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newsbriefs New Natural Residence in West Palm Beach

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eveloper Ben Benson, of Ocean Land Trust, is offering a residence in a nearly 10-acre West Palm Beach gated sanctuary emphasizing natural and wildlife features. The largely unspoiled natural property includes large residences, a wildlife pond and mature landscaping, with more than 200 palm trees and frequent sightings of egrets, cranes, owls, migratory birds, otters and other animals. This private secure community is close to all the area’s renowned beaches and cultural attractions. “The Palm Beach area in Florida is one of the fastest-growing areas nationwide, with its spectacular climate, beaches, culture and healthy lifestyle,” says Benson. “Given its popularity and intensive development, it’s almost impossible to find larger unspoiled natural properties like this one.” For more information, including addresses, call 561-284-0199, email OceanLandTrust@yahoo.com or visit Wibiti.com/5OZT. See ad, page 5.

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entral Florida’s largest natural and green living expo will be held 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 26, at the Florida Tech Clemente Center in Melbourne. Excitement is building for this year’s Sunday, March 26, 2017 13th annual Healthy – 5:00pm Living Expo and producers expect10:30am it to be the best yet with a wide Florida Tech Clemente Center variety of new and interesting exhibitors and workshops. Melbourne Each year the Healthy Living Expo brings together a wide array of natural, organic and green living products, services, providers, information and experts for the home, pets and the whole family. The expo features many exciting speakers presenting topics on natural living and the exhibit hall is filled with exciting products, samples and interactive displays to get everyone’s organic juices flowing. For those interested in promoting their business at the expo, be sure to register by February 10 to be included in the expo program that will be featured in the March issue of Melbourne/Vero Beach edition of Natural Awakenings. Location: 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. For more Sponsor & Exhibitor opportunities information, call 321-777-6433. For complete details, visit HealNOW AVAILABLE! thyLivingExpos.com. See ad page 23.

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ummit-Questa Montessori principal Judith Dempsey was awarded the Richard and Dorothy Lear 2016-2017 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award—the highest honor given by the Association of Independent Schools of South Florida. She will accept her award at the annual conference in spring. Named for the founders of the Lear School of Miami, the award recognizes the distinguished career of Dempsey spanning more than 40 years. Her passion for education led her to be the founding owner and principal of the 25-year-old Summit-Questa Montessori School, in Davie, for students toddler age through 8th grade. Dempsey is also co-director of the Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute where she guides other teachers into the Montessori leaders of today and tomorrow. In her informative, bestselling book, Turning Education Inside-Out: Confessions of a Montessori Principal, she addresses the need for parents and educators to better understand the Montessori

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philosophy as a means to help solve the problems of the traditional structure of education in the U.S. Dempsey is a board member of the Montessori Florida Coalition. She has been trained to serve on school evaluation teams for the Middle States Association of Colleges and SchoolsCommissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). See ad page 49.

Global Influence Summit Feb. 8 - 10

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he New Year is here…a great time to map out how to make 2017 your best year ever in life, relationships and business. Up-leveling your business and your influence involves building meaningful connections, relationships and collaboration. That age-old saying, “Together we make a difference,” guides many influencers in the work they do to create a movement with their message and make a difference in the world. As an entrepreneur, life is full of choices and finding the one to effectively share your message is one you’ll gladly take action on, repeatedly. The Global Influence Summit is happening in Sunrise, February 8 to 10,

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A New Approach to Feminine Concerns

hildbirth, menopause, aging and other natural occurrences for women can affect both physical and mental wellbeing. Symptoms such as dryness, burning, incontinence and even pain can negatively impact one’s life. Now, however, these issues can be treated quickly, safely and painlessly. Emmanuela Wolloch, M.D. is proud to introduce vaginal laser therapy as a


holistic solution to women’s health concerns. Using an innovative laser therapy designed specifically to treat women’s intimate health concerns, this FDAapproved procedure requires no down time—women have reported a noticeable difference right away and enjoy a near immediate return to regular activities. The treatment is minimally invasive, highly effective and is performed in-office. Wolloch is a board certified OB/ GYN specializing in peri-menopausal and menopausal issues with a special interest in holistic and integrative medicine. Her boutique medical practice located in North Miami invites inquiry for additional information and looks forward to helping you get back to being comfortable, healthy and happy. Location: 1801 NE 123rd St., Ste. 415, N. Miami. For more information, call 305-935-8775, email DrEmWolloch@ gmail.com or visit EmmanuelaWollochmd.com. See ad page 22.

