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ecember celebrations and holidays abound. From all of us within the Natural Awakenings family, we wish you peace, health and happiness in the pursuit of your dreams. From where I sit now, the sense is that it is the pursuit of one’s dreams that sets the tone for a healthy, happy and peaceful environment. Within that pursuit, I’m talking about dreaming with action. Each month a theme emerges within the thoughts and subsequent action of writing this letter to our readers. This month I’m feeling the word persistence. Perseverate is a word I heard in one of the recent Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) films about a group of researchers in pursuit of discovering a drug to offset memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. After the film I asked “Siri” what it meant. Perseverate | pərˈsevəˌrāt | VERB repeat or prolong an action, thought, or utterance after the stimulus that prompted it has ceased The conclusion of that research noted that, if started early enough, maintaining a good diet and exercise program was the major

materials. I applaud him as an example of persistence. When I speak with local healers, practitioners and business owners, I note it is those who are persistent, who have an innate curiosity about their world, expressed through stretching themselves with new challenges, expanding their business or learning new skillsets that appear to be very successful SusieQ and Frosty Myers / happy people. These individuals are an ever-present inspiration to factor in reducing or eliminating the me. symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This edition is an awesome read. The last FLiFF film I watched was about the sculptor known as Forrest Please share with your friends. The ‘Frosty’ Myers and his unending feature article this month is about a pursuit of creating art. He allows wake-up that’s happening globally. Breathe in this consciousness shift himself to explore and pursue his and dance in your light or however own personal guidance system, not you express your personal love. following just one type of art, seeks Spending time volunteering with out mentors and relationships that an organization whose mission allow him to explore new mediums resonates with you is a great way to and combinations and, over time, give back and “be green”. Do you has become a master with those feel it? January’s annual special edition will be filled with messages from our local community, an expression of our expanding health and wellness as we reach tipping point. May this season set the perfect stepping stone for the new year and all that is to follow. May your heart be filled with joy and the blessings be. Be persistent with heart; plan on it.

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ome and celebrate the season with Party in the Plaza, from noon to 4 p.m., December 8, at Parkland Town Center, 6710 Parkside Drive, in Parkland. The Salt Box, located at the center, invites both new and existing clients to enjoy $5 salt therapy sessions all day long. In addition to salt therapy, Parkland Town Center store owners at Buddha Spa and Parkside Health and Wellness will be offering their special services to all in attendance. High on the list of businesses to check out in the plaza are Home Care Assistance, Art Paper Scissors and Evolution Martial Arts. The plaza-wide event will include activities, food, fun and relaxation for everyone. School of Rock Coral Springs

will be performing throughout the day. Food trucks and vendors will be serving delicious snacks and meals ranging from vegan favorites and natural juices to tacos and cookies. Adults can enjoy the services and products that vendors will be offering, from health and fitness to music, spirituality and shopping. Activities for kids include Zumba, face painting, art and interactions with superheroes. For more information and to make salt therapy reservations, call 954-906-5985. See ad page 48.

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he newest in technology for body and face sculpting, Alpha Lypolysis with HIFU, is now exclusively used at the Anti-Aging Center of Boca. Nina Presman, owner and founder of the center, took the existing process of Acoustic Lipoliser to a new level with astonishing results. What makes this technology special are sound waves vibrating 20,000 times per second, completely destroying fat cells, while radio frequency is simultaneously being delivered, melting the destroyed fat cells and allowing the process to work much more efficiently. This is the only technology that permanently destroys fat cells and tightens the skin at the same time. The center, also known as Ageless Body Sculpting Plus, has adopted a no-money-upfront guarantee policy; if a person does not lose at least two inches in the first treatment, they do not pay for the service. The average person usually loses four to five inches in the first treatment and Presman has recently set the record with a 21 inch loss in one session on a client. Holistically based, the center offers leading edge, noninvasive procedures that may replace plastic surgery in the future. Location: 445 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton. For appointments, call 561-654-0177 or visit See ad page 20.

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any people are learning how to moderate their drinking—a good thing. Drinking becomes a habit and there are ways to create new habits such as moderating just how much alcohol is ingested. With many different solutions for different people, here are a few suggestions: If you are drinking every day, cut it to six days. Drink one less drink at an evening out. Watch the slowest drinker and take a sip every time he or she does. Keep water by your drink and take sips. One thing is certain, being kind to yourself is the most important gift you can give to you. Creating new habits takes time and there are mess-ups. After all, we are all human. Be patient; be a good friend to yourself. Taking care of ourselves is the most important thing there is. Being good to ourselves makes life so much happier. There are support groups for moderating drinking as well as one-on-one consultations. Support is key. Just like Weight Watchers, people are more likely to keep the weight off with consistency. Commitment to learning how to moderate your drinking helps you feel proud of yourself and that’s a great feeling. Romola Hodas works with clients to facilitate moderation of drinking. She offers her work on Zoom for convenience and also has a space in Boynton Beach. For more information, call 917-863-1533, email or visit December 2018


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Too Much Sitting Thins the Brain Sitting too much thins the medial temporal lobe (MTL), the part of the brain known for forming new memories, reports a study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers questioned 35 people of ages 45 to 75 about how much time they spent sitting and exercising, then gave each participant a high-resolution MRI scan. Sedentary behavior was significantly linked to thinning of the MTL. Even increased levels of physical activity did not offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods, according to the research.

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South Korean women in their first trimester of pregnancy during the country’s stressproducing new year’s holiday had babies that were a third of an ounce lighter on average, discovered an Australian study of nearly 8.6 million mothers covering 17 years. The extent of the birth weight reduction was similar to reduced birth weights found among babies from mothers in Columbia, after they had experienced area landmine explosions during their first trimester.

Serving yams with a holiday dinner helps protect liver health, new research shows. Scientists from the University of Mississippi and King Saud University, in Saudi Arabia, found that steroidal glycoside compounds in wild yam root known as furostans can help protect liver cells against damage from free radicals.

Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus Even a single mindfulness meditation session can significantly reduce anxiety and lower heart rates, Michigan Technological University research shows. Fourteen people with mild to moderate anxiety participated in a 20-minute introductory meditation, a 30-minute mindful scan of each body part seeking areas of stress and a 10-minute selfguided meditation. An hour later, the meditators showed both lower resting heart rates and anxiety levels. A week later, they continued to report less anxiety. Another study at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, uncovered an anatomical reason why breath-based meditation practices can enhance mental clarity and focus, as yogis have long claimed. The research focused on a small area in the brain called the locus coeruleus, which is responsible for producing an action hormone and neurotransmitter called noradrenaline. They found that this part of the brain is affected by our inhaling and exhaling patterns. “Put simply, this means that our attention is influenced by our breath, and that it rises and falls with the cycle of respiration,” says lead author Michael Melnychuk. “It is possible that by focusing on and regulating your breathing, you can optimize your attention level.”

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Analyzing why Americans have a lower life expectancy when compared to most other developed countries, Harvard researchers used 34 years of data on more than 120,000 health professionals to focus on five lifestyle factors that promote longevity. They found that women and men lived on average 14 years and 12 years longer, respectively, if they had a healthy body weight (between 18.5 and 24.9 BMI), never smoked, exercised at moderate-tovigorous levels at least 30 minutes a day, ate a healthy diet and drank only moderately (one five-ounce glass of wine for women, two for men). The effect was cumulative; the combination of all five produced the greatest life extension. Those that maintained the healthiest lifestyles were 82 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65 percent less likely to die from cancer, compared with those with the least healthy lifestyles.




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Dark Chocolate Proven Healthier than Ever Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two new studies from Loma Linda University, in California. Ten participants ate a 48-gram bar of dark chocolate at the beginning of each study and then ate a piece of dark chocolate every two hours when they were awake for several days. Blood tests revealed the chocolate heightened sense perception and nervous system responsiveness and increased both antiinflammatory agents and infection-fighting cells. Gamma waves recorded by an electroencephalogram (EEG) suggested the treat could positively impact cognitive function and creativity even two hours after eating it.

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In a double-blind, randomized study at Iran’s Kerman University of Medical Sciences, 68 university students took either 500 milligrams of rosemary or a placebo each day for one month. Those taking the rosemary saw their levels of anxiety and depression significantly reduced and their memory scores boosted by 14 percent; students reporting nights of good sleep rose from 47 percent to 62 percent.

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Not Yet Extinct

We know a lot about the Earth and its creatures, but never everything. The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, has compiled a list of the top 10 new species discovered in 2018, which includes a rare great ape, hitchhiking beetle, omnivorous marsupial lion thought-tobe-extinct and other species that are critically endangered. Quentin Wheeler, college president and founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration, says, “As humans alter habitats and contribute to global climate change, species are going extinct at a faster rate than we can name them. They can teach us so much about the intricacies of ecosystems and the details of evolutionary history.”

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Live Christmas Tree Shortages According to the National Christmas Tree Association, more than 27 million holiday trees were purchased in the U.S. last year. But during the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, growers didn’t have the funds to plant adequately, and smaller crops are just starting to hit the market now, creating higher prices. Some varieties take up to 12 years to reach holiday height. Exports from the Pacific Northwest will be down about 1.5 million trees this year, according to Ken Cook, whose McKenzie Farms has 8 million trees planted across 10,000 acres in Oregon. “There’s a huge shortage of Christmas trees, and it’ll continue to be that way for at least 10 years,” says the 80-year-old farmer. Supplies are also somewhat diminishing in North Carolina and Michigan, which have the nation’s secondand third-largest Christmas tree outputs, respectively. More households now put up faux trees than real trees. One benefit of real trees stems from their ability to capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen as they grow. They’re also biodegradable and are usually shipped regionally, not from overseas. 12

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Eco Jets

Electric Planes on Horizon European airline EasyJet aims to begin service with electric-powered airplanes within the next decade by collaborating with aviation startup Wright Electric. The company wants to build vehicles with room for 120 and 220 passengers and a range of 335 miles. Not only is battery performance steadily improving, but methods are surfacing to improve the performance of electric motors and squeeze more range out of existing technology.

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Growing Cities Must Add Woodlands

The U.S. Forest Service has determined that as the acreage of urban environments more than doubles between 2010 and 2060, green spaces and urban forests need to expand to maintain air quality, moderate climate change and lower energy use. The federal agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, favors an increase in the tree canopy that can save cities billions of dollars in pollution removal, energy efficiency and carbon sequestration. In China, air pollution is such a serious problem that it was responsible for a third of all deaths there in 2016. The government has deployed troops to plant a 32,400-squaremile, pollution-absorbing “sponge” of forested land around Beijing, China’s densely populated and highly polluted capital city.

