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pril mornings are awesome. The opportunities to create yet another meaningful day in paradise are upon us. Many times, the monthly focus for Natural Awakenings is synergistic with my writings as is this month with the focus on climate change updates; I like to think of April as Earth Month. I was asked to participate with a couple of local events, utilizing our publication and my Global TRASHformation artwork, spreading the message of wellness and self-responsibility. (See News Briefs for details.) Our planet’s climate patterns are more pronounced these days. The swings from hot to cold and wet to dry are more extreme. Scientists worldwide confirm this. The good news is that we are in more of a global conversation about pollution— the existing presence and/or the introduction of harmful or poisonous substances or items into the environment. We are becoming more vocal about demanding change. The survivors of the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in my mind, are leading the way for change in such a beautiful and profound way. The event’s underbelly includes a discussion of Promise Program. As with any issue of


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about defining the climate change situation from a multi-faceted approach. It’s not just about the pollution, it’s about how we are as civilizations. Author Sechrist notes in the article that Hawken was surprised that higher education of women/girls ranked so high in importance. It’s a key component in bringing about economic growth, independent thinking and many more sustainable choices affecting climate change. I attended a talk the other day and was reminded about the importance of habits for a healthy lifestyle. I am certainly a creature of habits and repetition. I embrace them. To me, my health is based on my habits and the choices I make every day to connect with family and spirit, exercise, eat healthy, give back to the community, engage in ongoing education, and inspire others to live life full-on. It’s taken me decades to get to these habits of health and peace. I am grateful for the mornings that allow the mysteries to unfold. May this April be the most important April ever in developing your voice for positive change. May you feel and experience the ripple effect of your choices through the Universe. Be the song; plan on it. SusieQ Wood Publishing Editor


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24 HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IS TIME FOR A DIVORCE? Top 5 Questions To Ask Yourself


HEALTHY PEOPLE Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health


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Celebrate Earth Day with Heal the Planet Day April 22


on’t miss the 3rd annual Heal the Planet Day, April 22, at Esplanade Park, in Fort Lauderdale. Produced by the local nonprofit, Heal the Planet, this Earth Day celebration brings together the South Florida community for a day of fun, family-friendly activities. You’ll learn how small, local everyday acts and choices can have a huge global impact and have a great time doing it. The event offers an amazing array of free activities. Taste delicious delights in “The Farmer and the Chef ” Vegan Cooking Competition (arrive early to secure your spot as judge). Learn sustainable farming techniques in “Grow Your Own How-to-Zone”. Get your groove on in the Yello! Movement and play all day in the Kids Zones. Plus, enjoy presentations on important conscious living and environmental issues in the SoFlo Vegan Speakers Corner; join SusieQ Wood for transformational art projects; listen to live music; and enjoy a Yello! Elite kids dance performance. Shop local artisans in our Vendor Village and sample delicious vegetarian and vegan fare. Cost: Free. Location: 400 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. For more information on participating, call Gail Silverman, 917-863-6779 or email See ad page 23 and 47.


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Yoga at Bridges Now Offered With Body, Mind and Spirit Programs


ust Like Om Yoga provides an opportunity for students to ease into their bodies through a gentle but powerful process characterized by attention to detail on anatomical alignment and extension of the spinal column. At a slow, steady pace with focused breathing, a whole body, mind and spirit experience is realized. Arlie Smith and Dennis Nelson are co-owners of Just Like Om Yoga. Smith studied Iyengar Yoga extensively and is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. All Levels Class takes place at 6 p.m., Mondays. Beginners Level Class takes place at 11 a.m., Thursdays. Cost: $10/per class; one class free with purchase of 12. Location: 1881 NE 26th St., Ste. 244, Wilton Manors. For more information on Just Like Om Yoga, call 754-701-5168 or visit For more information on Bridges of Wellness and private one-on-one instruction for those with limited mobility, advanced practitioners seeking to deepen their practice and teachers, call 954530-6006 or visit See ad page 50.

The Critical Importance of Proper Mercury Removal and Detox by Dr. Yolanda Cintron, DMD


here do we start with detox? Many patients are exhausted and confused with the contradictions of opinions on how to proceed to regain the health and vitality they once had. If you are one of these people, I want to encourage you. God is amazing and He has designed your body to detoxify from mercury and other heavy metals, pollutants and the imbalances in your gut, digestive tract, brain, etc. Pray and ask the living God that resides in you for guidance. Jesus said to the disciples, “I must leave you now, I will leave you with The Counselor, The Holy Spirit of God.” John 14:26 To fully detox your body, you must start by removing the source of the toxicity. You want to detox and you are committed to the necessary process performed by a biological dentist of removal of your amalgam silver fillings that contain 50 percent mercury, a toxic metal that can cause extreme damage to your health. Great! Because mercury’s toxicity is related to inappropriate binding to other molecules like sulfur, after removal of the amalgam fillings, it is important you find a knowledgeable biological doctor to work the toxicity out. This process may take a few years, depending on your body’s ability to detox, rebuild and regenerate itself. Some people are fast, slow or super slow detoxifiers. Low progesterone levels make you a slow detoxifier. Genetics, diet and your intestines also play a big role. We all have read or been told about these health musts and may do some or all of these: 1. Get 8 to 9 hours of sleep (put electronics away 3 hours before your bedtime).