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fter several years of visiting salt caves at health resorts in Europe, Acupuncture Physicians David and Yelena Pakula decided to build one of their own. The new salt cave is located inside their spacious clinic, VitaHealth Acupuncture & Wellness Center, in

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H Pembroke Pines. They call it Vita Salt Cave. “We are excited to bring the incredible health benefits of halotherapy to our patients and our community,” says David Pakula. Halotherapy replicates natural micro climates such as the subterranean salt caves in Europe that have for generations been used to support respiratory health. Aerosolized salt is reported to have natural decongestive, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to benefit a variety of respiratory disorders, skin conditions, allergies, stress and more. Vita Salt Cave is the first and only salt cave in Southwest Broward County, and the only one in Broward County featuring the Halomed salt generator which uses computerized feedback from a sensor to monitor and control the dry salt aerosol concentration in the room. It also has the advantage of being operated under the supervision of caring, licensed health care practitioners. Individual, group and family rates and memberships available. Location: 12301 Taft St., Ste. 200, Pembroke Pines, 954-880-0090. See ad this page.

ealing with Love, in Hallandale, offers a variety of holistic approaches for wellbeing, including lymphatic therapy. While a client reclines on a massage table, the therapist increases electrostatic tension and stimulates lymph flow with the Lymph Drainage XP2. This state-of-theart device uses handblown glass tubes containing rare noble gases (argon, xenon and krypton) that devitalize bacteria and viruses. Moving the XP2’s two handheld glass tubes over the skin, the therapist manually directs the lymph along the client’s limb and torso. The glass tubes deliver an inaudible high-frequency signal that stimulates the lymphatic system and increases circulation, proper elimination and detoxification, while enhancing cell nourishment and immunity. Benefits: Assists with weight loss; regenerates tissue such as pre- and

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newsbriefs post-surgical scars, stretch marks and wrinkles, especially on the face; relieves discomfort from fibrocystic breasts; reduces symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Each lymphatic therapy session with XP2 has the equivalent effect of eight to 10 manual lymphatic massages and the client is left feeling calm and rejuvenated. Location: 132 NE 1st Ave., Hallandale Beach. For more information and/ or to make an appointment, call 305439-3956 or visit HealingWithLove.biz. See ad page 48.

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ticipants will learn more about the research and technology behind the accelerated learning tool called Mind Power Technology (MindPT) that serves businesses, nonprofits, organizations and entrepreneurs in creating positive results by priming the mind to start each day on a positive note. Serafini is a leading authority on positive priming and how to accelerate learning and change. This workshop is for coaches, practitioners, doctors, healers, educators, advocates, managers, trainers and others. Attendees will leave with real tools to navigate life more easily and beautifully. MindPT is a revolutionary new way to integrate new beliefs and cultivate the mindset and habits of happiness and success. Traditional personal growth programs often fail to produce the desired results because they require time, effort and discipline, but MindPT is quick and effortless, based on the latest in neuroscience research and proven positive psychology principles. It is shared in fun and engaging bite-sized lessons on a desktop computer or mobile app to create fast and enduring results. Cost is $49, including lunch. For location and tickets, visit PositivePrimingForSuccess.com. See ad page 2.

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nnouncing the grand opening of Sav-ALot Nutrition Centers. The shelves are stocked with a vast, incredible selection of vitamins and supplements. Sav-A-Lot also carries pet care, personal care and organic grocery merchandise. Al Forman and his staff bring to the business over 50 years of experience in the vitamin and supplement industry. They are committed to providing the very best customer service and the most amazing prices. Sav-A-Lot Nutrition features EDLP, that means everyday low prices, on every item in the store every day. Janet Cimorelli, LNC is a licensed nutritionist and full-time member of the Sav-ALot team. She is available for counseling free of charge daily, on a walk-in basis. Please call 754-307-1655 for her schedule today! Sav-A-Lot Nutrition Centers is located at 3105 N State Road 7, Margate, FL 33063. They are easy to find in the Penn Dutch Shopping Center which is just south of Sample Road on 441.


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t was our wedding day—our WEDDING DAY!—and I was about to begin my honeymoon in the office of a dentist I’d never met!?! Just two hours after my new husband and I exchanged vows at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, my newly betrothed, Paul, and I sat in a Fort Lauderdale dental office waiting to meet Dr. Yolanda Cintron for the first time. It was to be a match made in heaven. As a travel consultant who specializes in sending clients on inspiring spiritual and wellness vacations, while also pursuing my certification as a nutritionist, it was extremely important for me to find a dental practitioner committed to holistic dentistry. Since my husband and I were new to South Florida, the search was really on to find a dentist I could trust to help me. I’d heard of Dr. Cintron through a few publications and read that she was highly reputable. I knew she was committed to the removal of mercury fillings—critical because I had several that concerned me. I also learned of her reputation for root canal ‘rehabilitation’ and cosmetically creating beautiful and healthy smiles. Dr. Cintron also had an established history of doing missionary work, voluntarily bringing her talents to countries where modern dentistry is little more than a rumor. My husband and I are strong believers in giving back, so we both felt even more encouraged. Before my visits with Dr. Cintron began, Paul and I had spent time helping first through fifth grade students learn English through reading and games, and making water filters for underprivileged families in areas with poor water quality. Dr. Cintron’s good will really resonated with us. I had faith in her partly because of the faith I heard she spread through her travels, and later because of the spirit that permeated her office during every visit. The second Paul and I walked into

