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ebruary’s issue speaks to you take care of that system of teeth we’re relationships, and that includes the given. Or, for those of us that didn’t get relationship between our teeth and the memo early or often enough and have mouth to the rest of our systems. Good man-made teeth parts, mind those as well. nutrition is a top priority in my book. Your smile speaks volumes about how The question seems to be in defining well you take care of yourself. what that even is. There are so many People relationships are treasures different approaches to diet, it boggles beyond measure. People are much more the mind. There complicated and, are some simple just like food, there truths I respond needs to be balance. to and that is how Enjoy our articles on I feel when I eat healthy relationships. certain foods. It’s Today is not like more than that yesterday, nor was actually, as there this morning anything are other factors like now. Constant that play into the flux is the watchword “what goes in” for life. As I read it, arena. History of living in the everthe food, its origin, changing now is the handling and care least stressful way in getting the food of living. Anxiety is to me, or did I a word to describe grow it in my own the thoughts of the kitchen? Were there future, and the past animals killed in brings on a host of “Global Garden of D’Caps” the process? What emotions that play amount of resources, like water, were into the present should I allow. I’ve often used in the growth of the product/food? spoken about friendships and teams, both Have I eaten so much, so often of that built over time. particular food that an allergy to that One of the current projects: During food may be in the process? Is the food the month of February I will have a production style sustainable? These are large show of my artwork at the Ann questions I have asked along the way in Kolb Nature Center with another local getting to what I’m comfortable eating. artist, Nanette Notestein. I believe the I won’t be addressing these questions combination of our work will speak to here; I’d want many pages to express. many of you. We have titled the show Could I be drawn to blogging? “eARTh, Honoring our Garden”. We’ll Let’s segue into a brief note about have our Opening Night meet and greet dental health. We’ve included some 5 to 7pm, Friday, February 5, should you informative articles on the subject that wish to come by. I’d love to introduce may just change your mind about that you to my work firsthand. Champing at orifice. I’ve had my share of issues, and the bit... yes, I’m excited about the event. some of you may recall in the not-tooHope to see you there. distant past I wore braces for a few years. It was one of the best things I’ve done Have fun coming up with doing for myself—getting my teeth in better something that brings alignment. Yes, it was awkward, but now, you joy; plan on it. being on the other side with a set of teeth that functions better, I’ll share that it was so worth it. I encourage you to see your Susie Q Wood local holistic dentist on a regular basis. I Publishing truly believe health is massively supported Editor by not only what you eat but how well

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newsbriefs Psychic-Mediumship Classes and Readings Offered at Photon Light Spa


renda Ridgeway, internationally renowned Irish psychic-medium, is now offering private and group readings, events and psychic-mediumship development classes at Photon Light Spa, in Lauderdale by the Sea. A native of Dublin, Ridgeway has a profound connection to the spirit world and offers deep wisdom and guidance using her clairvoyant, clairsentient and clairaudient gifts with conviction, trust and love. “This woman is gifted! That’s how a medium works!” says internationally acclaimed psychic-medium James Van Praagh. What is the difference between a psychic and a medium? A psychic has a precognitive ability to clairvoyantly see the past, present and future. Specific life questions can be answered and advice offered. A medium, on the other hand, is a channel, to communicate with one’s deceased relatives, spouses and friends from the spirit world. Additionally, Photon Light Spa offers holistic wellness with organic facials and peels, anti-aging light therapy, full-body cleanse and detox, Infrared, Ionization, Photon Genius, Photon Genie, BioMat, Foot Detox, Thermography, Energy Healing, Acupuncture, Massage, Waxing, Nutrition, Essential Oils, Quantum products, and more. For more information or to schedule a reading or appointment, call 954-303-9585 or visit See ad page 55.

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newly emerging approach could change conventional understanding of health and healing. Focusing on experiments that quantify the effects of energy, light and information on human beings, world-renowned scientists William Tiller, Ph.D., and Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., are studying “the reconnective healing frequencies” first discovered by Eric Pearl, DC. Tiller, professor emeritus at Stanford University, author and a lead character in the film, What the Bleep!?, has been conducting research on how the physical properties of a room change as a result of energy healing frequencies that enter it. Additional research by Schwartz and colleagues at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona has focused on monitoring attendees of two Reconnective Healing seminars hosted by members of the Reconnective Association. The researchers determined that more than 90 people who participated in their study all completed the session with expanded and new electromagnetic abilities, even if they had never studied any of the various energy healing techniques known today. According to Tiller, “This shift of energy is what allows normal human beings to enter a room and later to walk out with an ability to heal others and themselves—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually—regardless of their background or education.” For more information, call 323-960-0012, visit or read Pearl’s book, The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself. See ad page 12.


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athway Hypnotherapy & Intuitive Counseling, LLC has relocated to Whispering Woods Executive Center, 7451 Wiles Rd., Ste. 206, Coral Springs. Their Grand Opening is scheduled to take place 6:30 to 8:30pm, Friday, February 19. They look forward to having you join them for a great evening of refreshments and an opportunity to win a free iPad, Past Life Regression session (valued at $250) or a One-Hour Psychic Reading (valued at $185) in their raffle. Attendees are invited to join in their Psychic Circle event as well. New services for 2016 will be announced along with an offer of 20 percent discount on all hypnotherapy, past life regression and psychic services booked during the Grand Opening as a way to give back with a big thank you for your support! Pathway Hypnotherapy & Intuitive Counseling is committed to helping their clients meet and exceed their goals for 2016. Hypnosis is 93 percent effective and long-lasting. Join them and learn how they are improving lives, and yours just may be one of them. For more information, call 754-484-4492. See ad page 22.


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Namaste’ Salon & Spa Introduces John of God Bed


crystal bed has seven extremely clear and highly polished quartz crystals suspended approximately 12 inches above the client lying on a massage table. Each crystal has been cut to a specific frequency. A crystal is aligned above each one of the seven human energy centers or chakras. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through the crystals to the respective chakra, and shine on and off in certain rhythms to cleanse, balance and align energies. The individual receiving the session rests face up with eyes closed, bathing in the energy. The sessions are very healing and integrating as well as relaxing. As color is transmitted through the crystal onto the corresponding chakra, it is cleansed, energized and brought into balance with all of the other chakras. This allows other aspects of the self—mental, emotional and physical—to be brought into balance. When the subtle energies are brought into balance, the body’s natural healing mechanisms are able to function as they were designed to do. Sessions are 40 minutes. First session $49.95 (reg. $80). Location: 407 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Call for appointment, 954-933-3023. See ad page 8.


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he Train Station announces two additional teachers starting this year. The collective teaches classes that focus on energy, wellbeing, and rejuvenation. Offerings include Tibetan/Indian flow yoga, longevity meditative chi gung and tai chi, body adjustment and restoration, qigong breath with movement, Reiki, soul meditation, and more. All teachers are authorized and have years of higher-level experience, training, and personal practices. Join Amrita, Peter, Marty, Sonia, and Ken and discover more about your body, mind and soul! Location: 3058 N. Andrews Ave. (west side door behind Bombay Café), Wilton Manors. For more information, call Amrita, 786-390-2919 or visit See ad page 53.


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onii LaRusso will be sharing years of research on the best ways to create a safer environment for the home and/or office. Her workshops provide information about toxins found in everyday consumable products and help attendees better understand the negative impact these harsh chemicals have on health and wellbeing. Attendees will learn of simple solutions to create a healthier home for themselves, their children and even their pets. On display and for sampling will be eco-friendly, botanically based products that are not only safe but highly effective and more affordable than toxic conventional brands. Additionally, all products have been clinically tested, are proven to be safe and effective, and offer natural solutions to many of today’s health concerns. Products include personal care, laundry and household cleaning, sports and nutritional, skincare and cosmetic, and a pure essential oil line. Workshops will take place 10am the first Friday of the month and 7pm the third Wednesday of the month. Cost: Free. Location: My Big Picture Café, 5935 S. University Dr., Davie. For more information, call Tonii LaRusso at 305-469-9616. See ad page 46.


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esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says.

Kids Get Fewer Cavities When Mothers Chew Xylitol Gum


esearch published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry has concluded mothers that chew natural xylitol gum regularly will significantly reduce oral infections of mutans streptococcus bacteria in their infants. Five research teams and 11 randomized studies of 601 mothers and their children showed 46 percent fewer infections of the bacteria, which is the central species responsible for dental caries and periodontal disease. The studies included children that were 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months old. Other research supports the claim of xylitol’s beneficial nature. A study from the University of Manchester, in England, analyzing data from 4,216 schoolchildren, showed that using toothpaste containing xylitol with fluoride resulted in 13 percent less tooth decay than using toothpaste with fluoride only. Note: Xylitol is toxic to dogs; if ingested, consult a veterinarian.