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Bridge Reborn

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The old Tappan Zee Bridge, a three-mile span over New York’s Hudson River, is being turned into several artificial reefs off Long Island. Barge loads of decades-old concrete chunks and steel will significantly expand a state-managed artificial reef program to provide new habitats that increase the diversity of marine life, promote diving, and bolster economic development. The Tappan Zee, which opened in 1955 and was replaced in 2017, was once a vital crossing just north of New York City, carrying nearly 140,000 vehicles a day at its peak. Some parts are destined for recycling centers and scrap yards, while others are being repurposed.

Scientists at Germany’s Neumayer Station III, in Antarctica, have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without soil, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets. They picked about eight pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes grown inside a high-tech greenhouse as outside temperatures dropped to minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit. NASA has successfully grown greens on the International Space Station, but the Antarctic project aims to produce a wider range of vegetables that might one day be grown on the moon or on Mars.

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Guide to Sustainable Merry-Making There is symmetry between living in an ecoconscious manner and the spirit of Christmas. Striving for peace on Earth and good will to all can also be expressed in reducing the holiday’s impact on the planet. n Alternatives to a cut or artificial plastic Christmas tree abound. Purchase a potted tree to replant later; buy from a local Whole Foods grocer or farmers’ market, even seek out an organically grown tree; or make an artful tree from driftwood or a large houseplant. n Instead of hanging plastic icicles and placing Styrofoam ornaments on Christmas tree branches, go natural and unique. suggests checking nearby woods or gardens for pine cones, evergreen boughs, bark, holly berries and fresh mistletoe; those living close to coastlines can pick up seashells with holes in them. guidelines include making paper ornaments and holiday yarn pieces.

n Save energy in tree lighting. Today’s LEDs look good, use up to 75 percent less power and typically last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. Turn them off when not at home and overnight. n Consolidate shopping trips to reduce fuel emissions and buy gifts that support the community. Buy from independent, locally owned stores or galleries that showcase local artists, instead of from national retailers whose products are shipped from faraway places. Consider choosing gifts in the sustainable realm like solar-powered chargers for e-devices. Share gift certificates for holistic services or art classes. Use reusable tote bags when shopping. n Give of yourself. Play outside as a family. Gift a collect-on-delivery IOU for skills or assistance based on personal talents. The most meaningful gift of all may be writing an admiring letter from the heart. n According to, Americans generate 25 percent more waste during the holidays, much of it wrapping paper and cards. Don’t overdo it with tape when wrapping presents and then instruct everyone to carefully unwrap them so the paper can be stored and reused next year. Instead of buying and snail-mailing holiday cards, send emails with photo attachments of the family.

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he nationwide rollout of 5G wireless communication might be good for driverless cars and “smart” homes, but research suggests it may be bad for America’s health. Now concerned communities are banding together to demand that Congress stop the build-out of 5G infrastructure. This latest advance in telecom technology involves radiofrequency (RF) microwave radiation transmitted by a dense network of millions of antennas. These are already being installed on telephone poles and lampposts in neighborhoods all across the country, despite recent research linking RF microwave radiation to serious health problems. A 2018 study by the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health confirmed that prolonged exposure to microwave radiation can cause oxidative stress that can lead to cancer. Another 2018 study, conducted by the Ramazzini Institute, in Italy, showed similar biological effects from exposure to radiation from cell towers. These studies build on a large and growing body of published, independent, peer-reviewed research showing biological harm from RF microwave radiation, says Patti Wood, co-founder and co-director of Grassroots Environmental Education, a nonprofit environmental health organization based in Port Washington, NY. “For years, the wireless industry has downplayed the potential health effects of exposure to this type of radiation,” she says. “While science is slow, and it is very difficult to draw a straight line between a particular exposure and a disease, we have sufficient evidence to be extremely careful around RF microwave radiation. That’s why so many people are raising questions about the wisdom of installing these powerful 5G antennas so close to our homes.” This isn’t just about safety, she adds. It’s also about personal choice. “People who live close to these antennas will be exposed to powerful microwave radiation 24/7, whether they use the 5G service or not,” she says. As local governments can do little to stop the industryfunded race to roll out 5G, Wood suggests that concerned citizens join Americans for Responsible Technology, a collaboration of grassroots organizations that are working together to stop the wireless build-out at the federal level. For more information, visit their website,

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. ~Mother Teresa


Avoiding Heart Attacks with Oral Hygiene

by Dr. Yolanda Cintron

or many people, heart disease may begin in the mouth. We see the connection with patients who have loose teeth and foul breath. We can tell a lot about a patient by looking in their mouth. Gum disease is a major problem, showing a definite connection to heart disease, and those with the most serious infections are at greater risk. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition caused by bacteria. It plays a huge part in the immune system; inflammatory compounds (endotoxins) circulate throughout the body and are hazardous to the immune system, creating an inflammatory state in the stomach. Typically, bacteria entering the bloodstream is killed and eliminated. People with serious infections, heart disease, compromised immune systems or diabetes will have less of an ability to fight bacteria. In the U.S., nine out of 10 adults have gingivitis and two-thirds of teenagers and children already have gingivitis. We’re very blessed in America to have dental practices. As I write this, I am working at a dental clinic I helped open in Egbe, Nigeria—a yearly mission to which I dedicate my time. What I have noticed, seeing 30 patients a day, is that people are dealing with the same health issues as in the U.S. It is very common for high incidence of cardiovascular disease. Even though they live very simple, healthy lives and consume organic fruits, vegetables and meats, periodontal disease is prevalent from youth to older patients. In the U.S., usually people after the age of 35 have periodontal disease. What is the correlation to periodontal disease in both countries? Simple: Lack of proper oral hygiene. We find that many people do not

understand and are therefore not interested as to the magnitude of bacterial infection in the mouth and its impact on other organs leading to heart attack, cardiovascular disease, stroke, pulmonary infection, autoimmune disease and cancer. Excess oral bacteria produce inflammation. The body, trying to block this invasion, goes into overtime function. What can one do if they suffer from these issues? Consider taking Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)—one of the most powerful antioxidants. If you’re concerned about heart attacks and high cholesterol, CoQ10 is very important. You can have a test done to measure CoQ10 levels in your body. Once you know if you are deficient, take it with every meal for best absorption. Find really affordable bottles of CoQ10 liquid readily available at, Costco and local health food stores. I wouldn’t suggest taking it at night as it gives you a lot of energy. You can always lower the dosage once you see you are stabilized from a chronic situation. CoQ10 helps the mitochondria produce energy, enhances levels of Vitamins C and E, and maintains clean gums. There are tremendous amounts of free radicals produced in the cellular generation of energy, so what happens is that anything that oxidizes the body would be cleaned up by antioxidants. CoQ10 travels through the bloodstream, circulating with other antioxidants, and Vitamin E helps prevent oxidation of cholesterol. Vitamin E and CoQ10

work with each other. CoQ10 gives protection against bacteria plaque and prevents heart attacks. As the numbers of multi-microbe bacteria, viruses and parasites build up around teeth and gums, this creates inflammation throughout the body. Don’t risk getting cardiovascular disease. When someone has gum disease, they will be deficient in CoQ10. We had eight patients in a three-week study using CoQ10 and they all improved significantly with less bleeding, less pain, less swelling, and healed faster. Patients taking placebo showed no improvements. God designed us to make CoQ10 from different vitamins, minerals and amino acids. As you age or if you have an overactive thyroid or gum disease, you will have lower levels of CoQ10. Athletes have low CoQ10 as a result of overworking muscles. Drugs can interfere with the major production of CoQ10, causing muscle aches, weakness and forgetfulness. If the CoQ10 level in your body drops by 20 to 25 percent, your organs may become functionally impaired. Please consider your oral hygiene on a daily basis and be sure to see a holistic hygienist a few times a year. For more information, call 954-9384599, email or visit to book an appointment with a biological holistic dentist today! We are offering $79 exam and X-ray to new patients who mention this article! See ad page 33.

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s a boy growing up in Havana, Cuba, Jacob Liberman struggled with reading—that’s one reason this Maui resident finds it miraculous that he was called to write books. An optometrist, Liberman initially specialized in helping children with vision-related difficulties find ways to better learn and pay attention. That evolved into working with professional athletes and eventually earning a Ph.D. in vision science. Through a profound meditation experience, Liberman’s vision spontaneously “corrected”, catalyzing insights that fueled his first three books: Light: Medicine of the Future; Take Off Your Glasses and See: A


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Mind/Body Approach to Expanding Your Eyesight and Insight; and Wisdom from an Empty Mind. His new book, Luminous Life: How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living, offers a fresh way of seeing and being (

Why is light so important to us all?

Light is the foundation of everything that exists. That’s why light marks the convergence of science, religion and spirituality. The Bible speaks of the source of all creation as light. Throughout history, spiritual texts from various traditions speak about God, light and consciousness

as if they are interchangeable. Physicists consider light to be the fundamental energy from which all life emerges. Everything is made of solidified light. Our entire physiology is light-dependent. We are a living photocell, and light is an integral part of our guidance system. When we get an intuitive “hit” or spiritual insight, it’s the luminous intelligence of life effortlessly directing us toward the next step on our journey.

What can we do to more fully harness light as part of our guidance system? Everyone asks: “What do I need to do?” It’s

the idea of our doing something that puts a wrench in the works. The universe is an example of optimal efficiency, which means we invest nothing and get everything. The individual does no work, yet creation appears. The doing occurs by itself. This is not metaphorical; I am speaking about the law of the universe. This is fact.

What are some examples of such doing occurring by itself?

God’s wisdom—or light—funnels through all living things all the time; all beings have an inseparable connection. Everything in the body, everything in nature and in the universe is naturally selfactivating and self-regulating. Yet even though everything is taken care of, we still think we have to do something. We’ve been conditioned into this way of thinking. Until we uncover the truth, we continue to live our ordinary, hard-working life. But when we understand that all of this is happening by itself, something inside us relaxes and breathes a sigh of relief.

What fuels our desire to act?

We think something is wrong with us or someone else, or that we’ve done something wrong in the past, and so try to fix it. Research shows that most of our responses to life are conditioned. I try to help people go beyond their hardwired reactions to explore the facts. When someone tells me he’s made a regrettable mistake, I say, “Tell me one part of your body that you control.” He may answer, “I control my thoughts.” I reply, “Are you sure those are your thoughts? You are aware of them after they surface. But did you create them?” As I keep asking such questions, it becomes obvious that the mistake has nothing to do with him. It’s an illusion that each of us is the god of our reality. The truth is that there is nothing to do because in the greater reality, nothing is wrong.