Dr. Cintron’s office, I knew this was like no other dental operation I’d ever experienced. I was embraced by a warm welcome that never let go. The staff made me feel like I was part of a family—their family. I had heard stories about Dr. Cintron’s husband and the obviously strong love and faith they share. I met Ilene’s young daughter, saw pictures of Jay and his beautiful family, and learned of Joey’s trip to his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. I conversed with Lucy and Hamilton, with all of them. Placing my trust in this staff was as easy as brushing my teeth. I wasn’t exactly entering their world kicking and screaming, but I also knew there was going to be a lot of work required to get my mouth to the healthy state I wanted and needed—and I had no idea what that would entail. Thank God for Dr. Cintron and her wonderful staff. From the minute I walked in the door, they walked me through every procedure. They even made sure my husband had a thorough understanding of their detailed, overall plan. There would be no surprises, no secret instructions whispered behind our backs. Dr. Cintron went out of her way to empower us, to establish that this was a group effort. We had the ultimate say, but her knowledge, confidence, and command let us know that she was in charge. God bless her for that. My first visit was on a Tuesday in July. I’ve visited her office several times since. I was never intimidated; her gentle manner just doesn’t allow for that. Some of the visits were extensive. Twice, she dedicated her entire day to me. We got to know one another—even during times when I physically could not hold up my end of the conversation. But I found myself actually looking forward to my dental visits. I even got into the habit of taking photos with my phone of the beautiful scriptures that greet patients at the front desk. Th e o n l y d r a w b a c k I c a n

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contemplate was the time, after a lengthy dental surgery, that she told me I could not kiss my new hubby for five days. (Confession: Paul’s not always the most reliable when it comes to following instructions. Blame him, Dr. Cintron.) In December, Paul and I renewed our vows on the beach—a lovely, joyful wedding full of our faith, a bit more traditional—much more so than our July visit to the justice of the peace! This time, I wore a gorgeous gown. There were beautiful flowers. Family and friends beamed and so did I. There was one other major difference in our nuptial ceremonies— my smile. It glowed. Thank you, Dr. Cintron. I could not have asked for a better wedding gift. From Dr Cintron: Thank you Chanda and Paul for such kinds words. I went to see your websites www.neshamamama.com & www. Lokatravel.com for your travel services, discovering the world through the eyes of Yeshua! “For I am not ashamed of the Good News, of the gospel of Jesus Christ, since it is God’s powerful means of bringing salvation to everyone who keeps on trusting, to the Jew especially, but equally to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 -17

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nticipating surgery can be stressful, and many patients suffer from preoperative anxiety, which can cause serious health complications such as hypertension, rapid pulse and sugar metabolism changes. Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa have found that complementary medicine, combined with standard use of anti-anxiety drugs prior to entering the operating room, can significantly reduce preoperative anxiety levels and improve outcomes. Researchers divided 360 preoperative patients ages 17 and up into three groups: those receiving standard care for preoperative anxiety; those receiving standard care along with complementary therapy, featuring acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery or a combination of the latter two; and those receiving standard care combined with generic guided imagery via a recording. Anxiety levels were measured preoperatively before and after the intervention on a scale of one to 10, with scores of four or more constituting intermediate or higherlevel anxiety. The study found that complementary therapy in combination with standard care produced a 60 percent reduction in anxiety, with the mean score dropping from 5.54 to 2.32. Combining standard care with reflexology and guided imagery provided the best relief, reducing anxiety by an average of 4.22 points. Patients receiving only standard care experienced a slight rise in their average anxiety level.

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study from the Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Stockholm, analyzed data on air pollution exposure and lung function in the first and 15th years of life among 2,415 adolescents in Sweden. The researchers focused on nitrogen oxide in vehicle exhaust and particulate matter from road erosion, using road traffic, topography and weather conditions to classify pollution levels. They compared this data to the level of difficulty the teens experienced getting air through their peripheral airways, termed “resistance”. The study found that breathing problems increased for teenagers each time their exposure as infants to such pollution increased by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, with the strongest association occurring in male subjects with asthma at age 16. The same increase was not present in relation to their exposure to traffic pollution as teenagers. Lead author Erica S. Schultz, Ph.D., says, “An increasing number of studies demonstrate the importance of airway periphery for lung health. It’s concerning that the effect from the first year of life seems to be long-lasting, although we don’t yet know the full clinical implications.”


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study from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, in Beijing, reports that Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) can be an effective treatment for patients with postpartum depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates herbal treatments based on underlying issues. Researchers analyzed data from 47 clinical trials encompassing 3,795 participants between the ages of 18 and 43 suffering from postpartum depression. The study pooled results into three categories: CHM versus placebo, CHM versus routine treatments (antidepressants) and CHM plus routine treatments versus only routine treatments. The study found that using Chinese herbs combined with antidepressants is the most effective approach, noting that CHM is a safe, effective alternative for patients unable or unwilling to take antidepressants.

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randomized, doubleblind study from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research, in Bangalore, India, has found that an extract of fenugreek husk (FHE) called FenuSMART can provide relief from common symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, insomnia, headaches, hot flashes and mood swings. Researchers studied 88 menopausal women between the ages of 45 and 58. Half were given one gram of FHE per day for 90 days while the other half received a placebo. The study measured the impact the supplement had on the subjects’ menopausal symptoms through weekly telephone sessions. At the study’s end, approximately 32 percent of the women in the FHE group reported no hot flashes, while the placebo subjects saw the frequency of theirs reduced from three to five per day to one or two. Additionally, the subjects that took FHE experienced a 57 percent reduction in night sweats, a 68 percent abatement of mood swings, a 75 percent drop in insomnia and 58 percent fewer headaches.