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Kids Learn High-Fructose Sweetener Aggravates Asthma and Bronchitis Social Skills Through A Pretending and Joking large study from the New York Medical College and the University of Massachusetts found that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is linked to a greater risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The research included 2,801 people between the ages of 20 and 55 years old. The scientists utilized health data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2003 to 2006 to compare people with a history of chronic bronchitis. The study measured the types of soft drinks consumed, eliminating risks related to known asthma relationships such as smoking. The researchers found those that drank five or more HFCS-containing sodas per week had an 80 percent increased incidence of chronic bronchitis. Greater intake of HFCS has also been linked with higher risk of other health conditions, including diabetes and obesity.


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esearch published in the journal Cognitive Science has found that toddlers with parents that played with them using humor and fantasy gained increased skills for learning, imagining and bonding, along with thinking in abstract ways. The researchers tested children between 16 and 24 months old in two phases. The first utilized action play among 25 kids and the second utilized verbal play among 40 children. The parents and children pretended to do activities such as washing their hands with no soap or creating situations using a toy. During the second phase, the children and parents played around jokingly by using words, identifying things in funny ways and making believe they were doing things. The researchers found that joking and pretend play allowed the kids to distinguish cues that helped them communicate and develop skills to understand intentions. The study also found that older toddlers relied more on verbal cues to understand pretending and joking communications.

by Linda Huxtable (Patient) Wellness Consultant 386.447.7894


onventional dentistry can be extremely toxic and can contribute to your health problems by causing heavy metal toxicity, autoimmune disease, heart disease, even cancer - and these are really just a very few diseases that can be caused by dental issues. I have personally seen the damage that my clients have suffered due to conventional dentistry, and the cost of reversing dental work. One uninformed visit to the wrong dentist can cost you tens of thousands of dollars to correct, and can never really be totally reversed. Your best defense is to educate yourself and choose a good biological dentist with years of experience who would do a Clifford Test plus be accredited.

and place zirconium implants. I don’t tolerate metal well in or on my body, and have been waiting for 25 years until the zirconium implants that were being used in Europe were available here! I was finally having serious enough symptoms, and my thermography of face, neck, and breasts was showing that I had to get this resolved. After going to over a dozen dentists in the last ten years, I finally found Dr. Cintron. Her office is four hours away from me, but that was a small inconvenience for the phenomenal quality of care that I was able to receive!

When the root canals were removed, the infection was massive. Having the infection out of my mandible and maxilla, I was able to start recovering from the long uphill battle of barely managing my chronic symptoms. Life looks a lot brighter toI’ve personally day with an infection invested in revershen the root canals were free mouth, healthy ing the damage gums, and sinuses, removed, the infections were that conventional and my new implants massive. Having the infection out dentistry did to and teeth! There are me as a child and of my mandible and maxilla, I was many, many healthyoung adult, and able to start recovering from the promoting solutions there are no words long uphill battle of barely manfor safely whitening to describe the toll teeth, keeping your aging my chronic symptoms.” to my health, and teeth clean, reducing the physical, menpathogenic infection tal, and emotional cost incurred as a in the mouth and gums, and restoring result of this very bad treatment. I was the micro biome in the mouth, gut and fortunate to find Dr. Yolanda Cintron sinuses. at The International Center for Dental Excellence in Ft Lauderdale. For years Dr. Cintron’s treatments are cusI had tried to find a biological dentist tomized for each patient’s needs or who could extract three root canals medical histories, with a combination


of cutting edge technologies. Protocols that include Dr. Hall Huggins, Dr. Clark, Dr. Weston Price, Dr. Max Gerson creator of the Gerson Therapy, an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. Dr. Cintron is always researching new ways to help her patients; therefore the protocols are constantly revised and improved. Your first step is finding a GOOD biological dentist. You are so very fortunate to have Dr. Yolanda Cintron and her team in Ft Lauderdale! Next, find a practitioner that you can work with who understands the importance of oral health, and who uses thermography. Get a good diagnosis and evaluation, and develop a plan to move forward. Educate yourself on what the best dental care is, and then don’t ever settle for less! This is a good way to start your new year off in an effort to improve your health dramatically. The great news is that biological dentists and healthcare practitioners from many disciplines come together to educate people on the vastly overlooked connection between problems in the mouth and illness. It is estimated that over 80% of disease symptoms are caused by problems in the mouth. Millions are exposed to disease promoting dental procedures every day! Call the International Center for Dental Excellence at 954.938.4599 for an appointment. See ad page 33.

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Super Bowl Eco-Stadium Gains National Spotlight The 50th Super Bowl will take place February 7 at the brand-new Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara, outside San Francisco, and the anniversary isn’t the only thing that’s historic. As part of a trend toward sustainability in athletic facilities, it’s the greenest and most technologically advanced professional football stadium in the U.S. The structure is designed to support sustainability, located on a site with accessible public transportation plus a bike path to encourage fans to pedal to and from games. Its predominantly open and airy, environmentally friendly building plan also takes advantage of the Silicon Valley climate. One outstanding feature is the green roof atop the suite tower on the west side of the stadium. Another is the three solar bridges connecting the main parking area to the stadium that generate energy from hundreds of solar panels. All of the wood used was repurposed from a local airplane hangar at Moffett Field, in Mountain View, California, and other reclaimed building products were used where possible. Reclaimed water sources serve potable and non-potable uses, including playing field irrigation. The local suppliers providing farm-to-table food menus also are required to practice composting and recycling to the greatest extent possible. For more information, visit

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McCormick Going Non-GMO McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to eliminate almost all genetically modified (GMO) ingredients from their product line by 2016. In response to increased consumer demand for healthier options, 80 percent of its overall gourmet herb and spice business in the U.S. will be both organic and non-GMO by 2016, as well as all McCormick-branded herbs, spices and extracts sold in the U.S. They will voluntarily label the updated products to inform consumers as part of a commitment to transparency and consumer education. The first product introduced, a non-GMO vanilla extract, is already available. McCormick also uses steam treatments in its processing to preserve the health benefits of spices instead of the ionizing irradiation used by competitors. Although food radiation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some studies link it to significant health problems. “Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food,” says McCormick President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Kurzius. “Our efforts prove that we are listening to consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve.” Source: 16

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Lions Untamed

Shrine Circus Ends Wild Animal Acts Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallasbased Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them and they are deserving of our respect and awe. They’re not here to perform tricks for our entertainment.” He says, “I’ve tried to listen to the mothers that said they didn’t want their kids to grow up and learn that the animals they saw had been probed, poked, prodded and chained to a floor.” The move has received an outpouring of support from outside the industry, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cunningham’s Shrine Circuses will still feature high wire acts, human cannonballs, trapeze artists and motorcycle tricks, along with performing horses and dogs. “The horses and dogs act in true collaboration with their owners,” says Cunningham. “We feel the audience still wants to see domestic animals.” Source:

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Ocean Wear

Adidas Using Plastic Ocean Debris to Make Shoes Athletic shoemaker Adidas has teamed up with New York-based Parley for the Oceans, a multidisciplinary organization with a passion for protecting the oceans, to make footwear out of garbage. Available soon, the soft upper part of the shoe is knitted entirely from waste and debris pulled from the ocean, including yarn and fibers—just some of the estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in the sea. With no extra material left over, nothing goes to waste; the shoes also incorporate illegal fishing nets taken from poachers. Adidas executive Eric Liedtke suggests the technology could move beyond shoes and find its way to T-shirts, shorts and other apparel. A full line of similar consumer-ready products will be integrated into the Adidas line this year. The larger issue goes beyond recycling and repurposing to avoid waste altogether. Plastic takes more than 450 years to decompose, so conservationists and researchers at Parley for the Oceans hope to re-imagine plastics by designing a renewable solution. In cleaning up our oceans, we protect ecosystems, food sources, jobs and local economies. Source: Upworthy

Young Children Can Unlearn Racial Sterotyping New research by Paul Quinn, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, and his collaborators across the globe, have found a simple exercise that can undo the unconscious racial biases that may begin to develop as early as infancy. Quinn learned that 3-month-olds begin showing a visual preference for the same race they see most often in their daily lives. By 9 months, infants not only distinguish racial categories, but also become less able to tell different individuals apart if they are members of a less-familiar race. In the experiment, the scientists morphed together photos of African and Asian faces to create ambiguous images that looked equally African and Asian. As a result, Quinn reports, “At 9 months, they didn’t respond to the differences between the African and Asian categories, but instead they had two less discriminatory broad categories; ‘own race’ and ‘other race’. We think it might be a precursor to an initial ‘in group/out group’ differentiation and suggest that perceptual and social processing of faces may overlap, even in infants.” Source: natural awakenings

