreams Class – 7–8 PM $15 (every other week). Discover limiting beliefs; Clarify clear action steps & Activate the Universe. Healing Harmony Wellness Center, 9690 W. Sample Road #204, Coral Springs FL 33065 954-594-0747.

Fat Village Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./ mo) Free. Free parking lot & trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6-7:15pm. $15. Learn Krya Yoga (teachings of Pramahansa Yogananda), relaxation, & guided imagery, based upon self-realization fellowship teachings. Everybody is welcome. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 954.785.6333. 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. 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. Healing & Meditation Service —7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. Reiki Circle/Meditation — Hosted by Reiki Masters Mayra & Rose, 7:30pm, $Love, Essentials Complementary Wellness Center, 2104 N Federal Hwy, Ste A, Hollywood. 954.921.7808. 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. Community HU Chant — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Expand your awareness, Experience divine love, Heal a broken heart. Release your inner tensions, gain insight, peace, and comfort. Dunkin Donuts, Cappuccino Room, 9170 W. State Rd 84, Davie, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

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Broward County, Florida

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

Vinyasa Yoga — 9:30–10:30am. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Women’s Tai Chi and Meditation — 10-10:55am, $10. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, text please 786.390.2919. Senior Line Dancing - 10:30am-11:30am. Fee Based $7 per session / $60 for a 12 class card Strut, turn and kick your way to greater strength and flexibility! Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. 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. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. 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. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair — (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/ Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Yoga for beginners - every Saturday at 12:45pm. First class $8. Basic yoga postures, healthy alignment of the spine, begin a yoga practice to reap all of the health benefits that yoga has to offer. 754.235.3353 Yin Yoga — 2-3:15pm, $15. (& Wed, 6pm) Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing. Postures are held passively to expand the motion in the joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Concludes with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach 954.785.6333. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — bi-weekly 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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communityresourceguide (crg) Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c.

acupuncture Global TCM, LLC

Dongcheng Li 2312 NE 9th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 7730 Peters Road, Plantation, FL 33324 954-647-5539; 954-647-5531 D r. L i h a s p r a c t i c e d acupuncture & herbal medicine over 15 years in China/ US. He is specialized in pain management, internal, gynecological and geriatric diseases.

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.

DR. MENDEL E. BROOKNER, D.C., P.A. 7442 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, FL 33067 954-755-4066


Dr. Brookner strongly believes in natural alternative chiropractic healthcare. He has been practicing in Florida for 20 years. “Nothing is more precious than your health”.

Transforming Your Tomorrows

Jo Ellen Newman 954-594-0747 Pragmatic & Profound Universal truths to help companies & individuals improve finances, relationships or life issues. Evidence-based curriculum is a systematic approach to improve what you desire!

Colon therapy A Colon Care Center

Michele Miglino, LMT/CCT 837 S.E. 9th Street Deerfield Beach FL 33441 954-421-0703

Colon hydrotherapy is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellness, and to keep your body functioning at peak efficiency.


Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

Dr. Wei Sheen Chong 6115 Stirling Rd, Suite 205, Davie, FL 33314 954-604-5384 Passionate about helping others improve their health naturally. Dr. Chong uses gentle spinal adjustments to remove nerve interference so your body can do the healing.


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Physical Health Complex

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

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


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 6.

KAREN KAYE, Holistic Psychotherapist, LMHC

2625 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33331 954-384-1217 If talking about your problems hasn’t worked for you.... The transformational process that I teach will offer you awareness, alternatives, and action. Specialties include Transitional Issues, Depression/Anxiety, Pre/ Post Divorce, Self-Worth Issues, Unhealthy Patterns/Addictions, Marital Conflict. 30 Years Experience.

Pascal A. Peterson, LCSW, Psychotherapist 1881 NE 26th Ave Suite 102 Wilton Manors, FL 33305 561-866-5351, cell

As you follow your path to greater health, allow me to assist you in finding your inner resources and strengths to achieve your goals.

Day Retreats THERMAE Stillness RETREAT

604 S. Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301 954-604-7930

Thermae Retreat An organic serene Daily Retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared Saunas, Massage, Skincare, Body Scrubs and Masques, Holistic Healing, Energy Therapy. Yoga, Meditation, Hydrotherapy. See ad page 19.

