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Have an Intimate Time with God as You Celebrate Christmas & the New Year by Dr. Yolanda Cintron
t is that time of the year that we celebrate globally what we see as our blessings and thank God for so many of them. I am back to our blessed country, from Egbe, Nigeria. Our nation of milk and honey full of such abundance that sometimes we don’t know what to do with it. We must remember that our excess is always someone else’s necessity. The inauguration of the dental clinic, EgbeHospital.org, was a tremendous success—God’s hand of love is over this remote region. The last day there, I was blessed by working together with Dr. Joseph, the hospital medical director, and in passing he mentioned Ola, an older lady that stopped by the dental clinic that Tuesday morning. Her abscess was so large that they intercepted her treatment and sent her to the hospital for emergency intravenous antibiotic. I asked him, “What are you planning to do?” When a patient has a dental infection, to give an antibiotic will not make that problem go away. I asked him to bring Ola back; we needed to remove the root cause of her problem or her life was at risk. Together, we worked on Ola. After seeing the gravity of her oral disease, he saw firsthand the importance of having a dentist and working together with a dentist. We rejoiced together with Ola and her family and thanked God for his love for her. I felt if I traveled just for her, that was good enough. More and more doctors today are asking their patients to see a dentist and realize that people are not just body parts. We are very fortunate to be trusted by various specialists, like internists who refer patients with lung infections they can’t get rid of with antibiotics because, like Ola, the root cause must be eradicated. Also, we have been seeing and
treating sinus infections, bacteremias, endocarditis, abscesses in lungs, brain, strokes caused by periodontal disease plaque going into bloodstreams, and septicemias all caused by a simply treatable dental infection. We hold in high regards the cardiologists who care enough to refer their patients for deep gum cleanings to avoid endocarditis and actually heal faster when mouth is clear of infection before a surgery. I will never forget the patients that were referred by transplant surgeons, liver, kidneys, heart. Holding onto life, this patient wanted a clearance from me so he could get his liver transplant. As I examined him, I found advanced infection in his gums. We played a video to educate him how the bacteria traveled from the mouth into the lungs and could cause pneumonia. Robert wept. He explained to us that his surgery had been postponed three times because of a lung infection; doctors had not found the root cause. We rejoiced and treated him successfully. I want to thank all the caring doctors who went the extra mile out of their way to adopt a comprehensive holistic approach to patient care. I pray our Lord helps us all to see ourselves and others more holistically—not excluding our spiritual and soul health. As I reflect on what I see, sometimes our biggest tragedies can become our biggest blessings because it
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is then, when our world as we know it or expect it crumbles in front of us, that all the smoke and foggy mirrors disappear and we are left with what is important and essential. I read once and did not understand, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” What did that mean? After terrible news, where do you go? What do you do? Who is your counselor? Only He who created us can help us; His Holy Spirit will guide us. Let’s seek Him first. He promises then everything will be given to us according to His will. Love, Dr. Cintron
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thick acrylic sheet that was used to cut out the silhouette of a horse hasn’t changed much at all in the past 40+ years. It’s the adjoining wooden building with the turning blades that requires the upkeep.
I have several pieces of jewelry made with early plastic from (best guess) the 1940s. They’re fun to wear, and, like the acrylic horse, still in great shape. We have to be conscious of this fact especially when it comes to one-use objects: straws, plasticware, packing materials, etc. (the kind of stuff that ends up in the ocean that mimics the smell of food for sea life). Thinking of food, one of my new favorites is roasted Brussels sprouts, and now they’re in season. I didn’t like them as a kid. Maybe that’s ‘cause they were
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esearchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have found that individuals living close to a natural gas hydraulic fracking site have a significantly higher occurrence of asthma attacks. The study examined health records from the Geisinger Health System, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, where the fracking industry has experienced incredible growth of more than 9.000 natural gas wells in the past decade. The records of more than 35,000 Geisinger asthma patients between the ages of 5 and 90 were studied between 2005 and 2012. Patients that reported attacks were mapped and studied in relation to the fracking well locations, and the results compared with other patients not reporting attacks in the same year. The researchers discovered that those that lived in close proximity to multiple or larger active natural gas wells were 1.5 to four times more likely to experience asthma attacks. Brian S. Schwartz, a medical doctor and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Services at the Bloomberg School, in Baltimore, Maryland, was the senior author of the study. He states, “We are concerned with the growing number of studies that have observed health effects associated with this industry. We believe it’s time to take a more cautious approach to [fracking] well development with an eye on environmental and public health impacts.”
esearch published in the Journal of Marketing Research links bright light to healthier food choices. The study observed 160 diners at four separate metropolitan locations of a chain dinner restaurant between 6 and 8 p.m. Two of the restaurants used bright lighting (250 lux luminance) and the other two locations had dim lighting (25 lux luminance). The researchers found that diners at the well-lit locations were more likely to choose healthy options such as baked or grilled fish and chicken than the patrons at the dimly lit restaurants. These results were replicated in a laboratory test of 700 college students where scientists attributed students’ healthier choices to the alert feelings that being in a bright room elicits.
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esearchers from the University of São Paulo Medical School, in Brazil, have found high levels of tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear, and hearing loss in adolescents that use ear bud speakers. They examined the hearing of 170 students between the ages of 11 and 17 and asked them about their experiences with tinnitus in the previous year. More than half of the respondents had experienced the condition. The principal investigator for the study, Tanit Ganz Sanchez, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the medical school, notes that the prevalence of tinnitus among adolescents should be viewed as an early warning of a serious hearing loss risk. She says, “If this teenage generation continues to expose themselves to very high noise levels, they’ll probably suffer from hearing loss by the time they’re 30 or 40.”
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ranberries, a staple on most holiday tables, can help women reduce their risk of urinary tract infections (UTI). A recent study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research tested the impact of consuming whole-cranberry fruit powder on women that had experienced two or more UTIs in the previous 12 months. Of the 182 study participants, 89 were given 500 milligrams of the cranberry powder daily for six months. The remaining 93 women ingested a placebo. The cranberry group reported significantly fewer infections than the placebo group. In addition, it took the women in the cranberry group more time to develop a first UTI than the women in the control group.