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For many, getting a coffee to go at a favorite spot on the way to work or while dropping the kids off at school and running errands is a weekday ritual. It also warms up the body on cold mornings in northern regions this time of year. The java might taste even better if we reduce the amount of waste traditionally involved. Here are a few ways to better cherish Earth’s resources. Avoid the paper cup; carry a reusable thermos or insulated bottle instead as a matter of routine. Author and activist Beth Terry, in her book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and How You Can Too suggests both stainless steel beverage containers and mugs. She also recommends glass mason jars and points out that EcoJarz recently began making stainless steel caps and lids instead of plastic. Learn more at Terry further cites the unhealthy aspects of continual use of paper cups because, “Many are lined with plastic, and the plastic lids are often the equivalent of Styrofoam.” If caught without a favorite reusable container,’s Katherine Martinko recommends at least giving an old paper cup one more turn. “It’s not a zero waste solution, but if you’ve already got a paper cup in your car or kitchen, you might as well extend its life. Wash and hand it over the next time you get a coffee,” she suggests. “It will still do the job.” For those that add cream, milk or sugar to coffee, consider the waste involved just in the plastic and wood stirrers provided by the shop that are tossed in the trash after serving their one-time function. “Avoid all of them,” advises Terry. “Carry a clean utensil in the car,” such as a bamboo tableware or a spork (combination spoon and fork). Cutting down or weaning off of dairy, sugar and especially sugar substitutes is another healthful move.

Juicing Can Change Your Life by Sean Herbert


ou’ve seen all the late night infomercials and listened to your friends brag about how great they feel and how much weight they’ve lost and how they are looking younger by the day. So, now you want to get juiced! Your first instinct is to immediately dust off your old Margarita blender and throw in a couple of apples, strawberries and bananas and crank out a nice fruit cocktail, but you forgot the rum. Wait, aren’t you doing this to improve your health? Well, maybe it’s time to do a little research. What is the best juicer for health? Juicetrition. “Chew your food!” Mom was right. Your teeth and the act of chewing are the best juicer for health. The act of chewing or masticating your food, combined with the pre-digestion that takes place in your mouth, creates the perfect digestible solution for your body to absorb for fuel. As to the type of juicing machine, I suggest a masticating juicer. A single auger is best to get started. A model like the Omega 8000 series is a great way to start juicing. The main reason I suggest these juicers is they are easy to use and clean. If they are easy to use and clean, you will juice more. More Juice = More Life. For beginners who want to test the hobby of juicing, I suggest the Manual Lexen Healthy Juicer. This is an inexpensive way to buy a juicer and determine if juicing is for you. The only drawback is that you have to do the work. A few months later, if you think juicing is your passion, you can explore the higher-end juicers like the Angel or Norwalk. What should I juice? A wise man once broke down nutrition into its simplest form by asking, “Where does life come from?” (The Sun.) Where does the Sun store its energy on Earth? The answer is in something green and leafy. Eat plants! According to many recent medical studies, lack of oxygen to the cells may be the leading (if not the only) cause of disease. What takes in carbon dioxide and produces oxygen? Plants. Chlorophyll, the “blood

of the plant”, is one atom of magnesium different than hemoglobin in human blood. Hemoglobin is responsible for delivering and feeding oxygen to the cells. The largest and strongest animals get their protein from plants to feed their strong bones and muscles. So what should we juice? Something green and leafy! Now, let’s dig a little deeper in the garden of knowledge. What green and leafy plants have the most stored energy from the Sun and provide the cells with the most oxygen? The answer is sprouts— the most nutritious food on the planet! Don’t have time to juice? I suggest wheatgrass—the largest source of oxygengiving chlorophyll in the plant kingdom. The best bang for your time and money. Simply juice two ounces of wheatgrass, drink from your formerly rum-stained shot glass, and enjoy the comparable benefits of eating five pounds of organic vegetables in one shot. You can’t make it any simpler than that! Wheatgrass is a natural detoxifier and blood cleanser. It oxygenates and purifies your blood, boosting your immune system and allowing the body to heal and recover faster. A week of juicing wheatgrass and your friends will be jealous of you! But don’t stop there: Broccoli sprouts contain cancer fighting sulforaphanes; sunflower sprouts activate every cell in the immune system, building muscle, bone and the neurological system; pea sprouts are a complete protein and have been attributed to eliminating plaque on arterial walls. The benefits of juicing sprouts are endless. So, now you know what and how to juice. The next step is to stop by our store to pick up your juicer, sprouts and recipes, and don’t forget to brag to your friends! Got Sprouts? is located at 1880 W. 10th St., Riviera Beach. Call 917-7677848, email or visit Sean Herbert and wife Jody experienced serious health challenges in the past. Through support, research and divine guidance, they were led to Hippocrates

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How to Prevent Herpes Outbreaks by Francine Kanter


erpes is a general term for two different diseases: one affects the area around the mouth (oral herpes, also known as cold sores) and the other affects the area around the genitals (genital herpes). Viruses cause both of these diseases. The herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) causes oral herpes; both HSV-1 and herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) cause genital herpes. While HSV-1 and HSV-2 are different viruses, they look very much the same and are treated similarly. Herpes cannot be cured. Once someone is infected with either virus, it cannot be cleared from the human body. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 live in nerve cells, usually under the skin. Neither virus is always active. They often remain silent or inactive in these cells, sometimes for many years or even a lifetime. This is called “latency”. For reasons not entirely understood by researchers, the viruses can become active and cause symptoms, which include sores around the mouth or near the genitals. This is called “reactivation”. These symptoms can come and go in what is known as outbreaks or flare-ups. During a flare-up, the virus becomes active and causes a chain of


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events leading to a cluster of small bumps to form. The bumps may rupture, heal and then disappear for an indefinite period of time. How is Herpes Treated? Herpes cannot be cured. Once either virus is inside the body and settles itself into the nerve cells, it cannot be eliminated. However, herpes sores can be treated. Treatment can speed up healing time, reduce pain and delay or prevent additional flare-ups. Typically, treatment is used only during flare-ups. In people with compromised immune systems, flare-ups can be frequent and may require longterm therapy. Prevention and Care During a flare-up, it is important to keep the sores and the area around the sores as clean and dry as possible. This will help the natural healing process. Avoid tightfitting undergarments. The amino acids lysine and arginine have been shown to play a role in herpes flare-ups. According to some new research, lysine can help control herpes flare-ups. Arginine, on the other hand, can actually make flare-ups worse. In turn, foods that are rich in lysine but low in arginine can help control both oral and genital herpes.

Fish, chicken, beef, lamb, milk, cheese, beans, brewer’s yeast, mung bean sprouts and most fruits and vegetables (except peas) have more lysine than arginine. Gelatin, chocolate, carob, coconut, oats, whole wheat and white flour, peanuts, soybeans and wheat germ have more arginine than lysine. Keeping a Strong Immune System Homeopathy plays a huge role in maintaining a strong immune system. The appropriate homeopathic remedy will keep the herpes virus in a dormant stage. Very often, people come to me suffering from recurrent herpes outbreaks, and after specific examination of the person’s lifestyle, it is found they are experiencing high stress—a major contributor to herpes. High stress depletes the immune system. Homeopathy is a complete system of healing without any side effects and will restore balance and health to the overall system. Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHOM(NA), board certified homeopath practitioner, has been in practice for over 20 years. Her office is located at 9895 NW 48th Ct., Coral Springs. For more information, call 754-484-7988, email or visit See ad page 53.

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DEEP LISTENING Our Wholehearted Attention Is Our Greatest Gift by Kay Lindahl


erhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. Such listening is a creative force. We expand, ideas come to life and grow and we remember who we are. It brings forth our inner spirit, intelligence, or true self, and opens up the

space for us to thrive. Sometimes we have to do a lot of listening before another’s inner being feels replenished. Some people just need to talk and go on and on, usually in a superficial, nervous manner. This often happens because they have not been truly listened to. Patience is required to be a listening presence for such a person long enough that they get to their center point of tranquility and peace. The results of such listening are extraordinary. Some would call them miracles.

Listening well takes time, skill and a readiness to slow down to afford time for reflection and to let go of expectations, judgments, boredom, self-assertiveness and defensiveness. When two people listen deeply to one another, we sense that we are present not only to each other, but also to something beyond our individual selves; something spiritual, holy or sacred. Once we experience the depth of being listened to like this, we naturally begin to listen to be present with another. We notice what occurs when we interrupt someone and when we don’t. We watch what unfolds when another stops speaking and we ask, “Is there anything else?” Listening is an art that calls for practice. Imagine if we all spent just a few minutes each day choosing to practice the art of listening; of being fully present with the person we are with. Being truly listened to and understood yields a sigh of contentment and joy. Kay Lindahl, of Long Beach, CA, is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, from which this was adapted with permission from SkyLight Paths Publishing.