2. Drink plenty of healthy water (sans fluoride and chlorine). 3. Optimize your diet, get food sensitivity testing if needed, avoid highly allergenic foods (peanuts) or contaminated foods (like milk), sugars, fast, processed or packaged foods, go organic. 4. Ingest lots of Vitamin C (1 to 2 grams per day orally). 5. Again, drink plenty of fresh, pure water (like Fiji), avoid chlorinated or distilled water - you need minerals. 6. Increase the blood flow and circulation of toxins out of your body by daily exercise and sweat; Infrared sauna, Bemer technology and Biomat can help. 7. Take amino acids and trace minerals as our foods are not as rich in nutrients as they were in the 1950s. 8. Stop smoking. 9. Stop complaining and ask yourself what you are grateful for right now. 10. You must have daily bowel

movements, ideally one after every meal (flaxseed oil is a bowel booster). 11. Increase levels of glutathione, eat fermented superfoods rich in sulfur-based photo nutrients like cabbage, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, radishes and wasabi. Raw garlic or raw garlic oil are powerful detoxifiers as well as haritaki extract and pine bark extract. There may be other binders so it is best your doctor designs a protocol for your specific needs, giving your body periodic breaks in between. One thing upon which we all agree is that we are seeing people younger and younger getting sick. We have heard it all, from autism to neuropathies to vaccines for kids and flu shots. How can we find balance as human beings? What things are really necessary? What are we willing to give up that is stressing us? I pray that you will take a few minutes to reflect on your habits, how they affect you, your mind, spirit, soul, body, family and environment. And while you review and take an inventory and make some new distinctions, make some adjustments and decide to think empowering thoughts and choose empowering actions that will positively impact you and others to increase the quality of life and health awareness, to leave a legacy of Love, faith and hope, the greatest of these is Love, and will remain forever. Corinthians 13:13 For more information on any of these topics, please call our office for a consult at, 954-938-4599 or email us at and/or ask to be part of our newsletter.

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Introduction to Sufi Spiritual Healing at Bridges of Wellness


ridges of Wellness presents a special One World Family Interfaith Presentation, “Introduction to Sufi Spiritual Healing,” a threepart series, held Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 10, 17 and 24. The classes will be taught by Halima Gibson, master spiritual healer and teacher in the Shadhuli Sufi tradition. Allow yourself the opportunity to explore and experience the secrets found in the sacred teachings of this ancient mystical tradition. Opening and living with an open heart is the number one master skill needed for navigating these tumultuous times as Mother Earth and humanity ascend into higher realms. Join in for the inner healing and insight that take place through our golden heart chalices using our divine qualities and Sufi chanting. Experience the joy of meditating in a small group. Learn tools for protection while we live with open hearts in daily life. Using Sufi healing, sound technology and chanting, we will reconnect and rewire our brain/mind/body with our innate Divinity, opening to become holy vessels of healing and love upon our planet. Cost: Suggested Love donation $10/per session. Location: 1881 NE 26th St., Ste. 244, Wilton Manors. For more information, contact Dr. Charles Geddes, 954-530-6006. See ad page 50.


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Community Garden in Margate Seeks Donations and Volunteers


reen Earth Community Garden is in its fourth year of operation, providing organic produce to local food pantries, participating gardeners and shareholders. Additionally, this registered nonprofit educates residents of all ages on organic gardening practices while providing a meeting place to build a shared community. Please consider a tax deductible donation to help support this program and meet its upcoming financial needs. Your donation will help to continue the cultivation of a unique food forest and ensure future growing seasons. To date, Green Earth has donated over 1,000 lbs. of produce to local food pantries and engaged scores of local gardening enthusiasts. Just recently, Cub Scout Pack 220 took an educational tasting tour of the garden. All work is done by participating gardeners and volunteers. To support this cause, please visit and click the tab ‘Volunteering or Donating’ and use the PayPal button for a secure transaction, or you can send a check payable to Green Earth Community Garden, 1801 NW 65th Ave., Margate, FL 33063.

Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival April 21


arnessing the power of art to connect with the environment, shine a light on solutions and inspire and educate to create change is the mission of the Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival. In partnership with the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at Carpenter House, Nova Southeastern University Broward and the City of Hollywood, the event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 21. The Carpenter House oceanfront location at 4414 North Surf Road, Hollywood Beach, is perfect for the festival. Art inspired by nature as well as upcycled and recycled environmentally themed pieces will highlight our connection to the ocean while raising awareness of the impact single-use plastics have on our beaches, waterways and marine life. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a community beach clean-up sponsored by Surfrider Foundation of Broward County. From noon to 5 p.m., original and inspiring artwork created by professional and student artists will be showcased along with musical performances, food trucks, art centers and games for children, environmentally friendly vendors, nonprofits, a community art installation, feedings of Captain, the rescued sea turtle, and more. For more information, call Manon Wiese, 786-2954294, email, Instagram@ FreeOurSeasAndBeyond, and go to freeourseasandbeyond/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and https://

Celebrate The Salt Box’s Birthday with Complimentary Sessions


he Salt Box is celebrating its 3rd birthday with a party on April 14, and everyone is invited to join in the festivities. In order to celebrate with the community, new and existing clients get to enjoy a full day of wellness with complimentary salt therapy sessions. Salt therapy can help relieve many respiratory and skin conditions, boost the immune system, and enhance overall wellness. In honor of salt’s amazing qualities, the theme of the day is “Salt is Our Super Power.” Special activities for the whole family will be offered all afternoon. For adults: Acupuncture, chair massage and meditation/breathwork will be available in order to promote the deepest relaxation. For children: Funky Monkey Kids Yoga, superhero characters, face painting and more will be provided, allowing them to have fun while getting healthy. There will be raffles and prizes, specials on future salt therapy sessions, snacks, beverages and an abundance of healing energy. The complimentary salt sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special activities will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Location: 6710 Parkside Dr., Parkland. Sessions can be booked by calling 954-906-5985. For more information, please visit See ad page 49.

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miling is a human reflex, but what happens when your smile is not as white as it used to be? Time, diet, smoking and coffee can leave your smile stained. Now, there is a solution, with South Florida’s own Florida Laboratories, Inc. This Fort Lauderdalebased manufacturer has developed a nationally renowned teeth whitening formula that will brighten your smile in days without breaking your pocketbook. Traditional teeth whitening can cost $300 dollars and more per treatment. That was the standard until this home teeth whitening kit made whitening while on the couch, taking a shower or sitting by the pool an option. Florida Laboratories, also known as FlaLab, has been at the helm of teeth whitening research for more than 20 years. They introduced the 44% Carbamide Peroxide (CP) strength to the market in 1999 which is the strongest formula available. For sensitive teeth users, there are 22%, 35% and even 10% CP available. Peroxide-free formulas, Remineralization for healthy teeth after whitening and even the custom Organic Charcoal Paste and more are also available at Support a local business with longevity in the teeth whitening industry. Ask about the Affiliate Program. For more information, email and/or visit See ad page 28.