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he holidays can emulate a rock star’s life: a wearying travel schedule and social calendar, overindulging in rich food and drink, restless nights in unfamiliar beds. Fortunately, celebrity tips and tricks can help us through a hectic season, according to Gabrielle Francis, naturopath and author of The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life. The New York City doctor has toured with some of the biggest rock acts in the world as their on-call naturopath, chiropractor, acupuncturist and massage therapist. “Health is the new rock-n-roll,” says Francis. “Today’s artists are more health and socially conscious. I believe you can ‘party’ and be healthy, and the stars I work with are proving that.” She approaches clients’ lifestyles flexibly and openly, understanding where they are, instead of forcing big, sudden changes on them. “Life is a celebration. My philosophy is that


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what you do for your health must fit into your lifestyle and be enjoyable, rather than isolating or extreme,” says Francis. This can mean mitigating habits, not necessarily dropping them. For example, rather than force clients off coffee, which is acidic, Francis suggests adding spices like cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom or nutmeg that can help neutralize the acid. Many stars Francis has worked with maintain a stricter regimen off the road, knowing that touring is more about damage control and doing their utmost to stay healthy under more difficult circumstances. The same holds true for those of us that inevitably encounter disruptions due to work, travel or holidays that can throw off healthy habits.

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Knowledge is power, and so is planning ahead for travel away from healthy options at home. Francis arms clients with best choices for

on-the-go foods and beverages at the airport, gas station or restaurant. Musician and actor Adrian Grenier, quoted in Francis’ book, developed a “food tripping” app available at to help travelers find alternatives to fast food on the road. Most airports are blessed with healthy options, says Francis, who suggests choosing wraps over sandwiches and easyto-carry energy bars delivering at least 10 grams of protein. She also likes coconut water, seltzer water and herbal teas. Spent wisely, time in airports can offer healthful opportunities. “Connecting to other people is one of the most important keys to our emotional well-being. Layovers are a great time to call and catch up with loved ones,” says Francis. “You can also get some points on your step tracker by taking the stairs rather than escalator and walking around or stretching rather than sitting in the airport.” Meditation is also recommended, whether in the airport

or on the plane, she adds.

Small Adjustments

For rock stars and holiday travelers alike, restful sleep can be one of the hardest habits to maintain. When changing time zones, Francis recommends staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and taking melatonin before bed for three nights after landing in a new time zone to help reset the body’s circadian rhythms. “I know I’m not likely to get eight hours of sleep at night, so I try to supplement that during the day by taking naps or just shutting down for a couple hours,” says Dave Navarro, a guitarist who came of age with the rock band Jane’s Addiction. If imbibing at the bar or a holiday soirée, Francis suggests gluten-free alcohol like tequila, gin, sake or vodka. While wine is blessed with antioxidants, conventionally grown varietals can have a high pesticide content, Francis notes.

“Order organic or biodynamic wine when possible, or else go with an Old World wine from France, Italy or Spain, which tend to have fewer pesticides.” Help offset overindulgence the day after by eating eggs or other protein to stabilize blood sugar levels, taking vitamins C and B complex supplements and drinking eight to 10 glasses of water, plus an electrolyte replacement like coconut water. Anyone looking to make changes in the new year should strive for progress, rather than perfection, advises Francis. “Perfect health is an elusive idea that is impractical and unattainable for most of us, including celebrities. Instead, take the small, but life-changing shifts you can make in how you live in order to move toward greater vitality, happiness and longevity.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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upon receptors in adipose tissue, especially around abdominal organs. Aerobic exercise like running, walking or cycling helps to decrease excessive cortisol, which can promote weight loss. “Strength training and aerobic intervals are the best exercises to not only initiate, but maintain weight loss,” says Sue Markovitch, fitness trainer and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Westerville, Ohio. “This combination kicks the metabolism switch on, increasing the number of energy-producing mitochondria in our cells, and improves our ability to burn fuel. Intervals—where you push the energy expenditure high, recover and then repeat—catalyze the best results.” A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that three hours of moderate walking per week catalyzed significant weight loss compared to those that didn’t include walking in their exercise routines. Sessions on the yoga mat can also be a great cortisol-reducer through lowering stress levels and promoting equilibrium.

Hit Optimal Results Exercise daily. Whether it’s a light, moderate or heavy workout is not as important. Consistency is the key.


here’s no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss, but most trainers agree that consistent exercise is vital. According to studies by the National Weight Control Registry, 90 percent of individuals that are successful at shedding the pounds and keeping them off are active for at least an hour each day.

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A study at the University of California, San Francisco, revealed that individuals with high cortisol levels also have a higher body mass index (BMI) and more belly fat than people with lower levels of this stress hormone. Cortisol significantly affects the body’s metabolism, and its release depends

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Boatwright underscores the importance of setting short-term goals and having patience. “Gaining weight doesn’t happen in one day, so don’t expect it to come off in one day. It’s a journey, a lifestyle, and not an overnight fix.” While losing weight can be challenging, especially those last 10 stubborn pounds, Markovitch drives home a valuable reminder; “Sometimes we need to change something about our lifestyle, not just add an exercise. First, we need to love ourselves where we are.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and alternative health. She is also an artist and composer. Connect at

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Practice generosity. Neuroscience research shows that performing an altruistic act lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain as food and sex. When an impulse to be generous arises, act on it and notice the expansive feeling that blesses us when we share.



Holiday Happiness Helpers Six Ways to Bring On Joy by James Baraz


o truly enjoy the holidays, try these simple, research-based practices to maintain a healthy state of mind.


Set an intention to enjoy the holidays. By making the conscious decision to be open to true well-being and happiness, we’ll be more likely to have our “antenna” up, so we’re alert to uplifting moments.


Savor moments of well-being. Beyond being grateful for feeling good, savor how the experience registers in body, mind and spirit for a period of 15 or 30 seconds. The longer we hold an emotionally stimulating experience in our awareness, the more neural connections form in our brains to strengthen it in memory.


Take a break to regain focus. If we are feeling overwhelmed by everything on the to-do list, remember to take a few deep breaths. Then take a break and enjoy a cup of tea or a hot bath. Try some yoga or exercise. Leave the holiday activity mode for a bit and just relax.


Practice gratitude. Rather than take good fortune for granted, consciously reflect upon all the blessings apparent in each day. When we directly express appreciation to loved ones and friends while we’re with them, everyone feels the joy of the loving connection.


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Play and have fun. The holidays allow us to let ourselves feel like we did when we were kids. Be around children if possible. Tune into and take delight in their enthusiasm. Singing or dancing is an excellent way to move out of our head and open our heart to the joy within. Remember that happiness is contagious: If we’re happy, we increase the odds that close friends and family will be happy, too. James Baraz is a co-founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in Woodacre, CA, and co-author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness and Awakening Joy for Kids: A Hands-On Guide for Grown-Ups to Nourish Themselves and Raise Mindful, Happy Children. Connect at

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Attaining Critical Mass

A GLOBAL WAKE-UP CALL Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point by Linda Sechrist


all it enlightenment, awakening, transcendence, self-realization or any of the myriad terms used to describe the ultimate higher state of consciousness. People have been seeking it for millennia, but beyond peak experiences of heightened awareness, only a few spiritual figures, Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha among them, are known to have lived in this exalted state. Yet, an unprecedented awakening has been underway since the 19th century.

Modern-Day Advances

Humanity’s collective consciousness took an unexpected turn in 1968 after The Beatles captured the world stage. The iconic British group became agents of change in more ways than music when 26

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their search for answers to life’s big questions led them to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s spiritual center in Rishikesh, India. Their interest in Transcendental Meditation (TM) sparked a surge of interest in enlightenment and meditation, providing the West with a popular means of cultivating higher states of awareness. A movement to bring about global awakening has been growing ever since. Fresh impetus, in the form of quantum physics, the science of yoga and spiritual practices rooted in ancient cultures, disseminated by books, teachings by spiritual luminaries and websites such as Conscious. TV, has exposed millions to the concept of consciously participating in the evolution of humanity to bring about a world that works for all.

In 2000, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, provided a ray of hope for the estimated 50 million individuals involved in the world enlightenment movement by introducing the concept of critical mass. This occurs when an unshakable belief is held by 10 percent of the population. Scientists that tested the phenomenon at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in upstate New York, discovered, “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.” Mahesh predicted that only 1 percent of humanity is needed to create enough good vibrations to usher in world peace. While the figures required to reach this critical mass can be debated, it’s certain that the old ways no longer work, and we are quickly running out of time to adopt viable solutions to mounting global crises. Despite this sense of urgency, we have no clear idea of where we are on the scale of transformation. Yet leading voices point to promising signs of progress in a developing collective awareness that acknowledges life’s interconnectedness and embodies life-affirming beliefs and values.

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Deepak Chopra, a physician, pioneering author and co-founder of living in California and New York, believes that we may be in a phase of the necessary transformational shift, experiencing disruption along with the emergence of a new paradigm. “The ultimate goal with our community, a collective well-being project, is to build a critical mass of people that will create a more peaceful, just and harmonious inner and outer world,” says Chopra. It begins with personal transformation through yoga, meditation, pranayama breathing exercises, nutrition, sleep, personal growth and relationships that enhance awareness. “Evolution should be gradual and comfortable,” he says. Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Beverly Hills, believes humanity is in the midst of an emerging renaissance of kindness, love and compassion, with

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millions embracing the planet as a living being. “This isn’t making news because mainstream journalists are still reporting from an old worldview,” he says. Beckwith, a renowned minister and teacher for 40 years, leads a 9,000-strong trans-denominational spiritual community. He remarks, “Those of us focused on adding our energy to the global enlightenment movement see aspects of it emerging in changes such as health care rather than sick care, businesses adopting multiple bottom lines of people, planet and purpose—rather than only profit—and the shift from a me to we consciousness.” Dianne Collins, author of Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking that Will Rock Your World, in Miami, suggests it’s time to wake up to the fact that we are living in a quantum age and still using thought and language shaped by the Industrial Age. She discovered a burgeoning underground culture that she calls the “consciousness crowd” while researching her book tour audience. “These individuals are using new thinking and recognizing the worldview of interconnectedness based on modern science. The media doesn’t recognize that thinkers such as these represent the new mainstream, and no one realizes the tipping point is already here,” she says. Cate Montana, author of The E-Word: Ego, Enlightenment and Other Essentials, in Hawaii, likewise is convinced the movement has reached critical mass and is hopeful the perceived tipping point is closer than we think. “Every moment we’re awake, we’re being conditioned to believe in our limited physical nature and separation from everyone and everything around us. This is why we must re-educate ourselves regarding our full nature,” she says. News headlines of global conflicts and ecological decimation make it appear that we are regressing, Montana says, but we are not going backwards. “The nature of life is growth, expansion and evolution. As one example, some among the medical community now accept the validity of energy practices such as acupuncture, tai chi, qigong and reiki. None of these words were even being bandied about in the U.S. 50 years ago.”