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Why Am I Sensitive to Everything but Allergy Test Says Otherwise? by Harry Hong, Ph.D. L.Ac.


nconsistency of allergy tests and clinical symptoms comes in both ways. The tests may say that you have an allergy when you do not. Or you are sensitive to many foods but the test doesn’t show this. Popular allergy tests include skin test and blood test. In the first, a small amount of a suspected allergen is placed on or below the skin to see if a reaction develops. The second looks for antibodies (IgE and IgG) in the blood through the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA, EIA). Both tests may have “false positive” and “false negative” when comparing to clinical symptoms. What causes allergy tests to be unreliable? One key factor we have all missed is the lack of understanding of allergy and sensitivities. Medical textbooks state that the physiological basis for allergy is an allergen-antibody reaction that triggers mast cell degranulation and leads to inflammatory reaction. Modern allergy tests always look for antibodies against certain allergens as an indication of allergies. However, is the allergen-antibody reaction the only reaction that triggers mast cell degranulation? The answer is no. More and more recent studies suggest that there is another pathway that is able to trigger mast cell degranulation and lead to allergic reaction—the neurogenic inflammation.


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Neurogenic inflammation is inflammation arising from the local release from peripheral afferent neurons of inflammatory mediators such as substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which further trigger mast cell degranulation. Neurogenic inflammation has been linked to many allergic conditions such as asthma, dermatitis and urinary tract inflammation.

Many allergies and sensitivities can be a result of neurogenic inflammation, not allergen-antibody reaction. Instead of recognition of allergen with antibodies, neurogenic inflammation recognizes allergen through exposure to the nervous system. Upon exposure to the allergen, peripheral nerve endings like sympathetic nerve fibers are activated and release inflammatory mediators to trigger allergic reaction. I call this process neurogenic sensitization reflex (NSR). Unlike the antibody-antigen reaction, NSR doesn’t involve antibodies. Thus, allergy tests that look for antibodies don’t show positive findings. Moreover, the severity of NSR may change every time exposed to the allergen. It depends on many factors such as exposure frequency and the whole body condition such as overall inflammation level and neuroendocrinological functions. The inconsistent nature of NSR creates even more difficulties in detection of allergy and sensitivities. The differences between NSR and antibody-antigen reaction are listed below.

nerve response to surroundings and neurogenic inflammation, including NSR. Due to the inconsistency of NSR reaction, results of electrodermal screening alone cannot be used to diagnose allergies. However, combined with patient history and symptoms, this technique can be a viable tool to detect the presence of NSR. Immune System Reprogramming (ISR) is a technique to reprogram or desensitize NSR. This technique is a variation of the Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET), a special acupressure treatment (a back tapping technique) with the patient holding the suspected allergic substance. The back tapping technique sends signals to the spine and sympathetic ganglions to balance the autonomic function. Upon exposure to an allergen (holding in hand), the sympathetic system is likely activated and a change in skin impedance can be detected with electrodermal screening. After the back tapping, sympathetic activation eases and a new memory associated with the allergen is created and stored in the nervous system. Next time when exposed to the substance, sympathetic nerve may not be as aroused as in the past and the sensitization memNeurogenic Sensitization Antigen-Antibody ory is likely to be reprogrammed. NAET Reflex Reaction and many variations have been used by thousands of practitioners worldwide with Sensitization Nervous system Antibodies good results. memory ISR is an in-home procedure and patients don’t have to go to the doctor’s Antibody No Yes office all the time. It is non-invasive and detection works for children as well. However, ISR alone doesn’t address the root issues for Reaction upon Inconsistent More consistent allergy and sensitivities, which include exposure to allergen toxin accumulation inside the body and the malfunction of the adrenal system due Severity and Less severe and seldom More severe and to stress. A comprehensive treatment plan tissue damage permanent tissue damage possible tissue damage is needed to completely heal various sensitivity-related inflammatory conditions. Dr. Harry Hong is a licensed Electrodermal screening is a computerized technique to acupuncturist specializing in holistic healing for highly sensitive indetect changes in acupuncture points in skin impedance. This dividuals. He teaches the highly sensitive how to listen to their body technique measures sympathetic nerve response to stimuli exposed and take charge of their own health. With his own systematic IBMT to the body because skin electrical activity is controlled by sympa- protocol that includes Chinese medicine, modern homeopathy, thetic functions. Upon exposure to substance to which the body is energetic testing and allergy desensitization, Dr. Hong helps them sensitive, sympathetic nerve endings can be activated and a series gain back their immune strength and get their life back. He has of neurogenic responses follow, including the changes of skin imoffices in South Florida and Chicago. For more information, email pedance around acupuncture points. Thus, electrodermal or visit See ing technique could provide valuable information for peripheral ad page 31.

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Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets

Her Natural Lifestyle Choices Keep Her Young by Gerry Strauss


lyssa Milano has grown up, and most of us have grown up with her. From her days as preteen tomboy Samantha Miceli on Who’s the Boss? to witchy woman Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, the actress has been a vibrant, relatable and beautiful persona we’ve come to know via television. She was even named a UNI-


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CEF ambassador in 2004. Today, with a young family, her Touch licensed sports apparel line, and the wisdom that accompanies adulthood, her commitment to a natural, ecofriendly lifestyle has become another hallmark of her life.

What connection do you see between eating

organic foods and maintaining the energy level that your busy life requires? I think everything that you put into your body has a connection to how well we function in daily life. As a mom of two, eating organic is a priority; when organic is not an option, it’s about finding the healthiest accessible choices. I eat tomatoes like other people eat fruit and love papaya. I would put avocado on anything. I also like to cook with healthful herbs and spices like garlic and onions, which is natural for an Italian like me. We keep genetically modified foods out of our house.

Which fitness habits embodied by others have you made your own? In my Who’s the Boss? days, Tony Danza and Judith Light were always active and athletic. Tony would bring in a tap dance teacher and Judith a private trainer during lunch breaks. Being tutored on the set, I had no physical education classes or sports activities, so it was super-important for me to see how self-motivated they were to stay fit

and in shape. Their example instilled a desire to take care of myself as an adult.

What role does nature play in your daily life? I love being outside in my organic garden three or more times a week. Also, the kids and I regularly head outside, which is an easy place to keep them happily and healthfully occupied without my having to jump through hoops.

As an advocate of breastfeeding, which benefits do you think are especially good for mother and child? In the beginning, a primary benefit is giving your child quality nourishment, including healthy antibodies and other goodies to support health. As they start eating solids, it’s still about maintaining that intimate connection until they’re ready to be weaned and you’re ready to surrender this last physical bond.

How do you balance family life with your acting career? It’s a hard balance for anyone, especially one who’s detail-oriented and a

bit of a perfectionist, like me. The most important thing is to be in the moment, doing the best I can every day. I’ve also learned to be kind to myself when I’m failing to do so or something is annoying me due to some unfortunate imbalance.

How do you and your husband keep both your friendship and love vibrant? We work hard at maintaining a good and healthy marriage, which can be tested in tough times. I believe that it’s vital to have the ability to laugh; you have to find humor in things, reminding yourself and each other that there is something funny in every daily activity, no matter how mundane or hard. When there’s no time to eat together or be intimate, shared laughter is an easy thing to achieve together. Done daily, it can only make the marriage stronger. We enjoy date nights once or twice a week when my parents take care of the kids. I’ll put on mascara and change out of yoga pants, even if we’re just hanging out together.

Then we do little things like asking how each other’s day went and caring about the answer. We also look for ways we can help each other throughout the week.

What actions does your family emphasize in being stewards of the Earth? We try to be as eco-friendly as possible, including having lights on timers, conserving water and being kind to animals. I cannot stress how important it is to visit a farm and organic gardens and orchards with children so that they see where their food comes from. We can’t take good food for granted.

In addition to a naturally healthy lifestyle, what else do you credit for your enduring youthfulness? My secret is happiness. I’ve always said that as long as my laugh lines are deeper than my frown lines, I’m living a good life. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us by Judith Fertig

For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up between unlikely confidants.


