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ugust, as an adjective, relates to being distinguished or respected. I believe it’s just the right month to be focusing on parenting. Inside this edition is a wonderful article on the subject which I think you’ll find inspiring. For some, who have not had the direct experience of parenthood, I’d like to expand on that concept, keeping with the theme of august. As one who has a degree in education, I will include teachers in this category. So, be they parents, mentors, teachers or a stranger who will, for a moment, take on such a role with another, all are to be celebrated and honored for enriching the life or lives of those they touch. I love to teach. The other day, while waiting for a meeting to begin at my nearby community center, a couple of very young ladies walked by. They both wore laced up shoes, and one of them had one untied lace. I interrupted their walk and asked if they’d be interested in knowing how to make the type of shoelace knot that would stay tied. The girl with one untied lace replied that she already knew how. I then asked her why one was undone. She looked at her untied knot and grinned. Her girlfriend asked to be shown how to do it correctly. They both ended up learning the difference between what they had been doing (granny knots) and a proper, standard bow knot. After a “high five” they were on their way with laces they retied themselves—with the bows correctly positioned side to side, rather than making that awkward 90 degree turn parallel to the length of the shoe. Well, that exchange put a smile on my face. I was glad to be in service, and maybe even helped prevent a fall

from dragging laces. Perhaps I’m stretching the definition of august a bit. The point is, we all might find opportunities in which to be august / distinguished in one way or another. I cannot think of a more important role than that of parenting, be it biological or not, or being in a position to support that effort. I’m engaged in the possibility of working with a group of children on a creative project that is in alignment with the purpose of Natural Awakenings—that of living a lifestyle that supports healthy living, healthy planet. Just being in the conversation is an honor. We support parents in many ways. There are a variety of counselors, therapists and alternative practitioners who make themselves available to the younger set. I appreciate the fact that this information is becoming more widely available through magazines such as ours. And, as always, I am glad that you, esteemed reader, support our advertisers. Many of the news briefs this month are about education. It’s exciting to have our community offer up such a variety of choices for children, young adults and older adults. I don’t think it’s ever too late to consider a new career path or advance in your own field. Look for opportunities to take the lesstraveled road. Let being uncomfortable become your new best friend. Explore life with passion; plan on it.

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xplore new career paths at Keiser University’s Back-to-School Open House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., August 5th. The academically centered event at the Fort Lauderdale campus will focus on specific employment opportunities. Students can receive training in more than 100 university degree programs. Keiser University’s hands-on approach helps individuals gain a competitive advantage as they further their education. The open house will showcase the school’s resources and invite prospective students to learn about degree programs in career fields such as; health care, business, legal studies, culinary arts, and

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newsbriefs Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Aananda Begins this Fall


ananda is a Fort Lauderdale-based institution that offers Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour yoga teacher training programs. They are conducting two programs this September to finish before Christmas. Their fluid program covers traditional to contemporary yoga and ensures their graduates acquire sufficient knowledge and skills to become efficient yoga teachers. They are proud that most of their graduates are successful locally and around the country. Aananda’s curriculum includes: Introduction to Yoga: History, Branches, Mythology; Aananda Yoga: Classic Aananda and with Vinyasa; Sanskrit: Writing alphabet to joining words, Learning posture names and mantras; Ayurveda: Understanding doshas and learning to balance them; Yoga Sutras: With emphasis on important verses; Upanishads, Gita and other yoga texts; Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita; Meditation, Kaya Sthairyam and popular meditation styles; Spiritual Bodies: Koshas, nadis, chakras, vayus and agni, Samkya philosophy (seven visions, five elements, etc.); Anatomy and Physiology; Posture Clinics; Teaching Techniques: Building flow, cueing, voice, focus, pace, energy, assisting, support; Class presentations; Kriyas, Kaya Kalpa Kriya, Shanka Prakshalana and Hasya Kriya, Netra Kriya, Kirana Kriya; Popular yoga styles:

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imberly Knox, astrologer, presents a monthly lecture created with passion to embrace the “I am me” in everyone, encouraging personal empowerment in love and life through deeper self-knowledge. Her energetic lectures focus on the new moon energies, events and important “dates to note,” and how this all plays out in the individual’s natal chart, connecting one to universal energies and helping to capitalize on personal success. This year’s energies offer a source of peace, compassion and loving flow over last year’s more turbulent nature. It is a year of prosperity, to nurture and grow the new foundations in your life set up last year, embrace a more peaceful loving flow, to live through heart, embrace love and place your personal signature on something. This year will feature endings and new beginnings—a year to look to the future with enthusiasm, to be open to new information and learning, to “be Love” and connect with your passion. Who are you? What do you want to be known for? What can you put your heart into? Follow Kimberly Knox on Instagram for her daily “In the Flow” inspirational messages. See ad page 45.

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The Dental Link…. Your Mouth & Body Connection From a Patients Perspective: The Intimate Connection between Oral Health, Gut Health and Overall Health by Rick Gold, Certified FDN Practitioner


olistic medicine and dentistry is a form of healing and a comprehensive approach that considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotion in the quest for optimal health and wellness. The body is a self-healing, selfregulating organism and all it needs from us is to give it what it needs to do its job: the removal of environmental and lifestyle stressors that cause dysfunction and proper nutrition. There are so many potential underlying causes of chronic illness. Some examples are: Sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep, increased toxic burden, lack of proper nutrition, chronic undiagnosed bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, bacterial imbalances in the gut, over the counter and prescription medications. So where does oral health fit into all of this? To understand the connection between oral health and overall health, we need to first understand a little bit about how the body works. Dental amalgams are the primary source of mercury exposure in Americans. A single dental amalgam filling releases as much as 15 micrograms of mercury per day. The average individual has eight amalgam fillings and could absorb up to 120 micrograms of mercury per day. For comparison, eating mercury-tainted seafood will expose you to about 2.3 micrograms per day -- and that is enough for scientists to call for a worldwide warning! Unfortunately, while many have become well aware of the dangers of environmental mercury contamination, few are as well-informed when it comes to the dangers posed by dental amalgams. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can damage your brain, central nervous system and kidneys, and mixing it with other alloys and placing it in your mouth does NOT all of a sudden render it harmless... Children and fetuses whose brains are still developing are at greatest risk, but anyone can be affected. Naturally, the more amalgams you have, the greater your

risk of experiencing health problems as a result. See graph for all organs affected. Anytime the autonomic nervous system senses stress, it sends a stress signal to the brain. The brain then sends signals to the adrenal glands that the body is under stress. The adrenal glands then produce cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone. Cortisol prepares the body to handle stress. This is called the “fight or flight response”. When the fight or flight response is activated, all bodily functions that are required for immediate survival are heightened, and all bodily functions (like digestion, reproduction, or rest and repair) are shut down.

Six years ago my state of health was a mess and I began my own health journey to identify and eliminate the underlying causes of my own stress. My health has improved dramatically since then, but it still wasn’t where I wanted it to be. The one area of my body that I had not addressed in recent years was my oral health. I felt that I had an issue with a root canal that I had done about 13 years ago. The only type of dentist I would ever use for myself, my family, or recommend to my clients is an experienced and accredited biological dentist. I decided to go see Dr. Yolanda Cintron in Fort Lauderdale at She is the dentist that I refer clients to for evaluations. After a thorough examination, Dr. Cintron had determined that the root canal was

indeed a problem (I had an abscess and a chronic bacterial infection from the affected tooth that reached into my sinus) and the beginning of periodontal disease. This chronic infection was putting major stress on my immune system, which was showing up as an unexplained slightly lowered white blood cell count for years on my blood tests. Dr. Cintron expertly removed the root canaled tooth and during the procedure discovered that it was filled with mercury. The procedure consisted of her using a laser to decontaminate the socket, a bone graft and a Plasma Rich Growth Factors (PRGF) procedure so my tooth socket can be restored, strengthened and rebuilt. PRGF accelerates a patients’ healing and recovery time. The PRGF technique isolates the proteins from the blood plasma. These isolated proteins are the ones that are responsible for tissue regeneration and wound healing. When a therapeutic dose of those proteins are applied to an area, they accelerate the healing process. Dr. Cintron and her assistants drew a small amount of my blood that was put in a centrifuge spinning process that enabled them to obtain the plasma rich growth factors. The plasma was then placed in the area where the root canaled tooth was removed. No wonder I suffered from leaky gut, bacterial imbalances in the GI tract, food sensitivities, and malnutrition! Chronic bacterial infections in the oral cavity are also linked to autoimmune disease, heart disease and cancer; yet another chronic stressor on my body that explains many of the symptoms I had been experiencing for the last 12-13 years. Oral health is a crucial aspect of any wellness program and I encourage everyone to find an experienced biological dentist with a holistic approach for a thorough evaluation to see if chronic bacterial infection or heavy metals are part of the underlying cause of poor health. If you have any questions please email

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The Brain and Wellness Center Offers Neurofeedback Services


ormerly known as Center for Brain Training, The Brain and Wellness Center offers the same neurofeedback services with the same experienced providers. Neurofeedback is a non-medication approach to adjusting the neuron firing pattern in the brain that controls mood, attention, sleep, regulation and more. Over the past 10 years, the term neuroplasticity has become universally popular. Neuroscience has accepted that there is an interrelation between the central nervous system, the autoimmune system, emotions, physical, and mental health. We understand that

new neurons are created throughout life and that the brain can change at any age. The Brain And Wellness Center is directed by Renee Chillcott, LMHC, and with over 10 years’ experience in neurofeedback training and 14 years’ experience in counseling, she and her team provide treatment, guidance and support for adults, teens, children and families. Location: 7301 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Ste. 102A, Boca Raton. For more information and appointments, call 561-206-2706 or visit Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. See ad page 5.

Summit-Questa Montessori in Davie Hosts Model UN Teacher Training


ummit-Questa Montessori School will host a new Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) teacher training workshop this summer, from August 22 to 23. MMUN is the only Model UN program for Montessori students ages 9 to 15, and is the largest of the middle school Model UN programs. The workshop will prepare teachers

to effectively implement the MMUN curriculum to their students. Teaching and learning the concept of global citizenship will benefit not only the teachers and students and prepare them for the MMUN Conference, but will also enhance the school’s academic curriculum. Many MMUN attending schools set themselves apart by stressing their participation at an MMUN Conference. Teachers have expressed their experiences with this training as life changing for themselves and their students. Location: 5451 SW 64th Ave. (Davie Rd.), Davie. For more information, call 954-584-3466 or visit Montessori-mun. org. See ad page 50.