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North American Species at High Risk
2016 was a mixed year for whales and dolphins and by extension, humans. Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle states the importance of ocean health this way: “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. The ocean is the blue heart of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” Scientists have discovered a new, black-colored species of whale that’s onethird the size of a Baird’s beaked whale. Yet to be named, it’s rarely seen, feeding in deep canyons in the Bering Sea. The oldest-known orca whale, Granny, at 105, swims Washington’s coastline. Wild orcas usually live 60 to 80 years; captives, 40 years at most. Iceberg, the only known adult white orca, age 22, was spotted in Russian coastal waters earlier this year. In 2013, a Korean marine park retrained five dolphins to feed naturally and released them into the sea, where they rejoined their original pod. Recent sightings found them thriving, affording hope for the 2,900 dolphins in marine parks, aquariums and zoos worldwide. Pink dolphins in Hong Kong’s bustling harbor remain endangered. In 2003, there were 158; by 2014, only 61. The Baiji River dolphin, only found in China, has been declared extinct. Vaquitas, small porpoises in the Gulf of California, declined from 97 in 2014 to 60 this year, most drowned in commercial fishing nets; it may be extinct by 2018.
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The 2016 annual Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count in February (Audubon.org/content/2014-greatbackyard-bird-count-summary) and a report compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (StateOfTheBirds.org/2016) show that more than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, especially ocean and tropical birds. The governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico created the North American Bird Conservation Initiative in 1999. More than half the species that rely on oceans and tropical forests are on a special watch list because of small and declining populations, limited ranges and severe threats to their habitats. The report pinpoints invasive predators such as rats and cats on nesting islands, as well as overfishing, pollution and climate change. Ways to address the problem include removing predators, expanding protected marine areas and reducing the amount of plastic products that end up in the ocean and can trap or choke birds. Many species such as long-distance migratory shore birds in coastal, grassland and arid habitats are declining steeply. The main causes are rising sea levels, coastal development, encroaching human activity and oil spills.
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Chinese officials have announced dietary guidelines designed to reduce the country’s meat consumption by 50 percent. The campaign includes a series of billboards and advertisements featuring American celebrities Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron. “China’s move to cut meat consumption in half would not only have a huge impact on public health, it is also a massive leadership step towards drastically reducing carbon emissions and reaching the goals set out in the Paris agreement,” says Cameron. Source: EcoWatch.com
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Satellites Reveal Unexpected Plant Growth The study Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, published by an international team in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows significant greening of a quarter to onehalf of the Earth’s vegetated lands based on satellite data from the past 33 years. This represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees that produce sugars using sunlight energy to mix atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with water and nutrients from the soil. These sugars are the source of food, fiber and fuel for life on Earth. More sugars are produced when there is more of this greenhouse gas in the air in a process called CO2 fertilization. About 85 percent of the Earth’s land is free of ice and covered by vegetation, currently encompassing 32 percent of the planet’s total surface area. Lead author Dr. Zaichun Zhu, a researcher from Peking University, in China, states, “The greening over the past 33 years reported in this study is equivalent to adding a green continent about two times the size of mainland USA, and has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system.” The effect may serve as a carbon sink to help counter climate change. Source: Boston University
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atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.
In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including
fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.
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Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longerheld meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
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he earliest signs of adrenal fatigue are low energy and the need for several strong shots of caffeine to kick-start the morning or get through an afternoon slump. If these symptoms arise, take steps to begin nourishing, restoring and de-stressing the adrenal glands. Eliminate stressors. Reevaluate daily schedules to make room for a regular session of yoga, meditation, tai chi or qigong. Establish a regular sleeping schedule aligned with the body’s natural cycle. Slipping between the sheets no later than 10 p.m. can mean better and deeper rest. Make dietary changes, starting with 40 grams of protein each morning. Limit the intake of stimulants, including caffeine. Eliminate sugar and processed grains. Add adaptogenic herbs and organic coconut and olive oils to dishes and food preparation. Eat nutritious foods such as greens and brightly colored vegetables. As a result, blood sugar and insulin levels will take fewer rollercoaster rides, easing the work of the adrenals. Refrain from over-exercising. Excessive cardio or endurance training is hard on the adrenals, so substitute more relaxing forms of exercise. Practice calming mindfulness and deep, controlled, diaphragmatic breathing. natural awakenings
Sugar-Free Treats Kids Love by Judith Fertig
hen sugar was a commodity only the wealthy could afford, “visions of sugarplums” danced in the heads of children ensconced in Clement Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Now, cheap candy is everywhere and not all that special. What is special is making memories aligned with contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that kids will remember helping to create. “It’s important to limit sugary snacks, even during the holidays,” says Claire McCarthy, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician, Harvard Medical School assistant professor of pediatrics and senior editor for Harvard Health Publications. She is also a mother of elementary school kids. “We need to use the opportunity—any opportunity these days—to teach children and families about eating healthy.”
Healthier Holiday Snacks Mothers Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson, of Provo, Utah, agree that raising healthy kids is a challenge. Dealing with picky eaters, getting family members to exercise and sourcing organic baby care products are all in a day’s work for them. It’s why they founded SuperHealthyKids.com. Subscribers have access to meal plans, recipes and healthy parenting tips. Recent advice includes ditching prepackaged popcorn (listing unpronounceable ingredients) and instead making the treat at home—popping kernels in coconut oil and topping the result with maple snickerdoodle flavorings. Many moms turn to online boards for party ideas. Fun photos posted there guide kids in creating naturally sweet treats, such as fresh fruit skewers shaped like elves or magic wands inspired by The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy.
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“Building a gingerbread house is a time-honored tradition for many families,” says Jacquie Fisher, a Kansas City, Missouri, mom who masterminds the educational blog and kid-friendly adventure postings at KCEdventures. com. Learning to construct the edible structure is intriguing fun. “Testing out how to balance the walls, construct a roof and put together a fun little structure is the perfect intro to some basic physics principles,” she notes. Because she’s not a fan of sugar icing and candy add-ons, Fisher’s kids connect over how to make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s stable with whole-wheat graham crackers “glued” together with a homemade maple caramel mixed with coconut milk. They decorate using dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal and flaked coconut.
Christmas Stocking Stuffer and Hanukkah Gelt For healthy alternatives to sugary candy, savvy parents source sweet treats made with 100 percent fruit juice and fair trade chocolate available at health food stores and markets. Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, in New York City, reinvents the Hanukkah gelt, or foil-wrapped chocolate coins, that Jewish children traditionally receive. She flattens dried apricots with a kitchen mallet, dips them in melted dark chocolate and then sprinkles the treats with sea salt. We can always make wonderful memories true to the spirit of holiday traditions, and do it today in a healthier way. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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What is Education?