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hildhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Fierce tennis competitors Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki like to get together for a gal-pal getaway after a major match. Country music artists Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married following an 18-year friendship; “We had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” says Brooks. Rafts of research confirm how friendship enriches us. Carlin Flora, of New York City, spent years as a Psychology Today writer and editor before penning Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are. She notes that among the varied and perhaps unforeseen benefits, friendships can help us “shed pounds, sleep better, stop smoking and even survive a major illness.” An ongoing, two-decade-plus study of nearly 1,500 seniors by the Flinders University Centre for Ageing Studies, in Australia, found those with a large network of friends outliving others with the fewest friends by 22 percent. The University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center also reports people with five or more close friends as 50 percent more likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than those maintaining fewer confidants. “Friends past and present play

powerful and often unappreciated roles in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives,” says Flora. “Even in a supposedly meritocratic society, friends give jobs and assignments to each other, so having friends that share your career interests and aspirations can get you much farther than you could ever get on your own.”

How to Make Good Friends by Shasta Nelson

Three Necessary Ingredients Both friendship and romantic bonds are developed when three things occur: We feel satisfied, which happens when an interaction has more positivity than negativity. We feel safe, which comes when we commit to consistent time with each other. We feel seen, which we experience when we practice revealing ourselves and expressing vulnerability. Here’s a formula for creating meaningful connections: Positivity + Consistency + Vulnerability = Frientimacy.

Two Steps It usually takes most people six to eight interactions with someone new before they start feeling like friends. The sooner they schedule such occasions, the sooner the rewards. c Be open to making new friends. c Make the first move; repeat.

Make New Friends, Keep the Old Today, making and keeping friends can be challenging, due to distance, frequent life changes, overprotective parenting and substituting social media for more intimate face time. It all makes friendship more fluid than we might realize, says Shasta Nelson, the San Francisco founder of GirlFriendCircles. com, a women’s friendship matching site and author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends, plus the upcoming book, Frientimacy, about deepening such relationships. “Most of us replace half of our close friends every seven years,” says Nelson. Although this might seem alarming, she considers it a natural ebb and flow. “We all need a couple of very close friends, while others that come and go might just be what we currently need—at work or school, among firsttime parents, in a new neighborhood, starting a job, in retirement or during

Hallmarks of good friendship include staying in touch and being consistently positive and vulnerable, so as we reveal ourselves over time, we can be authentic with each other. some other life change,” she says. Canadian Greg Tjosvold, a married middle school teacher in Vancouver, Canada, has enjoyed great friendships with women, including his wife, partly because he doesn’t relate to men’s generally competitive nature and interest in sports. But when a close female friend moved away, he wanted to expand his circle to include men. He joined a group called The Barley Brethren that sample craft beers and talk about life. Although not into suds, he values

One Ratio To keep a friendship going, remember that it has to have a positivity-to-negativity ratio of at least five-to-one. That means sharing five times more fun and feel-good moments than stressors that can range from disappointments and frustrations to jealousies. By definition, to be and keep a good friend requires that both parties bring satisfying positivity to the relationship. Source: Adapted from Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Intimacy by Shasta Nelson; scheduled for release in March. natural awakenings

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Everyone from contemporary scientists to ancient philosophers agrees that having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness. ~Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project “having a safe and enjoyable place to discuss deep issues, victories and temporary setbacks.” He admits, “That’s over-simplification, though.” Finding a group of men he can feel a part of has validated him, making this unique man


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still feel like one of the guys. Nelson categorizes the concentric circles of developing friendship as starting with a mutually agreeable acquaintance or contact, and then moving emotionally closer with someone that we find similarities with. Then the original bond can enter the confirmed friend category. A group of friends, like a longtime book club, can constitute a community. The highest level is the committed friend that has evolved into a trusted and valuable life companion. Sarah Huntsman Reed, a medical counselor in Kansas City, Missouri, has such a lifelong friend. She met Doug Reed, now a pharmacist, when both were in their high school musical, Once Upon a Mattress. Reed had a great sense of humor, Sarah remembers. “He’s still the most honest yet kindest person I’ve met,” she says. Soon, their mothers became friends, too, and the two teens would pair up for family weddings. Then she went to college and married and he moved away; yet they stayed in touch through mutual friends and their moms, catching up in person when he returned to his hometown.

Seventeen years after they first met, by which time Sarah was divorced, the two discussed taking their friendship to the next level and soon married. “It was a big decision to commit, because we knew so much about each other,” she says. “But we prefer each other’s company, and it was the best thing we ever did.”

Safety Net In trying times, friends can surround us with positive energy, says Madisyn Taylor, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the spiritual blog DailyOm, in Ashland, Oregon. “The people we love form a protective barrier that buffers and shields us from many of the world’s more crippling blows,” including receiving hurtful slights from others. How we make friends has been altered by today’s social landscape, which includes working parents and Amber Alerts. The days of children freely roaming their neighborhood discovering friends to play with are, unfortunately, over, says Jennifer S. White, a Toledo, Ohio, blogger and author of The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother.

“My long-term friendships from childhood were all built around being neighbors and playing together just because we wanted to,” recalls White. With today’s safety concerns and worklife challenges, parents now set up playdates, a more structured, less organic way of fostering childhood friendships, and they must be proactive to ensure success. White has some misgivings about this modern-day approach. “When I think about that one little gleaming seed of truth at the heart of why, it’s often because I don’t think it’s fair that I have to be a popular ‘playdate mom’ for my kid to have some friends.”

Besties and Buddies Automatic playdates—with siblings— often enhance family ties through lifelong friendships. Sally Ekus is a culinary talent representative in Florence, Massachusetts. Her younger sister, Amelia, is the general manager of Twitter Cafe, in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn. Both foodies have knife-and-fork tattoos. Sally is more into meal ingredients and preparation, while Amelia loves pouring wine and making sure everyone is comfortable. “Together,” says Sally, “we create total hospitality, from lavish Passover seders to Friday nights with friends.” She notes that her sister is the only other person who understands what the world looks like through the Ekus girls’ perspective. Some adults might never meet face-to-face, but become friends via social media. American Jamie Schler, co-owner of the Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, with her native-born husband, says, “Social media [especially Facebook posts] is how I meet and make personal friends and keep in touch on a daily basis. As an expat, this is important because I often feel far from family and friends that understand me, share common interests and ideas and speak the same language—and I don’t necessarily mean English.” Her high-tech circle ranges from hometown pals to new friends in the food community and political forums. She raves, “It’s a place where I find them all at the same time!” Nelson remarks, “No one is saying

Facebook should replace visits, nights out and phone calls, but in a world where most of us wish we felt closer to a few more people, it doesn’t hurt to use every tool at our disposal for creating connections.” Differences in age needn’t be a hurdle in forging friendships. Candelaria Silva-Collins, an arts marketing professional in Boston, attended area social gatherings where she regularly encountered a museum director and his wife. “They seemed like a fantastic couple,” she says, and began a friendship with the older woman, despite their being from different generations. “My friend teaches me a lot about being vital and vibrant,” she says.

Expanding Circles Becoming friends with people of

different ages, languages and social standing gives us a spiritual workout, advises Nelson. With a master’s degree in divinity, Nelson views friendship as a type of health club in which we develop our empathy, forgiveness and compassion muscles through practice. “Friendships are the way we become better people,” she says. Furthermore, the process, especially with people unlike us, leads to a better world. “Being able to inherently care for people we know makes it easier to do the same for people we’ve not met yet,” says Nelson. World peace happens one friend at a time. Freelance writer Judith Fertig also blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

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Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease by Linda Sechrist


he focus of functional medicine— whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic

health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might

indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

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Beyond nutrition, academy curricula for dentists now include such titles as Arteriology and Vascular Inflammation – The Oral/Systemic Connection, based on a course designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have

continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

Respiratory Health Links

Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going

to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular

advancement oral devices used to move the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers. All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Ancient Grains for Modern Palates Gluten-Free and Eco-Friendly Grains Gain Favor by Judith Fertig


ncient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage


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the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red wholegrain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages.

According to Harry Balzer, an expert surveyor of food and diet trends with The NPD Group, concerns about grains and gluten have prompted about a third of Americans to try to cut back on both since 2012. About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, estimates the Celiac Disease Foundation, but many more prefer not to eat gluten. Many ancient grains are naturally gluten-free, including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice and teff. “Some think that a grain-free way of eating is healthier and also better for the planet,” says food writer Maria Speck, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals and Simply Ancient Grains. “But that may be too simplistic, a characteristic of many diet trends.”