The Ayurvedic College for Wellbeing Now Accepting Applications


pcoming training classes in Ayurveda Level 1 begin September 25 and run through May 15, 2016, at The Ayurvedic College for Wellbeing. Drs. Bryan and Light Miller, teachers with 36 years’ experience in the field, invite interested students to visit during the current classes

to get a taste of what they can expect from this unique program which delves into the ancient healing tradition of India. Students will explore the rich well of natural healing found in Ayurveda by learning about body types, diets for each type, healing herbs and essential oil blends. They will learn how to prepare nourishing Ayurvedic recipes with the use of healing spices and foods. Students will also gain a foundational understanding in anatomy as well as how to properly cleanse the body and mind for each season. The Ayurvedic College for Wellbeing is a religious college, approved in the state of Florida, and welcomes people of all faiths to benefit from its commitment to helping friends, family and the community with consultations and lifestyle recommendations based on Ayurvedic principles and wisdom. Location: 2119 A Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, call 954-923-4444 or visit See ads page 21 and 48.

Free Yoga Day


eston Yoga will be hosting a Free Yoga Day on Sunday, August 30th, with classes offered throughout the day. Dona-

tions will be accepted to benefit the Humane Society of Broward County, a non-profit organization providing shelter, aid and responsible adoptions for animals entrusted to their care, and educating the community on animal welfare. Weston Yoga is a welcoming, vibrant yoga community devoted to health, personal growth, spirituality and happiness. Their goal is to strengthen the mind, body and spirit of every student, and to provide a nurturing environment where yoga is accessible to all. They offer yoga and meditation instruction in group and private session settings on and offsite. On Free Yoga Day, Weston Yoga encourages those who are interested to try one of their many classes and donate generously. Feel good about doing something to benefit yourself, and at the same time helping a very worthy cause. Class Schedule is as follows: Heated Yoga 9:1510:45am; Gentle Hatha/ Restorative Yoga 11:30 am12:30 pm; Yoga Basics 1:302:30pm; Kids Yoga (7-12 yrs.) 3-4 pm; Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement Training 4:30-5:45 pm. Location: 2600 Glades Cir., Ste. 400, Weston. Space is limited; call 954-3496868 in advance or register online at See ad page 51.

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Kids Endorse Acupuncture


Stanford University study recently concluded that acupuncture is safe, effective and cost-effective for treating pain in children. Dr. Golianu (Dept. of Anesthesiology) and her team cited multiple successes in the treatment of headaches, migraines, abdominal pain, fibromyalgia and post-operative pain using acupuncture. They concluded: “Acupuncture can be a useful adjuvant in the care of pediatric patients with painful conditions both in the chronic and acute setting. Fifty-three percent of the children were initially apprehensive of acupuncture needles; following their first needle, 64 percent felt it did not hurt and furthermore would recommend it.� The adolescent group reported a 70 percent reduction in pain levels. In addition to acupuncture, tuina– Chinese medical massage, food therapy, homeopathy and Chinese herbal medicine are safe, effective and drug- free options for parents to consider, especially for infants and younger kids. Many health conscious adults routinely use natural medicine, but when it comes to kids, the first action is to seek out allopathic (conventional) medicine. In acute and serious illness, this certainly has its place, but the overuse of over-thecounter drugs and antibiotics is weakening the pediatric population and creating patterns of chronic disease. Gisele Leon-Ritch, DOM, AP, Synergie Holistic Medicine, can be reached at 786-462-4325 or visit See ad page 22.


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Coconut Oil: More Saturated Fat than Lard?


or years coconut oil has been marketed extensively, from promoting weight loss to benefiting hypothyroidism, as well as for its anti-inflammatory, anticancerous and anti-heart disease properties. It is touted as having a high amount of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which do not cause insulin spikes in the body. Its fat content is 50 percent lauric acid which the body will convert into monalaurin. This is where the oil gets its health-promoting properties. Tricky marketing, though, because coconut oil is still a pure fat, which can damage the innermost lining of arteries. It contains more than 90 percent saturated fat, while lard (pig fat used as a cooking fat) contains only 43 percent. We know that lard has never been marketed as a health food. Corn oil, canola oil, olive oil, soybean oil, chicken fat and lard are all composed entirely of long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) which are difficult for the body to break down and get stored as fat. These types of fatty acids can be deposited within arteries in lipid forms such as cholesterol. For healthier alternatives, contact Wendy Cottiers-Pacella, raw foods chef and owner of Positive Nutrition of So. Florida, at 954306-3887 or visit See ad page 49.


Call for Worldwide Protection from Wi-Fi Radiation


n May, 190 scientists from 39 nations appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines…” The letter was developed by a committee that included professors from Columbia University, Trent University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. It was then signed by a host of university professors and researchers from around the world. The directive cited several key studies that have shown that radiation from electromagnetic fields—even low-frequency radiation—is a possible cause of cancer. The WHO adopted a classification for extremely low-frequency electromagnetic radiation in 2002 and in 2011 classified radiofrequency (RF) radiation within its Group 2B—a “possible human carcinogen.” The letter points out that while WHO has accepted these classifications, there have been no guidelines or standards created by the agency or in conjunction with other agencies. It recommends a convening of the United Nations Environmental Programme and the funding of an independent committee to explore practical means of regulating the widespread and uncontrolled expansion of wireless technologies throughout our environment. The appeal also calls for the protection specifically of children and pregnant women and a strengthening of regulations placed on technology manufacturers. Berkeley, California, set a precedent on May 12 by acknowledging the health risk posed by RF radiation and adopting the Right to Know Ordinance, requiring electronics retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks associated with it. It reads, “If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.” The ordinance requires that the notice be displayed in stores that sell mobile phones.


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Happy Couples Sleep Closer Together


esearchers from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire conducted a study that measured the relative relationship satisfaction between couples and their sleeping proximity. More than 1,000 people were surveyed for the study. The researchers found that 55 percent of couples that typically faced each other but did not touch while sleeping were satisfied with their relationship. Of those that slept back-to-back but didn’t touch, 74 percent were satisfied with their relationship and those that slept in the same direction, but didn’t touch, had a 76 percent satisfaction rate. Even better, 94 percent of those that touched while sleeping, regardless of their relative positions, reported being satisfied. The closer the couples slept, the happier their relationships were reported to be.

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R Pistachio Nuts Help Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Artery Health


new study published in the journal Nutrition found that eating pistachio nuts may improve cholesterol parameters, increase glycemic (blood sugar) control, decrease artery stiffness and improve overall blood vessel health. The study tested 60 adults with poor cholesterol lipid levels. They were randomly split into two groups—one (control) was given lifestyle modifications (LSM) while the other was given LSM and consumed 40 grams (about 1.5 ounces) of shelled pistachios per day for three months. Compared to the control group, the pistachio group’s levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) increased significantly, while their lowdensity lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels went down significantly. Along with lower fasting blood sugar, the pistachio group showed better artery health, established by measuring vasodilation (the flexibility of the arteries to expand and contract). This, together with pulse-wave velocity testing, can indicate artery stiffness, which has been linked to hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease in general.

esearch from the University of Washington has determined that chronic constipation in children may be relieved with abdominal massage. The research involved 25 parents and their children with learning needs and physical disabilities. The parents were trained by specialists in abdominal massage. Following the training, the parents massaged the abdomens of their children for 20 minutes per day. The study found that abdominal massage relieved constipation in 87.5 percent of the children and reduced laxative use. In addition, the therapy resulted in better diets for 41 percent of the children and improved the parent-child relationship in many cases.

Produce Produces Heftier Newborns


review of research from the Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety finds that the quantity of food consumed by pregnant women for increasing a baby’s birth weight is less important than what types of foods she eats. After systematically analyzing 11 relevant studies, the researchers found that higher birth weights—associated with better brain development during later years—are linked with the amount of fruits and vegetables a mother eats during pregnancy. Using seven studies, researchers found that low vegetable consumption during pregnancy resulted in more than three times the risk of giving birth to a child with low gestational weight. Other studies found a correlation between higher fruit consumption by expectant mothers and a higher birth weight of babies. Much of the research showing these relationships occurred in developed countries where a conventional Western diet is prevalent.

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Go Through the Roof The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes that as of March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, crossed a threshold of more than 400 parts per million (ppm), the highest in about 2 million years. “It’s both disturbing and daunting from the standpoint of how hard it is to slow this down,” says NOAA chief greenhouse gas scientist Pieter Tans. “Carbon dioxide isn’t just higher, it’s increasing at a record pace, 100 times faster than natural rises in the past.” In pre-human times, it took about 6,000 years for carbon dioxide to rise 80 ppm, versus 61 ppm in the last 35 years, Tans says. Global carbon dioxide is now 18 percent higher than it was in 1980, when NOAA first calculated a worldwide average.

Fracking Halt

Earthquakes Derail Dutch Gas Production Gas production by fracking in the Loppersum, Netherlands, area of the Groningen natural gas field, Europe’s largest, was suspended by a Dutch court after a home was damaged by earthquakes linked to the operation. Nette Kruzenga, co-founder of Groningen Centraal, one of two groups seeking an immediate halt in Groningen gas production, says, “It is clear the judge said that the situation around Loppersum is dangerous.” The actions of Dutch officials are different than in the U.S., where many people acknowledge the same problem while others deny its existence. States that tend to cite the danger are those that have experienced damaging earthquakes, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio and Virginia. Deniers include big-fracking states such as California, Colorado and Texas. In states that have reduced new injections and scaled back current operations, earthquakes have abated.


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Pistachio Power

The Nuttiest Biogas Around Turkey, one of the world’s largest producers of pistachios, has begun using tons of the shells to produce biogas (methane) as an alternative energy source instead of dumping them in landfills. The country even plans to power its first eco-city using this unconventional fuel. The planned 7,900-acre metropolis is expected to house 200,000 people in Gaziantep Province. This southern region near the Syrian border is the heart of Turkey’s pistachio production, yielding more than 50 percent of the country’s nuts. “When you plan such environmentally friendly systems, you take a look at the natural resources you have,” explains Seda Muftuoglu Gulec, a Turkish green building expert. “If the region was abundant in wind power, we would use wind energy.” If the project goes forward, construction will start within two years and be completed within two decades. A pilot phase will focus on a 135-acre piece of land and, if successful, expand into the entire city. It may inspire other agricultural regions to look at what they typically consider waste as an energy source. For more information, visit Tinyurl. com/PistachioPoweredCity.

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Buying Kilowatts from Each Other Yeloha, a new, Boston-based, peer-to-peer solar startup, allows anyone to go solar, even if they live in a rented apartment, have a roof blocked by a shady tree or don’t have the funds to buy panels. Customers can sign up for the service either as a “sun host” or “sun partner”. Potential sun host homeowners have a roof suitable for solar, but can’t afford panels. Yeloha will install the panels for free in exchange for access to the solar power the panels create.