Raising a Generation of “Downloaders”
by Jamie Harris
t’s plain to see that we live in extraordinary times. So why are we educating our children through ordinary or common means? As a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I teach the simple mantra, “Train the way that you want to perform.” For athletes, this means practice mimics the game and is designed to develop skills specific to each athlete’s purpose on the team. In classrooms, kids may actually be justified when they ask, “Why do I need to know this?!” Parents and teachers all over the country are fed up with the current model of education which is centered on Common Core, or STEM, curricula and standardized testing. It’s no secret that the companies that provide the books and
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tests, namely, CTB McGraw-Hill, Riverside Publishing (a Houghton Mifflin company), and NCS Pearson, have massive lobbying budgets which influence educational policy at the federal and state levels. Very few are offering a new model which could replace the current corrupt system. What would the great historical philosophers, scholars, scientists, artists and engineers think of our current educational system? The great American scholar, Ralph Waldo Emerson, had many prolific observations of modern culture and education. From his seminal work, Nature, 1836: “Our age is retrospective... It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes.
Ed·u·ca·tion (ejəˈkāSH(ə)n) Noun: The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. “His education is encyclopedic and eclectic.” E·duce (ēˈd(y)o͞os) Verb: To bring out or develop, elicit or evoke (something latent or potential). “Out of love, obedience is educed.” Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe?... Let us demand our own works and laws and worship.” The high level of apathy and low level of creativity on display in public schools across America should come as no surprise. Our entire system is based
on filling kids’ minds with information, much of which is only half-truth, half convenient narrative. (Evidenced by our continued observance of Columbus Day, albeit I recently heard that the 1492 narrative is being updated in most social studies text books.) Memorization of data holds almost no function in the age of the internet and smartphones. Time spent at school needs to be centered around developing life skills, vision- and purpose-driven mentorship, authentic face-to-face communication, technology integration, fitness and nutrition, self-soothing and mental health techniques, and fostering a ‘Do Whatever It Takes’ mentality in the spirited pursuit of a future that is healthy, happy, peaceful, loving and abundant! Most teachers aren’t even aware that the transformation is already underway. Adaptive learning apps can teach literacy, science, math and music faster, more efficiently and less expensively than hiring a teacher (in fact you can buy 100 student licenses for one particular literacy platform for less than half of a typical South Florida teacher’s salary). These apps will soon dominate the educational landscape and teachers will be forced to evolve to teach the subtle, intangible skills that are essential for lifelong success and significance. It’s 2016...I’m in a high school library in Miami doing 8 x 90-minute Transformational Mentorship sessions with 60 kids each. How did I get here? I looked up
the definition of the word education and traced it back to its roots in Latin where I discovered the word educe. To elicit, to draw forth, to awaken, to evoke, to develop, to bring out were all synonymic phrases. At some point between the great philosophical educators of the classical age and Emerson’s life, we stopped educing from the hearts and minds of children and started to educate them as if everything they would ever need to know about the world and their relationship with it had already happened in the past. Emphasizing the absorption and analysis of information as the means of learning and growth has severely hamstrung the last several generations. Why not train our kids to be uploaders rather than downloaders? Originality, outside-of-the-box thinking, self-selection and expression are being sacrificed in the name of memorization of status quo narratives about science, history, literature and math. When we don’t ex-press ourselves, we re-press and de-press ourselves. The epidemics of youth violence/suicide, school-to-prison pipelines, drugs, obesity and depression will be reversed when we transform the ways that we educate our youth. As a professional trainer and mentor, I go into schools all across the country to generate intrinsic motivation within students and teachers. The most powerful shift that my colleagues and I at My Life My Power are able to deliver is the change in focus from WHAT WE
DO to WHO WE ARE. We call this exploring our “Way of Being,” synonymous with character/personality traits or disposition. The idea is that everything we do flows from a personal commitment to being (for example) loving, compassionate, trustworthy, peaceful, generous, joyful and abundant, to name a few. Understanding this distinction is priceless for self-reflection and for peer feedback. Our higher self operates on trust, accountability, abundance, compassion, surrender, openness, faith and love, while our egoic operating system consists of fear, control, righteousness, comfort and scarcity. Jamie Harris is the COO of My Life My Power and Transformational Technologies. He fulfills his vision of transforming the landscape of education and the future of America by being fully committed to youth development of character, health and well-being, career and relationship skills. He is committed to fostering a generation of servant leaders. Harris is a true creative, expertly expressing himself through music, poetry, yoga and, most importantly, family. He brings joyful energy to all aspects of life and has earned the nickname Cannonball for the exuberance he shows while making a ‘big splash’ in kids’ lives. For more information and to bring My Life My Power to your school, police department or other organization, call 914)-714-9261, e-mail jh@MyLifeMyPower.org and/or visit MyLifeMyPower.org.
moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.
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Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist
rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.
Scientific View This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the 26
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momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such
During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a self-organizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her lifechanging journey is, “Unconditional
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin—it’s the whole coin.”
How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of life-giving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipresence, the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so
that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
Fetch, Stretch, Dance
an and woman’s best four-legged friend can activate and energize even the most reluctant couch potato or exhausted owner, making the family dog an excellent exercise buddy. Regardless of how lax we may be, everyone feels better after some kind of workout. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology confirms that working up a sweat outdoors affords an appealing boost of energy, enjoyment and improved state of mind. Dogs love routine, so they’ll be waiting by the door for their daily walks. Make each outing mindful by letting the pet choose the route and pace. While they stop to sniff, do hamstring stretches by leaning against a wall, fence or tree. Once the warm-up portion is completed, add sprints to burn more calories. Ask for a sit, pick a goal a short distance away and then give the cue to run together fast. After arriving at the goal, ask for another sit. “Our favorite time to go is before 7 a.m. to avoid cars and when the asphalt isn’t too hot for his paws,” says Monica Weintraub, a food and travel blogger currently working from Beijing, China. “Carl loves the burst of energy, and we both build muscle.”