Coming Together

Today, an estimated 5 million people practice TM, which has been incorporated into some schools, universities, corporations and prison programs in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and India. “Those learning this meditation practice number as many as 30,000 to 40,000 a year, which significantly contributes a positive effect to the collective consciousness,” says John Hagelin, a leader of the TM movement in the U.S. Hagelin, president and professor of physics at the Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, Iowa, has been leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness for 25 years. He’s one of the world’s preeminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development. “I think that we are much closer to a global spiritual tipping point than ever before,” he says. Ron Dalrymple, Ph.D., a quantum

Truth is what we are. It is our essential nature and Being. It is the pure Self, the limitless One, the ultimate reality—it is awareness itself. But we have become unaware of the magnificence of our true nature on account of our upbringing, conditioning and education, which paint a very different picture of who we are—and all of which we believe. ~Mooji

field psychologist practicing in Fort Myers, Florida, believes the threshold is close and that his quantum unified field theory explained in his film, The Endless Question, can win over skeptics. “I use mathematics, science and storytellers that have studied consciousness to explain in lay language my theory, which proposes that the mind is an energy field that extends beyond the brain, and its nucleus is the superconscious. Viewers are led to the undeniable reality of what we all are and to the need for creating a culture of enlightenment where we encourage and inspire one another to greatness,” says Dalrymple, author of Quantum Field Psychology: The Thoton Particle Theory. Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, founders of the Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND), agree that individual awakening and the collective movement toward the understanding of our fundamental oneness is crucial to social transformation. Their nonprofit organization is designed to foster a new relationship with spirituality that is both based on timeless wisdom traditions and informed by cutting-edge science. For 10 years, biannual SAND conferences have energized the global enlightenment movement (ScienceAndNonduality. com). Early audiences of 300 individuals now number from 800 to 1,000, and often include business people and trainers developing programs for workplaces. “Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as all-pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality can change what it means to be human, as well as possibly make violence and economic, social and political crises things of the past,” says Zaya. Thus, the spread of awareness and the harmonic convergence of science, psychology and spiritual thought seem to be bringing humanity closer to the enlightenment that has been elusive for millennia. “Tremendous progress is being made, and I am confident that within a year or two, we’ll see a victory for the enlightened evolutionary forces already present on the planet,” says Hagelin. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at December 2018


Using Nature’s Super Greens to Slow Aging

by Susan Smith Jones, PhD


usan Smith Jones suggests to start on the inside—the inside of your body. She says that when you’re “green” inside, you’re clean inside. Thirteen specific green foods can have a powerful effect on longevity and vitality, suggests Jones, and she shows you how to attack aging—with your fork. Want to live a long, vibrant life and up your odds of avoiding chronic disease? Green and leafy vegetables should become an essential part of your daily diet. They provide a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy immune system. They also help ward off disease such as cancer. Leafy greens are excellent for the gallbladder, spleen, heart and blood, and are a good brain food and natural laxative. Most greens can be cooked or eaten raw in salads or fresh juices. To clean them, soak in a sink of cold water and the juice of one lemon for a few


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minutes and swirl around, then drain the water. Pat or spin dry. Tear the leaves into small pieces, trim the ends of the stems and chop when necessary. All leafy greens contain chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A and a bonus of the essential fatty acids, with no cholesterol. The vegetables with the darkest, most intense colors tend to contain the highest levels of nutrients. All lettuce is said

to calm the nerves. Here is a brief listing of some of my favorite leafy greens: 1. Beet greens - Best used in juices, they are very high in nutrients, especially potassium, iron and calcium. These greens also can be used in cooking. They are known for their benefit in blood disorders, liver function and the flow of bile. 2. Chicory - This is a bitter green with curly leaves; the young leaves are best in salads. It’s high in vitamins A and C, calcium and iron and aids in liver function and blood disorders. Try radicchio, often called red-leaf chicory, which is great in salads and adds a stunning, beautiful color. 3. Collards - This brilliant green vegetable is a member of the cabbage family. Use only the leaves. They tend to be tough so you may want to steam them for a few

minutes. Collards can be used in salads as a substitute for cabbage and are also great for juicing. Because of its high nutrient content, no leafy green is more valuable in the body for disorders of the colon, respiratory system, lymphatic system and skeletal system. 4. Dandelion - The young leaves have a tangy taste. They are good for gallbladder disorders, rheumatism, gout, and eczema and skin disorders. Dandelion is also an excellent liver rejuvenator. They cook the same as any leafy green. They are rich in calcium, potassium and vitamins A and C. These are also excellent to add to juices. 5. Escarole and Endive - From the chicory family, the leaves are very dark green with a slightly bitter taste. These make a good salad (with a citrus-flavored dressing) and also can be steamed. Both are rich in vitamin A, B-vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron. They’re good for most infections, liver function and internal cleansing. 6. Kale - This is the king of calcium. Use only the leaves of this plant unless juicing. It tastes like cabbage. I often add the juice of kale to carrot and other fresh vegetable juices. It’s very high in usable calcium and is excellent for prevention and care of osteoporosis. FYI: a cup of kale surpasses the calcium content found in a glass of milk and, because it contains an unusually high ratio of calcium to phosphorus, the calcium in kale is absorbed far more successfully. 7. Mustard and Turnip - These greens have a zippy taste with flavors varying from mild to hot. They are good sautéed with a little garlic or steamed, and also can

be used in juices. They are high in calcium and vitamin C and are good for infections, colon disorders, colds, flu and elimination of kidney stones due to excess uric acid. 8. Parsley - All types of this green herb are rich in vitamins A, B-complex and C, and minerals such as potassium and manganese. Parsley also contains mucilage, starch and volatile oil. It is very crisp and tangy. This green has an “odor-eating” quality that helps restore fresh breath after a meal with such foods as garlic and onion. Add curly or flat-leaf parsley to fresh juice or chop and add to salads. It’s good for digestive disorders and also an excellent diuretic. 9. Rocket - Also known as arugula, and from the mustard family, this is one of my favorite lettuce greens. It has a peppery and tart taste and mixes well with other greens. It adds pizzazz to any raw salad or sandwich, is high in vitamins A and C, niacin, iron and phosphorus, and is good for normalizing body acid with its high alkalinity. 10. Romaine - It’s a wonderful, crunchy green that is highest in nutrients of all types of lettuce, rich in vitamins C and K. Not recommended for cooking. 11. Sorrel - This green has a pleasantly sour, slightly lemon flavor. It’s easily perishable and best bought fresh or grown in your garden. Try sorrel in salads or as a seasoning in soups and casseroles. Sorrel is a powerful antioxidant with the same healing properties as kale. 12. Spinach - Its tender, bright green leaves are most beneficial when eaten raw. Because of the oxalic acid content, some of the calcium becomes unavailable to the body. Spinach contains many valuable

nutrients and is high in chlorophyll, potassium and iron. 13. Swiss Chard - From the beet family, this green has a mild taste and is good with walnuts or pine nuts added to a salad. It has the highest sodium content of all greens. Chlorophyll- and calcium-rich, Swiss chard is a natural cleanser and helps strengthen bones. Look for Swiss chard in red, green and rainbow colors.

5 Good Reasons to Eat Green The more greens you eat, the better. Studies prove that people eating diets high in fruits and vegetables will always have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes plus better memory and eyesight— five excellent reasons to get the five to nine servings that you need daily.

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he festive season might signal indulgence, but it also calls for simple, healthy recipes with easy cleanup. We might have friends that drop by, family staying for the weekend or last-minute guests. The simpler we can make meals, the better. Many chefs and home cooks have found the ideal method: the sheet pan supper. Simply arrange the protein and vegetables on a baking sheet and place it in the oven, where the ingredients burnish to perfection as the flavors concentrate. Experts recommend a heavy duty, 13-by-18-inch sheet pan, also known as a half sheet or a rimmed baking pan. They’re available at local cookware shops and box stores that carry kitchenware. “Sheet pans combine easy prep, process and cleanup, and deliver interesting, sophisticated flavor,” says Molly Gilbert, a Seattle chef and the author of Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven. Yet, even this streamlined cooking method has a few best practices. Carla Snyder, a cookbook author in Hudson, Ohio, lines her sheet pans with unbleached parchment paper for easy cleanup. The author of One Pan: Whole Family – More than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals also sprays the liner with olive oil, so food won’t stick. Naomi Pomeroy, a chef in Portland, Oregon, recommends preheating the pan in the oven, and then carefully adding the food. “If you put a room-temperature tray in the oven with, say, Brussels sprouts, it can get steamy, and then they can get soggy,” she says. Gilbert favors groupings of foods that will cook in about the same time, such as fish fillets and tender vegetables for a shorter time, or bone-in chicken and root vegetables that take longer.

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pinches of salt and the shallot and whisk until the salt dissolves. Whisk in the remaining ¼ cup olive oil and taste for seasoning, adding more vinegar, oil, salt and pepper if needed.

Sheet pan entrées can serve up meals beyond just dinner, making them a big help during the holidays. Sarah Britton, the Toronto author of My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, arranges blocks of feta cheese on a sheet pan, surrounds them with fresh bell pepper slices, quartered cherry tomatoes, black olives and preferred herbs. She drizzles it all with olive oil and then bakes at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, just until the cheese is soft. It can be served as an appetizer with whole grain crackers or as an entrée with crusty bread and a salad. The rest can be used as a sandwich filling the next day. Sheet pan meals can be a gift that keeps on giving.

When ready to serve, add the lettuce to the bowl with the dressing and toss to mix.

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Divide the dressed lettuce between plates and top with the still warm vegetables, feta cheese and fresh herbs. Grind a little freshly ground black pepper over the top and dig in.

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This salad, packed with tasty browned vegetables, nuts and cheese, really satisfies.