Sun hosts also get about a third of the electricity created by the panels for free, translating to lower monthly power bills. The remaining power is distributed to the sun partners—customers that want to go solar, but don’t have a proper roof or own their home. Sun partners can buy as many solar credits as they’d like from Yeloha at a price that’s less than what they’d normally pay to their utility. The service is currently operating in Massachusetts only, but has plans for expansion across the country. For more information, visit

Crab Crisis

Valuable Horseshoe Species Going Extinct The horseshoe crab, which is not really a crab, but belongs to the taxonomical class Merostomata among arthropods, is about to join the long list of endangered species. Their potential extinction poses a major threat to pharmaceutical, clinical and food industries seeking the secrets to the species’ survival over more than 250 million years with minimal evolution, enduring extreme temperature conditions and salinity. Individuals are able to go without eating for a year. Commonly found living in warm, shallow coastal waters on the sea floor, horseshoe crabs play an important ecological role. A continuing decrease in their population will affect other species, especially shorebirds that feed on the eggs, destabilizing the food chain. Sea turtles also feed on adult horseshoe crabs. Scientists worldwide want to include the invertebrate in schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1974, labeling them as an endangered species. Enforcement will include monitoring for improper uses of horseshoe crabs. Source:

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More Americans Hop on Buses and Trains More people today are embracing the many benefits of commuting by public transit. Beyond the good feelings of reducing their carbon footprint and avoiding the stress of traffic, they are meeting and conversing with fellow passengers, reading, working via mobile devices or simply relaxing. Total U.S. mass transit trips topped 2.7 billion in the third quarter of 2014, a 1.8 percent rise from the same period in 2013, according to the American Public Transportation Association. This represents “a dramatic change in public opinion as more people are demanding public transportation services,” according to President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. Many communities are responding by improving the operations and scope of their mass transit systems.


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Oklahoma City’s bus and metro system was acquired by Embark ( in 2013. In April 2014, it launched the first phase of changes, including increased frequency of bus routes to reduce both passenger waiting and travel times. Since then, ridership has increased 8 percent. Beginning last January, two crosstown bus routes began operating until midnight. For Andre Small, late-night service means he can ride to and from his home and the restaurant where he works. “I would take the afternoon bus to work, but then have to walk four miles home when my shift ended at 11 p.m.,” says Small. “Carrying my tips in cash late at night didn’t feel safe. Bus service until midnight is a lifesaver.” Bus ridership in Indianapolis reached a 23-year peak last year, totaling nearly 10.3 million passenger trips, and a new downtown

transportation center is expected to open this year. IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (, plans to offer the nation’s largest electric bus fleet, rolling out the first vehicles by fall, with a fleet of 21 by year’s end. Capitol Metro launched two special MetroRapid bus routes in Austin, Texas, in 2014, and new bus and rail transportation centers opened last year in Denver and Anaheim, California. New streetcar projects are underway in Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Tucson and Washington, D.C.


Speaking with Strangers The Simple Pleasures of Connecting by Violet Decker


echnology tends to isolate us from others, but science points to the real value in reaching out. On average, we come into contact with more than 100 people a day, but often may not make any real connection with them. On a typical college campus, it’s rare to see a student not plugged in while walking from class to class. Saying “Hi” to an acquaintance or complimenting someone in passing is nearly impossible. These little day-to-day interactions could provide a steady source of simple pleasures for all if we regularly made the most of such opportunities. Part of the reason we intentionally isolate ourselves might be the false belief that we’ll be happier by doing so, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. When subway riders were asked how they thought they would feel if they spoke to a stranger, nearly all of them predicted that the ride would be “less pleasant” than if they kept to themselves. After the ride, however, the results were unanimous: Those that spoke to another person reported having a more positive experience than those that sat in silence.

Parents teach children not to talk to strangers, but as adults, we miss a lot if we don’t. Even small talk can make a big difference in the quality of our day. It’s easy to try it to see if we don’t end up with a smile on our face. It’s ironic that young people spend hours each day on social networking sites, texting others and making plans with friends so they won’t sit alone at night, yet are getting worse at making such connections face-to-face. Even seated at the same table, conversational eye contact is becoming a lost art, another casualty of technology. Talking with others correlates with better communication skills, too. A 20-year study from Stanford University concluded that its most successful MBA graduates were those that showed the highest interests and skills in talking with others. So, instead of shying away from chatting with a fellow commuter or asking a cashier how her day is going, say “Hello.” It’s bound to make everyone’s day better. Violet Decker is a freelance writer in New York City. Connect at

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ost of us are familiar with the placebo effect, when actual healing occurs after the only prescription a patient ingests is a sugar pill that the individual believes is medicine. Researcher and Chiropractor Joe Dispenza, of Olympia, Washington, knows the value of the placebo effect from personal experience. When his spine shattered during a 1986 triathlon race as his bicycle was hit by an SUV, he had a good mental picture of what had happened. Consulting doctors proclaimed a bleak prognosis and offered a risky surgical procedure as his only chance of walking again. He left the hospital against the advice of his physicians and spent the next three months mentally—and physically— reconstructing his spine. His story is one of hope for healing for others, detailed in his latest book, You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter.

It’s the same. So many people have been conditioned into believing that mind and body are separate things. There is never a time when the mind isn’t influencing the body and vice versa. The combination is what I call a state of being.

How does the placebo effect work? Think about the idea of giving somebody a sugar pill, saline

solution or a false surgery. A certain percentage of those people will accept, believe and surrender—without analysis—to the “thought” that they are receiving the real substance or treatment. As a result, they’ll program their autonomic nervous systems to manufacture the exact same pharmacy of drugs to match the real substance or treatment. They can make their own antidepressants and painkilling medicines. Healing is not something that takes place outside of you.

Can you cite examples of disease in which selfhealing has been scientifically validated? There is amazing power in the human mind. Some people’s thoughts heal them; some have made them sick and sometimes even hastened their death. In the first chapter of You Are the Placebo, I tell a story about one man who died after being told he had cancer, even though an autopsy revealed he’d been misdiagnosed. A woman plagued by depression for decades improved dramatically and permanently during an antidepressant drug trial, despite the fact that she was in the placebo group. A handful of veterans that participated in a Baylor University study, formerly hobbled by osteoarthritis, were miraculously cured by fake knee surgeries. Plus, scientists have seen sham coronary bypass surgeries that resulted in healing for 83 percent of participants (New England Journal of Medicine). A study of Parkinson’s disease from the University of British Columbia measured better motor coordination for half of the patients after a placebo injection. They were all healed by thought alone. The list goes on. I’ve personally witnessed many people heal themselves using the same principles of the placebo response, once they understood how, from cancers, multiple sclerosis, lupus, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel syndrome.

How can an ordinary person make that quantum leap and find healing? Many of us are now recognizing that rather than live in the past, we can create our own future. It requires changing some longstanding conditioned beliefs and the willingness to step into an unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unpredictable state that is consistent with living in the unknown. This happens to be the perfect place from which to create change. I recommend a meditation that creates physiological changes in the brain and at the cellular level, from 45 to 60 minutes a day. Changing Beliefs and Perceptions meditations are available on my website or individuals can record themselves reading the texts printed in the back of my book. As we exchange self-limiting beliefs we begin to embody new possibilities. Joe Dispenza is chairman of Life University Research Council and a faculty member for the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Visit Connect with natural health books author Kathleen Barnes at natural awakenings

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Think Before You Ink How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible by April Thompson


ew things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center poll. “If you change your hairstyle or look often, you probably aren’t a good candidate for a tattoo, because of the limited flexibility to change that decision,” says Dr. Gregory Hall, a primary care physician in Cleveland, Ohio. Hall created the website to help inform others after seeing so many patients that regretted the tattoos of their youth.


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Hall has also authored Teens, Tattoos, & Piercings to try to reach school-aged kids before they even consider body art.

Career Concerns The Millennial generation, which is getting inked in record numbers, is also the leading demographic for ink removal. More than half the tattoos removed by medical professionals in 2013 were for people between 19 and 34 years old. Removal often costs many times more than being tattooed, sometimes requiring a dozen or more sessions over several months. Beyond the likelihood of changing one’s mind about a tattoo, Hall cites

employment, discrimination and health concerns in urging teens to decline getting inked or pierced. Employers have the legal right to reject a job candidate because of a tattoo—a challenging fact of life for young people to reconcile when they’re still undecided on a career path. Different branches of the military have their own restrictions on body art, which can include the tattoo’s size, placement and subject, while some companies ban tattoos and piercings altogether. The commitment of a tattoo never interested Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia. “I don’t know how I’m going to age and who I’ll be in five years,” she says. Two days after turning 18, however, she got her nose pierced, a decision she hasn’t regretted, even though it’s affected her employment. “While I was working my way through college, I gave up slightly better paying jobs in order to keep my piercing,” she says. Her current employer, a local nonprofit in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is piercing-friendly, but she has friends that have to cover their tattoos and piercings at work; a former classmateturned-lawyer even had to remove a small star tattoo from her wrist. While piercings are more reversible than tattoos, they are also more prone to certain health risks. Tongue and cheek piercings can accelerate tooth decay, according to Hall, and the risk of infection can be high, especially if it impacts cartilage. “Some skin rejects piercings, and you can end up with permanent scars,” he adds.

Healthier Alternatives The good news is there are more natural, less permanent alternatives for young adults to adorn and express themselves, including custom-made temporary tattoos, plus magnetic and clip-on jewelry that are indistinguishable from a permanent piercing. Temporary tattoos work to try out the look before possibly committing. Henna tattoos, an import from India, are another popular alternative, although Hall has seen many patients develop allergic reactions to this plant-based ink, so it’s always best to test on a small spot first. Permanent organic inks fade more over time, a downside for someone that keeps a tattoo for life, but “come off beautifully” in a removal process compared

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he spike in popularity of tattooing that began a couple of decades ago in America and Europe continues to spread worldwide. Those considering getting one will do well to carefully review the options and the health dangers related to traditional tattoos. Tattoo inks contain heavy metals, and red inks often contain mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin. Tattoo parlors are regulated by states and municipalities, but the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to release ink ingredients. The lack of regulation is unsettling, as some 45

to the standard heavy metal inks, reports Hall. Also, “We just don’t know yet what impact the heavy metals may have on people’s immune systems down the road,” he says. “Organic inks are much safer.”