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A backyard agility course can complement or even substitute for walks. It’s easy to make with weave poles, jumps and tunnels. Vary the order of the obstacles and run alongside the dog to call out each one. When it’s excessively wet, cold and icy or hot outside, create an indoor agility course. Use blankets and upturned chairs for tunnels, cardboard boxes to designate a weaving trot and a hula hoop for jumps. Set it up on top of rugs that foster firm footing. Balance can also be improved with exercise balls. While some dogs only see a soccer game, others try to balance on the ball, strengthening core muscles like their humans. Learning doga, or yoga for dogs, incorporates a canine’s natural trainability, flexibility, mimicry of human moves and desire to please. Kristen Corral, who’s also certified in animal massage, teaches Anima yoga fusion classes for people and pets of all ages in Las Vegas. “Anima means an expression of one’s true inner self,” she explains. “We work on balance and never force the dogs into poses. They’re excited during the first sessions, but as you move and
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breathe together, it becomes a calming and relaxing activity.” Floor exercises with the help of a dog also helps strengthen core muscles. Do leg lifts and teach the pet to walk under a raised leg to ensure it stays raised for the proper amount of time. Incorporate fetch games with sit-ups; throw the toy when sitting up and accept it back while reclining. Alternate arms—the dominant one has better aim, while the other one adds steps for the dog as it runs to fetch an errant toss. For chair exercises, use a toy to lure the dog under the chair, moving it from side-to-side, simultaneously working the waistline. Fetch lets the dog chase the toy before dropping it in front of the chair, giving the owner’s core muscles a workout when bending to pick it up each time. Dogs love to play hide-and-seek. It’s easy with two people; one holds the dog while the other hides. If solo, teach the pet to sit until a timer goes off before starting the hunt. “I ask Felix, my mixed-breed dog, to hold a sit-stay while I go hide,” says Chantelle Wallace, a professional writer who volunteers to exercise animals at Skyline Pet Care and Fitness, in Austin, Texas. “Hide and seek activates both mental focus and physical exercise.” Dancing to favorite tunes expends lots of energy. Dogs may perform obedience moves to the beat or, like humans, dance like nobody’s watching. Scientists at the University of Missouri are among those that have found that music improves moods, too. Teaching a dog to help around the house impresses everybody and takes advantage of bad weather to catch up on chores. They can tour a laundry basket to bedrooms, pick up trash or place items for recycling in a bin. Select individual items to be carried up or down stairs for a muscular workout. Take some tips from Jesse, a most helpful dog, at Tinyurl.com/HouseholdHelpPooch. When our will to exercise is wavering, an eager dog will help keep an exercise routine interesting and on track. The dog’s goal is always to have fun with their favorite person. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
How to Reverse Cavities and Heal Tooth Decay
r Yani, Holistic and Healing Dentistry, offers a few oral health tips which she shares with her patients for oral prevention. These can save money while making a healthful improvement to your oral health as well as that of your family. This six-step process will help naturally heal cavities: 1. Eliminate excess grains from diet (that aren’t sprouted) which tend to increase phytic acid. 2. Eliminate processed and excess sugar. 3. Consume minerals (load up on calcium, magnesium and selenium) and supplements (more fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K and E).
4. Get plenty of probiotics (either by eating probiotic foods or through supplements) to re-establish healthy oral bacterial flora. 5. Try oil-pulling (extra-virgin coconut oil or sesame oil). Oil pulling is swishing oil for 20 minutes or so for those that have extreme dry mouth. 6. Use myrrh and/or peppermint
essential oils. What makes peppermint so powerful is the compound menthol, which helps reduce inflammation and acts as an antioxidant. It’s also used as an energy booster and to help IBS and leaky gut issues among other medical benefits. Myrrh essential oil helps relieve toothache, gingivitis and mouth ulcers and also freshens breath. Myrrh oil and peppermint oil are even used as natural ingredients in mouthwash and toothpaste. It’s important to know that once a cavity has gotten too deep into the dentin, decay has to be removed mechanically and a filling/restoration might be deemed necessary. Location: 212 SE 12th St. (Davie Blvd.), Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-6010. See ad page 46.
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The Great EMF Experiment How EMF Impacts Your Health and What You Can Do about It by Gary James Greenleaf, Certified Geo-Biological Consultant
What is EMF? Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMF) is the combination of invisible frequencies in our environment, including low frequency from electrical and magnetic
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fields from appliances, electrical wires, computers and TVs and high frequency from smart phones, cell towers, wireless phones and Wi-Fi. Never before in recorded history have we been exposed
to a more intense EMF grid than today and it increases in size and intensity daily. If all EMF radiation were visible today, in most cities you probably could not see your hand in front of your face.
Biological Effects of EMF Scientific research regarding the negative biological impact of EMF has been going on for decades, however, most of the results are not widely known by the public. The World Health Organization now classifies cell phone radiation as a Class 2B carcinogen, and a recent $25 million dollar study by the U.S. government confirmed that cell phone radiation is carcinogenic. Scientific studies by Dr. Varga at the University of Heidelberg have proved that pulsating and nonpulsating radiation have an effect on the pituitary gland in the brain and therefore can negatively affect the central nervous system. John Aitken, a well-known fertility researcher at the University of Newcastle in Australia, conducted a study on sperm and what happens when exposed to EMF. The sperm exposed to EMF died three times faster and had three times the mitochondrial DNA damage than the non-exposed group. Greater negative effects on sperm were measured with just small amounts of EMF exposure. According to statistics published by the American Brain Tumor Association,
there are 700,000 Americans now living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor; this year, 17,000 of these people will lose the battle with this condition.