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Genetically Altered Mushrooms Approved for Consumption

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new method of editing genomes of farm animals and food crops. White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that have been genetically modified to delay the natural browning process are the first CRISPRedited organisms to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yinong Yang, a plant pathologist from Penn State University, crafted the modified mushrooms by targeting the family of genes responsible for the browning effect seen in produce when sliced and exposed to oxygen. Yang was able to reduce the browning enzyme’s work by 30 percent and was granted approval from the USDA because no foreign or altered DNA was integrated into the mushroom genome. The department only assesses whether there’s a risk that the new modified variety of an organism could become a weed or “pest” to other plants. The mushrooms may still be subject to Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are in discussions about developing a new set of rules for the biotech industry in the next five to 10 years.

A recent study from the University of Western Australia has found that plants regularly react to and emit sounds through a series of clicks produced by their roots, and that such inter-flora communication may be essential to their survival. Evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano, who made the discovery, listened to the roots of young corn plants and found that they regularly produced sounds in the range of 220Hz, a frequency audible to the human ear. Plants have been shown to influence each other in many ways through nanomechanical oscillations on a molecular scale. Gagliano remarks, “Scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other.” Another biological research team under the direction of Professor Olaf Kruse, Ph.D., scientific director of the Center for Biotechnology at Germany’s Bielefeld University, has shown that green algae not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: It can draw it from other plants (Nature Communications). Gagliano comments, “Considering that entire forests are all interconnected by networks of fungi, maybe plants are using fungi the way we use the Internet.”

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Texas Company Turns Wood Waste into Furniture Nearly 2 billion wooden pallets are currently in circulation in the U.S., consuming around 50 percent of the country’s annual hardwood harvest and representing more than 90 percent of the world’s shipping waste. PalletSmart, in Fort Worth, Texas, has been making furniture, home decor and custom projects out of repurposed pallets and other reclaimed material since 2012. Company co-founder John Zaskoda says, “As with any business, we are looking to grow, but want to be smart about it. For now, we are staying put, taking custom residential and commercial orders and producing top-notch furniture.” He sees the endeavor as proof that with hard work and consistency it’s possible to make trash into treasure. Source: PalletSmart360.com

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Abandoned and lost fishing gear such as traps, crab pots and nets litter the ocean floor in coastal areas worldwide, continuing to attract, entrap and kill fish and other marine life. The Associated Press reports that global nonprofits, governments and companies are engaged in efforts to retrieve and recycle as many of the items as possible to protect the environment, save marine life and reduce hazards to marine navigation. A 2009 United Nations report estimated there are 640,000 tons of discarded fishing nets deep below the ocean surface worldwide. Recommended solutions include degradable panels on traps that break down and allow trapped marine life to escape. International agreements prohibit dumping fishing equipment at sea; yet in England, small vessels can amass landfill charges of roughly $700 per year, giving them an incentive to ditch broken gear. Pascal van Erp, a Dutch diver alarmed by the amount of equipment he’s encountered, founded the Ghost Fishing Foundation to tackle the issue. He says, “It’s found in all seas, oceans and inland waters at all depths, along the beach and under the sand. I don’t think the problem can be resolved completely, but we can keep it from getting worse by showing the problem to the public and the authorities.” Industry experts and scientists estimate that commercial fishermen annually lose about 10 percent of their traps due to bad weather.

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Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, report that they have finally unlocked a major barrier to exploiting a renewable energy source through extracting pure hydrogen from water. Because the best-performing catalysts for electrochemical oxidation, or “water splitting”, are expensive precious metals, the research team led by KTH Professor Licheng Sun developed molecular catalysts for water oxidation with an efficiency approaching that of natural photosynthesis comprising common, abundant elements, all of which could help change the economics of large-scale hydrogen fuel production. Meanwhile, Daniel Nocera, a professor of energy at Harvard University, and Pamela Silver, a professor of biochemistry and systems biology at Harvard Medical School, have co-created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. Their paper, whose lead authors include post-doctoral fellow Chong Liu and graduate student Brendan Colón, was recently published in Science. “This is a true artificial photosynthesis system,” says Nocera. “Previously, people were using artificial photosynthesis for water-splitting, but this is a true A-to-Z system, and we’ve greatly exceeded the efficiency of photosynthesis in nature.” 18

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Cool Tips to Save Money and Energy Following eco-friendly laundry tips can save on energy, water usage and utility bills, making it good for both the planet and the bank account. The laundry results, too, may be better for some loads. RealSimple.com advises that 90 percent of the energy consumed while running a wash load is used to heat the water, so the average household can eliminate as much as 350 pounds of carbon emissions and save about $40 annually by turning the knob to cold. It also notes that some protein-heavy stains, like perspiration and blood, can become more set into the fabric when washed in hot water, which can also shrink synthetic fibers. For sweat stains, DIYNatural.com suggests combining two tablespoons of cream of tartar, a few drops of lemon essential oil and water to make a paste. Mix and spread it on the stain, and then rub it in and let dry. Another pre-laundry option is to pour or spray a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and then soak for about 30 minutes.