Helpful Facts State laws vary regarding age criteria, some allowing tattoos at any age with parental consent. Hall’s tattoo website has a downloadable contract to encourage kids to talk with their parents before making a decision, regardless of the need for consent. Name tattoos, even those of loved ones, are among the tattoos most likely to be removed later in life. Hall saw this with a young man that had the names of the grandparents that raised him tattooed on his hands. He said, “I still love them, but I’m tired of looking at them and I have got to get them off me.” A Harris Interactive poll revealed that a third of company managers would think twice about promoting someone with tattoos or piercings—a more critical factor than how tidy their workspace is kept or the appropriateness of their attire.

million Americans have been inked. Many tattoo ink pigments are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint, and the FDA warns that it may possibly cause infections, allergic reactions, keloids (fibrous scar tissue), granulomas (response to inflammation, infection or a foreign substance) and potential complications connected with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The carrier solution used in tattoo inks also contains harmful substances such as denatured alcohol, methanol, antifreeze, detergents, formaldehyde and other toxic aldehydes. A study in the journal Medicine by the University of Texas

Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, links commercial tattoos to the spread of hepatitis C. Dr. Robert Haley, a preventative medicine specialist and former U.S. Centers for Disease Control infection control official, comments, “We found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis.” Anya Vien is the owner of Living, focusing on naturally healthy and sustainable living.

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Nature is unpredictable, and there are inherent risks associated with swimming in open water, so I always swim with a buddy for companionship and basic safeguarding.


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Swimming in Nature Splashing Safely in Lakes and Oceans by Lane Vail


ostonian avid open-water swimmer Kate Radville is delighted that water constitutes 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. “The controlled environment of a swimming pool is convenient,” she says, “but splashing


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around outside in the beautiful summer sunshine is undeniably liberating.” Enthusiasts are both attracted by the rugged beauty of wild water and humbled by its power, but without proper skill or knowledge, swimming

in natural settings can be risky. “Millions of dollars are annually spent on advertising, tourism and beach restoration projects to bring people to water,” says Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, “yet, the American Red Cross finds that 54 percent of Americans lack basic water emergency lifesaving skills.” Maximize enjoyment and safety in the open water by heeding basic guidelines. Be Weather Wise. Check the forecast before heading out and be conscious of any sudden climate changes. Leave the water or the area in the event of thunder or lightning. Tall buildings or mountains may block the view of the sky, and storms can pop up quickly, so Benjamin recommends using a battery-powered portable radio or smartphone app for weather

updates. Wind and atmospheric pressure shifts can stir up waves for hours, so hesitate before returning to the water after a storm. Glean Information. “I can’t think of a time I’ve jumped into water I knew nothing about,” says Radville. “Some research prior to swimming is definitely advisable.” Renowned coach Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association, suggests walking along the beach to look for caution signs, surf conditions boards, flags, buoys, rope lines and available rescue equipment, plus emergency callboxes that pinpoint one’s location if cell phone service is weak. Even seemingly pristine waters can be contaminated by harmful bacteria, algal blooms or runoff pollutants after rain. “Chat with local beach-goers, swimmers, boaters or fishermen about current swimming conditions in designated areas,” counsels Munatones, and check social media sites like Facebook and area online swimming forums. Steer Clear. Be mindful of hidden underwater hazards, ranging from sharp objects to submerged construction, which can create turbulent water and strong undercurrents. Swim in lifeguardprotected areas away from windsurfers, jet skiers and boaters that may not hear or see swimmers, adds Munatones.

Respect Marine Life. Munatones advises giving marine life, however beautiful, a wide berth. “I’ve swum around the world with all sorts of intriguing sea life,” he says, “and these are wild animals, not the friendly ones you see in marine parks.” Stop swimming and watch the animal until it’s moved on. Be Water Wise. Water temperature, depth and movement, which fluctuate with rain, tides and wind, can also make conditions unpredictable, so research a destination beforehand. Pockets of cold water within an otherwise tepid mountain lake could induce a gasp response or hyperventilation, says Munatones, and prolonged immersion increases risk of muscle impairment and hypothermia. Likewise, an unexpected drop in the water floor may provoke panic. “Physically, someone capable of swimming in three feet of water can also swim in 300 feet,” says Munatones. “But mentally, deep water can feel spooky.” Rip currents are powerful streams that flow along the surface away from the shoreline. They may be easily spotted from the beach, but often go unnoticed by swimmers. “A potentially fatal mistake is allowing a ‘fight-orflight’ response to kick in and trying to swim against the current, because rips

are treadmills that will exhaust your energy,” cautions Benjamin. Instead, flip, float and follow the safest path out of the water, a technique that conserves energy and alleviates stress and panic, he says. Watch for Waves. Swim facing oncoming waves and dive under the powerful white foam, coaches Munatones. “Feel the swell wash over you before coming up to the surface.” If knocked off balance by a wave, relax, hold your breath and wait for the tumbling to cease. Swim toward the light if disoriented under the water, and make sure your head is above any froth before inhaling. “Your lungs are your personal flotation device that keep the body buoyant,” says Benjamin. “Lay back and focus on your breathing.” While Coast Guard-approved flotation devices should be worn by children at all times, they are not substitutes for supervision, says Rob Rogerson, a lifeguard and ocean rescue training officer in Palm Beach County, Florida. “Parents must watch swimming and non-swimming children vigilantly.” “The power of the open water is immense,” says Munatones. “Be respectful, always.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking. com.

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ENLIGHTENED PARENTING Tips for Raising Confident and Loving Kids by Meredith Montgomery


country. In growing up, he’s seen firsthand, “If you have a connection with your kids, you can have a lot more influence on them.” Noting that sometimes children feel like their parents love them, but don’t Establishing Values Shelly Lefkoe, co-author necessarily like them, My dad always of Chicken Soup for the Martin emphasizes finding told me it was my ways to identify with their Soul: Guide to Effective Parenting, believes that school, my choice, interests. “I love cars, and children learn what we my dad used to invite me my grades, my life. on test drives when I was model as important values. She tells her daughIt made me want to a kid. Both of my parents ters they should treat her took time to connect with take responsibility. me, which had a huge imwith dignity and respect both because she’s their pact on our relationship.” ~Casey Martin mother and, “That’s how Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist with the University of you treat people and that’s how I treat California Greater Good Science Centhem.” Honesty is also a high priority in ter, recognizes the importance of talking their household. explicitly about values. When we see kids Minneapolis college student Casey doing something we value, ask them how Martin often joins his father, Kirk, in it made them feel, she advises. “Teens presenting Calm Parenting workshops for don’t necessarily know that their parents parents, teachers and students around the ueled by unconditional love, parenting with presence embraces all potential connections between parents and their children.


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value character over grades,” Carter says, “particularly if parents tend to monitor grades more than aspects of a child’s character. What do you talk about more—their achievements or their character? If it’s the former, consider that you unintentionally might be sending the wrong message.”

Hummingbird Parenting Overprotection of children by what’s termed helicopter parenting, can cause a disabling sense of entitlement where kids begin to believe, possibly unconsciously, that they are entitled to a difficulty-free life, Carter observes. “There’s an epidemic of cheating because students don’t want to try hard, and they expect to be rescued,” she says. “Although it’s terrifying to let our kids fail, when we don’t let them experience difficulty, they see mistakes as being so awful they must be avoided at any cost. To gain mastery in any arena, we must challenge ourselves, even if that means making mistakes.” “We lose sight that we’re not raising children, we’re raising adults,” says Malibu, California, marriage, family and child therapist Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids. “Empower them to cope with ups and downs. Help them know and trust themselves by not legislating their opinions and by allowing them to experiment.” Children often struggle with transitions, especially when things don’t go as planned. Martin recommends, “When kids throw tantrums or argue to get out of a challenging situation that’s causing them anxiety, help them work through it. Tell them that you know they’re feeling anxious, that you’ve felt that way before, too, and then help by giving them something specific to do or focus on.” Independent outdoor play has been proven to help kids learn to exert selfcontrol. America’s children aren’t allowed to roam freely outside to experience nature as previous generations did. In Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv cautions against being limited by modern factors such as restrictive subdivision covenants and media-induced fear. “There are risks outdoors, but there are huge psychological, physical and spiritual risks in raising future generations under protective house arrest,” he says.

Louv prefers what’s If you can’t explain child her full attention. called a hummingbird Parents can serve something to a approach: “Hummingbird as a safe haven for kids. parents don’t hover over Stiffelman says, “Allow 5-year-old, you their kids with nature flash them to speak the truth don’t really cards; they stand back and without being corrected or shamed. If they tell you make space for exploraunderstand it; they’d like to do sometion and problem solving they make you thing you don’t approve through independent play, of, resist the urge to react while remaining nearby, think about with immediate advice ready to zoom in at a what you know. and talk to them about moment’s notice if safety their decision-making becomes an issue.” ~Armin Brott process. Be present Armin Brott, host of enough for them to let San Francisco’s Positive them hear themselves think out loud.” Parenting radio program, reminds parents “Children need affection, attention, to increase opportunities for indepenacknowledgment and unconditional dence as youngsters grow. “Test a child’s ability to handle more freedom by provid- love, not discipline. When you punish ing the opportunity to prove that they can. kids, they feel absolved: ‘I did something bad, I got punished, now we’re even,’” If they succeed, it’s a confidence builder. If not, it allows them to see for themselves says Lefkoe. When they get caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing, she that they’re not ready yet.” recommends (with children as young as 5) Disciplined Communication asking them, “What are the consequences of your actions? Do you want to live with The first eight years of a child’s life are them? Your goal with this conversation the most formative, effecting personal beliefs that will shape the adult that they’ll should be that your child walks away feelbecome, including impediments to fruitful ing like they made a mistake, but it was a great learning opportunity.” self-expression. A healthy conversational As kids mature and are faced with relationship can foster connection and security while respectfully teaching children potentially dangerous scenarios, “You don’t want them worrying about what right from wrong. their friends will think; you want them Lefkoe suggests managing parental thinking about the consequences,” says expectations while considering what serves the child best in the moment. When Lefkoe. a child tries to tell Mom something when she’s distracted, the child may conclude Navigating the Teen Years that what they say is unimportant. Instead, The intense journey of adolescence the mother can acknowledge the imporis about discovering oneself and how to tance of what the child has to say and reach full potential. Carter says, “I had to how she looks forward to listening once constantly remind myself that this is their she’s freed up before eventually giving the journey, not mine, and that it’s going to

sometimes be dark and difficult.” “The more power you give kids, the less they feel the need to test the universe,” says Lefkoe, who reminds parents that while it’s relatively easy to control young children, rebellious teenagers are harder to handle when they feel they have something to prove to an overbearing parent. Offering calculated risk-taking opportunities that don’t involve drugs and alcohol is beneficial in the teen years. “You want them to know how to handle freedom and be responsible once they are on their own,” she says. “When I got my driver’s license, I always came home before curfew,” says Martin. “I learned that if I could control myself, my parents didn’t feel the need to control me, which gave me a ton of power in my life.” Brott observes that as the parenting role changes, “We can offer to help, but it’s equally important to learn to let go and admire the young adults they’re becoming.” Teens desperately want to not feel like a kid, adds Stiffelman. “They may tell you to back off, but stay present and engaged—like wallpaper. The more you ask their opinion or invite them to teach you something, the more they’ll feel your support.” With sex education, the authors of The New Puberty, Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Louise Greenspan and Adolescent Psychologist Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., emphasize the importance of being approachable from a young age, so kids naturally turn to their parents when sensitive questions arise. “It shouldn’t be about having ‘the talk’; it’s about maintaining an ongoing conversation,” says Greenspan. “Body