Better for Our Health Whole grains fill us up and provide fiber, both necessary for maintaining optimum digestion and weight, says Kathleen Barnes, a widely published natural health expert in Brevard, North Carolina. Eating more whole grains has been previously associated with a lower risk of major diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, based on studies by the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition, agrees that whole grains are


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t’s best to cook up a batch of ancient grains ahead on the weekend for use during a busy week. To inject more color and flavor, add a pinch of saffron to turn the cooking water golden, or cook the grains in pomegranate juice. Cooked grain keeps in the refrigerator for up to seven days, ready to enhance salads, soups, yogurt or desserts. Amaranth. The seed head of pigweed, amaranth can be baked into a custard or added to a soup. Grown by the Aztecs, iron- and protein-rich amaranth can be popped raw in a skillet like popcorn, and then added as garnish to soups and salads. Buckwheat. The seeds of a plant related

to rhubarb and grown in northern climates, buckwheat can be ground into flour for savory French crepes or simmered whole in soup. Quinoa. Grown at high altitudes, quinoa has become a popular addition to salads or yogurt, as well as its own side dish. Millet. A tiny, drought-tolerant grain, millet can be added to bread dough for texture or cooked as a healthy breakfast with toasted almonds and cardamom. Teff. From Ethiopia, the flour of this tiny grain is fermented and used to make the flatbread known as injera. Try a teff waffle with caramelized pineapple. Source: Adapted from Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck.

one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases. He’s the lead author of a new Harvard study of data associating consumption of whole grains with a 9 percent reduction in overall mortality and up to 15 percent fewer cardiovascular fatalities during two 25-year-long research initiatives that followed 74,000 woman and 43,000 men. The researchers cited substituting whole grains for refined grains and red meat as likely contributors to longer life. “Whole grains are nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fiber and even some protein,” observes Speck. With a German father and a Greek mother, she grew up in two cultures where grains are a part of everyday meals. “We eat them because they taste good.”

Better for Local Farmers Sourcing and eating more organic and GMO-free whole grains (absent modified genetics) can help support local farmers, Speck maintains. Choose barley from Four Star Farms, in Massachusetts; heirloom grits from Anson Mills, in South Carolina; quinoa from White Mountain Farm, in Colorado; or heirloom Japanese rice from Koda Farms, in California.

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Ancient grains require fewer natural resources to plant, grow and harvest. According to the Water Footprint Network, a pound of beef, millet and rice require 1,851, 568 and 300 gallons of water, respectively, to produce. Substituting grains in diets is a sustainable alternative to meat, and they grow on grasslands that now inefficiently support livestock. According to University of Cambridge Professor of Engineering David MacKay, it takes about 25 times more energy to produce one calorie of beef than one calorie of natural grain. Ancient grains can add variety and flavor to meals and a wealth of them are as close as the gluten-free aisle of a neighborhood grocery or health food store. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

Cooking with Ancient Grains the oil and wait until it shimmers. Add the onion and ¼ tsp of the salt. Stir occasionally, until the onion just starts to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes.

Buckwheat and Beet Soup Yields: 4 servings 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1½ cups chopped red onion (1 medium) ¾ tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves) ¼ tsp dried thyme ¾ tsp dried savory or ½ tsp more dried thyme ¾ cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha) 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cups raw shredded beets, preferably red (1 large or 2 small) 1 to 2 tsp honey 1 cup purified water (approximately) 2 tsp sherry vinegar, or more as needed

Ladle the soup into four bowls, garnish with a dollop of the yogurt topping and serve at once.

Stir in the buckwheat groats and cook, stirring occasionally and monitoring, until the grains take on some color, about 2 minutes. Add the broth (beware of splatter), the remaining ½ tsp salt and the pepper and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan.

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Stir in the garlic and the herbs thyme and savory, and then cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Watch closely, so as not to burn the pieces.

maybe add another teaspoon of honey and a bit more vinegar to balance it, and perhaps a tad more salt and pepper. The seasoning is forgiving because the topping will bring the flavors together.

Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the buckwheat is tender, about 15 minutes. While it simmers, prepare the horseradish yogurt topping: Combine the horseradish, salt and pepper in a small bowl and beat until smooth using a fork. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. To finish, stir in the beets and 1 tsp of the honey and then add about 1 cup of water to reach a preferred consistency. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften. Add the vinegar and taste for seasoning. Depending on the beets’ sweetness,

Cardamom-Infused Black Rice Porridge with Blueberries and Pistachios Yields: 4 to 6 servings Black Rice ¾ cup black rice

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2 whole green cardamom pods 1½ cups boiling purified water Porridge 1 cup half-and-half, plus more as needed 3 Tbsp maple syrup, or more as needed ¾ tsp ground cardamom 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 4 to 6 Tbsp pomegranate seeds, for garnish 3 Tbsp lightly toasted chopped plain pistachios, for garnish Start the rice the night before: Add the rice and cardamom pods to a large, heavy saucepan. Pour over the boiling water, cover and let sit at room temperature or overnight (or chill, covered, for up to 2 days). The next morning, make the porridge: Add 1 cup of half-and-half, the maple syrup and ground cardamom to the saucepan with the rice, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Uncover, decrease the heat to retain a lively simmer, and cook, stirring once occasionally, until the rice is tender with a slight chew, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the cardamom pods, if preferred. Add the blueberries and simmer gently until they are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes more. To finish, add ¼ to ½ cup more halfand-half to reach a desired consistency. Taste for sweetness and adjust with more maple syrup if needed. Divide between 4 to 6 breakfast bowls. Top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and 1 teaspoon of chopped pistachios. Serve warm.

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ECO-FRIENDLY DATING Going Online Makes it Easier by Avery Mack


mericans are staying single longer these days. Instead of marrying in our early 20s like in the 1960s, today we’re more likely to be upwards of 27 before committing. Careers and family obligations are among the factors causing delays, allowing couples to learn what really matters before they walk down the aisle. “A good partner is someone that encourages you to be your authentic self,” says Jill Crosby, host of the online dating website from Mount Shasta, California. “There are always some compromises, but similar core values and respect for each other make a good relationship even better.” Online dating isn’t just for the unmarried, post-college crowd. Widowed and divorced singles also find it a good way to ease into a renewed social life. According to a Northwestern University study, typical benefits include access to professional matching, a wider range of singles and better communications with potential partners.

Identifying Candidates Dates can still spring from chance

meetings, fix-ups by friends and family or workplace encounters, but these generally have the same success rate as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Adding must-have characteristics such as an eco-friendly lifestyle might land an aspirant in the shallow end of the dating pool unless it is prescreened by a conscious dating site. Discovering a potential partner via a dedicated online site enables members to refine their list of desired attributes versus deal-breakers, modifying their own profile accordingly. Elements of success stories usually include both prospects keeping an open mind while exploring a mutually compatible dating site. Honest communication is the most vital link in this get-to-know-you venue, but the goal is to meet, not become pen pals. When interest proceeds beyond onsite messaging, texting may follow, which tends to diminish fears of saying the wrong thing that could delay or prevent a more in-depth reply. Textpert, a free app that crowdsources text messages, comes to the rescue with suggested responses by other members to help anyone encountering writer’s block.

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Distance Hurdles Long distance isn’t often a deterrent when love is right. A California vegan that spent four years on multiple vegan dating sites found her match thousands of miles away in New York through NaturalAwakeningsSingles. com. When an eventual first meeting is more than a quick coffee date, prior Skype or FaceTime chats can confirm that the photo is current and messages were more than pickup lines. “Technology has made a tremendous difference in price, accessibility and reach,” says Crosby. “Members now post selfies as headshots, shoot their own videos and can access potential matches anywhere in the world.”





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Not all online relationships are love matches. Sometimes it’s enough to find like-minded people. “Natural is a safe place to talk about spiritual awakening without someone looking at you like you have three heads. I’ve met a number of people who speak my language,” says Sharmaine Monteith, a sales manager in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “When people care about the environment, it changes who they are and how they live. My profile maps my beliefs and my heart.” A University of Chicago study asked 20,000 people that married between 2005 and 2012 how they met. One third said online; half used another kind of dating service. Another telling statistic showed that those that met at work, in a bar or by blind date were 25 percent more likely to divorce. Researchers think this is because online daters know each other better before meeting. When folks fudge a bit in their profile, it’s mostly about weight and height.

Green Hot Spots “It’s easier to find a vegan date in the produce aisle of the grocery store than at the beach,” advises April Masini, a New York City author of four relationship books and the advice column. “Whether you’re looking in person or online for dates, focus on the areas where you’d naturally find others who are green like you.” Community gardens, river cleanups and Earth Day celebrations spring to mind. Make a green impression by wearing clothing made of sustainable fabrics and offering a small gift of a fair trade item, organic chocolates or native wildflower bouquet. The choice of going to a locally sourced restaurant will include an eco-friendly ride to get there. A 2014 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 50 percent of Americans over the age of 16 are unmarried—yet most believe marriage is extremely important. With all the people still looking for love, online meet-ups can dramatically improve success. Connect with the freelance writer via 40

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Mindful Minutes for Little Ones Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax by Julianne Hale


merican kids’ school, afterschool and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.