On a large cutting board, cut the onion into ½-inch slices, the carrots into ½-inch pieces, the zucchini into 2-inch pieces, the pepper into 2-inch squares, chop the garlic, zest the lemon and transfer it all to a large bowl. Add the 2 tablespoons oil, ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and toss to coat. Arrange the vegetables on the heated sheet pan and spread them out so that they cook evenly. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender and lightly browned.

Yields: 4 servings 1 medium red onion 2 carrots 2 zucchini 2 red peppers 2 cloves garlic 1 lemon 2 Tbsp plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp sea salt plus more for sprinkling Freshly ground black pepper ½ cup chopped smoked almonds 1 small shallot, peeled and minced 1 tsp minced fresh thyme or chives 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ cup crumbled feta cheese 6 large handfuls of a mix of bibb lettuce, radicchio, romaine or arugula Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a sheet pan with unbleached

While the vegetables cook, chop the almonds, mince the shallot and thyme, and set aside into separate piles. Squeeze the lemon into a small bowl. Sprinkle the almonds over the vegetables during the last 5 minutes of cooking to toast them lightly. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. In a very large bowl, combine the vinegar with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add 2

Reprinted with permission from Carla Snyder’s One Pan: Whole Family from Chronicle Books.

Roasted Arctic Char and Asparagus with Pistachio Gremolata Pink-fleshed Arctic char is closely related to both salmon and lake trout, with a flavor somewhere between the two. Feel free to substitute with either fish. Yields: 4 servings Olive oil cooking spray 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb total) ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 boneless fillets Arctic char (5 to 6 oz each) ½ medium red onion, sliced into ¼-inch thick half-moons ½ lemon, sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 clove garlic, minced ½ cup packed fresh, flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped ½ cup roasted, salted and shelled pistachios, roughly chopped Preheat the oven to 350° F with a rack in the center position. Mist a sheet pan with cooking spray or better yet, line it with unbleached parchment paper. December 2018


Using both hands, gently bend one asparagus spear held between fingers and thumbs to snap off the bottom where it breaks easily. Line up the rest of the bunch and slice off the bottoms at the same distance from the tips.

in a small bowl; this is the gremolata. Sprinkle it over the char and asparagus before serving warm.

Place the trimmed asparagus on the prepared pan, drizzled with the olive oil, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread the asparagus in an even layer.

Spaghetti Squash “Noodle” Bowls

Place the Arctic char fillets on top of the asparagus, evenly spaced apart and sprinkle with an extra pinch of salt and pepper. Scatter the onion, lemon slices and cherry tomatoes around and on top of the char.

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Bake until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the char is almost opaque, 20 to 40 minutes. While the fish cooks, mix together the lemon zest, garlic, parsley and pistachios

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Recipe courtesy of Molly Gilbert, author of Sheet Pan Suppers.

Spaghetti squash are those yellow, footballshaped winter squashes. When cooked, the squash’s flesh is easily raked with a fork into long, skinny, noodle-like strands. The squash noodles are faintly sweet and slightly crunchy, like pasta cooked al dente. Yields: 4 servings 2 small spaghetti squash (2 to 3 lbs each) 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp kosher salt ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 cup chopped cremini or baby bella

mushrooms (3 to 5 oz) 1 small shallot, diced 2 cups good quality marinara 15 to 20 small balls fresh mozzarella cheese (bocconcini, about 1¾ oz, sliced in half) 4 to 6 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped, for garnish Preheat the oven to 425° F, with racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a very sharp chef ’s knife, carefully cut the two spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds. Place the squash halves, cut side up, on the prepared sheet and drizzle 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over them. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Turn the squash over (skin side up) and bake on the lower rack until the squash has softened significantly and browned at the edges, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Remove from oven and let the squash cool to the touch on the sheet pan. After putting the squash in to bake, toss together the mushrooms, shallots, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Arrange the mixture on a separate sheet pan, spreading it out in an even layer. Bake this second pan on the upper rack until ingredients are soft and start to brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the mushrooms and shallots cool to the touch on the sheet pan.

Add the squash strands and the mushrooms to the sauce and stir together to thoroughly combine. Divide the squash noodle mixture among the empty squash bowls. Place the mozzarella on top. Bake the squash on the lower rack until the filling is hot and the mozzarella has melted and browned in spots, about 10 minutes. Serve the squash pasta bowls hot, garnished with the fresh basil. Recipe courtesy of Molly Gilbert, author of Sheet Pan Suppers.

Pour the marinara sauce into a large bowl. When the squash are cool enough to handle, flip them over and use a fork to scrape the flesh from the shells, taking care to leave the shells intact. (These will become the “bowls”.) The result will be long strands of squash “noodles”.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

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Give the Gift of the Outdoors This Holiday

By Roger Dubin


xperiences, not possessions.” I’ve been hearing that a lot lately, and I love hearing it. This is the way I live now. I no longer have to have another shirt, an extra belt or a fifth watch. I can’t possibly use all the stuff I have already. Instead I will go on another hike, or travel to someplace like Colorado or Spain. When I visit my young cousins, nephews or nieces, I see rooms filled with toys—so many that they don’t mean anything, and the kids don’t focus on what’s in front of them. They go from toy to toy, not using their imagination as they would if they had less to distract them. It’s the same thing with many adults. How many pairs of shoes do you really


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We accumulate so much stuff these days because we are conditioned from early childhood to think that we need the latest or more of this or that. There are several reasons for this—among them the fact that it keeps the assembly lines moving and the dollars flowing, mostly upstream. But it also consumes resources and depletes the planet. And it doesn’t really help us live better lives.

need? We build houses now with closets the size of rooms. Nothing is special. And when the years pass, what will the kids remember? What will you remember? Think about it. What do you remember from a few years or a few decades ago? Was it that trip to Paris or the Grand Canyon? Or was it that extra thing you got? We accumulate so much stuff these days because we are conditioned from early childhood to think that we need the latest or more of this or that. There are several reasons for this—among them the fact that it keeps the assembly lines moving and the dollars flowing, mostly upstream. But it also consumes resources and depletes the planet. And it doesn’t really help us live better lives. Once you have what you need,

self-fulfillment is possible without having extra stuff. This is not a new concept. Think about Maslow and his hierarchy of human needs. The first article I contributed to Natural Awakenings was titled Take a Hike with Your Kids —and that’s my recommendation for the holidays as well. If you think it’s too late to go to someplace exotic, don’t worry. There are many beautiful places around here. Of course, my first choice would be one of the national parks, but there’s no need to go that far. There are plenty of parks and hiking destinations nearby. Simply google “parks near me” or “hiking near me” and you find lots of options. I am sure you’ll be amazed by what you find nearby. And winter is a great time to go for

a hike. One of the best things about hiking in the woods in the winter is you can see farther and see more. With the leaves off the trees, you don’t have to get to the top of the mountain to see a beautiful panorama or the river, lake or next mountain nearby. You can see it right through the trees. So what’s my recommendation for holiday giving? Get outside. Have an adventure in the city or somewhere close. Experiences, not possessions. Roger Dubin is marketing director for Natural Awakenings and a volunteer trail supervisor for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, managing trails in South Eastern Harriman State Park. Contact him at or on Instagram @MrNaturalNYC.

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Green Cars Update Plug Into the Latest Trends by Jim Motavalli


hrough August in the U.S., automakers sold 36,380 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV), compared to 16,514 by the same time last year. Sales are booming, although it’s not reflected in fairly flat sales of green cars overall. The reason is that hybrid sales are being lost as consumers go fully electric. Americans are moving up from fuelefficient gas/electric hybrids as their confidence grows in what batteries can do on their own, but they’re not yet making the vital ecoswitch of giving up their gas-guzzling SUVs in favor of full electrics. Rather, gas-burning SUV sales keep growing to the point where they dominate the overall auto market. To get up to speed on the terminology, a hybrid (think Toyota Prius) is powered by a small gas engine and uses an electric motor as a supplement; a PHEV (like the Chevrolet Volt) has an all-electric range of 15 to 50 miles, and then activates its gas engine for an additional 300 miles or more; a battery electric relies exclusively on electric power and runs out of “gas” when the battery power is depleted, but it also recaptures energy during braking to extend its range. Sam Abuelsamid, a senior analyst at Navigant Research, says, “There is absolutely a shift happening from hybrids to battery

electrics and plug-in hybrids. Our forecast is for [sales of] hybrids to be relatively flat over the next decade, with electric growth mainly coming from plug-in hybrids.” With more consumers looking to buy a car with a plug, there are a number of options now available in an increasingly crowded field. Currently, there are 20 PHEV on the market, as well as 17 battery electrics—though not all of the latter models are available in all states. Meantime, the SUV itself is plugging in. Eric Evarts, editor of GreenCarReports. com, says, “Electric cars’ market share may look small now, but no fewer than 15 automakers are planning to introduce electric SUVs for 2019. SUVs are really what American car buyers want.” At the same time, regulatory changes mean electric cars will be available in more states, says Evarts. Projections call for rapid expansion of fast-charging networks like Tesla’s Superchargers to become more widespread for all kinds of electric cars in the next three to five years. Battery cars are best suited for people that drive locally and have a place to put a 240-volt charger. For those that make the occasional long trip, a plug-in hybrid is the better choice.

Here are some models worth considering. All of them are eligible for federal tax credits, as well as some state incentives, though they’re lower for plug-in hybrids. All prices are 2018 manufacturer’s list, before rebates.


Plug-In Hybrids: Batteries Plus a Backup Toyota Prius Prime ($27,300). This updated version of the

popular Prius offers 25 miles of electric-only range, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined energy/fuel efficiency rating of 133 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), 54 mpg on gas only and 640 miles between either fill-ups or charges.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid ($39,995). The only available

Zero-Emission EV Contenders Available in 50 States Brad Berman, owner of, says he doesn’t even notice that his car is electric anymore. “It really moves and I drive it just like any car, except that I never have to go to the gas station. When I pull into my driveway, it takes about five seconds to plug it in.”

Chevrolet Bolt ($37,495). The Bolt beat Tesla to market with

an electric car that offered more than 200 miles of range at a price below $40,000.

Tesla Model 3 ($49,000). The Model 3 is fast, stylish and ultra-

hybrid minivan, the Pacifica’s all-electric range is 33 miles, and the gas-only rating is 32 mpg, an MPGe rating of 84, with a combined range of 570 miles.

modern—with most controls located on the central screen. It delivers a range of 220 miles.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid ($24,950). It offers a

I-Pace electric crossover proved highly capable both on and off the road. Its range is 240 miles.

battery-power range of 29 miles. On gas only, it delivers 52 mpg, with 119 MPGe.

Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid ($64,950). This luxury model offers an electric range of 18 miles, with a 62 MPGe and 27 mpg on gasoline. Other models to consider: Honda Clarity, Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac CT6, BMW X5 xDrive40e and Kia Niro.

Jaguar I-Pace ($69,500). At a recent media launch event, the

Others to consider include the Hyundai Kona EV, VW e-Golf, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf (especially the Leaf e-Plus) and Tesla Model S. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

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Kids’ Creativity by Sandra Murphy


hoosing thoughtful gifts for kids can be a challenge, especially when opting for creativity over this year’s hot toy. It’s possible to find gifts that appeal to both parent and child, involving the whole family or working as solo projects. Some expand beyond the boundaries of home.

Go Robo

The Tinkering Kit will have boys and girls, moms and dads all clamoring for their turn to build a robot that does more than merely walk. Challenge cards urge kids to make a machine to scramble an egg or build a robot that moves without wheels. Robotics teaches science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, also known as STEAM learning. Computer programming is the last step (

Language for a Lifetime

Benedict Beckeld, Ph.D., of New York City, speaks 11 languages and teaches students via online video chats (Skype) (BenedictBeckeld. com/contact). Locally, find teachers or grad students to tutor a second or third language at home for the whole family. Search online for interactive, game-like classes that maintain a child’s interest. American Sign Language, the fourth-most-used language in the U.S., is fun to learn and helpful to know.

Budding Foodies

Take a quiz, experiment, learn more and find kid-approved recipes at Kids learn to make sriracha-lime popcorn, hummus, and chicken and broccoli stir fry. Use organic and non-GMO (not genetically modified) ingredients. Sign up to receive recipes and tips for hands-on activities via email to keep good meals coming. The onsite equipment reviews help with selection of affordable and safe kitchen tools.

Emerging Artistry

Carolyn Dube, a mixed-media art adventurer in Batesville, Indiana, gives her followers at permission to play and even make mistakes. “My free online workshop shows ways to use found items like recycled cardboard to make art,” she says. For kid-safe paints, look for the Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) seal that certifies products are 38

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non-toxic and properly labeled. Certified Arteza-brand acrylic premium paints are packaged in less-waste pouches to use as-is or to refill original containers. The Danish company Sprout Pencils, operating from Boston, engraves quotes on biodegradable Love Pencils, which contain flower or vegetable seeds. When it’s too short to write or color with, plant it. In Cleveland, Faber-Castell USA makes their colored pencils from re-forested wood with an ergonomic, triangular shape, perfect for learning the proper grip. The Young Artist Essentials Gift Set contains eco-pencils, non-toxic crayons and oil-pastels. offers hundreds of free lesson plans for art lovers of all ages, skill levels and interests, all designed to meet the National Standards for Visual Art Education.

Memorable Experiences

Erica Hartwig, director of operations at Organic Moments Photography, in Boca Raton, Florida, has five children. “I want to give a memorable experience, rather than a toy that will sit in their rooms,” she says. “Football season tickets, dance lessons, an art class or vacations supplement the packages under the tree.” Crystal Bowe, a mom and physician in Belmont, North Carolina, suggests gifting memberships to encourage new activities for kids. “The zoo is fun and allows parents to spend quality time with their children. Tickets to a movie or a play stimulate the imagination.” Museums, science centers and area attractions are other inviting options.

More Ideas

Wonder Crate, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, offers a monthly subscription service. “We inspire kids to think big and make a difference,” says co-founder Corrie Wiedmann. “Each month brings a box that educates, entertains and empowers kids to contribute to the world. Our December crate highlights Leonardo da Vinci and focuses on ways kids can use innovation to help others, spotlighting a kid that created an app to help people with disabilities.” Maple Landmark, in Middlebury, Vermont, a wooden products company,

makes puzzles that include an activity clock for toddlers and bookends featuring a fire truck, pirate ship, school bus or train tunnel. Owner Mike Rainville says, “We work hard to ensure that all of our wood is sustainably harvested and finishes are safe and non-toxic.” Gifts that engage the mind, spark imagination and deliver fun yield immediate and long-term benefits, including being fondly remembered. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@



ooks for kids can be the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Here are some favorites.

The Nocturnals is a critically acclaimed, middle-grade series for readers that love animals, adventure and a hint of mystery. Written by film director and author Tracey Hecht, the books also relate to elementary school children, covering bullying, confidence, friendship and self-acceptance. The free reading kit via includes activities. As a mom with a career, Crystal Bowe recommends Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women. “My daughter loves it and has been introduced to amazing female role models.” Noah the Narwhal, A Tale of Downs and Ups, by Judith Klausner, is a brightly illustrated picture book about friendship and invisible disability. What Do You See on Chanukah? is a board game book for toddlers by Bracha Goetz.

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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner, shows kids that plants are more than what’s seen above ground. Hello, Hello, by Brendan Wenzel, a picture book for ages 3 to 6, celebrates animals, including 30 endangered species.

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PET-SAFE HOLIDAYS Tips to Keep Them Merry and Safe


by Sandra Murphy

olidays promise joy and celebration, but the festivities can also lead to stress and anxiety for people and pets. It is important to remember that visiting strangers, a tree, shiny ornaments, gifts to sniff and food to beg for can pose danger for pets.

Maintain Calm

Christina Chambreau, a homeopathic veterinarian, author and educator in Sparks, Maryland, suggests that petting a dog or cat several times a day can lower stress levels and instill a sense of normalcy. “Flower essences like Bach’s Rescue Remedy help attain calm,” she says. Add it to a pet’s water bowl in the days before a party or drop it directly onto the tongue if unexpected guests arrive. Allnatural ingredients make daily use safe for pets and humans.

Avoid Bad Foods

“Fatty dishes are a problem, from oily potato pancakes to rich gravies for the turkey,” says Ann Hohenhaus, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center, in New York City. “Spilled food, unguarded pans and forgotten eggnog or liquor put animals at risk for severe gastrointestinal upset.” Other common holiday fare can also pose a significant danger for pets: 40

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n Chocolate—especially dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder—can cause seizures and heart arrhythmia. n Onions, often used in dressing, can cause anemia in pets. n Raw, yeasty bread dough expands when ingested, potentially causing bloat, a deadly twisting of the stomach. n Raisins and grapes in desserts, cookies and fruitcakes can cause kidney failure in dogs. n Nutmeg is toxic for pets. The trash can itself contains numerous hazards for furry family members. The string that binds roasted meats is tempting and may require surgery to remove if ingested. Trimmed fat can mean pancreatitis. Swallowed bones pose a dire threat to the entire digestive tract.

Provide Good Foods

Naked foods are best. Pets don’t need brown sugar, marshmallows, butter, salt or gravy to appreciate a treat. “Unless there’s a special diet, share skinless turkey breast, sweet potatoes and green beans,” says Dana Humphrey, aka The Pet Lady, in New York City. “There’s always a friend or relative who thinks one taste won’t hurt. Turkey or sweet potato jerky and homemade treats let guests dole out risk-free bites.”

Preservatives that keep the evergreen tree fresh can turn tree water into a drinking hazard for pets. Mesh netting or screen wire allows the addition of fresh water, but prevents pets from quenching their thirst. Tinsel, garland and ribbon bits are easy to swallow, glass ornaments can cut and tree needles aren’t digestible. Small dreidels become choking hazards, so play while the dog sleeps and put toys away when done. For safety, add edibles to the stockings at the last minute. Keep light cords out of sight and unplug them when not in supervised use to preempt chewing. Carefully monitor lit candles: A wagging tail or leaping cat can knock them over and start a fire. Update holiday candles with rechargeable, battery-operated versions for a pet-safe holiday glow. Pet parents everywhere employ creative strategies to ensure maximum mirth and safety during the holidays. Mystery writer Livia Washburn Reasoner opted for a tabletop tree in her Azle, Texas, home, “because our rescued Chihuahuas, Nora and Nicki, peed on the tree skirt.” In Festus, Missouri, retired school bus driver Darlene Drury suggests that a baby’s recycled playpen or a dog’s exercise pen can separate pets from holiday trees. Patricia Fry, author of the Klepto Cat mysteries, in Ojai, California, decorates the lower branches of her tree with unbreakable ornaments and puts more fragile ornaments out of her cats’ reach.

Other Options

If a large party is planned, a guest is allergic or many children will be present, consider boarding a pet. “Slipping out the door as guests arrive is a hazard,” says Veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “If your pet is very young, very old, pregnant, aggressive and/or suffers with a chronic disease, consider personal pet sitters, kennels, pet hotels and doggie spas to ensure a joyous holiday.” Pet-proof the house by getting down to the pet’s level and make a family schedule to take turns keeping track of fourfooted friends. Then the whole family, pets included, can enjoy the season worry-free.

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Holiday Pet Treats Recipes

The number of servings will vary depending on the choice of treat shapes. Keep in mind—never allow nutmeg or sugar-free products with Xylitol in dog treats.

1 egg 2 Tbsp molasses 1 Tbsp honey Filtered water as needed

Gingerbread Cookies

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add water slowly until dough forms a ball.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

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Even though this recipe is similar to a gingerbread recipe for us, it’s important to never use nutmeg with canine recipes. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs. 1½ cups flour 1 Tbsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ cup molasses ¼ cup filtered water 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup blueberries 2 cups whole wheat flour ½ cup plain yogurt Filtered water as needed

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine dry ingredients and mix together.

In a food processor or coffee grinder, turn oats into oatmeal powder and grind flaxseed if necessary.

In a separate bowl, combine the molasses, water and vegetable oil and mix together.

Combine dry ingredients. Fold in the yogurt and blueberry purée. Add a little water to create smooth dough.

Roll dough ¼-inch thick on floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Spoon dough into hands and form small dough balls. Shape into cookies and arrange them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely before feeding.

Blue Oatmeal Cookies 1 cup oats 1 cup flaxseed

Let treats cool completely before allowing dogs a taste test. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or freeze for later use. Recipes courtesy of Birgit Walker, author of Chew on This: Homemade Dog Treat Recipes, in Phoenix.

Purée the blueberries.

Using a wooden spoon, slowly mix the liquid into the flour mixture. Stir well until dough has a uniform color.