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Because we had built a relationship, I could go to my parents with issues and knew they wouldn’t freak out because they understood the learning process of growing up. ~Casey Martin odor is a good starting point in talking about body issues because it’s not intimidating and can be comfortably addressed by either parent.” Avoid rushing into subjects they’re not ready for by focusing on answering the questions that are posed, while offering a glimpse into the near future. Deardorff says, “Pubertal changes happen over time, so be patient. Parents have a lot of anxiety and anticipation about puberty. When you start to see the first signs, you don’t have to communicate everything all at once.” Consider throwing a puberty party or a health workshop for a son or daughter and their friends. Invite a parent that is comfortable with the subject matter—a nurse, physician or teacher—to get the conversation started. “Fight the urge to emotionally or physically withdraw,” counsels Deardorff. “Sharing activities is a form of communication, too.”

Kids as Teachers “By paying attention, we can learn a lot of skills from our kids,” says Brott. Generally, youngsters have a greater tolerance for other people’s mistakes and opinions than adults, and tend to be more laid back. They regularly teach spiritual lessons about giving and receiving love and happiness in ways we never imagined. Through all the inevitable challenges, Stiffelman notes, “When parenting with presence, we orient ourselves with whatever good, bad or difficult moment is unfolding and bring more of our self—our heart, consciousness, understanding and compassion—to hold steady as the seas get rocky. Children offer us opportunities to confront the dark and dusty corners of our minds and hearts, creating conditions to call forth the kind of learning that can liberate us from old paradigms.” 28

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10 STEPS TO FAMILY HAPPINESS by Christine Carter


appier kids are more likely to become successful, accomplished adults. Looking at the science can show what works in raising naturally healthy, happy kids.

though bad behavior isn’t.

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First. How happy parents are dramatically affects how happy and successful their kids are.

Teach Self-Discipline. Self-discipline in kids is more predictive of future success than intelligence or most anything else good. Start teaching it by helping kids learn ways to distract themselves from temptation.

Build a Village. The breadth and depth of our positive relationships with other people is the strongest predictor of human happiness. Expect Effort and Enjoyment, Not Perfection. Parents that overemphasize achievement are more likely to have kids with higher levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse compared to others. Praise effort, not natural ability. Choose Gratitude, Forgiveness and Optimism. Optimism is so closely related to happiness that the two are practically interchangeable. Teach pre-teens to look on the bright side. Raise their Emotional Intelligence. It’s a skill, not an inborn trait. Parents can help by empathizing with children facing difficult emotions and helping them identify and label what they are feeling. Let them know that all feelings are okay, even

Form Happiness Habits. Turn these happiness skills, plus the positive skills parents already have, into habits.

Enjoy the Present Moment. We can be super-busy and deeply happy at the same time by deeply experiencing the present moment. Rig their Environment for Happiness. Monitor a child’s surroundings so that the family’s deliberate happiness efforts have maximum effect. Eat Dinner Together. This simple tradition helps mold better kids and makes them happier, too. Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. She is a senior fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Learn more at

Conscious Parenting Resources The Body Book for Boys by Rebecca Paley, Grace Norwich and Jonathan Mar The Care and Keeping of You: the Body Book for Younger Girls by Valorie Schaefer The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls by Cara Natterson Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge and Change by Armin Brott Holistic Mom’s Network Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv The New Puberty by Louise Greenspan, M.D., and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D. Parenting the Lefkoe Way Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter

It all allows us to lead more expansive and fulfilling lives as we open ourselves to more of the love, learning and joy that the adventure of parenting can bring. When we embrace the healing and transformation that is being offered through parenting with presence, the rewards can be limitless. Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

The Magnificent Moringa Oleifera Trees for Life by Karin Fields


hat if I told you that you could go into your own backyard and pick from a tree that will give you four times the calcium of milk, three times the potassium of bananas, seven times the vitamin C of oranges, four times the vitamin A of carrots, and two times the protein of yogurt? What if I told you that this tree is easy to cultivate in South Florida, grows fast like a weed, is drought tolerant, and tastes delish in a salad? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Moringa Tree. The world’s new “Superfood!” Yes, it’s true. This powerhouse, multipurpose tree satisfies so many needs. It is a great source of leafy green protein and a year round great source of vitamins and minerals. The USDA says this tree contains 18 of the 20 amino acids, and nine of the essentials. The Moringa Tree is native to Northern India and Africa, and is cheaply and easily grown in tropical areas. It is a beautiful, fluffy tree that can grow up to 20 feet, and is perfect for the South Florida landscape. It loves our sandy soil! Moringa is revered in many different parts of the world, and many underdeveloped countries rely on it as a food source. The leaves can be dried and will retain many of its nutrients. The immature pods are often eaten like green beans, and when mature can be roasted. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. The

liquid you get from squeezing the bark is used medicinally to heal cuts and scrapes. The roots are used to make tea. You can even press the seeds and get the Moringa oil which can be used for cooking. This oil is also used in cosmetics. Every part of this plant is edible…I guess this is why it has been fondly nicknamed “The Miracle Tree.” So…have you had your Moringa today? Karin Fields, The Edible Gardening Gal, has more than 20 years of vegetable gardening experience in South Florida. A published author, she gives informative talks on vegetable gardening, teaching both children and adults how to grow their own food.

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The Vaccine Push Mandatory Laws vs. Personal Choice by Linda Sechrist


ront-page headlines of measles reported Mandatory vaccines cases about questionable between January 4 and pose the latest research, corporate April 17, encompassing manipulations, purchased 20 states and the District affront to politicians, medical coverof Columbia, all traced citizens’ right ups and whistleblower to a traveler infected reports have left Amerioverseas that then visited to informed cans feeling hoodwinked a California amusement self-government. park. and skeptical. According to a new Pew Research Common sense and Center study, the public doesn’t trust the independent research counters the stance information they’re fed on issues such as that would rob individuals of their moral genetically engineered crops and now, right to conscientious, philosophical and mandatory vaccines. personal-belief exemption from being The current state of distrust of subjected to vaccines. Hard evidence in scientific statistics and their impact on a plethora of published studies further our lives doesn’t bode well for lawidentifies genetic factors that could cause makers attempting to build consensus the development of adverse effects to for uniform mandatory vaccination vaccines. intervention. The current rush to pass Yet, “There is no available evisuch legislation is largely due to 169 dence on vaccines’ effectiveness that is


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placebo-controlled, plus the health effects of vaccines in combination have never been studied, certainly not the 69 total doses of 16 types of vaccines given to children starting 12 hours after birth through age 18,” says Sayer Ji, a member of the National Health Federation board of governors and founder of “Vaccine risks for anyone can range from zero to 100 percent, depending upon one’s genes, microbiome DNA, environment, age and health at the time of vaccination and the type and number of vaccines given,” advises Barbara Loe Fisher, president and co-founder of the nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. “Vaccines are not safe or effective for everyone because we’re not all the same and we don’t all respond the same way to pharmaceutical products,” says Fisher. She notes that responses to infectious diseases and the risk for complications can also vary, depending upon similar factors. Among the most prominent warnings on vaccine ingredients, concerned doctors, researchers and medical whistleblowers cite dangers of the toxin thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and vaccine adjuvants such as aluminum gels or aluminum salts added to elicit a stronger immune response against the germ the vaccine introduces into our body. Leading books citing telling research include Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman; Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; Vaccine Epidemic, by Louise Kuo Habakus; and

What to Ask Before Vaccinating


accines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks. The National Vaccine Information Center encourages parents to become fully informed about the potential risks and disease complications for their own children and pose these questions to one or more trusted healthcare professionals before making a decision. n Am I, or my child, sick right now? n Have I, or my child, had a bad reaction to a vaccination before? n Do I, or my child, have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems? n Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for my child or myself? n Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects? n Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction? n Will I have a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations? n Am I convinced that I have the right to make an informed choice? Visit for information on recognizing vaccine-reaction symptoms.

Science for Sale, by David L. Lewis, Ph.D. Top film documentaries include Shots in the Dark; Vaccination: The Hidden Truth; Trace Amounts; The Greater Good; and Vaccine Nation. Bought: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma and Your Food resulted from two years of investigative research in disaster medical management by Toni Bark, now an integrative physician. In interviews with practicing

doctors, research scientists, former pharmaceutical sales representatives, attorneys and others, Bark exposes serious conflicts of interest. These include vaccine research funding, hiring between pharmaceutical and chemical industries and their government regulating agencies, sponsored scientific propaganda used to silence critics, and large-scale corruption within the billion-dollar vaccine industry. Plus, it points out problems with the National

Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 that Congress passed to give drug manufacturers, the government and physicians protection from lawsuits arising from injuries caused by childhood vaccines. “Since 1988, thousands of children and adults in America that have suffered brain inflammation and other long-recognized vaccine reactions have been collectively awarded $3 billion in vaccine injury compensation. There are thousands more that have been unable to secure federal compensation for their vaccine injuries,” reports Fisher. “At least 25,000 to 30,000 reports of vaccine reactions are filed annually with the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, operated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control,” says Tenpenny. “Underreporting is a substantial problem. It’s estimated that less than 1 percent of all adverse events from drugs and vaccines are reported.” Vaccine cites 7,200 journal articles and studies that expose the harm caused by vaccines. “Knowledge is empowering and personal discernment is priceless. The facts challenge the health claims by government health agencies and pharmaceutical firms that vaccines are perfectly safe,” says Ji. “Public doubt, distrust and skepticism are rational and natural consequences.” For more information, visit the National Vaccine Information Center at and the coalition of citizen advocates at Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at