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Volunteer with SusieQ at Earth Day Events in April


usieQ Wood is looking for volunteers to support her involvement as a speaker and collaborative artist in two Earth Day related community events taking place in April. Join her, from 10am to 5pm, April 21, at the Free Our Seas and Beyond... Environmental Art Festival. Morning volunteers will assist in co-creating a flash art (temporary) project as part of the beach clean-up, performed beachside at the Carpenter House, 4414 North Surf Road, Hollywood Beach. Learn how it’s done with other artists and guide participants through the process of creating a fun, interactive project using the trash/litter collected from the beach. Afternoon volunteers will assist SusieQ from noon - 5pm., on the second floor of the Carpenter House, in the mini art gallery, helping attendees co-create artwork for home or office based on a heart-centered theme, using cleaned debris from local beaches and neighborhoods. The finished pieces will be put up for sale. SusieQ is scheduled to speak on stage at 2:15pm in the central garden. Join her, from 11am-5pm, April 22, at the 3rd annual Heal the Planet Day, at Esplanade Park, 400 Southwest 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale. Her station will be in the Kids’ Zone under the trees. Volunteers will help attendees co-create artwork as described in the above paragraph. The pieces will be put up for sale. For more information on these volunteer opportunities and times, call SusieQ at 954-630-1610. See ad pages 4 and 44.

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Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.

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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”



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Air Pollution Linked to Psychological Distress Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, University of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulate matter scored 17 percent higher in measures of psychological distress, including sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. The higher the level of particulates—emitted by car engines, fireplaces and fossil fuel power plants—the greater the impact. April 2018


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A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges.

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A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

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Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at


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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


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French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how humanmade climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S.,”You are having to hide what you do.”

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Transforming Plastics

Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles

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UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solar-powered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says co-founder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in offthe-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.

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Just 100 Companies Emit Most Global Emissions

In July 2017, historic new research from environmental nonprofit CDP, in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, revealed in The Carbon Majors Report that 71 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel producers. It’s the first in a series of planned publications to improve transparency and highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change. Offenders ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are among the highest-emitting investor-owned companies. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate for the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, likely causing catastrophic consequences, including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks. Read the report at CarbonTop100List.

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Waxworm Wonders U.S. Waste Paper Turned Away

Companies that recycle cardboard boxes were overwhelmed after record-breaking holiday shopping online. The U.S. Postal Service estimated it delivered 10 percent more packages in 2017 than the year before. Amazon, the leader in online shopping, said it shipped more than 5 billion items for Prime members in 2017. All of this cardboard is a huge recycling challenge. Americans routinely toss food waste and other garbage into their recycling carts, and China, the country that receives the bulk of these contaminated recyclables, says it has had enough. China, by far the world’s biggest importer and processor of recyclables, has put the U.S. on notice that it will begin turning away all but the most pristine used plastics and unsorted waste paper by this fall and early next year. The pronouncement has alarmed U.S. government and industry officials, especially on the West Coast, that face the challenge of either cleaning up the vast, never-ending stream of recyclables to meet China’s strict standards or finding other places to dump the messy items—perhaps in landfills. The uncertainty caused by China’s looming ban is beginning to slow down the entire West Coast system for sorting and shipping off recyclables. In Hong Kong, which ships its waste paper and cardboard to the Chinese mainland, mounds of the materials already are piling up at docks and in cargo ships being kept at sea.

Waxworms, a type of caterpillar, are vexing to beekeepers because they devour the wax that bees use to build honeycombs. It turns out that they can do the same to plastic. Ongoing worldwide research reveals several types of bacteria found in waxworms that digest some kinds of plastic at rates that vary from weeks to months. Scientist Federica Bertocchini, at the Spanish National Research Council, mashed up a quantity of the greater wax moth and applied the paste to polyethylene. After half a day, about 13 percent of the plastic had disappeared. She collaborated with biochemists at the University of Cambridge to analyze this chemical decomposition of the plastic. They discovered that some of the substance is converted into ethylene glycol, a sign that it was genuinely being degraded. The carbon-to-carbon bonds found in polyethylene are also present in the wax that the caterpillars eat. Susan Selke, director of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, remarks, “The hunt for organisms that can degrade plastics is on. Right now, we don’t have a good solution for dealing with the plastics that are piling up on our planet.”

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Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever

The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.”

Save Wild Horses Campaign Update

The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at SaveWildHorsesNow.

Horses make a landscape look beautiful. ~Alice Walker April 2018


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INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character


by April Thompson

movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bastrop, Texas. They often

go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

Experiential Learning Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and

develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, NY. Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or

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rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

Lasting Life Lessons Mother Nature’s lessons can be hard-earned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problem-solvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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hese resources will help parents and educators connect with quality, nature-based learning. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature ( is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, naturebased ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (, founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource. Children & Nature Network ( connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was cofounded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance ( is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.

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Power of Healing

INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life by Anita Sanchez


irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.


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Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

Power of Unity

This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an

Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Power of Hope

Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit

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arth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earth-friendly alternatives ( The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide. Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins.






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How Do You Know It is Time for Divorce?

Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself by Maria Gertz, Psy.D.


espite the fact that 50 percent of couples in Florida get divorced every year, divorce is still one of those things we like to turn our backs to and try not think about. But when you are in an unhappy marriage, it can often seem like the only way out. While this may certainly be the case for many of you, divorce can be emotionally and financially draining on both spouses, children and families. So before you take the plunge, there are several things mental health therapists and divorce professionals think you should consider to make sure you are as ready as you’ll ever be. 1. Have I communicated my needs


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to my partner insofar as my feelings and my expectations regarding our roles in our marriage? 2. Have I taken responsibility for my own contributions to the problems in my marriage? 3. Do I have realistic expectations regarding marriage and what I expect from my spouse? 4. Am I aware and do I have a plan to manage the changes in my life post-divorce? 5. Is there anything that could save my marriage that I haven’t tried? Often times, individuals who are facing the possibility of divorce have spent a good

amount of time thinking about what makes them unhappy—unfortunately, probably more time than they’d like. They have spoken to their friends and family repeatedly about their relationship, but often it is the act of communication of disagreements and disappointments with their spouse that gets either ignored or becomes dysfunctional. Studies have shown that communication with your spouse is the greatest predictor of whether or not a marriage will last. We have all heard that communication is important, but one important piece has been left out: It is the type of communication that makes all the difference. Actively listening to your partner

and understanding their position even if you disagree, refraining from yelling, name calling and the silent treatment, and giving your partner the forum to be heard can make all the difference in your marriage and will give you the platform to be able to do the same. When we are so unhappy and hurt, we often want to find someone to blame and we fail to recognize our role in all of the miscommunication. You need to take time to look within and identify if there are things that you too could change that could create a dynamic change in your relationship. Maybe the relationship is too far gone and this doesn’t cause the change you would like to see in your marriage, but if you do your part, you are still working on making yourself a better partner for a healthy relationship in the future. You are setting yourself up for relationship success and (should a divorce be inevitable) creating a healthy environment by which you can coparent if you have children. It may be hard to focus when we are feeling as if our family is not working “as it should� and it is of no help that many of us

ascribe to the myth that relationships should be easy and conflict-free. The truth is that marriage takes work. No marriage is 100 percent perfect all the time. While most married couples fight mainly about finance and childrearing, the ones that learn the best ways to express their needs in a non-defensive, nonego dominated way are the ones that tend to make it. Having realistic expectations about what it takes to make all life decisions with another person may be all your relationship needs. Divorce is often a messy business causing emotional turmoil and financial hardships for both parties. It is essential to be aware that your life will most likely not be the life as you know it to be now. Know that there will be changes in schedules, roles and finances that will impact how you spend your time, whether or not you need to go back to school and/or work, and where you might live, to name a few. Many times people assume that the faster they go through this process, the faster they are on their way to finally being happy

again; but taking your time to evaluate all of these issues can save you a lot of time, heartache and money. Chances are that if you are not coming from a high-conflict, perhaps even abusive relationship, you are not going to be immediately happy post-divorce. Ask yourself if you have exhausted all options before divorce. Several professionals such as a mental health therapist, relationship coach or clergy are available to help you navigate through this process of making sure that divorce is the answer. They can assist you in answering these very same questions that will either help your marriage or help you become someone that can be part of a healthy divorce. Maria Gertz, Psy.D. is the founder of Divorce by Design Mediation Group. Divorce by Design is a group of mental health and legal professionals that can help mediate your divorce as well as manage post-divorce family issues in a compassionate and confidential manner. Located in Broward and serving all Broward and the Palm Beaches, they can be reached at 1-800-234-7112 or by visiting See ad page 48.

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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall


amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 26

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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

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Flora and Fauna Issues

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever—the world’s fastest-growing mosquito-borne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South

Five Steps to Take Today


Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


Eat less red meat: Producing

red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

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County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. “Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

Heat Pollution

Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice,

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

but wasn’t treated right away. He ended up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says April 2018


Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope


There is nothing on this earth more prized than true friendship. ~Thomas Aquinas 28

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Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist


or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?

Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected

economic growth. Education is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system—and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at

Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to

Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. April 2018


Pain Relief with Visceral Manipulation

by TJ Mallet


isceral Manipulation (VM) is a manual therapy wherein a therapist uses gentle, specific manual forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and natural tissue motion of the viscera (organs), the visceral connective tissue and other areas of the body where physiologic motion has been impaired. VM affects many body systems. Its purpose, according to Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O., the developer, “is to recreate, harmonize and increase proprioceptive communication in the body to enhance its internal mechanism for better health.” Barral was born in Grenoble, France. He began his career as a registered physical therapist and went on to pursue a doctorate in osteopathy. While working at the Lung Disease Hospital, in Grenoble, he had the opportunity to perform cadaver dissections. Some of the cadavers he had known when they were alive, and had treated them, worked on their bodies and had their medical histories. He could therefore compare what he knew to what he saw post-mortem. He observed a lot of tissue thickening around the viscera and realized this thickening caused altered mechanical tensions on surrounding tissues. From 1965 to 1982, Barral taught Spinal Biomechanics at England’s European School of Osteopathy. It was during this time he had a patient complaining of back pain who showed great improvement after visiting a folk healer in the Alps who, the patient said, “pushed something in my abdomen.” Noticing how effective this treatment was in relation to his patient’s problem, Barral continued his research in the relationship between viscera and body dysfunction. He discovered that musculoskeletal, spinal, cranial relationships would self-correct after proper VM. 30

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Our bodies need movement to be healthy—inside and out. If they don’t move, they become tight, stiff and painful. One of the major causes of impaired movement is inflammation. Many things create inflammation including any jarring injury (falls, auto accidents), repetitious movements, diet, environmental toxins, infections, surgery and emotional stress. As an example, when we get into a car accident, our entire body gets knocked around and micro to macro lesional tears occur in the tissues. Our organs reverberate against our skeletal container. Sometimes not just our neck but our entire body gets whiplashed. There are four types of whiplash that can be theoretically distinguished: back to front, front to back, right to left and left to right, and none of these four types occurs in isolation. However, whiplash is not isolated to just auto accidents; one could miss a stair step, jump improperly on a trampoline, be tossed in their seat by amusement park roller coaster rides or turbulent airplanes, or any kind of a sudden fall. As our body naturally begins to heal from a trauma, the disrupted normal tissue fibers are replaced with relatively inelastic granular tissue, creating lesions, inhibiting the natural slipping and sliding our organs