Mildly soiled laundry doesn’t necessarily need hot water for adequate cleaning, reports the Mother Nature Network. It advises pre-soaking heavily soiled laundry in cold water for about an hour, adding four tablespoons of baking soda to loosen dirt and grime. “Responding quickly to stains always helps,” says Steve Boorstein, a Boulder, Colorado, clothing-care expert on his ClothingDoctor.com website. “For washable clothing, flush the stained area with cool water to remove any solid matter. Never rub the stain in order to avoid driving it deeper into the fabric.” Conserve more energy as well as water by always assembling a full load of laundry. Appliance performance can also make an eco-difference. Energy Star estimates that water savings of between 40 and 75 percent can be achieved with front-loading machines instead of top-loaders. Line drying wins over a clothes dryer in terms of freshness, energy use and kindness to the environment. Start with biodegradable and phosphate-free detergents made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients.

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hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.”

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According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.” Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group. “After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a car engine, the more lean muscle mass we have, the more energy our ‘engine’ uses, even when idling. If not prevented, by age 50, for example, we may have lost as much as 20 percent of the lean muscle fiber we had when we were 30.” He also recommends regular cardiovascular exercise. “Do a good round of cardio inside your target heart rate zone for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It’s vital for lung and heart health, the primary benefit of cardio exercise as opposed to just burning calories.” “For those in their 40s, I recommend high-intensity interval training such as burst training, along with a


gracefully. Spiritual growth lifts and lightens any mental and emotional load, while supporting physical well-being. Spitzer also recommends, “Reading, learning to play a musical instrument, crafting activities, computer strategy games or doing other activities that require concentration or new problem-solving skills; all help the mind stay tuned up and sharp.” It’s always healthy to break out of normal routines and comfort zones, venture into new worlds, volunteer and do what makes our heart soar. Jones advises, “Choose activities that feel good, refreshing, include people you enjoy, and are done in pleasant environments. Don’t forget to revel in sunshine or a good book on a rainy day. Listen to music, play music, sing and dance every day.” Maturity brings benefits we can embrace with delight when we bring loving attention and happy novelty to life. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail.com. natural awakenings

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mind-body practice like power yoga or budokon,” says Nelson Pahl, of Northfield, Minnesota, managing editor of Longevity Times. “Vinyasa yoga, tai chi and cycling are ideal during our 50s, while hatha yoga, tai chi, or qigong and hiking work well in our 60s.” “Most of my clients are 70 and up,” notes Gwyneth Jones, an active aging specialist at the Carriage Club, in Kansas City, Missouri, who also trains physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and movement educators. “They enjoy mixing up their daily exercise routines and look forward to the support and encouragement of their classmates. Discussions include lighthearted wordplay and questions about anatomy and physiology.” Pahl urges everyone at every age, “Consume only whole foods, always.” He rarely drinks alcohol and begins every day with yoga and qigong. “Also, be sure to stay well hydrated,” adds Jones. “This will keep your joints healthy, skin clear and moist, digestion more efficient and detoxification of organ systems more effective. Add fresh lemon if you like.” Physical fitness is only one aspect of aging


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due to the severity of decay. Such extensive dental work on children is largely preventable. Wise parents encourage their children to develop healthy habits such as brushing teeth at least twice a day; eating fewer sugary snacks and brushing afterwards; limiting fruit juice intake to four ounces a day; and sucking on bacteria-killing xylitol lollipops. Such a routine combined with an initial dentist visit by their first birthday can reduce dental costs, including hospital treatment for extreme decay that can cost thousands of dollars. Other ways to reduce the too-common incidence of six to 10 childhood cavities include breastfeeding only until baby teeth erupt; avoiding transmission of an anaerobic oral bacteria carried in saliva that’s the leading cause of tooth decay; early interceptive treatment to avoid crowding of teeth; and consulting a nutritionist.

Breastfeeding Andie Pearson, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of Gaimed Dental Spa, in Wilmette, Illinois, tells mothers that in the descent through the birth canal, their baby ingests the bacteria necessary to digest breast milk. As teeth later emerge, their gut bacteria also become able to digest solid food. “By the time a child has all 20 baby teeth, between 18 and 30 months, they no longer have the microbial ecology for digesting breast milk and should be weaned. Researchers from the University of CaliforniaBerkeley have found that the more frequently a mother breastfed her child beyond the second birthday during the day, the greater the child’s risk of severe early tooth decay,” says Pearson. Development of facial muscles and bone structure is dependent on chewing and gnawing. “Teething rings facilitate chewing that builds stronger teeth and creates better alignment,” she explains. If childhood tooth growth is delayed, Pearson often suggests a chiropractic adjustment if all other developmental areas are normal. “It can help the body relax so that teeth erupt naturally,” she advises.

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surgery and owner of Total Health Dentistry, in Holt, Michigan, notes that Streptococcus mutans is the leading reason children are hospitalized today. “Cavities are formed when the rate of decay of the teeth caused by the lactic acid produced by the bacteria exceeds the rate of repair initiated by the phosphate and calcium ions in saliva,” she explains. The unwanted bacteria is transmitted through saliva, which is why adults should avoid licking spoons or tasting foods before offering them to children between the ages of 1 and 3. “This type of bacteria thrives on sugar, so children shouldn’t have lots of sugary drinks and sweet treats,” says Maples. Mouth kissing presents a similar risk.