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They Love Healthy Food They Make Themselves by Judith Fertig


n less than a generation, childhood obesity has risen substantially, most notably in the United States, according to the article “Child and Adolescent Obesity: Part of a Bigger Picture,” in a recent issue of The Lancet. The authors attest that modern culture’s promotion of junk food encourages weight gain and can exacerbate risk factors for chronic disease in our kids. When concerned parents have a picky

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child bent on eating only French fries, they could enroll them in healthy cooking classes that offer tastings and related hands-on experiences for youths from preschoolers through teens. Here, children are encouraged to try more foods, eat healthier and learn about meal preparation, plus sharpen some math, geography and social skills. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Leah Smith, the mother of two elementary school children, founded Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas, in 2011. She offers classes for chefs (ages 3 to 6), junior chefs (5 to 11) and senior chefs (11 to 14). Kids learn how to make dishes such as yogurt parfait popsicles with healthy grains clusters or roasted tomato soup with homemade croutons. “I’m a firm believer that teaching kids about which foods are good for us, and why, will positively influence their lifelong eating habits,” says Smith. “Start right, stay right.” Elena Marre, also the mother of two elementary school children, faced the challenge of a picky eater in her family. In 2007, she started The Kids’ Table, in Chicago, and solved her own problem along the way. Says Marre, “It’s amazing how often I hear a child complain about not liking red peppers, dark leafy greens or onions at the beginning of a class. It’s so rewarding when

that same child is devouring a dish made with those three ingredients at the end.” Healthy kids cooking classes provide a fresh way to combat poverty, according to the Children’s Aid Society, in New York City. The group started Go!Chefs in 2006 at community schools and centers throughout the city and knows how to make it fun with Iron Chef-style competitions. “When offered a choice between an apple and a candy on two consecutive occasions and with most having chosen the candy the first time, 57 percent of students in the Go!Kids health and fitness program chose the apple the second time, compared to 33 percent in the control group,” says Stefania Patinella, director of the society’s food and nutrition programs. In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, “We do a lot of outreach with Head Start, community schools and organizations like scout troops,” says Chef Ani Loizzo, Whole Foods Market’s culinary instructor at the Whole Kids Club Kitchen Camp, in Lake Calhoun. “We have many kids that know about organic and biodynamic farming and we talk about that in class. We might focus on a healthy ingredient like tomatoes in a one-hour class or explore the culture of Greece or Mexico through food in a longer session.” Loizzo loves the natural curiosity that kids bring to cooking classes. “Sparking an interest in exploring ingredients and flavors can also lead to learning how to grow a garden and interest in the environment,” she says. For children in areas where such cooking classes aren’t yet offered, there are still fun ways to involve them in healthy meal preparation. Maggie LaBarbera of San Mateo, California, started her Web-based company in 2005 after witnessing the harmful effects of teenage obesity when she was an intensive care nurse. It offers educational articles for parents and free downloadable activities that engage children with healthy foods. “Every positive change, no matter how small, is a step to creating a healthier child,” says LaBarbera. “Together, we can give children the knowledge, facts and skills to develop healthy habits for a lifetime.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

Starter Recipes for Kids Raw Banana Ice Cream


Yields: 4 servings 4 ice pop molds 1 cup granola (use non-GMO, gluten-free Kind bars) in small pieces 1 cup organic fresh fruit such as raspberries, kiwi, mango and strawberries cut into small pieces 2 (6-oz) cartons organic dairy or non-dairy yogurt Layer ingredients in each ice pop mold like a parfait. Put a sprinkle of granola in first, and then layer yogurt and fresh cut fruit. Add another spoonful of granola to top it all off and freeze the pops for at least 4 to 6 hours. Adapted from a recipe by Leah Smith for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club,

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Yields: about 1 quart

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in Austin, Texas

ere’s a sampling of healthy snack food recipes that kids love to make—and eat—in class and at

20 pitted dates, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp raw honey 2 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon 4 cups sliced very ripe organic bananas ½ cup raw peanuts, coarsely chopped, optional 2 Tbsp cacao nibs

Nut Butter Granola Bars Yields: 8 bars 2¼ cups rolled oats ¼ cup shredded coconut (without added sugar) ½ cup applesauce 1/3 cup nut butter (almond or peanut) ¼ tsp baking soda ½ cup raw honey or maple syrup 1 Tbsp milk or almond milk 3 Tbsp chocolate chips

Put dates into a medium bowl, cover with lukewarm purified water and set aside to soak for 10 minutes. Drain dates and reserve soaking liquid. In a food processor, purée dates with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. (Discard the remaining liquid.) Add bananas and purée again until almost smooth. Transfer to a stainless steel bowl and stir in peanuts and cacao nibs. Cover and freeze, stirring occasionally, until almost solid—4 to 6 hours. Let ice cream soften a bit at room temperature before serving. Adapted from a recipe from Whole Foods Market, Lake Calhoun, Minnesota

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients into a separate bowl; it may help to heat the nut butter a little first. Combine the wet and dry contents. Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let them cool completely before cutting. Store in a plastic container separated by parchment paper. They should keep for about two weeks and may be refrigerated. Adapted from a recipe by Kensey Goebel for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas

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GREEN ARTS Tips for Finding Safe Eco-Supplies by Avery Mack


reative energy is contagious,” says Kim Harris, co-owner of Yucandu, a hands-on craft studio in Webster Groves, Missouri. As one client crafter commented, “Art is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” It doubles the pleasure when we trust the nature of our supplies. Arts and crafts stir the imagination, spur creativity and are relaxing. Yet, for some, allergies, chemical sensitivities and eco-consciousness can make choosing materials a challenge. Manufacturers are not required to list heavy metals, toxic preservatives or petroleum-based ingredients, even when they’re labeled “non-toxic”. User- and environment-friendly alternatives may be difficult to locate, but are worth the effort. After working with paint, glue, chalk and modeling dough, children may lick their fingers and be reluctant to wash hands thoroughly. Retirees with newfound time for hobbies may also have weakened immune systems at risk to chemical exposure. Everyone benefits from minimizing exposure to toxins.

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texture, pattern and color. Tree-free paper uses agricultural residue or fibers from bananas, coffee and tobacco, and EcoPaper. com researchers anticipate similar future use of pineapples, oranges and palm hearts. Labels can be misleading. White paper has been bleached. Processed chlorine-free (PCF) means no bleaching occurred during this incarnation of the paper. Totally chlorine-free (TCF) papers are as advertised. Paper is called recycled if it’s 100 percent postconsumer-recovered fiber—anything less is recycled content.

Glues For most projects, purchased glues are more convenient, longer lasting and easier to use than homemade. White glue and white paste, called “library paste”, are best with porous items like wood, paper, plastic and cloth. It takes longer to dry and needs to be held in place, but there are no fumes. “Jewelry is wearable art, so for mine, I primarily use water-based, non-toxic glues and sealers that simply wash off my hands,” advises Nancy Kanter, owner and designer of Sparkling Vine Design, in Thousand Oaks, California. Examples include Elmer’s Washable and Mod Podge.

Airplane glue, rubber cement, spray adhesive and epoxy all emit toxic fumes. Instant glue (cyanoacrylate) likewise bonds fast to fingers; toxic, foul-smelling acetate (used in nail polish remover) is needed to remedy the situation.

Paints Water-based tempera paint is easy to use; Chroma brand tempera removes some of the hazardous ingredients. “I use water-based, non-toxic acrylic paints and wine to paint recycled wine corks for my designs,” says Kanter. “This avoids harsh fumes and chemicals.” Note that acrylic paint can contain ammonia or formaldehyde. Oil paint produces fumes and requires turpentine, a petroleum-based product, to clean brushes. Aerosol spray paint is easily inhaled unless protective equipment is used.

Markers and Crayons


“Give kids great supplies and they’ll make great art,” maintains Harris. “They’ll also be respectful of how much they use.” Go for unscented, water-based markers, especially for younger children that are as apt to draw on themselves as

If paint, glue, chalk or markers have a strong odor or the label says, “Use in a well-ventilated area,” it’s toxic.

furic acid. Nylon, made from petroleum products, may have a harmful finish.

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on paper. Soy crayons are made from sustainable soybean oil, while retaining bright colors. Dustless chalk is preferred by some. Colored eco-pencils are another option. Beware of conventional dry erase markers, which contain the neurotoxin xylene; permanent markers emit fumes. Wax crayons are made with paraffin, a petroleum-based product.

Yarn and Other Fibers For knit or crochet projects, choose recycled silk and cotton or bamboo, soy silk from tofu byproducts, or natural, sustainable corn silk. Sheep’s wool, organic cotton or alpaca fibers, raw or hand-dyed with natural colors, are environmentally friendly. Rayon is recycled wood pulp treated with caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sul-

Canvas is typically stretched on birch framing, a sustainable wood. Look for unbleached, organic cotton canvas without primer. Runoff from an organic cotton field doesn’t pollute waterways. Experiment with homemade modeling clay. Many tutorials and photos are available online. Commercial modeling clay contains wheat flour, which can cause a reaction for the gluten-sensitive. For papier-mâché projects, recycle newsprint and use white glue, thinned with water. Premade, packaged versions may contain asbestos fibers. Eco-beads with safe finishes vary from nuts and seeds to glass and stone. For grownups that like to create their own beads, realize that polymer clays contain vinyl/PVC. In making artistic expression safe, being conscious of the materials used is paramount. Connect with the freelance writer via

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Emotions Deeply Impact the Highly Sensitive Person by Harry Hong


ccording to Dr. Elaine Aron, author of the national bestseller Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), about 15 to 20 percent of the population may have the trait of high sensitivity. Being an HSP, your nervous system is more sensitive to your surroundings. Your brain reacts deeper to the signals sent by your sense organs. You are easily overstimulated, stressed out and overwhelmed by stresses others think nothing of. According to Aron, you are probably an HSP if you: • Are easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics or sirens nearby • Become stressed when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time • Need to withdraw after a busy day into a place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation • Notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds or works of art • Have a rich and complex inner life • When you were a child, your parents or teachers saw you as a sensitive or shy kid Psychological aspects of the HSP have been well studied, however

physiological aspects have not. Here, I introduce a new term: the Highly Sensitive Body (HSB), a model system to study physiological characteristics of this special population, their unique health concerns and the special lifestyle and dietary requirements for them to maintain a healthy and balanced life. One of the important characteristics of the HSB is the sensitivity to emotions. Emotions have deeper impact on the HSB and more easily cause long-term psychological, behavioral and physiological issues. All of the body’s critical functions, i.e. heartbeat, blood pressure, hormone secretion, immune function and digestion, are controlled automatically by the autonomic nervous system and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis Our conscious mind is not able to control these functions except during stress situations. When danger comes, the conscious mind sends a stress signal to the autonomic nervous system and triggers “fight or flight” response, a cascade of neural and hormonal responses that cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure to supply blood to the brain and