Start with Watching Breath “Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning

Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday lives; to give them a way to physically process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own internal source of strength, is crucial.” “Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus. From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She observes, “In any situation, especially in communities where reactivity,

impulsiveness and violent solutions are modeled, yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own what’s happened, move through it and move on.” “I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper. Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.” These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.

Step into Yoga Together Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As

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encouragement, “Make it fun,” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.” Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options. Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.” Marie cautions parents against insisting that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they are.” Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but sometimes children don’t necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar with. The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books. Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with a Boat


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Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom by Julianne Hale


hen Scott Frauenheim, director of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, noticed that some students in his kindergarten through eighth grade urban classrooms were not fully engaged, he decided to focus the 2014-2015 school year on mindfulness for both students and faculty. He enlisted the help of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-based school wellness organization founded by Carla Tantillo. Using the strategies Tantillo recommends in her book Cooling Down Your Classroom, teachers were taught to involve students in mindful minutes—short bursts of simple yoga poses, breathing exercises

and other techniques—to cultivate mindfulness. The initiative proved to be powerful and helpful, explains Frauenheim. “Soon students were able to identify areas of personal need throughout the day and cultivate mindfulness within themselves using what they learned.” The program concluded last year, but CICS West Belden teachers and students continue to use designated time to practice mindfulness in the morning and as a classroom mental reset when they notice that students are distracted or unfocused during the day. Mindful Practices’ innovative programs have achieved similar success in other elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area.

pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says. Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga, and mindfulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.” Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.


will stay to eat,” adds Logan. “Blue jays and titmouses are ‘grab-and-go’ birds.”

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or those that love animals but can’t provide a home to a domestic pet, wild birds are just outside the window. Between 50 and 60 million Americans list bird-watching as a hobby. To start, all we need is a bird feeder. For safety and comfort, position feeders near a tree or bush at least 15 feet from windows. Scott Logan, an Audubon Society board member in Sherman Oaks, California, cautions, “Birds stay alert for predators. An unmarked window looks like an escape route. They won’t see the glass.” Products like Window Alert, a decal that reflects ultraviolet rays birds see but humans don’t, can prevent a crash. A book on local birds will describe the best food to attract them, whether residents or just passing through.

Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars and orioles prefer citrus flavors. Cardinals and jays dine on sunflower seeds. Always provide unseasoned, unsalted seeds. In cold weather, also remember to hang homemade suet combining one part organic regular fat peanut butter with five parts organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Pour fresh water in the birdbath daily, change hummingbird nectar every three days and discard moldy seeds and old suet. Feeding year-round doesn’t interfere with migration, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York. Migration, nest building, feeding a new family and staying warm in colder weather require substantial calories. “American goldfinches are social and

In Arlington, Texas, Cathy Stein, owner of, will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year from February 12 to 15 ( “One easy resource for identifying birds is Merlin, the free app from Cornell Lab,” says Stein. “Take the bird’s picture, which is helpful in identifying details that can be overlooked or forgotten otherwise.” Merlin works like facial recognition for birds, comparing eyes, beaks and tails to species in its database by location ( Audubon’s free app includes birdcalls ( Jon Weber-Hahnsberg, a 12-yearold volunteer at the Dallas Zoo, and his seven-member team won last year’s statewide birding competition hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by identifying 72 species in 12 hours. “Now I’m hooked,” he says. “Outside the city, there are snowy egrets, waterfowl, hawks and owls to see.” National wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are suitable birding sites for both novices and pros. Here are some tips for beginners. Focus on big, easy-to-see birds. Sandhill crane tours are a hit in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states (fws. gov/refuge/Mississippi_Sandhill_Crane).

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Concentrate on birds that travel in flocks. Common redhead ducks migrate in great numbers to the Texas coast each winter ( LagunaAtascosaBirdlife). Look for standouts, birds with characteristics that capture the imagination, like the speed of a peregrine falcon, large wingspan of a California condor or unusual color of Florida’s roseate spoonbills. (Visit and In Maine, see puffins at the only colony that allows visitors to go ashore for a close-up look (MaineBirdingTrail. com/MachiasSealIsland.htm). Not a refuge, ownership of the island has been disputed for two centuries.

Incredible Hobby “Keeping a life list of birds you’ve seen, when and where, is not only fun,” says Nate Swick, author of the recent Birding for the Curious, in Greensboro, North Carolina. “It brings back memories of a time and place. Birding takes you places you wouldn’t think of. I’ve birdwatched in local landfills, as well as in India and Central America.” A particularly impressive sight was a shearwater, found 30 to 40 miles into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast, a species that only comes to land during breeding season. “Each bird has an incredible story,” he says. “Migrating birds that arrive exhausted and hungry after flying hundreds of miles will often look for local birds like chickadees that act as the welcome wagon, showing where food, water and a safe rest area can be found.” Erika Zar, a catalog copywriter in Madison, Wisconsin, happened upon the nearby Horicon Marsh Bird Festival ( “Everyone seemed so meditative, hiking in quiet groups. It was peaceful,” she says. “Listing the birds they saw on checklists was like a scavenger hunt for adults.” Zar immediately bought binoculars, but soon traded them for a better pair. “Bird-watching opened my eyes to a new world right in front of me,” she says joyfully. “I’d just never looked or listened closely enough before.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at 44

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Going to the Birds by Sandra Murphy


hris Santella, author of Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die, offers these top sighting spots. n Pointe Reyes National Seashore, California, is on a migration route between Alaska and Mexico and renowned as a resting spot for upwards of 500 species. n Tucson, Arizona, welcomes hummingbirds and exotics like the brilliantly plumed elegant trogon from the tropics. n High Island and Galveston, Texas, are the first stop for birds crossing the Gulf of Mexico.

n Cape May, New Jersey, hosts shorebirds year round plus it’s en route to Canada. n Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, in Chatham, Massachusetts, yields sightings of shorebirds such as plover, sandpipers and terns. n Prairie Pothole Region stretching from Iowa to Minnesota, Montana and the Dakotas is especially good for watching waterfowl. n Cleveland, Ohio, near Lake Erie, celebrates hundreds of species flying to Canada in May. “It’s great for anybody with a life list,” says Santella. “You can add scores of species to your list in one day.” In the fall, raptors migrate and Birds lists some of the best spots to watch hawks. n Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, in

Kempton, Pennsylvania n Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, in Sausalito, California n Hazel Bazemore County Park, in Corpus Christi, Texas n Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, in Duluth, Minnesota n Florida Keys Hawkwatch, Curry Hammock State Park, in Marathon, Florida n Cape May Hawk Watch, Cape May Point State Park, in New Jersey. As rivers freeze over, eagles migrate south to follow the food supply, often near dams where fish gather. During the spring thaw, they return north to nest. Prime Wisconsin eagle watching sites include Lake Pepin, Necedah Wildlife Refuge, La Crosse, Prairie du Sac refuge, Sauk City and Wyalusing State Park. Alton, Illinois, is also along the Mississippi Flyway for eagles. Florida eagles tend to stay year-round.

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Why We Need to Forgive Our Parents Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC Dear Karen Kaye, Why is it so important to forgive our parents? Why forgive parents who have done us wrong? William

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Dear William, Let me begin by asking you some questions. What do you get out of not forgiving your parents? What does that non-forgiveness do to you and your life? What does it do to your mind, body, spirit and relationships over time? Who does it serve? What is the payoff? What is the cost? Any person or event that you do not forgive, owns your power. Anger creates a strong relationship; no one is free. Most people who do not forgive have to run from relationship to relationship. All long-term relationships require forgiveness. Also, those persons who can’t forgive others will rarely forgive themselves. William, here are some new vantage points. Forgiveness does not mean to forget. You are not letting the other person “off the hook”—you are learning from another’s lesson. Rarely do parents get up in the middle of the night to consciously plan how they can wreck their children’s lives. They are just unconsciously passing down what they learned from

their parents (could you possibly be doing this to your own children on some level?). By the time an individual reaches the age of 21, their life is whatever they make of it. So get up, get help, and let your best revenge be that your life works. By the way, once your life works, it is easy to forgive your parents! Please do not wait for your parents to die to forgive them! Many thanks. Sincerely, Karen L. Kaye Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Broward County, and specializes in forgiveness of self and others. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-3841217. See ad page 51.

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Friday, February 5

“eARTh ~ Honoring Our Garden” Art Exhibit featuring artwork of SusieQ & Nanette Notestein. Meet the artists 5-7pm, Opening Day. This Exhibit will run through February 25. Work available for purchase. Anne Kolb Nature Center and Exhibit Hall, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, FL 33019. For appointment with SusieQ, call 954.295.2315.

Saturday, February 6

200 Hour Teacher Training Open House Come learn about curriculum specifics and talk with the teaching team and graduates. Be up to something big to transform your life and make a difference in the lives of others! greenmonkey, 1445 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. 954.533.6782.