need to move, thus causing impaired movement of the body. For example, if the liver has limited range of motion, it can inhibit a person from being able to freely raise their right hand above their head. If the kidneys are unable to have full range of movement, low back pain could be present. There are a number of systems that work together to support and hold abdominal organs in place while still allowing for their natural motion. All of our internal structures are wrapped in a double layer membrane system that produces fluid, creating a suction effect between the two layers holding structures together while still allowing for slipping and sliding over each other. If one organ has the slightest hangup to slipping and sliding over another, it compromises not only that particular organ but can manifest symptoms in other areas. A good visual and visceral example of this is if you tightly twist your shirt at the bottom right corner, you will feel the pull of your shirt in multiple directions across and all the way up to your shoulder. Another system is one that involves hollow organs such as the intestines. Hollow organs have greater pressure inside of them than outside which make them expand and occupy the maximal amount

of space available to them. If, for example, a person has had an appendectomy (surgery to remove the appendix), the ascending colon can be compromised by scar tissue pulling and twisting it out of shape, creating a struggle in its movement and function, resulting in compromised bowel function. A third system is the pressure within each cavity—either positive or negative. The chest (thoracic) cavity has a negative pressure which plays an important role in support of the abdominal organs. The negative pressure creates an upward force on the abdominal organs and the positive force of gravity in the abdominal cavity acts as an opposing pressure to maintain a dynamic balance. When any one or all of these systems are disrupted, adhesions (stuck tissues) can develop, creating a lack of interior motion. Over time, as the body struggles, it gets more difficult and a mind-body disconnect along with pain can take place.

Just think of it as having a direct path from the front door of the house to the back door with kids’ large toys scattered in that path, making you go around them. If multiple visits from front to back be made all day, it would consume more of your energy and you would be more tired at the end of the day than if you had an unobstructed path. So, too, when organs have to work harder due to restrictions, they tire faster and the body becomes susceptible to dis-ease. VM is performed by a therapist using their soft, relaxed hands with precision and minimal force to release any of the stuck areas (areas of tension) within the body. To find these stuck areas a “mechanical dialogue” is created by the therapist to determine where movement is absent or diminished. Dysfunctional areas in the body move much less than healthy tissues as they are less elastic. The body “hugs” or rather protects the area of restriction leading to alignment issues and

compensatory movement patterns which can lead to pain and tension in the muscular system. According to Barral, “The muscles are witnesses to what is going on deeper within the body.” Some of the dysfunctions VM is known to have helped people get relief from are: whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, back-hipknee pain, sciatica, bloating, constipation, acid reflux, swallowing dysfunctions, post-op scar tissue, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, bladder incontinence, prostate dysfunction, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and much more. TJ Mallet, a therapist for more than 20 years, is owner of Total Balance 4 U. She is passionate about VM, focusing on how she can best help people regain vitality, vibrant health and ease in daily life. For more information, call 954-234-3299, email or visit See ad page 47.

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Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

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by Judith Fertig

hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and

transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.

Foods that Go Easy on Water

Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all

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manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.” Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to

less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

Hopeful Developments

New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale

Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Nature’s Remedies How Animals Self-Medicate by Sandra Murphy

Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance.

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rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly

Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to

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make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.”

We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral selfhelp strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she

believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Be Aware

Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water.

3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana) 4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence 5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)



Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain:

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n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.

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Strike a Pose

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with feet placed against a support 2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I)

Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips. n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east. n Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. n Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment. n Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimediaartist. Connect at

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Healthy House Easy Ways to Green It Up


by Avery Mack


iving green isn’t difficult or expensive. Start small, one room at a time.

In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and foodgrade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy


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and has fewer emissions. Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, ecofriendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved silicone mats. They are easy to clean, affordable and available in many sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the

electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plant-nurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.

On the Floor Keep floors clean and healthy by leaving

shoes at the door. They track in dirt, pesticides, chemicals, pet waste and leaked fluids from vehicles. Slippers or socks with a grip sole keep feet warm and prevent falls. Bamboo flooring is sustainable and eco-friendly, but is also shipped from China. Using local products reduces shipping costs, supports American businesses and can give the home a unique design. “Logs salvaged from the bottom of the Penobscot River turn into flooring, ceilings and accent walls,” advises Tom Shafer, co-owner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “The cold temperature preserves the wood and gives it a natural patina. It’s now available in peel-and-stick, affordable planks called timberchic. Planks have an ecofriendly, UV-cured finish.” For more flooring tips, see

In the Bathroom

Instead of air freshener sprays, hang pet- and child-safe plants. Use fast-drying towels up to four times before washing. Hand towels see more frequent use, so change every other day. Longer wear makeup stays longer on a washcloth; to prevent reintroducing germs to the face, use a facecloth only once. All-natural cleaning products are easy to find or make. For some tips, see

In the Bedroom

From sheets and bedding to a fluffy robe, choose eco-friendly organic cotton in white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.”

A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at Mattresses should be replaced every eight years. In the U.S., an average of 50,000 end up in landfills each day. California law requires manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for mattresses and box springs. An $11 recycling fee, collected upon each sale, funds the Bye Bye Mattress program. Connecticut and Rhode Island also recycle them. “An alternative is extending mattress use with a topper,” says Omar Alchaboun, founder of topper-maker Kloudes, in Los Angeles.