What Can You Do about It? Step one is minimization. One of the first things anyone can do is to take a step back in time. Replacing Wi-Fi with a corded LAN line is very helpful; you will have to get your neighbors to do the same. If you won’t wire your internet, at least turn the Wi-Fi off at night. Trade cordless house phones for old fashioned corded models; cordless phones are just as dangerous as cell phones. Keep your cell phone off your body and use the speakerphone to talk; having direct skin contact with smartphones is one of the worst things you can do. If you need to put it in your pocket, at least turn it off or use airplane mode. When you go to bed, turn off your cell phone or use airplane mode. Laptops emit a significant amount of radiation and should never be used on your lap; at 50 centimeters from your body the Wi-Fi signal from your laptop is stronger than a cell phone tower 100 meters away. You can use a corded mouse and keyboard and wire your internet while at home. Your sleeping area is very important due to the nature of the human body needing to rest, repair and rejuvenate at night. It is optimal to have an organic latex bed with a wood frame and no metal box springs. No electric beds—they often have an EMF field even when not in use. Remove electronic devices like digital clocks from the sides of your bed. A general rule is to keep all metals out of the bedroom. Minimize your blue light exposure. It is important to eliminate the eyes’ exposure to blue light especially after dark to insure proper circadian signaling. When you look at your screens after dark, your body has biological problems creating melatonin. For laptops and PCs, download f.lux from JustGetFlux.com for free. iPhones have a nightshift feature built in to display properties; turn it on. Android users can download twilight from Google Play. There are also screens to put on other phone types to block blue light exposure. Step two is neutralization. We cannot escape the EMF fields completely in today’s environment, thus why we must also neutralize. As a certified Geo-Biological Consultant with the Geo-Safe Institute in Germany, I work with the Geo-SafeE System—custom neutralization that transmutes harmful radiation into something that does not negatively impact the body. The neutralization is done to the living and working space and also incorporates support for your body while traveling and doing daily tasks. The Geo-Safe-E System is based on 30 years of research and experience in electromagnetic and earth radiation study by Dieter Schaefer, and is proven to neutralize harmful EMF radiation. Geo-Safe products contain over 20 crystal and mineral substances with varying physical angles of refraction for radiation neutralization. Thousands of doctors and therapists in over 70 countries use the Geo-Safe System successfully. Magnetic fields and radio waves can’t be magically eliminated; they are still technically measurable in the air
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Don’t let the past steal your present. ~Taylor Caldwell
A Gorgeously Greener Holiday Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack
ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe,
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holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.
For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees of varying heights draped with solar twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active kids or pets, set up a mid-sized stepstool on a table or open a six-foot ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at Pinterest. com for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.
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to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.” A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering.
For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flatleafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.
The Front Door “I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and
crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.
Garlands For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. ~Theodore Roosevelt
Go Green, Save Green—Save the Mighty Mangrove by Kristen Hoss
he mangrove tree, a brackish water inhabitant, once lining Florida’s bays and intercoastal waterways, is the mightiest tree in the world, yet it has fallen in the forest and no one seems to have heard it. In Florida, there are three vitally important species of native mangrove—red, black and white—names based on the hue of their bark. Yet, in this day and age, when talks of climate change, resiliency, sustainability and sea level rise abound, the role and importance of the mangrove seems to have been ignored by many. The mangrove tree provides so much to sustain our way of life; whether a person lives in New York, Alaska or Key West, mangroves are a silent and mighty hero to us all. Let’s talk basics. Mangrove leaves, which become detritus, are the base of the marine food chain, supporting an estimated 90 percent of the commercial fisheries in Florida and many similar locations sharing the 25-degree south to 25-degree north latitudes, not to mention approximately 70 percent of sport fish offspring utilize mangrove swamps as a nursery. Florida is the fishing capital of the world, producing 7.5 billion dollars (Myfwc.com-2006) U.S. Dept. of Interior
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study) in revenue each year, meaning mangroves are important to the local and global economy. Mangroves and their adjacent and interdependent habitats such as sea grass beds and coral reefs (aka coastal systems) bring in dollars in the form of ecotourism and ecosystem services, providing a global economic value between $25 and $29.8 billion
annually (CoralReef.noaa.gov), 1.6 billion in ecosystem services by mangroves in the U.S. alone (iucn.org). Being that South Florida has about 469,000 acres of mangroves (dep.State. fl.us) and supports the world’s third largest coral reef, residents gain from a significant portion of that money. The money gained is partially through ecotourism, thanks to the 1300 species of mangrove-loving wildlife, including 220 fish, 24 reptile and amphibian, 18 mammal and 181 bird species (Soils.ifas.ufl.edu/wetland) providing habitat for 67 animals per square meter at times (jstor.org/stable/1932034), not including the small things people generally do not think about—like bacteria—a very important base food source/ nutrient cycler that digests and converts carbon into a food source for organisms higher on the food chain, a food chain that humans are the top of and dependent on. Yet the mangrove forests have been destroyed by Floridians since our initial settlement in the 1800s. In the 1940s, areas up to 87 percent have been lost (dep.State.fl). So, let’s say that hand sanitizer is everyone’s friend (i.e. death to all bacteria) and seafood is not a priority in some circles. How about property and flood insurance? The mangroves, about 70 species worldwide, hold onto soil. Not only do they stabilize shorelines and valuable property, but the red mangrove is called the “walking tree” because its prop roots not only hold soil, but they build land. In some areas of the world such as Bangladesh, a country with a fragile shoreline existence like South Florida’s, planted mangroves on uninhabitable sediment gained over 300,000 acres of land as the mangroves marched seaward, thus decreasing flood potential to coastal developments and increasing usable space. In a state that is increasingly flooded with beaches and coastlines eroding, sometimes smothering reefs, it seems like mangroves left alone or replanted as living shorelines may provide a natural solution to an unnatural problem caused by coastal development and
seawalls. Studies have shown (Nature.org) that areas built with plenty of open space and natural protection, such as mangroves, around them are significantly less prone to flooding, thus decreasing loss, insurance costs and risk—a significant savings to the Florida homeowner. Being that more than 75 percent of people in Florida live in a coastal county, mangroves deserve some notice. The 25 percent of the population inland benefit too. Mangroves not only buffer hurricanes, but they also clean two things that connect us all globally—water and air. They filter pollutants from runoff and are a natural belt of air-filtration, hugging the midsection of the earth. They breathe in and hold onto approximately 15 times more carbon (CO2), a common by-product of the burning of fossil fuels, than any other forest on the planet, even more than rain forests. The carbon is stored in their trunks and in the soil they maintain. Globally, 30 to 50 percent of mangroves have been deforested in the last 50 years, and continue to be deforested at a rate of 370,000 acres per year for aquaculture, a view, development and in Miami, a boat show. When a mangrove forest is destroyed, all of that CO2 is released, accounting for 10 percent of the annual increase. Is the long-term, economic and intrinsic loss worth the temporary monetary gain? Many people say “no”, and work to restore mangrove habitat. When mangroves are restored, it costs approximately $10 million per acre to restore a mangrove forest to 15-year maturity. At Port Everglades, the initial cost of restoring the 8.7 acres of mangroves that were removed, is $15.7 million (Broward.org). It is less costly and easier to conserve what we have remaining than to restore it later.