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muscles as well as a decrease of blood flow to internal organs. After the danger passes, the stress signal stops and the body’s function returns to normal. Modern lifestyles, such as busy schedules, lack of sleep, the overuse of brain functions, are often the source of stress for developing chronic illnesses. However, emotional stress, a factor that sometimes can be overlooked, is one of the main stress signals sent from the conscious mind. Emotion is a subjective experience or feeling of the consciousness. Emotion is not only the driving force behind motivation and decision making, but also a hidden factor leading to physiological consequences. A deeper impact from emotions due to the sensitive nature of the HSB may lead to a unique profile of clinical symptoms and imbalances. Ancient Chinese medicine believes that emotion is an energetic activity within the body’s energetic network called meridians. Modern energy medicine further suggests that inside our body there exists an energetic controlling system corresponding to the nervous system, circulatory system and related connective tissue. This energetic system covers every part of the body. It is reasonable to believe that emotional signals generated

within the energy network interfere with the normal energetic control mechanism. This explains why positive emotions such as love, compassion and joy make the body strong and functioning better, while the negative ones such as anger, sadness, worry and fear make the body weak and dysfunctional. Based on ancient philosophy—the Five-Element theory, Chinese medicine suggests that each negative emotion specifically interferes with the controlling mechanism of certain organs or systems. Modern interpretation of the emotionphysiology correlation is shown in the table below.

depression and anxiety disorder. This condition is related to overproduction of norepinephrine but lack of serotonin and dopamine. Clinically, the majority of people in this group have digestive issues, including indigestion, constipation and loose stool. Addressing digestive problems such as Candida and bacteria overgrowth as well as leaky gut syndrome becomes the core therapy for these patients. Reducing adrenal stress and improving sleep quality are also critical to help this condition. People who experience extreme fear and terror often have panic attacks, which is possibly caused by over production







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Heart and Circulatory system

Digestive system

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Adrenal (HPA system

According to the Five-Element theory, vibrational frequency generated from anger and rage hurts the energetic control mechanism of the liver more than other organs, while the dysfunction of the liver also results in anger and rage more than other emotions. This theory of emotion-physiology connection has been extremely helpful for traditional Chinese doctors to address psychological issues with physiological approaches like acupuncture and herbs. Modern holistic practitioners have also adopted this theory by treating correlated organs and systems with natural therapies for specific emotional issues. Clinically, we often see people with anger issues have liver problems, toxin accumulation and high inflammation. Excess norepinephrine and dopamine cannot be efficiently detoxified and balanced by the liver. Anti-inflammatory therapies with detoxification and liver support are necessary for this condition. Even for the irritability issue during women’s pre-menstruation, supporting liver detox function can have favorable results. Too much worry, anguish and distress for long periods of time may result in

of dopamine but lack of norepinephrine and serotonin. Adrenal fatigue syndrome is the main cause for the deficiency of norepinephrine. Supporting adrenal function is the main therapy for this condition, including supplementation and lifestyle changes such as reducing stress in life, introducing relaxation and efficient sleep, etc. Digestive therapy is also needed to improve serotonin production. People suffering from depression always feel sad or shame and cry easily. This condition shows overall deficiency

of the neurotransmitters. According to Chinese medicine, the Lung system is the center of the Qi, the energy production. Addressing overall energy production by balancing hormones, especially thyroid and adrenal hormones, is the key to treat depression. Low thyroid function is the common cause for the overall reduction of the metabolism and energy production. Female and male hormone imbalances as well as liver detoxification also must be checked and corrected. Emotional blockages can also be treated with an energetic approach such as Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) as well as many of their derivatives. Energy psychological technique combines Chinese meridian stimulation with modern psychological approach and helps the body to release specific emotional holdings through related meridian pathways. European Flower Essences can also be used to reduce emotional stress to the body. Holistic medicine treats emotional diseases on both physiological and psychological levels. A synergistic combination of all of the techniques should be used at the same time to reach optimal results. Harry Hong is a licensed acupuncturist specializing in holistic healing for the Highly Sensitive. With his own systematic IBMT protocol which includes Chinese medicine, modern homeopathy, energetic testing and allergy desensitization, he helps the highly sensitive regain their immune strength and get their life back. He has offices in South Florida and Chicago. For more information, email or visit See ad this page.

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Animal Talk They Have Lots to Say If We’d Only Listen by Sandra Murphy

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That’s the problem. ~A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

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Brave New World In less than 10 years, we’ll see a universal translator for communicating with dogs and cats, predicts Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. Just like language apps change, for example, a French phrase into English, the device would translate barks into “Put on Animal Planet,” or meows to “Feed me tuna.” Computers will foster better understanding between humans and animals. David Roberts, a computer science assistant professor, and his team at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a collar to send wireless instructions to dogs via vibrations. Multiple sensors return information about the dog’s heart rate and more, which is especially helpful for service dogs taught not to show stress or distress. Even without such technology, we can all enjoy improved relationships with animals, domestic and wild, by learning to listen. Veterinarian Linda Bender, an animal advocate in Charleston, South Carolina, and author of Animal Wisdom, says, “We all have the ability to understand animals. It gets trained out of us around age 7. It’s not about doing, it’s about being, a connection through the heart.” Meditation quiets the mind from daily concerns, allowing us to stay open, listen and be aware.

Everyday Examples Author Frances Hodgson Burnett captures the essence of this childlike sensibility in A Little Princess: “How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.” In Portland, Oregon, intuitive Melissa Mattern relates examples supporting Burnett’s premise from her own experiences. “My newest cat, Rocket, beat up my other cats and ran amok. Nothing helped until I took a class in animal communication.” She asked her other cats what to do. “They were clear that I should have consulted them before bringing Rocket into the house,” she says. “I asked Rocket if he would like another home and the picture of a chef’s hat popped into my mind. When we found the perfect home for Rocket, the man was a chef whose only other pet is a turtle that lets Rocket sleep with him. Everyone is happy with the results.” Charli, a 14-year-old pointer, travels the world with her family. Her owner, Cynthia Bowman, shares one of her favorite stories: “As we

Nobody experiences magic unless they believe in it. ~Linda Bender

Animal Linguists “Everyone is born with the power to communicate with other species, and although it is long lost for many people, it can be regained for the benefit of all beings on Earth,” says Penelope Smith, author of the Animal Talk and When Animals Speak book series. Meet colleagues of this “Grandmother of Interspecies Communication” via

planned our move to Spain, Charli got ill. I explained, ‘We want you to go too, but if you can’t, tell me.’ A picture of a smoked ham popped into my head. I didn’t understand, but Charli got well and went along,” she says. “In our new Gipuzkoa neighborhood, a deli sells hams, just like I pictured. I can’t explain how Charli knew.” It becomes a matter of trust. “Thoughts or mind pictures can be easy to dismiss or mistrust as imagination,” she comments. “Every species has something they do best. With humans, it’s problem solving and advanced thinking. We’ve separated ourselves from nature. We need to remember we’re all interconnected,” Bender says. “When we learn to tune into ourselves, be heart-centric and radiate compassionate energy, it makes us irresistible to other creatures.”

Exotic Tales Wild animals communicate with David Llewellyn. As a writer of outdoor/nature

blogs, he’s traveled full time in a 30-foot RV since 2002. “They don’t understand words, but go by what’s in your soul. I’ve picked berries with black bears and met a mountain lion and her two cubs along a trail without ever being harmed,” he says. “Often, hikers are told, ‘Make yourself look big and scream.’ I say ‘Hello,’ comment on the day and thank them for letting me share their space.” Staying calm is vital. Bender agrees. Grabbed by an orangutan at a wild animal trafficking rescue project, “She twisted my arm and could have easily broken it,” Bender recalls. “Fear is picked up as a threat so I tried to radiate calm. It was intense, but she gradually let go. With animals, you attract what you give. Better communication means better understanding leading to improved behavior on everyone’s part.” Communication and understanding among human, domestic and wild animals not only makes life more interesting, it can save lives. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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A Divine Intervention by Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC,

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Dear Karen Kaye, How do you know the difference between your own inner voice and a divine intervention (God’s voice)? Tanya

Dear Tanya, The only way I can answer your question is through my own personal experience. The first 10 years of my private practice, I believed I was a caring, effective therapist who did my own “inner work” and cared about my clients and their results. Luckily, my clients were in agreement with me. Then, in my 10th year, something unexpected happened. My husband walked out, leaving me with an 18-month-old baby and my house in foreclosure. So, I figured, if all I knew had brought me to that point in my own life—I didn’t know much! Oh, and did I mention I was a 30-year practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and a 20 year student of yoga. I had taken every seminar: EST, Lifespring, Insights, to name a few. I knew that each discipline had a major positive impact in my life and work, but I also knew that something was still missing. So, to continue my story, after my “Ah-ha” of how little my knowledge had paid off to really affect the results in my life, I finally reached “bottom.” I remember after three months of hell (while well-intended family and friends were offering me medication to cope, which I flushed down the toilet in even my weakest moments), I was desperate for answers. I sat in my family room one evening, after putting my precious baby to bed, and decided to have my last good cry. I looked up to the ceiling and said to God, “Okay, I guess it’s just You and me.” I waited. As I wrote in my journal that night, the pen in my hand felt as if it glided automatically across the page. Looking back, I believe that good intention combined with intuition created the opening for a divine intervention to occur, giving me the messages and lessons that I use and

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teach to this day. This method I call “processing,” which is used to identify inner voices (both constructive and destructive ones) coupled with inner child data, and the rewriting of family of origin scripts. The result is to go beyond survival and actually live. Years later, I began reading every book I could get my hands on about connecting with God. To my amazement and humility, the authors of these bestselling self-help books had received much the same principles as I had heard that night in my family room. I can only surmise that once I went to my knees, I could hear a voice bigger than my own. It has been my quest to share this divine guidance with as many people as I can reach. I remain immensely grateful for what happened that night, in my time of need. I fully believe that all people are capable of a divine intervention. To find that voice, it takes admitting that there is a problem bigger than you can handle alone. Once you realize you can’t go any further in the direction you have been going, your ego will have to subside. When you are able to connect with that inner voice, deep within you—that is God’s voice. It’s not just in some of us… it’s in all of us! Enjoy the journey, Karen L. Kaye, LMHC Karen L. Kaye has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217. See ad page 47.

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3rd Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium –8:30am– 3:30pm $30. The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, League of Women Voters of Palm Beach, Youth Environmental Alliance, and Oxbridge Academy. Speakers, workshops and panels. Oxbridge Academy, 3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, Register, Mary Crider 561-805-8733.