What and Where to Recycle Find out where and what to recycle at Enter the item and a zip code or call 1-800-cleanup. Going green is money-saving, environmentally wise and coming of age, which makes eco-friendly products easier to access. Earth Day is a perfect time to make simple changes that can have long-lasting and far-reaching results. Connect with the freelance writer via April 2018


ask the therapist Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC

Why Women Are Slaves to Love The following quote by Napoleon Bonaparte reflects the mentality that was at the forefront of the beliefs that enslaved women through the ages. “Nature intended women to be our slaves…they are our property; we are not theirs. They belong to us, just as a tree that bears fruit belongs to the gardener. What a mad idea to demand equality for women! Women are nothing but machines for producing children.” While most men and women have evolved to a higher plane, remnants of these beliefs are still daunting many relationships. I offer you the following contemporary examples: Women who earn their own money and yet have difficulty saying no or setting and keeping boundaries in an intimate relationship Women who grow as individuals and yet, when a man comes into the picture, change to become who they think the man wants them to be Women who choose to stay in unhealthy or cheating relationships

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From a present day cultural perspective, as long as women speak of themselves as the commodity and view men as the luxury, nothing will really change. In viewing the habits of boys’ and girls’ choices of play, girls choose to play house, dress-up and with dolls. These choices teach nurturance and help girls to prepare for their future roles. Boys, on the other hand, play sports, cops and robbers, cowboys, firemen…all centering on career goals and competition. These “play” choices mold children into certain belief systems about themselves and the opposite sex. The outcome, as revealed in my private practice, is most women believe they need relationships in order to have a fulfilling life. Some women believe their self-worth will come from being loved the way they want to be loved. Women oftentimes are too invested in their relationship, making it easy for men to take them for granted. Some men believe their self-worth comes from how successful they are in business. Therefore, men are overly invested in business. Oftentimes men’s unavailability

provokes women’s lack of self. Isn’t it ironic that Mr. Workaholic is usually married to Mrs. Low Self-Worth? What a vicious cycle! Being loved enough on the outside will never be enough for women to feel it on the inside. The lack of love for themselves, therefore, contributes to being a slave to love. In order to break this cycle, women must learn that loving themselves is the only antidote to self-destructive love relationships. If a woman’s cup is already full, she does not go “thirsty” into a relationship in the first place, which allows her to be happy in her own skin with her own personal goals. She will know her “self ”, have self-worth, and be able to tell her mate what is on her mind without editing or apologizing, knowing that she deserves love. In order to achieve this level of contentment, women may want to seek counseling to rewrite the beliefs that created this cycle. Karen L. Kaye has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Broward County. She sees clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-3841217. See ad page 47.

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Edgar Cayce Conference with John Van Auken

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Easter Son-Day! — 11am-5pm; must arrive before 11am for intro. God Gathering & Guided-Meditation from Christ Michael himself. Resurrect your self. See Urantia Book online. Donation. Organic Potluck Ascension After-Party! Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. Text confirmation 561-460-3168

3rd Annual Heal the Planet Day—free event. Vendors, Kids Park, Resources, Speakers, Plantbased Cooking Competition, MOOP-free event. Esplanade Park, Fort Lauderdale. 954.565.2950.

Introduction to Sufi Spiritual Healing — 7pm8:30pm. $10/week. 3 week series, also April 17 & 24. Taught by Halima Gibson, Sufi Master, 954.684.6551. Meditation, Chanting, Healing. A One World Family series sponsored by Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St. Suite 244, Wilton Manors, 33305, Dr. Charles Geddes, 954.530.6006.

Saturday, April 21 Free Our Seas, Environmental Art Festival — 10am-noon – beach clean up, 12-5pm: artists, musicians, talks, children activity centers, sea turtle feedings, non-profits and environmentally friendly vendors. Marine Environmental Education Center, Carpenter House, 4414 N Surf Road, Hollywood Beach. Info:

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SUNDAY, April 22 If you’re suffering from Asthma or Respiratory problems — Come for a free acupuncture treatment (herbs not included) at ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program’s clinic. Treatments observed by the class. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale. Appointments: 954-763-9840 ext. 201.

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Saturday, April 28 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day — 10am-2:30pm. You are invited to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2018 with classes every half hour. Medical & Martial Qigong. Free off street parking. Jade Power Qigong, The Church For Perpetual Life, 1855 McKinley St. Hollywood Fl. 33021, Jeff Smoley, 954.471.1337.

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ongoing events NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit to submit online. Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 2300 NW 9th Avenue (Powerline Rd.), Wilton Manors, FL 33311, 954.731.8173.

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. 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. Meditation Classes – 10-11:30am with modern Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Norbu - $10/class, members free. Free kids class in other room. Kadampa Meditation Center Fort Lauderdale, 4342 E Tradewinds Ave, Lauderdale-by- the-Sea, FL 33308, 954.372.7481.

ECK Light and Sound Service — 11am–12pm, Free. The 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. Elevate your Life! — 11am with Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes. Fuel your week, Enriching Hearts through Timeless Spiritual Principles! Bridges of Wellness, Wilton Plaza - 1881 NE 26th St, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, Call 954.530.6006. Tai Chi — 11am–1:30pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., at Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrew Ave. Oakland Park 954.394.4342.

Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Spiritual Oasis, a Psychic and Healing Event and Metaphysical Marketplace — 1:30–6pm, third Sunday of each month $10, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, 33334, Robert, 954.696.6389. Sound of Soul, Community HU Chant — 6–7pm. 4th Sunday each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm. Spiritual conversation following chant. Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681. Interfaith Sacred Celebrations of Spirit — Weekly on Sunday evenings 6:30–7:30pm at Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution at a Healing Space,1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750.

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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.

Rock Steady Boxing for those with Parkinson’s Disease — 2:30–3:30pm (& Thursday). Get rock steady ~ non-contact, high intensity boxing style fitness program. Alleviates symptoms and improves quality of life. Inside Body Couture, 4368 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Lesley Kleiner, 954.492.1214,


Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? — 3rd Tue., 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-of-body or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 210, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

Free Vital Life Force Energy Treatment — every Monday at 10am, total 4 days in a row. Treatment for all ailments, pain or emotional disorders. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy., Bay 2, Oakland Park 33334. Information: 754.214.1066. Meditation Healing Circle — 6:30–7:30pm. $5–$20Love. Expand your vision and heart through Tibetan Palm Healing, Reiki, Crystals, Sound and Meditation. Lisa’s Healing Center, 3170 N Federal Highway, Suite #211K Lighthouse Point FL 33064, Martha, 954.609.4570. Magic Monday Circles — Varied Weekly Format; Guided Visualizations, Reiki Circle, Healing Sound Vibration, Blessing Circles. Love Donation. 7pm Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street. Wilton Manors. 33305. Call Sister Rev. Kris 954.549.0263. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Mindful Meditation Monday — 8pm-9pm. $10. Promote peaceful Body, Mind, and Spirit with Guided Meditation and Reiki. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Suite B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $25 per session. Designed for men and women to learn from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (landline)

tuesday 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. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–noon. $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. Natural Dental Consultations — 2–4pm. Free. Wondering how your oral health is connected to your body? Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in Natural and Biological Dentistry. Advanced Dental Wellness Center, 104 SE 1st St, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301, 954.525.5662.