Early Intervention Kris Kammer, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Gums of Steel Oral Hygiene Transformation, in Middleton, Wisconsin, learned early in his career to avoid mercury amalgam fillings and early extractions of bicuspids for orthodontic purposes, and that xylitol reduces buildup of plaque bacterial biofilm on teeth. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research, supported by findings of a metastudy appearing in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry “shows that regular use of xylitol over six months significantly reduces the Streptococcus mutans population,” he says. He also suggests early interceptive treatments which

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can be performed by general dentists. “Parents don’t need to wait for children’s teeth to come in crooked and crowded. These issues can be addressed with a removable appliance that expands the arch in the roof dome, influences bone growth and makes room for incoming teeth,” says Kammer. Early proper diet may also help prevent crowding of teeth as well as malocclusion, or misalignment of upper and lower teeth, according to Pearson.

Role Modeling “Parents play a pivotal role in their children’s dental hygiene. They influence how their children care for their teeth, behave in the dentist’s office and feel about dental visits,” advises Pentti Nupponen, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of the Halifax Center for Holistic & Cosmetic Dentistry, in Halifax, Pennsylvania. Children should be made familiar with dentistry and taught that they are responsible for their dental hygiene from around age 1. Nupponen explains his gentle method: “I encourage mothers to bring their children along for dental appointments so that they can watch me from their mother’s lap. Generally, by the time they are alone in my chair, they aren’t frightened.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com. natural awakenings

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How to Help Your Lymph System

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hile the circulatory system moves blood through our bodies, the lymphatic system moves about 50 percent more fluid than the venous system. The role of the lymph system, supplying plasma rich protein to the blood and carrying away toxins, protects the body against bacteria, viruses and fungus. There are over 600 lymph nodes located throughout the body and most chronic diseases occur at these nodes—collection sites at the junction of lymph vessels. Unlike the heart in the venous system, there is no pump for lymph so it relies on deep breathing and muscle contraction for movement, creating a higher risk for blockage. Blockages can occur from illness, injuries, toxins, food allergies and stress.

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An impaired lymph system can manifest in colds, flu or sinus issues, swelling, heart disease, fibrocystic or tender breasts, enlarged prostate or other types of inflammation. Swelling is often due to trapped intercellular fluid as lymphatic thread-like vessels swell beyond their capacity and cannot pass lymphatic fluid through the system. Since an average human has nearly three gallons of this fluid circulating nutrients and disposing of wastes, the swelling can cause pressure, pain and discomfort. Treatment can help unblock the lymph system, assisting in the restoration of good health or providing relief from symptoms from blockages. Lymphatic massage has long been used to help coax blocked fluid along, but now Electro-Lymphatic Therapy (ELT) brings a gentle, light touch and non-invasive technique to stimulate the proper flow and drainage of the lymphatic system. ELT uses a wand, combining light and sound vibrations with an electro-magnetic field, exciting electrons and providing radiant energy; this energy is released into living tissue, encouraging the discharge of liquid from trapped vessels and nodes. As stagnant liquid flows again through the tissues, swelling subsides, relieving pressure and pain as the body resumes normal lymphatic flow. A treatment lasts about 30 to 40 minutes and is relaxing. The patient lies on a treatment table while the therapist passes the wand over the body, lightly contacting the skin. A slight buzz sound is audible and the sensation of the wand and waves passing over the skin is peacefully blissful with a soft tingling sometimes felt in the skin. The therapist may also use two poles of a microcurrent stimulator to direct lymph along the limbs and torso, delivering a frequency-specific signal that stimulates the


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immune system via the lymphatic system, increasing circulation, proper elimination, detoxification and cell nourishment. Beatriz Carlan, certified in Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy, has been practicing at The Alternative Medicine Center in Fort Lauderdale and is now joined by Raisa Lockhart who is a certified trainer of ELT. Dr. Gary Snyder has led the way in various advanced therapies to help pain, food allergies and even conditions like autism spectrum in children. He also found relief from his own injuries from ELT. According to Snyder, many massage therapists have chosen to shift into ELT because the electronic stimulation is seen to enhance the beneficial effects by eight to 10 times that of manual lymphatic massage. “Like most, I have my share of inflammation from past injuries and I have personally felt the benefit of ELT. We are pleased to offer it as part of our holistic therapies at The Alternative Medicine Center,” Snyder explains. “Especially because it assists in the treatment of so many symptoms caused by inflammation, ranging from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia to arthritis and migraines,” he adds. As a complement to the decongestive therapy, Snyder recommends following a treatment with a 20-minute infrared sauna session so any toxins moved by the regenerated lymph flow can be removed from the body in this high-heat cleansing environment. Those interested in pursuing a certification in Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy can contact the Foundation for the Advancement of Energy Medicine Technologies at faemt.org or call The Alternative Medicine Center for treatment at 954-4864000. See ad page 12. natural awakenings

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PASSAGE Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist

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hen properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life more fully today, if we remain mindful and lovingly attentive through the process. Like birth, death is a transition we can wisely prepare for. In recent years, compassionate individuals and grassroots movements have emerged to help us conduct ourselves, heal and grow from losing a loved one or face our own passing. An increasing number of initiatives support a new model in palliative care that treats death not as a failure, but an expected 26

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aspect of the human experience. Each in its own way advocates for a grace-filled passage supported by dignified, caring and compassionate practices.