Sunday, February 7

Soulful Sunday Brunch - Join us for a vibrant and spirited vinyasa yoga class on GreenBar & Kitchen’s outdoor patio. Brunch and Bellinis to follow! Green Bar & Kitchen, 1075 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. 954.533.7507.

Saturday, February 13

Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep, “It’s A Shore Thing” – 7–11am. Volunteer beach clean-up. Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (on the beach, across from Jungle Queen). More info: Bob Lieberman, 954.593.8501. Partner Yoga w/ Ashley Adams Olson and Laurie Koris - 1:00-3:00pm, Join us for a afternoon of exploration and fun. Bring your partner


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or a friend and experience your practice in a new light while working together. greenmonkey, 1445 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. 954.533.6782.

SUNDAY, February 21

Problems with pain, stress or G.E.R.D? ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program offers “free consultation & acupuncture treatment” (herbs not included). Patients seen by Licensed Acupuncturists & supervised by expert in that field. Treatments observed by the class. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale. Appointments: 954.763.9840 ext.201.

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Friday, Feb 5, 10am Wednesday, Feb 17, 7pm Your Big Picture Cafe, 5935 S University Dr, Davie Please call and reserve your seat


Saturday, February 27

Foundations of Flow with Jessie Russo -.1:303:30pm, You will learn the foundational tools that will support you in finding ease and flow in your practice. greenmonkey, 1445 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. 954.533.6782.



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April, 2016

“From the Ground Up” - Art Exhibit at City Hall. With SusieQ’s guidance and Kids Ecology Corps volunteer groups, collaborative trashformational art was created through collecting plastic trash retrieved from local beaches, Select artwork is available for purchase. 100 N. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale.

Angel Card Certification (Doreen Virtue Teachings)

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

Feb. 20 10am-3pm (English) Feb. 27 10am-3pm (Spanish)

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


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

ongoingevents sunday Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary — 9am– 5pm. Classes for Interfaith Ministry Ordination. A Healing Space, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Yoga on the Beach — 9:30–10:30am, $10 Donation. Classes held daily weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity of Pompano – Join us at 9:30am: Power Hour discussion on spiritual topics/books led by Cynthia Roberts, L.U.T.. 11am: Celebration Service-Inspirational Message-Live Music; 11am Youth Classes K-12; Fellowship Hour following service. 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. Buddhist Meditation Class — 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191. Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 1550 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, 954.566.2868. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service, 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) — 11am– 12pm, ­Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, Multi-Purpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433. ECK Worship Service — 11am–12pm, Free. First Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. Prenatal Yoga — 11:45am–12:45pm. $15. Excellent class designed specifically for second and third trimesters. Other classes available. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, Florida 33319, Call Shauna for more details, 754.235.3353.

Halotherapy Breathing Class - 12:30–1:30pm, $20. Open to everyone - current and former smokers and people with respiratory or allergy issues. Dry saline aerosol inhalation cleanses deep. Salt This Way Wellness Center, 2286 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 754.223.2302. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st & 2nd Sun ea. mo. & 3rd Tues ea. mo) Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Community HU Chant — 7–7:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, Release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681. Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) — 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting calland-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

monday Gentle Yoga & Meditation — 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868. Tai Chi-Qigong Health – Newcomers & experienced. 7–8pm Mon. & Thurs; Plus - Thurs thru Sun 7:30–8:30am. Locations depend on weather. Call / Google web for details: Raven Cohan, Hollywood Beach 32 years certified Inst. Phone hours: 10am– 10pm 954.927.2836. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness – designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. 8–10pm. $20 per session. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)

Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga - 10:45am–12noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Transformational classes – first Tuesday of month, 5–7pm. Cultivate and integrate evolution of consciousness and spirituality, Rev. Rina Lichtinger & Carmelina Pena-Heminger. Minimum 5 participants. Rasa Sadhana, 1531 NE 15 Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, Must Pre-pay, RSVP: 954.892.4988. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 7pm, (3rd Tue ea mo, also Sun 1–3pm) Free, topics: Numerology, Handwriting, Auras, Near Death, Past Life, Kabbalah, Sondra & Charles Zecher’s Estate, 12140 NW 10 St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-ofbody or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Reiki Circle & Meditation — 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400. Unity of Pompano —7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857. Free Usui Reiki Circle — 7–8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP.

wednesday Fountain of Youth class - 9–10am, $10. Discover the power of your own body to stay resilient and to heal. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, 786.390.2919. Yoga Basics — 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868.

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

Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223.

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friday Fat Village Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./ mo) Free. Free parking lot & trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6-7:15pm. $15. Learn Krya Yoga (teachings of Pramahansa Yogananda), relaxation, & guided imagery, based upon self-realization fellowship teachings. Everybody is welcome. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 954.785.6333. Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale —6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305.


Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex — 7– 9pm. $5.00. Dynamic discussions of various Abraham Hicks quotes/processes. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, Patti Blankenship, 305.546.2526.

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Spiritual Evolution Study Group — 7–8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750.

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Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.

thursday Tai Chi-Chi Kung/Tao Yin Classes — 7:30–8:30am (+Fri­, Sat, Sun. am & Mon. night), Near shady lifeguard stand, Franklin St, N Hollywood Beach, Raven Cohan. 954.927.2836. Call for Web, directions. 32 years teaching. See Mon. night listing. 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.


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Vinyasa Yoga — 7–8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Carole’s Circle – Meditate & Manifest! Guided Meditation, Healing, Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $12. 1st & 3rd Thursdays each month. Tired of being sick and tired? Questions answered. Women’s Club of Deerfield Beach, 910 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Reservations: Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490. Buddhist Meditation Class — 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191.

Healing & Meditation Service —7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. Reiki Circle/Meditation — Hosted by Reiki Masters Mayra & Rose, 7:30pm, $Love, Essentials Complementary Wellness Center, 2104 N Federal Hwy, Ste A, Hollywood. 954.921.7808. Reiki Circle/Meditation —7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Community HU Chant — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Expand your awareness, Experience divine love, Heal a broken heart. Release your inner tensions, gain insight, peace, and comfort. Dunkin Donuts, Cappuccino Room, 9170 W. State Rd 84, Davie, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

saturday Tai Chi/Qigong Basics — 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252. Vinyasa Yoga — 9:30–10:30am. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591.

Women’s Tai Chi and Meditation — 10-10:55am, $10. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, text please 786.390.2919. Free Reiki Circle —10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale.

Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries — 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30–11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118.

Yin Yoga — 2-3:15pm, $15. Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing. Postures are held passively to expand the motion in the joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Finalizing with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach 954.785.6333. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — bi-weekly 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

Psychic Fair — (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/ Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428.

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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.

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Dr. Slavin has been in practice for 30 years and uses functional medicine and advanced medical tests to determine treatments and services that will keep you healthy. See ad page 13.

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HEALING ARTS Lisa’s Healing Center

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


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Lisa Smith 3170 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 211K Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-415-6285 Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Massage modalities, Energy Work, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Animal Communication, Classes. MM#27808.

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

Summit—Questa Montessori School

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

Organizer Life Organized by Bonnie, LLC


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

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

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

Dr. Wendy H. Weiner, Principal 5850 South Pine Island Rd, Plantation FL 954-680-5808

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

Weiner Sep16 seminars


W JoAnne Mckay 954-584-7355

Free one half-hour consultation offered.

relationship coaching getting what you want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 28.


Broward County, Florida

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

SPIRITUAL CENTER RASA SADHANA, a Place for Spiritual Growth Rina Lichtinger Carmelina Pena 954-952-4831

Monthly Classes, Homeopathy, Ta i - C h i , A r o m a t h e r a p y , Shamanism. Spiritual Development, Meditation, Pranayama, Reiki and more. We are here to create Global Consciousness, Peace & Harmony.

SPIRITUAL THERAPY Carole A. Ramsay, Ba. Div., RMT 954-655-5490

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

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

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

Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon

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

wellness Photon Light SPA

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

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1445 SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 954-533-6782 We deliver a powerful practice that elevates the quality life, not only for our students but for the communities beyond our studio walls. See ad page 5.

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

Primary Health Care with a Natural Approach including Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Quantum Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Detoxification, Natural Allergy Treatment, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. See ad page 32.

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


2495 E Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-491-1591 Yello! is a community space in East Fort Lauderdale where all ages can enjoy dance and yoga at all levels in our eco-friendly, stateof-the-art studios.

detail: “Heart of Mother Nature”

February Art Exhibit

“eARTh Honoring our Garden” Anne Kolb Nature Center 751 Sheridan St. Hollywood, FL 33019 Fri, Feb 5 from 5-7pm, Art Opening, public invited, meet and greet the artists and enjoy the show.


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