Tai Chi — 6:45-8:45pm (and Thurs) Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., @ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park, 954.394.4342. 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. Heal Your Emotions, Shift Your Reality — four simple statements can change your life. 7–9pm, $15.00. 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month. 2 hour channeled teaching. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, 33334, Robert Ray, 954.696.6389. Carole’s Sacred Circles! – 7:30–8:30pm. $15. 1st Tuesday: Reiki & Message; 2nd Tuesday: John Of GOD Circle; 3rd Tuesday: Meditate to Manifest. Jade Wellness, 2717 E Oakland Park Blvd #201 Oakland Park FL. Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.

wednesday Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Awakened Living Group — 7–8pm Free. Practical spirituality for your journey of spiritual transformation/self discovery Center For Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334, David, 305.746.0881.

thursday 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.

A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30– 7:30pm. Free. Co-Facilitated by Rev. Margarita and Rev. Nancy, graduate of Dr. Jon Mundy’s All Faiths Seminary International. Sunshine Cathedral, 2nd floor classroom, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 734.395.5857. Third Thursdays Plant-Based Cooking Classes—6:30-8:30pm. free, 3rd Thursday/month. Demonstration-style class led by plant-based chef Nina Kauder. Each session will take you on a journey to a different part of the world through food. Registration Required. Space is limited. Yello! Creative Arts & Events Center, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. ]

Tai Chi — 6:45–8:45pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., @ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park 954.394.4342.

friday Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 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, 2709 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Reiki Circles for Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Well-being — 7–8:15pm (and on Saturdays 11am) $10. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th Street, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Rev. Scott Friedman 954.854.7937 for info. Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Free. Chanting HU can help you feel more relaxed and at peace. HU chant 20 minutes; contemplation for 5 minutes. Dunkin’ Donuts, Espresso Room, 9170 W St Rd 84, Davie, FL 33324. 954.693.5681. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.

Art Stroll 4th Thursdays — 6–9pm, free. Come Stroll the Promenade of Green Turtle Plaza and enjoy an evening of Art and Entertainment. 2 blocks west of A1A, North side of Commercial, Lauderdale by the Sea. info: 954.909.2200.

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saturday Volunteer ~ Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep / Kids Ecology Corp — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), 9am “Talkin’ Trash” with SusieQ (sometimes they do a flash art project in the sand with the collected trash). Help save lives and keep beaches litter-free. 300 S. Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, (Las Olas & the Beach). Earn community hours. Reiki Healing Circle — 9am-10am, Free. Usui Reiki Circle. All are welcome. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Suite B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878. 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.

Children’s Yoga Teacher Training — 10 Modules Jan 27 - June 10. Saturday afternoons or weekends. Autism/Special Needs, Classroom Yoga, Bilingual Music, Mindfulness, Early Childhood, Teens. Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach FL 33441. Louise, 954.427.2353.

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

Yin Yoga — 2–3:15pm, $15. (+Wed, 6pm) Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing are held passively to expand motion in joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Concludes with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333.

Reiki Circles for Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Well-being — 11am–12:15pm. (& Thurs 7pm) $10. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th Street, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Rev. Scott Friedman 954.854.7937 for info. 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.

Monthly Art Reception — 6:30–9pm, 1st Sat./ month. Free, meet and support local artists during the Juried Art Exhibit. Participate in the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Enjoy munchies from Bokampers. Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 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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CranioSacral Therapy

Throughout the year Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources available for natural health, nutrition, personal growth, green living, fitness and creative expression. ANNUAL Events Heal the Planet Day


Annual Earth Day celebration with fun, family friendly activities. APRIL 22, 2018 Event Highlights — Vegan Chef Competition, play and learn in the 11:00am - 5:00pm Esplanade Park Kids and Grow-Your-Own “How To” Zones, live music, movement classes & more. Coming together to celebrate small acts with a huge impact! See ad page 23. day

Colon therapy A Colon Care Center

Michele Miglino, LMT/CCT 837 S.E. 9th Street Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 954-421-0703 954-695-6595, cell

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. MM18325, MA0007506.

ayurveda Ayurvology

138 NE 1st Ave. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 786-343-7066 Ayurveda for the modern world. We offer ayurvedic consultations, weight loss programs, ancient treatments and an herbal apothecary. Become a certified ayurvedic lifestyle consultant with our in depth education.


Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c. 7800 W Oakland Pk # 110, Bldg D Sunrise, FL 33351 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.

Perfecting Touch

Kathy Bates Physical Health Complex 2544 N Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-647-9010 Cranial sacral therapy - CST- a light touch approach releasing tension and restrictions, reducing pain and dysfunction. Therapeutic massage also available. Feel good within yourself. MA70919

Total Balance 4 U

TJ Mallet 2800 E. Commercial Blvd, Suite 211 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-234-3299 Release “stuck” areas in your body that cause chronic pain: migraines, neck, low back, PTSD, anxiety, and more. It feels good to feel good! MA24266, MM30072

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. See ad page 28.

counseling/therapy KAREN KAYE, Holistic Psychotherapist, LMHC

1500 Weston Rd Weston, FL 33326 954-384-1217 rms/name/Karen_L_Kaye_MS,LMHC_ Weston_Florida_35986 I am ‘Natural Awakenings’ “Ask the Therapist.” Please refer to the column and archives for the many topics I specialize in. I counsel individuals, couples and families. You can also view the ad in Monday events for my support group.