Profound Shift The Conscious Dying Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, aims to restore death and dying to its natural place in the sacred circle of life. Its end-of-life literacy curriculum and certificate training programs are helping to create a new, wisdom-based culture of healing teachers and end-of-life doulas that serve among the frontline caregivers and companions providing the comfort people want and need most. Founded by Tarron Estes, a healing artist, poet, Caritas coach and transformational learning educator, the institute is grounded in love,

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spiritual openness, compassion and a universal field of consciousness. “Training is open to nurses, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, family members, healthcare teams and anyone else interested in exploring what it means to die consciously,” says Estes. It attends to the provider’s inner awakening and helps them strengthen their ability to give spiritual, emotional, physical and practical care to anyone, helping to relieve pain, regardless of diagnosis. “Rather than curative care, it’s all about seeking to increase precious, meaningful moments, a sense of spiritual sanctity, beauty, interconnectedness and appreciation of life for the families and patients they serve. An end-of-life doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important,” explains Estes, who believes that our true nature lives within us as an unblemished jewel. Helping individuals become comfortable talking about death is the work of Dr. Karen Wyatt, of Dillon, Colorado, founder of the End of Life University, an online interview series with end-of-life care experts. She provides a trustworthy loving environment in monthly death cafés. The author of What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of Dying expands the conversation through related articles and podcasts at eolUniversity.com. Death cafés benefit from Wyatt’s experience as a hospice doctor. “There is never an agenda. Of the 10 to 12 people that generally join in, one is always a new caller, recently awakened to the idea of conscious dying or their own mortality. They’re seeking information and someone to talk to because family and friends aren’t interested. Some already embracing their mortality wish to explore their thoughts with others. Some callers join just to listen,” advises Wyatt. Because death in the West has become a commercialized, medical event with funeral home packages the norm, Wyatt recommends the National Home Funeral Alliance to those interested in a deeper understanding of options and resources for a gentler model. The nonprofit, grassroots movement and its members, such as Sacred Crossings, in Los Angeles, seek to restore the lost art and healing


Exploring the Mystery For more than 40 years, philosopher, psychologist and physician Raymond Moody’s life work has been acknowledging the mysteries and validating the unexplainable events at the end of life. His seminal bestseller Life After Life appeared in 1975. Lisa Smartt’s mentorship by Moody led them to co-found FinalWordsProject.org. She’s also authored Words at the Threshold, a study of the nonsensical, metaphorical and paradoxical language and visions of the dying. Moody and Smartt agree that by better understanding the unique language patterns related to end of life we can share more deeply and build bridges with our beloveds throughout the dying process. “When we do so, we offer greater support to the dying and ameliorate our own experience of loss as they cross the threshold,” remarks Smartt. Like William Peters, founder of the Shared Crossings Project, in Santa Barbara, California, they caution that compassionate etiquette during events at death is important. “Assume that levels of awareness exist in the dying so that our energy and presence are felt and our voices heard,” advises Moody. “Respect your words and actions, regardless of the person’s state of consciousness. Be a compassionate listener and validate their vision. Don’t pretend to intellectualize or explain anything.” Dianne Gray, president and executive director of the Elisabeth KüblerRoss Foundation, also owns Hospice and Healthcare Communications. “The

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ritual of a home funeral by preserving the rights of families to provide home afterdeath care. Supporting and educating interested families is the mission of Sacred Crossings founder Rev. Olivia Rosemarie Bareham. The certified death midwife and home funeral guide draws from her experiences as an auxiliary nurse and hospice volunteer to assist families with end-of-life planning, death midwifery and arrangements for an at-home vigil and funeral, as well as cremation and burial choices. “We also offer sacred singing to help ease a loved one’s transition. Music by a bedside soloist or choir before, during and after death can be deeply relaxing and comforting, and even provide pain relief,” advises Bareham.

We rediscover that in order to die well, we must live well. Dying gracefully is the result of a mindful, day-to-day journey—a culmination of informed choices, honest discussions and deference to the hallowed fragility of nature’s life-death cycles. ~William Rosa dying often wish to leave here surrounded by peace and harmony. They choose to let go of contentiousness and often

wish family members would do the same, which is facilitated by mapping out Advance Directives according to the final wishes of the patient,” says Gray. Questions she frequently addresses in public talks and Death Over Dinner party conversations include: the necessity of finishing unfinished business; bringing closure to unresolved relationship issues; finding words to express our compassion; soothing the sense of impending loss; and managing to take only love with us to the other side, yet leave enough of it behind to help loved ones through their grieving process. She cautions that no matter how well we plan for death, things don’t always go as planned. “Sometimes no matter how many advance care conversations have taken place, discord can dismantle the best laid plans. It requires the tough work of compassionate communications. Friends and families need to remember that this is the patient’s end-of-life experience, not theirs. It is possible to find peace in the midst of conflict, understanding that the one leaving overwhelmingly wishes for a peaceful passing, including peace within the family.” The Death Over Dinner initiative, founded by Michael Hebb in 2013, has been hosted by groups in more than 20 countries to help people engage in conversations on “how we want to die”—the most vital and costly discussion Americans aren’t having (DeathOverDinner.org/stories).