Dr Yani Healing and Holistic Dentistry

Fine art

212 SE 12th St (Davie Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-525-6010

SusieQ Art


We follow strict amalgam removal protocols incorporating nutritional supplements for safe mercury detoxification ~ IAOMT member. To promote better healing, our hygiene care incorporates ozone and essential oils for gum treatments. Only Mercury-free biocompatible crowns and dental materials used. Free holistic toothpaste recipe.

Functional Medicine

dental health Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry

2467 E. Commercial Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-771-5300

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

Dental Spa

Dr. Gregory Gertsen, D.D.S. 3640-7 N Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-7778 Let your smile be a sign of happiness and great health. An attractive, younger smile can be yours today. State-of-the-art dental office. Many treatment options. Make informed, good choices about your oral health.

Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available for collaborative projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thought-provoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad page 6 and 46.

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

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optimum health, wholistic biocompatible dentistry.

• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Bio-compatible materials • Bio-compatible 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 on pages 5 and 35.

essential oils

Rob and Jennifer Morris 954.998.4040

Oil infused, toxin-free personal care products. Oil infused supplements & non-toxic cleaning products. Healthy alternative to energy drinks., free tips. Request free eBook on optimum health. See ad page 20.

Advanced Medical Testing Centers 7200 W Commercial Blvd, Suite 209 Lauderhill, FL 33319 754-216-2332

Traditional and advanced clinical evidence-based medical tests for early detection of chronic diseases that support a functional medicine approach to health. Testing for specialty labs, including Access, Cleveland HeartLab, HDL, Innovative, Singulex, SpectraCell, LabCorp, Quest and others.

Institute of Advanced Medicine 7200 W. Commercial Blvd, Suite 210 Lauderhill, FL 33319 954-748-4991

Dr. Slavin has been in practice for 30 years and uses functional medicine and advanced medical tests to determine treatments and services that will keep you healthy. See ad page 8.

gardening The Garden Gate

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-GATE (4283) A unique garden center specializing in Florida native plants, butterfly and bird habitats, herbs, orchids, water gardening, organic gardening products, beneficial insects, garden decor and more!

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Holistic Podiatrist

Lisa’s Healing Center

Wellness Starts With Your Feet

Lisa Smith 3170 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 211K Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-415-6285

Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM The Wellness Center at Post Haste, 4401 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 954-989-6524

Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Massage modalities, Energy Work, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Animal Communication, Classes. MM#27808.

One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation.


Scott Byrne Broward Co., South Palm Beach Co. 954-292-0732 Literally transform any or all areas of your life! the YB12 Classic Program will make sure you achieve exactly what you want and desire! FREE Coaching Session

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

Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

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.


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.

Salt This Way Wellness Center Linda Geer, LMT, RMT 2286 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-223-2302

Massage therapy infused with energy healing. Salt infused oils, scrubs and chakra balancing techniques for deep relaxation. Mention ad ~ receive free foot Salt Scrub. See ad page 11.


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Dr. Light Miller, N.D., D.D. & Dr. Bryan Miller, D.C. 2119 Hollywood Blvd., Suite A Hollywood, FL 33020 954-923-4444

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 2740 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 101 Fort Lauderdale FL 33308 954-791-4498

T h e Ay u r v e d i c C e n t e r f o r Wellbeing is a natural healing center that practices the ancient medicine of India. The Center offers a variety of Ayurvedic treatments with integrative chiropractic care. The Center also offers Degrees in Ayurveda for those who want to pursue this as a career

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies, Testosterone Treatment for Men, Menopause Treatment, Botox, We i g h t L o s s , S p i d e r Ve i n Treatment. See ad page 34.

3058 N Andrews Ave. Wilton Manors, FL 33311 786-390-2919 Meditation, Chi Gung, Tai Chi, and Yoga classes for women. All ages, life stages, and experience honored. Find your energy, wellbeing, breath, peace, awareness.


Gary James Greenleaf Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 520-591-8282 Professional scientific and bioenergetic EMF analysis of your home or office. Featuring GeoSafe-E EMF neutralizing technology that works. Sleep in peace and feel real rejuvenation today!


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Nicotine inDependence Program Salt This Way Wellness Center Dr. Scott Irwin, PhD, CTTS 2286 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-223-2302

Integrative Medical Treatment for Nicotine Independence ~ Free Nicotine Patches, Lozenges, Gum, Nicotrol Inhaler, Nasal Spray. Individual or group setting. Salt Yoga, Halo-Breathing Classes, and more. See ad page 11.