Bake for 20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely before feeding. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Roll dough ¼-inch thick on floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Arrange on a greased cookie sheet.

Pumpkin Cookies 1½ cups oat flour 1½ cups brown rice flour ½ canned pumpkin, look for BPA-free cans (use plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible. December 2018


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Dear Karen Kaye, In all of your years of experience as a therapist, are there any philosophies that you can share that you live by or teach? Thanks, Anya


Dear Anya, What I teach is how I live. There is no big secret or easy way to living simple and happy; however, over the years I have learned some insights from observing myself and others. I am constantly learning to live by these truths when applicable. Here are a few of my Simple Truths: 1. Everyone has a part of themselves that wants to heal and a part that does not want to heal. Healing is a choice; the path you choose dictates the way you live and your outcomes. 2. Too many people work too hard to change their outside appearance and activities but do not work as hard on the inside. Real change comes from inside. 3. If you go for “quick and easy� fixes, it probably will not


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have lasting value. 4. A conscious life is sometimes painful, but an unconscious life is even more painful. 5. If one lives unconsciously, they will eventually hit a wall. 6. If you do not know the messages from childhood that you live by, they will get in your way. 7. Perfectionism stops people from trying. 8. Only the lessons that are not learned will become mistakes. 9. All learning lessons are worth the wait. 10. Changes will happen; avoiding change will cause stress. I hope this helps. Many thanks, Karen L. Kaye, LMHC Karen L. Kaye, licensed mental health counselor, has been in private practice for more than 35 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217 and/or visit See page 47.

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Thursday, December 1 Scalar Energy Remote Healing — A Portal to Wellness, 1–3:30pm, free presentation. Attention Holistic Practitioners. “Break free” from pathogenic agents causing disease. Boca Raton Marriott, 5150 Town Center Cir, Boca Raton, FL 33486. See ad page 7. Register: 805.364.3051.

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Tequesta Drum Circle Winter Equinox — $10 7-11:45pm. Celebrate the Winter Equinox with drumming, dancing, glow poi and giant bonfire. Named in honor of those who came before. We gather on the Solstice and Equinox to honor the Earth. Park Gate closes at 10pm. No Alcohol, Drugs or Pets! This is a “MOOPfree event”. MoonPath Circle, Inc 501(c)(3), Huge Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304, Jeff, 954-547-6502.

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Free Meditation Class — 10:15–10:45am. Tools For Happiness: 11am–12:30pm, donation, Buddhists techniques for understanding the mind for a more peaceful life. Website: details for classes. Thubten Kunga Ling Buddhist Center, 201 SE 15th Ter, Suite 206, Deerfield Beach, 954.421.6224. Catholic Mass (non-Roman Catholic) — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, staffed by Franciscan friars. 2300 NW 9th Ave (Powerline Rd), Wilton Manors, 33311, 954.731.8173. Elevate your Life! — 11am with Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes. Fuel your week, Enriching Hearts through Timeless Spiritual Principles! Bridges Spiritual Center, Wilton Plaza, 1881 NE 26th St, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, 33305, Call 954.530.6006. Eck Light and Sound Service — 11am– noon, free / guest speaker. Sing HU the ancient name for God. Group Discussions, Fellowship & Refreshments. Address: Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 W State Rd 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, 33312. Pier Mercer 954.309.1682 Tai Chi — 11am–1:30pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., at Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrew Ave. Oakland Park 954.394.4342.

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Free Reiki Healing Circle, — 11am and 1pm, traditional Usui Reiki, everyone is welcome, Pure Nature, 2745 East Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale 33308, 954.637.1919. The Truth in Heart Group — the first Sunday of every month, (except for November, event on the 18th) 11:30am–12:30pm. Free. Meditation to bring love back to your heart, lecture following. Location: Ben Fiorendino Park, 10211 Taft St., Pembroke Pines. Information: 954.303.8533. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Spiritual Oasis, a Psychic and Healing Event and Metaphysical Marketplace — 1:30–6pm, third Sunday of each month (except June) $10, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, 33334, Jack, 754.214.1066. Interfaith Sacred Celebrations of Spirit — Weekly on Sunday evenings 6:30–7:30pm at Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution at a Healing Space,1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Free Meditation Gathering — 7–9pm, first Sunday each month. Guided meditation, kirtan, spiritual reading, Sivananda tradition. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, downtown Fort Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

monday Free Vital Life Force Energy Treatment — every Monday at 10am, total 4 days in a row. Treatment for all ailments, pain or emotional disorders. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy., Bay 2, Oakland Park 33334. Information: 754.214.1066. Chiropractic — Every 1st Monday, 6pm. Free, Attendees will receive a discount off their first visit. New Life Upper Cervical Chiropractic, 820 S. State Road 7, Plantation, 33317. Phone: 954.389.8297.

Meditation Healing Circle — 6:30–7:30pm. $5–$20Love. Expand your vision and heart through Tibetan Palm Healing, Reiki, Crystals, Sound and Meditation. Lisa’s Healing Center, 3170 N Federal Highway, Ste #211K, Lighthouse Point FL 33064, Martha, 954.609.4570.

Revitalizing Tuesdays — Holistic Psychic Fair 3–7pm. Free entry, $1 minute sessions. A Day of self-care for body mind and spirit & Evening of Bliss in a Candlelight Sound Healing Meditation 7:30–8:45pm, $17. Yoga Source, 6601 NW 14th St, #11, Plantation, 33313, 786.419.1389

Jam&All Interfaith Cafe — 7–9pm. 3rd Monday of every Month, free. These monthly round-table discussions over coffee, tea and light refreshments are open to people of all faiths and to those with no religious affiliation. They are designed for educational and sharing purposes. Temple Bat Yam, 5151 NE 14th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, 33334, Kathy, 561.289.4621.

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. Pier 954.309.1682

Fort Lauderdale Abraham-Hicks Meetup — 7–9pm. $20. Application & living the teachings of Abraham - Hicks. Fort Lauderdale Center For Spiritual Living, 4849 N Dixie Highway Oakland Park, 33334, Bryan, 800.369.4107. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:30pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Mindful Meditation Monday — 8–9pm. $10. Promote peaceful Body, Mind, and Spirit with Guided Meditation and Reiki. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Suite B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $25 per session. Designed for men and women to learn from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (landline)

tuesday Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, 33020. Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Natural Dental Consultations — 2–4pm. Free. Wondering how your oral health is connected to your body? Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in Natural and Biological Dentistry. Advanced Dental Wellness Center, 104 SE 1st St, Fort Lauderdale, 33301, 954.525.5662.

Tai Chi — 6:45–8:45pm (and Thurs) Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., @ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park, 954.394.4342. Unity of Pompano — 7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Spiritual Development Study and Unity Credit courses. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach. Call 954.946.0857 for class schedules. Carole’s Sacred Circles! — 7:30–8:30pm. $15. Find Inner Stillness with empowering guided meditation, receive Reiki, John of God, Holonomic healings, & a channeled medical intuitive Message. Jade Wellness, 2717 E Oakland Park Blvd #201 Reserve 954.655.5490.

wednesday Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Awakened Living Group — 7–8pm Free. Practical spirituality for your journey of spiritual transformation/self discovery. Center For Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334, David, 305.746.0881. Healing Touch / Reiki Circle Meditation — 7:30–9pm, 2nd & 4th Wednesday/each month $10. Healing Essence Studio 3081 E. Commercial Blvd. Ste. #103 (inside breezeway), Ft Lauderdale, 954.868.3505.


Art Stroll 4th Thursdays — 6–9pm, free. Come Stroll the Promenade of Green Turtle Plaza and enjoy an evening of Art and Entertainment. 2 blocks west of A1A, North side of Commercial, Lauderdale by the Sea. info: 954.909.2200. A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30–7:30pm. Free. Co-Facilitated by Rev. Margarita and Rev. Dr. 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. Tai Chi — 6:45–8:45pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., @ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park 954.394.4342. Support group for parents or guardians who have lost children to suicide — Meets 1st and 3rd weeks monthly. 7–8:30pm. Free. Medical Library, Imperial Point Hospital, 6401 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Call for info: 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 St, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750. Ayurvedic Detoxification — 7–9pm. A focus on maintaining a state of balance and rejuvenation, using ancient wisdom and modern application, traditional detoxification protocols using herbs and other natural methods. Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.580.5973.

friday Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 33062. 954.785.6333. Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale — 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo). A great gathering of varied talents. Host/ Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2709 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305.

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. December 2018


Support group for parents or guardians who have lost children to suicide — Meets 1st and 3rd weeks monthly. 7–8:30pm. Free. Medical Library, Imperial Point Hospital, 6401 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Call for info: 201.927.1017.

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.

Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:30pm. $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.

Integrative Painting Workshops — 10am– 4pm, 3rd Thursday and Saturday each month. Groups or one-on-one. A deeply fulfilling inner journey facilitated through meditation, painting and the interpretation of colors and symbols. Call for web address or more info: 954.775.5062.

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

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. Raja Yoga Meditation — 12noon, at Dania Beach Library, 1 Park Avenue East, Dania Beach, 33004. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447. Happy Healing Chi Kung/Qigong — 12:30-1:30pm, Love Donation if in hardship. 5-Element Qigong seasonal practice, Qigong forms, healing sounds for organs, and moving meditation. Taught by Master Jennifer Yu. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2601 St Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton. Text / call 561.866.0852.

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.


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. Happy Tai Chi Beginners — 6-7pm, foundation form; Advanced: 11am-12:30pm, (plus Tuesday and Thursday ~ call for times). Love Donation if in hardship. Taught by Master Jennifer Yu. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2601 St Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton. Text /call 561.866.0852. Broward Art Guild, Monthly Art Reception — 6:30–9pm, 1st Sat./month. Free, meet and support local artists during the Juried Art Exhibit. Participate in the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Enjoy munchies from Bokampers. Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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Aromatherapy Blending, Create, Make, & Take! — monthly, first Saturday, 1–3pm. Take home your own blend. Come as a group or individual. Healing Essence Studio, 3081 E. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 103 (inside Breezeway), Ft. Lauderdale, 33308. RSVP requested, Julia 954.868.3505.

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equipped break room, meeting room w/lectern, chairs & audio/video equipment. Large meeting room may be rented separately, $250 per 2 hours. Coral Springs, 954.649.3996. Treatment rooms and event room – for rent at Jade Wellness. Spa/Healing Environment. Hourly, weekly or monthly. Phone: 954.623.7593

Services Live Blood Analysis – Come see and learn what a drop of blood says about your internal health. Finest preventative tool on the planet. Call for an appointment and directions: Jeanette Walkley, 310-999-3433.