You can maintain the mightiness of the mangrove! Join a mangrove restoration such as the one Youth Environmental Alliance is doing in November (calendar at YEAFrog.org); join the Florida Master Naturalist course (MasterNaturalist.org). When staying at resorts or investing in development, avoid those that destroy mangrove habitat; if your residence borders brackish water, plant mangroves along the shore (note: once they are planted, they are protected); when buying seafood, avoid farmraised from farms built in mangrove habitat (mostly imported) and move to “Best Choice” wild-caught Oregon pink shrimp or “Good Choice” Gulf shrimp; and work with your local commissioners and town managers to ensure that your community is an active participant (this includes planting or maintaining mangrove-forested areas) of the Community Rating System (CRS) which is a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to decrease community-wide insurance premiums. Kristen Hoss, executive director of Youth Environmental Alliance and FLERA, is an educator and ecological consultant who leads the Florida Master Naturalist program in Broward County, produces in-school environmental and science education programs, and provides expertise for ecological surveys and monitoring. She has a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a Masters in Conservation Ecology and Wildlife Sciences, and more than 28 years in the field of ecology (marine, aquatic and terrestrial) and the management of natural areas and wildlife. Her work has been featured on the National Geographic Channel and in multiple publications. Email her at Kristen@YEAFrog.org.
Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig
uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.
Refresh The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a non-alcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might
help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Restore After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of ClimbHealthy.com, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.
Sometimes the stress of holiday todos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com. 36
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Fresh Hot Ginger Tea Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne. Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search CookieAndKate.com.
Yields: 2 servings Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco FoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.
Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; YumUniverse.com/ fresh-peppermint-tea.
Holiday Sangria Yields: 8 servings Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.
Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the juice of half a Meyer lemon, a tablespoon or two of honey and a jigger of whiskey. Serve hot in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco FoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com. natural awakenings
Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic
rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.
How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we 38
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do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.
Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human
calling and somehow embodied it for the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.
How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.
Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
PTSD Treated with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy by Carolyn Zaumeyer
t present and with great success, Dr. Gary Donovitz and Dr. Mandy Cotten at BioTE Medical, in Irving, Texas, are providing Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) via pellets to more than 100 returning war veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A current BioTE Medical Combat Trauma Treatment Study, in conjunction with the Veterans Advocacy Center (VAC), is showing promising results in helping veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The veterans’ testimonials after treatment are amazing and very moving. They are clearly saying that they have a new lease on life—they are able to go out of their houses, they have better energy, feel like exercising, feel like working, have meaningful relationships and are very grateful. Testimonials can be viewed at BioteMedical.com/combat-trauma-tbi-and-ptsdtreatment-study.html. PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary or dangerous event. This may lead to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction and, unfortunately, suicide for some. Experiencing a traumatic event and/or developing PTSD can have a tremendous impact on a person’s life. The symptoms of PTSD can make a person feel constantly afraid and isolated. In addition, depression is
common following a traumatic event and among people with PTSD. A person may feel as though there is no hope or escape from their symptoms leading them to contemplate suicide. Many patients suffering from depression, anxiety, mood and sleep issues find relief with BHRT pellet therapy, to the point that they can be weaned off their antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. BHRT pellets are plant-based, originating from soy and yams and are bio-identical, meaning the molecular structure is identical to what the body and mind produce naturally. Pellet therapy has been around for more than 80 years and is the most studied and safe delivery system for hormone optimization. Traditionally, we think of BHRT for menopausal women suffering with vasomotor symptoms (night sweats, hot flashes and flushes). However, over the years, we have learned that optimizing hormones in men and women with plant-based BHRT has many health benefits. Research has shown that bioidentical testosterone and estradiol in the pellet form can reverse the course of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, fibromyalgia, arthritis and high cholesterol. Studies also show that the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis and prostate cancer can be lowered with the BioTE pellets. The safety of BHRT pellets has been proven over the years in hundreds of studies. As we age, our hormone production naturally declines, leading to mood changes (depression and anxiety), sleep disturbance, temperature changes, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, skin changes and much more. The differences between synthetic
hormones, such as Premarin, and bioidentical hormones are night and day. For example, where studies show synthetic hormones may cause breast cancer, studies show BHRT may reduce the risk for breast cancer. Carolyn Zaumeyer, nurse practitioner, BioTE provider and owner of Low TE Florida, is working with local fire fighters and police officers suffering from PTSD. First responders have exposure to some horrific experiences and sights. Optimizing hormones can provide them with the mental and physical strength to better handle the situations they encounter every day in the line of duty. Zaumeyer has traveled throughout the U.S. and studied under the most prominent experts in BHRT, including Dr. Sangeeta Pati in Orlando, Dr. Neil Rouzier in Salt Lake City, Dr. Daved Rosensweet in Naples, Florida, and Dr. Gary Donovitz in Dallas. She is knowledgeable in all the delivery methods of hormone replacement and is especially satisfied with the BioTE pelleting system. Zaumeyer was the first BioTE Medical Certified Practitioner in Florida and currently serves on the BioTE Medical Advisory Board. She has recently been invited to serve as faculty for the Tampa BioTE Medical Training Center, training physicians and nurse practitioners from throughout the U.S. Low TE is located at 4540 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954- 791-4498 and/or visit LowTEFlorida.com. See ad page 47.
Our Authentic Self by Ronit Gabay
indu philosophy explains the evolution of the soul as a “body” which changes its outfits through a process of reincarnation. “Just as the body casts off worn-out clothes and puts on new ones, so the infinite, immortal self casts off worn-out bodies and enters into new ones.” Each lifetime, we carry a different identity which we have chosen to accomplish our purpose. Therefore, our true self is not the temporary “outfit” we were given from birth, but the “body” or the essence of our spirit, that we carry each lifetime. We are not who we are born to be, but rather who we choose to be. Our life mission is to distinguish ourselves from our birth surroundings in order to learn who we truly are, based on our own choices and actions. The farther we go from “home,” the nearer we get to our true self. One of our purposes here on earth is to search for our own truth. I like to illustrate it through the image of a puzzle. Each lifetime we learn life lessons, which provide us pieces of information about the true essence of the soul. When we collect all the pieces and “glue” them together, we will have enough information about our authentic self. We will understand our journey and the direction of our life. How can we get in touch with our authentic self? First and foremost, we must get in touch with our own passion, with our innermost desire that wishes to be heard. Our passion is our tour guide in discovering our life’s mystery. If we follow our bliss, we are following our authentic self. Second, it is our life lesson (karma) that teaches us about the true essence of the soul. Our challenges and conflicts are indications of our resistance to the norm and to our given reality. For example, if we are born into a very conservative surrounding and our life’s challenges enhance the conflict with this life view, we will gain the understanding of our true essence as a free spirit. By rejecting what we don’t want, we get much closer to who we are. Every time we go through a challenge, we get one more piece of the puzzle that holds a tiny bit of our own truth. In the end, we have enough puzzle pieces containing clues to figure out our life’s mystery. All we need to do is to connect the pieces to see a much clearer picture of the essence of our soul. To learn more about Ronit Gabay visit her website: www.RonitGabay.com.