NUTRITION Kyani Distributor 2056304 Lisa K Perdue 561-603-6910

Kyani features 3 Products: Sunrise, Nitro/Extreme, & Sunset. Each high nutrient dietary supplement works synergistically to provide an unmatched nutritional Health Triangle.

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Organizer Life Organized by Bonnie, LLC 954-849-1023

Got Clutter! Get Bonnie! Clear your clutter, simplify your life. Specializing in residential organizing and downsizing. Home care coordination. Assistance with life transitions. Complete confidentiality. Licensed/ Insured.

Wendy Cottiers, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner 954-306-3887 Holistic Nutrition coaching, specializing in Endocrine Disorders. Certified Raw Foods Chef, PlantBased Nutrition Educator, & Author. Wendy hosts monthly Cooking & education classes. Free Newsletter

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.

(954) 693-5681 Eckankar offers ways to explore your own unique and natural relationship with the Divine. You can receive divine guidance to apply in your everyday life. See ad page 6.

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Psychotherapy A Healing Space

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

Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Road 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.


REIKI Positive Nutrition of So. Florida

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REV. ELISE M. ORANGES, REIKI MASTER & Teacher 954-317-3907

Community Reiki Circles. Certification classes–all levels. Individual & group sessions. Your place or mine. Teacher training. Member International Association of Reiki Professionals.

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

Dr. Wendy H. Weiner, Principal 5850 South Pine Island Rd Davie, Florida 33328 954-680-5808

Celebrating our 10th Year ~ A progressive, middle and high school where you can be yourself. We feature Edluministic learning, the integration of the performing and visual arts with problem-based learning. Our school is designed to meet the needs of twiceexceptional, gifted and creative students who are not meeting their potential in a traditional school setting.

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 26.

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Carole A. Ramsay, Ba. Div., RMT

Summit—Questa Montessori School


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


Only psychic who guarantees her work! Plus pet psychic. Reiki, DNA Activation, Raindrop Therapy, communicates with deceased. Group, parties and private sessions. By appointment only.

Lorena Evans - Spiritual/Life Coach 1421 SE 4th Ave Suite B Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 954-278-9474

W JoAnne Mckay 954-584-7355

Rejuvenating seminars are dedicated to helping individuals release the past and embrace the future; cleansing mind, body & soul. Taking Off The Mask(s).

218 Commercial Blvd, Ste 108 Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 954-303-9585 Organic Facials & Peels, AntiAging Light Therapy, Detox, Infrared, Photon Genius/Genie, BioMat, Foot Detox, Thermography, Healing, PsychicMedium, Acupuncture, Massage, Waxing, Nutrition, Quantum Products.

wholistic physician Dr. Amadi’s Wholistic Health Center

I can coach you through blockages to spiritual freedom (1st session FREE). I also do Reiki, Akashic Records, Angel Card Readings, Workshops and Circles.


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tai chi Oneness TaiJi International

92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 33060 954-394-4342 Trained/certified in China. Tai Chi technologies. Stress management, low impact fitness, mental rejuvenation. Forms, meditation, exercise routines. Healing to self defense. All ages. Private lessons.

Hepsharat Amadi, M.D., L.Ac. 10189 W Sample Rd Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-757-0064 954-757-2612, fax

Primary Health Care with a Natural Approach including Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Quantum Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Detoxification, Natural Allergy Treatment, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. See ad page 7.

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Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon

421 South Federal Highway Pompano Beach FL 33062 954-785-6333 We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana.


Yogi Plus Yoga

2495 E Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-491-1591

6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Fl. 33319 754-235-3353

Yello! is a community space in East Fort Lauderdale where all ages can enjoy dance and yoga at all levels in our eco-friendly, state-of-the-art studios.

We call our studio Yogi Plus Yoga, “The Plus” stands for Plus Size Yoga. You don’t have to be plus size or curvy to practice here, though if you are, you are very welcome! Our mission is to bring yoga as a tool to connect with your body.

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2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 Offering the wisdom of classical yoga teachings infused with contemporary insights and knowledge. Classes for all levels. with private and group sessions available on and off site.

827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 954-427-2353 561-859-5512, cell Become a Yoga Teacher RYT200 N e w : A d v a n c e d Tr a i n i n g RYT500. Most experienced staff in South Florida. RYT500 starts M a y 1 3 t h ; RY T 2 0 0 s t a r t s September 25th. Regular classes everyday!

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