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community resource guide (crg) Throughout the year Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources available for natural health, nutrition, personal growth, green living, fitness and creative expression.

CHIROPRACTIC physician Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c. 7800 W Oakland Pk # 110, Bldg D Sunrise, FL 33351 954-742-0332

Dr. Bernard Burton is a holistic doctor who uses chiropractic, nutrition, applied kinesiology, acupuncture, and craniopathy to find and fix the cause of your symptoms.


2870 E. Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 333061 954-526-3659 A Functional Wellness Clinic offering Colon Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture and Massage. Services provided are supportive to the body’s ability to achieve wellness through natural methods. MM37884. See ad page 8.

counseling/therapy Colon therapy A Colon Care Center

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

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

KAREN KAYE, Holistic Psychotherapist, LMHC

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

MM18325, MA0007506.

Physical Health Complex

Sandra Herrington, OMD, RN, LMT, CT 2544 No. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-0444 Cleansing for health/energy. Constipation, impaction, bowel rehabilitation, digestive disorders, candida detox, nutrition, living foods/ wheatgrass. Individualized plans or Rx followed. Physician/ instructor administered. Established 1964. Clean, private, caring environment. mm966, ma6884.

CranioSacral Therapy Perfecting Touch

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

All my life through,the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child. ~Marie Curie

Total Balance 4 U

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

Day Retreats THERMAE Stillness RETREAT

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

Thermae Retreat An organic serene daily retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared saunas, massage, skincare, body scrubs and masques, holistic healing, energy therapy. Yoga, meditation, hydrotherapy. See ad page 19.

dental health Advanced Dental Wellness Center

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

Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in natural, biological, and cosmetic dentistry offering latest in technology in our relaxing environment. We provide mercury safe dentistry, metal-free braces, and biocompatible metal-free zirconia implants. He specializes in TMJ and sleep apnea. See ad page 9.

Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry 2467 E. Commercial Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-771-5300

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

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2925 Aventura Blvd. #201 Aventura, FL 33180 305-933-3350


Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch. General, Cosmetic, Holistic & Sedation. See ad, page 13.

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

phases of dentistry for

optimum health , holistic , bio compatible dentistry.

915 Middle River Drive, Suite 204 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304 1-800-234-7112

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


Melody Miller 2464 Madison St, Hollywood, FL 33020 305-778-7715

• Sedation dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with bio-compatible materials • Laser dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/ ceramic implants • Natural bone augmentation / Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad pages 17 and 33.

We provide coaching for issues dealing with Fertility, Miscarriages, IVF, Low Sperm Count, PCOS, Adoption, Relationships, Fertility Nutrition, Meditation and tools to deal with Stress.

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

We follow strict amalgam removal protocols incorporating nutritional supplements for safe mercury detoxification ~ IAOMT member. To promote better healing, our hygiene care incorporates ozone and essential oils for gum treatments. Only mercury-free biocompatible crowns and dental materials used. Free holistic toothpaste recipe. See ad page 28.

SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 Artist, Advocate and Speaker. SusieQ creates art with feeling and purpose. She is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones or to hear an inspirational presentation on using art to discover purpose and passion. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Visit her website for more information on taking the Global TRASHformation pledge. Beautiful trashformation jewelry also available using found objects. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad page 4.

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. ~Henry Ford 48

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1806 N. Flamingo Rd. #105 Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 954-501-2208

Get to the cause of symptoms with functional testing. Discover imbalances and obstacles to vitality and receive a comprehensive personalized health improvement plan. Call today!

gardening The Garden Gate

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-1189 A unique garden center specializing in Florida native plants, butterfly and bird habitats, herbs, orchids, water gardening, organic gardening products, beneficial insects, garden decor and more!


6710 Parkside Drive Parkland FL 33067 954-906-5985 “I’ve been coming to The Salt Box for one month; the regimen of regular inhalers and nebulizers have gone by t h e w a y s i d e — i t ’s miraculous!” ~ Alan P.


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

community resource guide Holistic Center Zen Mind Space

1501 NE 4th Ave Fort Lauderdale FL 33304 954-546-1818 A curated mindfulness experience designed by Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Marla Reis, for optimal emotional and physical wellness... where traditional therapies meet healing arts. Acupuncture • Reiki • Meditation • Yoga. See ad page 34.

Holistic Podiatrist Start With Your Feet

Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM The Wellness Center at Post Haste 4401 Sheridan St. Hollywood, FL 33021 954-526-5800 One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation. Offering long distance “customized orthotics” on website online store. #StartWithYourFeet.

homeopathy Homeopathy Cure

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

Hyperbaric therapy hyperbaricsrx llc

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


2866 E. Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 333061 954-832-1280 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and more, offered by qualified and caring medical staff in a new facility, operating two Perry Baromedical Sigma 36 Chambers. See ad page 8.

KAVA BAR shells kava bar

4646 N University Drive Lauderhill FL 33351 954-769-1226 What’s Kava? Lauderhill’s Relaxation Destination has the finest 100% natural South Pacific Root just for you! Come on down to Shells and have a few! See ad page 43.

massage therapy Body Shop Massage, LLC

Chris ElKhal, LMT 120 E Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 104 Wilton Manors, FL 33334 954-552-8840

A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self. ~Charles Dickens

Your Home or Office. Neuromuscular bodywork, trigger point. I bring healing therapies tailored to your needs, including nutritional support. Blue Cross/PI provider. Lic # MA12603

NUTRITION Sheila Schlegel, MS, RDN, LDN 561-289-5682

Experience health and healing through integrative and functional nutrition approaches. Memberships include comprehensive wellness programs centered around both mental and physical health.

PRONUNCIATION COACH Perfect Your American Accent

Professor Alice Wujciak / woo-jack / 954-963-7661 Upgrade your accent and speak English confidently. “Quick fixes to language issues.”


the most diseases and symptoms.

Call Dr. Iqbal Nazir, Homeopathic Specialist, for an appointment.

Laura 305-793-9052, Broward

Wellness Living and Nutrition

Natural cure in homeopathy of No side effects.


Over 10 years of professionalism and satisfaction specializing in Swedish and Deep Tissue with a hint of Shiatsu, stretching and energy work. Reward yourself! Schedule today. MM38072

A Healing Space

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

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tai chi

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo Ibana Villasenor 141 NW 20th St, Suite B7 Boca Raton, FL 33431 561-372-5354

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

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

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

spiritual centers

weight loss Body Wisdom Lifestyle Program


Dr. Donna L. Goldstein 954-292-8477 (text or call)

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

Tried everything to lose weight? Trouble keeping it off ? Lose one size (12+ lbs.) a month – a holistic approach, real food and gentle exercise. No pills, shots or supplements! Call for your Free Lifestyle Plan.

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

Wellness Center SPIRITUAL CONSULTANT Carole Aileo Ha’la Ramsay 954-655-5490

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

Multi-Dimensional Being accessing Light Information for your Awakening. Private readings; reiki, holonomic, ascension healings, activations and classes, pet psychic, Deceased.

Spiritual Organization

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

WELLNESS NUTRITION Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center

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

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

women’s health Nourishing Women/ Conscious Feminine Medicine

Dr. Leonor Murciano, PhD, IMD, AP 1806 N. Flamingo Road, Suite 105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 954-450-4548

Integrative Medicine Women O N LY. I n f e r t i l i t y, P M S , Menstrual, Menopause, Immune, Thyroid, Depression, Anxiety, more. Address emotional and mental issues causing dysfunction. Acupuncture, Soma Presencing, Bloodwork, Saliva.

Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon 407 South Federal Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33062 954-785-6333

We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana. See ad page 35.

One World Family Interfaith Council

Dedicated to contributing to stronger communities through a focus on our commonalities regardless of religious tradition. Offering opportunities for self growth through community building events.


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Copper device stops a cold naturally last holidays,” she said. “The kids had colds going around, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if used just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Copper may even stop flu if used earNew research: Copper stops colds if used early. ly and for several days. Lab technicians ew research shows you can went away completely.” It worked again placed 25 million live flu viruses on a stop a cold in its tracks if you CopperZap. No viruses were found alive every time he felt a cold coming on and take one simple step with a soon after. he hasn’t had a cold since. new device when you first feel a cold People have used it on cold sores He asked relatives and friends to try coming on. and say it can completely prevent ugly it. They said it worked for them, too, so Colds start when cold viruses get in outbreaks. You can also rub it gently he patented CopperZap™ and put it on your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you on wounds, cuts, or lesions to combat the market. don’t stop them early, they spread in infections. Soon hundreds of people had tried it your airways and cause misery. The handle is curved and finely texand given feedback. Nearly 100% said But scientists have found a quick tured to improve the copper stops way to kill a virus. Touch it with copper. colds if used withcontact. It kills in 3 hours after the Researchers at labs and universities germs picked up first sign. Even up agree, copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills on fingers and to 2 days, if they microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, hands to protect just by touch. still get the cold it you and your That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- is milder and they family. tians used copper to purify water and feel better. Copper even heal wounds. They didn’t know about Users wrote kills deadly germs Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. that have become viruses and bacteria, but now we do. things like, “It Scientists say the high conductance stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it resistant to antibiotics. If you are near of copper disrupts the electrical balsupposed to work that fast?” sick people, a moment of handling it ance in a microbe cell, destroying it in Pat McAllister, age 70, received one may keep serious infection away. It may seconds. for Christmas and called it “one of the even save a life. Tests by the Environmental Protecbest presents ever. This little jewel really The EPA says copper still works tion Agency (EPA) show germs die fast works.” Now thousands of users have even when tarnished. It kills hundreds of on copper. Some hospitals tried copper stopped getting colds. different disease germs so it can prevent for surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. People often use CopperZap preserious or even fatal illness. ventively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci This cut the spread of MRSA and other CopperZap is made in the U.S. of illnesses by over half, and saved lives. used to get colds after crowded flights. pure copper. It has a 90-day full money Though skeptical, she tried it several The strong scientific evidence gave back guarantee when used as directed times a day on travel days for 2 months. inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When to stop a cold. It is $69.95. Get $10 off “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” he felt a cold coming on he fashioned each CopperZap with code NATA6. a smooth copper probe and rubbed it Businesswoman Rosaleen says when Go to or call gently in his nose for 60 seconds. people are sick around her she uses Cop- toll-free 1-888-411-6114. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold perZap morning and night. “It saved me Buy once, use forever.



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