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askthetherapist Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC
Dear Karen Kaye, It seems to me that there are different levels of intimacy. What are your thoughts? Thank you, Sara
Dear Sara, You are quite insightful in your observation of differing levels of intimacy. Most relationships I see in the initial stage of therapeutic change begin as a barter. If you give me emotional intimacy, I will give you physical intimacy; if you give me physical intimacy, I will give you emotional intimacy. This type of relationship, where only lower level needs are met momentarily, is a lowlevel intimacy relationship. A ‘barter’ only works in the good times, but in the challenging times, these people are unable to grow individually nor together. The very purpose of a relationship is to learn how to grow both individually
and as a team in the difficult moments. A higher level of intimacy is when the individuals connect at many levels—emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Intimacy is when a person allows another to see inside of them (emotionally) which is risky if that person does not know themselves. Therefore, this type of relationship can only take place between two selfactualized people. Both people know themselves (good, bad and ugly) and can live with themselves (good, bad and ugly) and have the patience and maturity to handle a relationship at all levels, knowing that the relationship is one important aspect of their lives but not their whole “life”.
This type of relationship connection between two individual people (emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually) has a greater level of success; if one level is missing, the other levels sustain each person and the relationship while working to become better people and mates. Sincerely, Karen L. Kaye MS, 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 45.
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ongoingevents sunday Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary — 9am– 5pm. Classes for Interfaith Ministry Ordination. A Healing Space, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Yoga on the Beach — 9:30–10:30am, $10 Donation. Classes held daily weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity of Pompano – Join us at 9:30am: Power Hour discussion on spiritual topics/books led by Cynthia Roberts, L.U.T. 11am: Celebration Service-Inspirational Message-Live Music; 11am Youth Classes K-12; Fellowship Hour following service. 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857.
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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. 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, 954.566.2868.
Tai Chi — 11:30am–1pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st & 3rd Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087.
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.
Violet Flame Meditation - Second Sunday of each month: 1:30pm-2:30pm. Donation $20 Sound Healing and Peacefulness Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy #2, Lorene, 954.218.7300.
ECK Worship Service — 11am–12pm, Free. First Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.
Spiritual Oasis Event - 1:30 to 6:00pm, third Sunday of each month. $20, Psychic and Healing Special Event, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, Florida 33334, Robert, 954.696.6389.
The Kabbalah Centre of Boca Raton invites you to Spiritual Sunday. 11am. Donation Based. Get inspired every Sunday for an uplifting consciousness-elevating seminar and meditation using ancient Kabbalistic tools. Everyone’s welcome. 8411 West Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, 33433. 561.488.8826.
Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 2–4pm, 4th Sunday monthly, (Dec: 3rd Sun.) $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, Room 2, 954.865.1329.
Community HU Chant — 6–6:30 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.
Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. — 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-of-body or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 210, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.
Interfaith Sacred Celebrations of Spirit — Weekly on Sunday evenings 6:30–7:30pm at Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution at a Healing Space,1410 NE 26thStreet, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750.
Unity of Pompano —7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857.
Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) — 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting call-and-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.
Free Usui Reiki Circle — 7–8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP.
monday Gentle Yoga & Meditation — 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $20 per session. Designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)
tuesday Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–12noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333.
Carole’s Circle — Guided Meditation, Reiki Healing & Channeled Message – 7:30pm. $10. Every Tuesday. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park, FL 33334. Reservations and directions: Call the Center or Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.
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.
thursday Meditation/Relaxation Class — 5:45–6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733. A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Free. Co-Facilitated by Rev. Margarita and Rev. Nancy, graduate of Dr. Jon Mundy’s All Faiths Seminary International. Sunshine Cathedral, 2nd floor classroom, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 734.395.5857. 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 Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475.
Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223.
Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062. 954.785.6333.
Awakened Living Group — 7pm–8pm Free. Practical spirituality for your journey of spiritual transformation/self discovery Center For Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334, David, 305.746.0881.
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.
Suicide Survivors Group — for people who have lost children or family members. 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of the month. 7:30pm. Free. Medical Library, Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital, 6401 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information call Carol at 201.927.1017.
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.
Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.
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.
Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.
Reiki Circle/Meditation —7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.
saturday Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep - Volunteers Wanted — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), help keep beaches litter-free. 300 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Limited free parking for volunteers, Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (south of east ramp of Las Olas Bridge).
Free Reiki Circle —10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Kid’s Yoga, Ages 5-8 - 10:30am. Developmentally appropriate yoga poses are incorporated to stretch, strengthen, and improve balance. Yoga and mindfulness-based activities. Yoga mudras, breath work, and relaxation techniques. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Blvd, 754-235-3353. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Libraries — 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30– 11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. each month. Enjoy the peace within. Info, Roz 954.962.7447.
Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Yin Yoga — 2–3:15pm, $15. (+Wed, 6pm) Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing are held passively to expand motion in joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Concludes with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 2–4 pm, 4th Saturday monthly, (Dec: 3rd Sat.) $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, Room 2, 954.865.1329. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.
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Gregory Gertsen, DDS Michael Gertsen, DMD, MS 3640-7 N Federal Highway Venetian Isles Plaza Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-7778 www.FLDentalSpa.com Remove the uncertainty from your dental health! At the Dental Spa we are privileged to have the most up to date t e c h n o l o g y, i n c l u d i n g biocompatible same day crowns! We focus on creating optimal oral health and emphasize patient education and prevention. Let your smile be a sign of your health and happiness!
Day Retreats THERMAE Stillness RETREAT
604 S. Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301 954-604-7930 www.thermaeretreat.com
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 16.
dental health Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry
Dr Yani Holistic and Healing Dentistry 212 SE 12th St (Davie Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-525-6010 firstname.lastname@example.org www.yanidmd.com
We follow strict amalgam removal protocols incorporating nutritional supplements for safe mercury detoxification ~ IAOMT member. To promote better healing, our hygiene care incorporates ozone and essential oils for gum treatments. Only Mercury-free biocompatible crowns and dental materials used. Free holistic toothpaste recipe.