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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. Midlife Movement Meditation – 9–9:50 am, $10. Women, can be any age. Qigong, Deer Exercise, movement, meditation. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, 786.390.2919 Yoga on the Beach – 9:30–10:30am, $10 Donation. Classes held daily (7 days/week) Weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside, in a tropical paradise setting. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455.

Catholic Mass – 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Mindfulness (Insight) Meditation – 10:30am– 12pm, Free. Silent group meditation followed by a talk & conversation. 16 NE 4th St, Ft Lauderdale. Call for details. 954.232.8422. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – 11am– 12pm, Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, Multi-Purpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433. ECK Worship Service – 11am–12pm, Free, JULY: 3rd Sunday, normally First Sunday/month. Experience the Light and Sound of God. Learn about the HU Song Eckankar, ECK Worship Service, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2440 W State Rd 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.

Unity of Pompano – 9:30am: Power Hour book discussion Living Originally: Learn 10 Spiritual Practices To Rediscover Your True Self; 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.

All Levels Yoga – 11am–12pm. $12. Combine strength, flexibility & breath to reduce stress & create balance. Your Big Picture Cafe, 5935 S University Dr, Davie 33328, Cherie Walters, 818.470.3307.

Yin Yoga – 9:30am. Harmony House Yoga, 9524 Griffin Rd, Cooper City, 954.434.3377.

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

Buddhist Meditation Class – 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191 Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 1550 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, 954.566.2868.

Gentle Yoga & Meditation – 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868. Non-Impact Creative Movement Body-MindSpirit Fitness Aerobics – 6:30–7:30pm, $12, 2nd class free, fusion of Jazz, Modern, Duncan Dance, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Free Style, Nia/Kai systems, Herb Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano, David Merritt, 954.933.7391. Tai Chi-Qigong Health – Newcomers & experienced. 7–8pm Mon. thru Thurs; Tues OFF. Plus - Thurs thru Sun 7:30–8:30am. Locations depend on weather. Call /Google web for details: Raven Cohan, Hollywood Beach 35 years certified Inst. Phone hours: 10am–10pm 954.927.2836. Come on Get Happy – 7–8:30pm. No-Charge, Self-help Educational / Discussion Group: Maintain & achieve self love & happiness with emotional balance & stability. Led by Dr. Lewis Jordan Ph.D., @ SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, 2nd Fl, Wilton Manors, 954.306.1493. Reiki Circle/Meditation – 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.

Community Vinyasa Yoga – 4–5:15pm, $5 minimum. Vinyasa flow class in a warm/heated room. Fusion Fitness and 02 Yoga, 4670 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33076. 954.345.9642. Community HU Chant – 7–7:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, Release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681

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

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Women’s Support Group: Wonderful Women of Awareness – 7:30–9:30pm. $20/ session, ongoing group–be more aware & committed to your own vision through re-education & support. Karen Kaye, LMHC 954.384.1217.

tuesday Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am–12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7–8:30pm (Mon,Wed). Kung Fu 7:00 pm. Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, Aimara Sage 954.224.9940. 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. Non-Impact Creative Movement Body-MindSpirit Fitness Aerobics – 11:30am–12:30pm, $12, 2nd class free, fusion: Jazz, Modern, Duncan Dance, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Free Style, Nia/Kai systems, Emma Lou Olson Center, 1801 NE 6th St, Pompano, David Merritt, 954.933.7391. Tibetan/Indian yoga – 7–7:50 pm. $10. Women’s class. Excellent health only. Flowing, focus on naval chakra. Amrita Saraswati, The Train Station, west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors, 786.390.2919. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group – 7pm, (3rd Tue ea mo, also Sun 1–3pm) Free, topics: Numerology, Handwriting, Auras, Near Death, Past Life, Kabbalah, Sondra & Charles Zecher’s Estate, 12140 NW 10 St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-ofbody or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400.

Unity of Pompano – 7–9pm. Ongoing Metaphysics and Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts: Bible Interpretation of Hebrew Scriptures; Creative Process. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857. Free Usui Reiki Circle – 7:30–9 pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP. Yoga for the Higher Power (12-Step) – 7:30– 8:45pm. First class free then $12. Based on 12Step language and recovery. The Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach. Kattie Maffeo 954.427.2353.

wednesday Yoga Basics – 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Meditation/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. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Reiki Circle – 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.

thursday Tai Chi-Chi Kung/Tao Yin Classes – 7:30– 8:30am (+Fri­, Sat, Sun. am and Mon. night), Near shady lifeguard stand, Franklin St, N Hollywood Beach, Raven Cohan. 954.927.2836. Call for Web, directions. 32 years teaching. See Mon. night listing. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 10am– Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Adam: 954.684.7007.


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Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung,Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am–12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7–8:30pm (Mon,Wed). Kung Fu 7:00 pm. Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, 954.224.9940. Buddhist Meditation Class – 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191.

friday Food in Motion Flagler Green Market – 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo) Free. Artisan Food Market, Flagler Village Farm produce, Night in the Park, handmade & vintage vendors, music, Peter Feldman Park, 310 NE 6th St, Ft Lauderdale, Free parking lot & trolley service. 954.785.7475. Fat Village Art Walk – 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./ mo) Free. Free parking lot & trolley service. 954.785.7475. Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale – 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex – 7– 9pm. $5.00. Dynamic discussions of various Abraham Hicks quotes/processes. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, Patti Blankenship, 305.546.2526. Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $15. 1st & 4th Friday of the month. Tired of being sick and tired? Looking for answers? NEW LOCATION in Deerfield Beach… please call Carole A. Ramsay 954.655.5490. Spiritual Evolution Study Group – 7–8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400.

Reiki Circle/Meditation – Hosted by Reiki Masters Mayra & Rose, 7:30pm, $Love, Essentials Complementary Wellness Center, 2104 N Federal Hwy, Ste A, Hollywood. 954.921.7808. Reiki Circle/Meditation – 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Community HU Chant – 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Expand your awareness, Experience divine love, Heal a broken heart. Release your inner tensions, gain insight, peace, and comfort. Dunkin Donuts, Cappuccino Room, 9170 W. State Rd 84, Davie, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

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

Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung,Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am–12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7–8:30pm (Mon, Wed). Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, 954.224.9940. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries – 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30–11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447. 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. Mommy & Me Yoga – 11am–12pm. $20. Start your weekend with amazing class of Mommy & Me Yoga. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6239 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Florida 33319, Shauna, 754.235.3353. Community Acupuncture – 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair – (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428.

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

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

Traditional and advanced clinical evidence-based medical tests for early detection of chronic diseases that support a functional medicine approach to health. Testing for specialty labs, including Access, Cleveland HeartLab, HDL, Innovative, Singulex, SpectraCell, LabCorp, Quest and others. See ad page 21.

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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 7.

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!

HEALING ARTS Lisa’s Healing Center

Lisa Smith 3170 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 211K Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-782-6564 Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Massage modalities, Energy Work, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Animal Communication, Classes. MM#27808.

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

Over 20 yrs. experience in acupuncture, herbs, nutrition. Over 40 yrs. experience in Qigong. Authentic Taoist Lineage classes/private lessons in Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, Longevity Breathing & more. Healing & transformation through experience and education.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE The Ayurvedic Center for Wellbeing Dr. Light Miller, N.D., D.D. & Dr. Bryan Miller, D.C. 2119 Hollywood Blvd., Suite A Hollywood, FL 33020 954-923-4444

T h e Ay u r v e d i c C e n t e r f o r Wellbeing is a natural healing center that practices the ancient medicine of India. The Center offers a variety of Ayurvedic treatments with integrative chiropractic care. The Center also offers Degrees in Ayurveda for those who want to pursue this as a career. See ad page 21.

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Holistic Podiatrist Wellness Starts With Your Feet

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

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


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

David A. Frankel 954-683-0300

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

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homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH 754-484-7988

Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner. Homeopathy relieves PMS, menopause, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, acne, asthma, seizures disorders, herpes, addictions, eczema, psoriasis, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, recurring cold & flu. Homeopathy will give you a healthy, balanced life.

Positive Nutrition of So. Florida

Wendy Cottiers-Pacella, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner 4640 N. Federal Highway, Suite F Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-306-3887 Offering Individual, Family & Group Nutritional Counseling, Food Sensitivity & Hair Analysis Testing. Register for complimentary newsletter. Offices in Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beach.

massage therapy Dolphin Therapeutic Massage and Skin Care

1300 E. Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach FL 33060 954-941-8815

Specializing in therapeutic m a s s a g e , a r o m a t h e r a p y, reflexology, hot stone and ashiatsu barefoot massage. Skincare treatments: microdermabrasion, Pure oxygen gas and European facials. Complimentary eucalyptus steam room. MM5523


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


Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 2740 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 101 954-791-4498 Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies, Testosterone Treatment for Men, Menopause Treatment, Botox, We i g h t L o s s , S p i d e r Ve i n Treatment.

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954-588-9878, N. Broward/Boca Raton area Florida Licensed Practical Nurse for over 20 years. Specializes: In-Home Private Duty Nursing, also all Post-Op Surgeries.

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Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 11.

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Natural Eyes of Weston

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

We are a modern optometry practice with a nutritional focus, offering great customer service, very thorough eye exams and a unique eyewear collection in a spa-like atmosphere. See ad page 12.

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

We offer scalp–hair analysis & detox, henna, organic colors, formaldehyde-free keratin. Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach.

Photon Light Therapy Photon Light Spa

218 Commercial Blvd, Ste 108 Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 954-303-9585


Photon Genius/Genie, BioMat, Wellness, Body Cleanse/Detox (toxins/heavy metals/radiation), Infrared, Ionization, Photon Genius/Genie, BioMat, Foot Detox, Medical Thermographer, M e d i c a l I n t u i t i v e / H e a l e r, Raindrop Therapy, Organic Facials, Waxing & Comprehensive Lab/Nutrition Report.

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

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


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Carole A. Ramsay, Ba. Div., RMT 954-655-5490 Only psychic who guarantees her work! Reiki, Cellular Memory Activation, oils, plus. She communicates with the deceased. Group and private sessions. Reiki Cruise to Bimini.

tai chi / QiGong

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


Summit—Questa Montessori School

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

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

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

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

wholistic physician Dr. Amadi’s Wholistic Health Center Hepsharat Amadi, M.D., L.Ac. 10189 W Sample Rd Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-757-0064 954-757-2612, fax

Primary Health Care with a Natural Approach including Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Quantum Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Detoxification, Natural Allergy Treatment, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. See ad page 39.

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents~Jane D. Hull

Yoga Weston Yoga

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

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