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 12.

dental health Advanced Dental Wellness Center

Boris Lipovetskiy, DMD 104 SE 1st St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-525-5662

Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in natural, biological, and cosmetic dentistry offering latest in technology in our relaxing environment. We provide mercury safe dentistry, metal-free braces, and biocompatible metal-free zirconia implants. He specializes in TMJ and sleep apnea. See ad page 31.

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community resource guide 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.

FREDDA ROSENBAUM, D.D.S. 2925 Aventura Blvd. #201 Aventura, FL 33180 305-933-3350

Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch. General, Cosmetic, Holistic & Sedation. See ad, page 2.

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• Sedation dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with bio-compatible materials • Laser dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/ ceramic implants • Natural bone augmentation / Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad pages 9 and 25.

Dr. Yani Holistic and Healing Dentistry Yani Dixon, DMD 212 SE 12th St (Davie Blvd) Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-525-6010

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. See ad page 13.

DETOX Future now Detox

786-942-0502 866-419-3899

Pioneering South Florida with revolutionary NAD treatment therapy. Detox on the molecular level. Remove cravings and stress; let your body heal itself without narcotics. Luxury, inpatient accommodations and outpatient services offered 24/7.

DIVORCE DIVORCE BY DESIGN MEDIATION GROUP 915 Middle River Drive, Suite 204 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304 1-800-234-7112

Confidential and compassionate Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediators with legal and mental health backgrounds. Available for divorce, parenting disputes, child support, paternity, alimony and equitable distribution.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. ~Nelson Mandela

Fine art SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Visit her website for more information on taking the Global trashformation pledge. Beautiful trashformation jewelry also available using found objects. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad pages 4 and 44.

gardening The Garden Gate

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-1189 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!


1425B SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 954-520-7258 100% natural alternative to find relief from sinus, allergy, respiratory and skin conditions. Halotherapy promotes mucus clearance, acts as an anti-inflammatory and fights against harmful germs in the lungs. See ad page 22.


6710 Parkside Drive Parkland, FL 33067 954-906-5985

Salt therapy, an all-natural treatment, improves respiratory health, decreases stress and fatigue, improves skin conditions, and strengthens the immune system. First session is complimentary!

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Laura H. Betts, ANDI IT, HCO, CHT 4654 North University Drive Lauderhill FL 33351 954-749-9998 Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): We exclusively provide HBOT utilizing hospital grade hyperbaric chambers in a compassionate, professional environment.

HOLISTIC HEALTH Holistic Health & Wellness Solutions

Nancy E Livingston Divine Love Institute, 2832 Stirling Road #H, Hollywood, FL 33020 954-920-0050 As a Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant, I’ve developed a powerful, multi-faceted individualized program maximizing physical and emotional health. Let’s work together for positive lifestyle changes. See ad page 8.

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

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

Reconnective Healing Holistic Podiatrist Start With Your Feet


Hyperbaric therapy

Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM The Wellness Center at Post Haste 4401 Sheridan St. Hollywood, FL 33021 954-526-5800 One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation.


at the Center for Inner Wisdom 4849 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park, FL 401-263-8828 After being certified in Reflexology and Reiki, Mary was led to Reconnective Healing that uses h i g h e r e n e rg y f r e q u e n c ie s promoting healing of body, mind and spirit. Her patients report miraculous healings in O n e session!

Offering long distance “customized orthotics” on website online store. #StartWithYourFeet.

homeopathy Homeopathy cure

Dr. Iqbal Nazir, M.S, D.Pharm, D.H.S. Licensed Lab Medicine Practitioner 954-226-3652

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Natural cure in homeopathy of

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tai chi

salon Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

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

Oneness Tai CHI International

@ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park FL 32209 954-394-4342

Trained/certified in China. Tai chi technologies. Fitness, stress management, low impact, mental rejuvenation. Forms, meditation, exercise routines. Healing to self defense. All ages. Private or group instruction. See ongoing calendar.

Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach. Digital hair - scalp analysis, detox & jet rejuvenation. Variety of ecofriendly, vegan hair colors like henna. Formaldehyde free keratin & botox.

spiritual centers

Thermography Margie’s Wellness Center 5400 S University Drive, #110 Davie, FL 33328 954-665-0424

Bridges of Wellness 1881 NE 26th St #244 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-530-6006

Fuel your week – Heart Gatherings - Sundays @11am. Workshops, Reiki, classes for personal and community enrichment, Accredited Emerson Theological Institute classes, providing practitioner and ministerial training.

“Your Wellness Starts Here.” All natural services to reduce inflammation, reduce pain and swelling, speed recovery from surgical procedures, and improve overall well-being with electro lymphatic drainage massage. Reduce stress with innovative bodywork. Medical thermography for breast and/or whole body screening without radiation or breast compression.



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

Wellness Center Natural Health Power Works Dr. Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi, DNM, Ph.D 6974 Griffin Rd., Weston FL 33314 305-720-9099

A l l e rg i e s , a u t i s m , A D H D , detoxification, gastrointestinal health, immune system support, customized nutrition, mood disorders, insomnia. DISCLAIMER: Natural Medicine is complementary healthcare and unintended for diagnosis, prescription or treatment of disease and is not licensed in Florida nor a substitute for medical care.

Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center

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

Yello! is a dynamic, creative arts facility that offers classes in ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, break dance, belly dance and more! In addition to its contribution to the arts, Yello! is a health and wellness advocate. Through workshops and cooking classes in collaboration with Food for Health Foundation, Yello! also offers education to the public on the power of plant-based nutrition.

Yoga Just Like OM Yoga

Arlie Smith 1881 NE 26th St #244, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 754-701-5168

Yoga classes – Mondays 6pm, Thursdays 11am. Private sessions. Instructors: Arlie Smith is a Certified Yoga Instructor & Dennis Nelson is a Vinyasa Yoga expert.

Namasté Yoga Salon 407 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. See ad page 11.

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach

Louise Goldberg 827 SE 9th St., Deerfield Beach 33441 954-427-2353 A heart-centered studio with a highly experienced faculty. Operating since 1968, this authentic yoga center is widely recognized for its exceptional yoga teacher training programs.


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