The International Center For Dental Excellence
Do you wait till it hurts to see the dentist? Enhance your smile at our new tranquil, state-of-the-art office. We have been providing wholistic family dental care since 1985. Most insurance accepted. Mon – Thurs, 7:30am – 5pm.
Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 East Commercial Blvd., Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 FortLauderdaleDentistry.com www.GoNaturalDentistry.com A ll
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Broward County, Florida
954-630-1610 SQwood@gmail.com www.SusieQwood.com Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Visit our website for more information on taking the Global Trashformation pledge. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad pages 6 and 50.
gardening The Garden Gate
Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-1189 DonnasGardenGate.com 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!
HALOTHERAPY (SALT) THE SALT BOX
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6710 Parkside Drive Parkland, FL 33067 954-906-5985 www.SaltBoxTherapy.com Salt therapy, an all-natural treatment, improves respiratory health, decreases stress and fatigue, improves skin conditions, and strengthens the immune system. First session is Complimentary!
THE SALT SUITE
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Low TE Florida
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Life Organized by Bonnie, LLC 954-849-1023 Bonnie@OrganizeByBonnie.com www.OrganizeByBonnie.com
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HEALING ARTS Lisa’s Healing Center
Lisa Smith 3170 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 211K Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-415-6285 www.LisasHealingCenter.com Supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Massage modalities, Energy Work, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy. Mon-Sat by Appt. MM#27808.
Pain Management massage therapy
Scott Irwin, PhD, CTTS
Angel Light Holistic Healing Linda Geer, LMT, RMT 954-558-0419 www.AngelLightHolistics.com
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at Healing & Wellness Spa 1732 NE 26th St, Suite 202 Wilton Manors, FL 33305 305-942-6378 www.Dr-Scott.com
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Holistic Podiatrist Wellness Starts With Your Feet
Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM The Wellness Center at Post Haste 4401 Sheridan Street Hollywood, FL 33021 954-989-6524 www.WellnessStartsWithYourFeet.com
One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation. Offering long distance “customized orthotics” on website online store.
homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH
754-484-7988 FRKanter@aol.com www.FKanterHomeopath.com
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.
3000 North Federal Hwy, Suite 5A Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 954-393-8317 BreatheRelaxMeditate.com
A Healing Space
If you can breathe, you can meditate! Experience a variety of meditation techniques and 3 keys to an easy and enjoyable practice. Group classes, private instruction and workshops offered. I’ll also bring meditation to your business or event.
Kris Drumm, LCSW, ACHT 954-549-0263 www.AHealingSpaceWiltonManors.com 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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Gary James Greenleaf Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 520-591-8282 www.garyjamesqra.com Professional scientific and bioenergetic EMF analysis of your home or office. Featuring GeoSafe-E EMF neutralizing technology that works. Sleep in peace and feel real rejuvenation today!
Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 email@example.com www.gettingwhatyouwant.com
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 32.
Aveda Salon & Spa Macy’s Galleria, 4th Floor
Daniel Vroman 2314 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale FL 954-537-2281 Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make, to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world. We Offer Retail products, Cut, Color, Massage, Facials. Great atmosphere of relaxing and loving others. 20% off services for first time guests.
Summit—Questa Montessori School
Judy Dempsey 5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie, FL 33314 954-584-3466 firstname.lastname@example.org summitquesta.com
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.
1421 S Andrews Ave, Ft Lauderdale 33316 954-609-2616 Formerly Capello Salon now Stephen Julian Salon. Debbie Caruso, stylist, is still providing the best organic line available — OWAY from Italy.
Natural Health Power Works
Dr. Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi, DNM, Ph.D 6974 Griffin Rd, Davie, FL 33314 954-873-8413 DrSherryE@naturalhealthpowerworks.com www.NaturalHealthPowerWorks.com Using the power of nature to heal: A l l e rg i e s, A u tis m, A D H D , Detoxification, Gastrointestinal Health, Immune System Support, Customized Nutrition, Mood Disorders, Insomnia. “Health plan for the whole family.” DISCLAIMER: Natural Medicine is complementary healthcare and unintended for diagnosis, prescription or treatment of disease and is not licensed in Florida nor a substitute for medical care.
SPIRITUAL THERAPY Carole A. Ramsay, Ba. Div., RMT 954-655-5490 Carole424@att.net www.CaroleRamsay.com
Only psychic who guarantees her work! Plus pet psychic. Reiki, DNA Activation, communicates with deceased. Group, parties and private sessions. By appointment only.
Complementary consult by request.
Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo
Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354 HairHolistic@gmail.com www.HairHolistic.com
The Healing and Wellness SPA Bernadette Mosquera, A. P. 1732 NE 26th St, Suite 202 Wilton Manors FL 33305 954.564.6573 www.HealingAndWellnessSpa.com
We love treating our clients with TLC. We promote and facilitate their healing and wellness through one on one integrative therapies and education. Acupuncture, Massage, Facials, B-12 Injections, Cupping. MM#33424.
Oneness Tai CHI International
Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach. Digital hair - scalp analysis, detox & rejuvenation. Variety of ecofriendly, vegan hair colors like henna. Formaldehyde free keratin & botox.
92 E. McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-394-4342 www.meetup.com/taichi-91
Trained/certified in China. Tai Chi technologies. Fitness, stress management, low impact, mental rejuvenation. Forms, meditation, exercise routines. Healing to self defense. All ages. Private or group instruction. See ongoing calendar.
Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon
421 South Federal Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33062 954-785-6333 www.NamasteYogaSalon.com We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana. See ad page 15.
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~ Roy L. Smith
Broward County, Florida
2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 www.westonyoga.com 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.
508 SW Flagler Ave. Downtown Fort Lauderdale 954-525-7726 www.yogawarehouse.org Classical Yoga in historic, open-air space since 1998. Beginners and all levels. “Best Yoga” eight times. Wo n d e r f u l s t o r e . F r e e meditation and kirtan. January special: first class free!
Yogi Plus Yoga
6329 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac, FL 33319 754-235-3353 www.yogiplus.yoga
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We call our studio Yogi Plus Yoga, “The Plus” stands for Plus Size Yoga. You don’t have to be plus size or curvy to practice here, though if you are, you are very welcome! Our mission is to bring yoga as a tool to connect with your body.
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