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The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program offer a free downloadable national Guide to Financial Decisions: Implementing an End-of-Life Plan at Tinyurl.com/EssentialPlanNeeds. It includes basic descriptions of issues that arise as we age beyond retirement and details the critical documents needed for the individual, dependents, property, assets, estate planning, wills and trusts. It also addresses issues related to advance, treatment and do-notresuscitate directives, insurance, types of funerals and costs, and Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits. Guidelines suggest consulting with a certified public accountant or personal financial planning specialist. The latest innovation is the blessing of a living funeral, a celebration of life while the honoree is present to hear the eulogies, praises and farewells before they depart. AgingWithDignity.org provides a downloadable Five Wishes document, a popular advance directive, or living will that covers personal, spiritual, medical and legal aspects. It’s easy to use and can serve as a family guide to prompt conversations about personal care preferences in the event of serious illness. New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich wrote about how Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy chose to spend his final weeks in pursuit of a “good

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n their books Caring for the Dying and Having the Last Say, authors Henry FerskoWeiss and Alan Gelb, respectively, advocate reviewing our life and writing a short narrative to explore its value as we approach our final act of Earth’s play. Processing experiences from the past and what they mean at this juncture presents us an opportunity to achieve greater clarity and integrate them in a positive way in our life story. According to Fersko-Weiss, it has the power to reduce depression, increase life satisfaction, promote acceptance of self and enhance integrity of spirit, no matter what phase of life we are in. The harvesting of life experiences should reflect our true humanity—flaws and all—and what we’ve learned through mistakes and failures, as well as triumphs. Conveying a compelling mythic family story, values we’ve lived by and our embrace of meaningful relationships will help the people we know understand that, for all its difficulties and complexities, life is worth living. Our narrative, whether recorded as an essay or scripted video, becomes an act of praise for the gift of the life we’ve led, imperfect as it may have been. It can also serve as a potential keepsake that passes along life lessons and values from one generation to another. Gelb suggests that summing up what’s most important to us in 500 to 1,000 words can be an experience to savor and enjoy at a reflective time in life, an opportunity to capture our legacy and even serve as our own eulogy. When we want a loved one no longer here to feel near to us and hear them one last time, it’s a way for them to literally have the last say, he adds.

ending.” As death approached, Kennedy told friends that he wanted to take stock of his life and enjoy the gift of his remaining days with the people he loved most. As a result, he continued enjoying his morning ritual of reading newspapers while drinking coffee, playing with his dogs, watching James Bond movies with his wife and holding family dinners and sing-alongs near nightly. He reveled in his bedside view of Nantucket Sound, sailed when he could and ate lots of his favorite ice cream. His mantra was, “Every day is a gift.” “As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple

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pleasures—companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces,” remarks Boston’s Dr. Atul Gawande in Being Mortal. “If we strive in our final months for independence, companionship, mindful attention, dignity, wisdom, joy, love and freedom from pain, we have the power to make those days less miserable, confusing and frightening.” In these many ways, we can manage to gently embrace and tenderly navigate life’s final transition with grace and love. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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s safe and trusted as hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen therapy, ozone therapy also harnesses the healing power of oxygen. Since the 1950s, its popularity has increased around the world. Today, more than 45,000 physicians in 50 countries administer ozone therapy to address ailments ranging from endodontic infections and herniated disk pain to arterial plaque and Lyme disease. According to the American Academy of Ozonotherapy, the widespread medical use of ozone began in Germany and has since spread across Europe as an alternative treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The academy notes that allopathic physicians caution against ozone therapy largely due to misinformation and a lack of understanding regarding its efficacy, side effects, expense and safety, even though published international studies as well as U.S. clinical trials have shown it can be used instead of more expensive and dangerous methods such as surgery or pharmaceuticals. Therapeutic ozone has a sound safety record and no toxic effects have been observed from proper clinical use (Journal of the American Medical Association). Occasional reported side effects are slight weakness, dizziness or drowsiness for short periods of time during or after treatment. Rare allergic skin reactions like nettle rash are possible with local applications, although occurrences are mild and quick to resolve. Ozone is an oxidant. Ozone therapy, like exercise, creates health benefits by delivering measured doses of oxidative stress that activate the body’s internal antioxidant systems. The primary natural enzyme in ozone therapy is superoxide dismutase, which stimulates another enzyme called telomerase that keeps DNA 30

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young by maintaining the telomere at the end of each DNA strand. A study from Cuba’s University of Havana of herniated disc patients found that ozone therapy provided both oxidative protection and pain relief. Such properties make medical ozone therapy a safe and effective treatment for many infections. It’s been shown to be particularly effective for sinus and endodontic infections (Iranian Endodonics Journal), osteonecrosis of the jaw, ear infections, hepatitis (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), cystitis, HIV, intestinal and blood infections and Lyme disease. Staff of the Sophia Health Institute, in Woodinville, Washington, report remarkably fast results treating such chronic complex infections by following intensive intravenous (IV) ozone protocols, with individualized systemic support. Ozonotherapy is a prime treatment for infections, especially viral. Leading experts in oxidative therapy Dr. Robert Rowen, who practices in Santa Rosa, California, and Dr. Howard Robins, director of The Healing Center, in New York City, had good success administering treatment during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. In addition to many patients helped, “It’s been reported that ozone therapy rapidly cured five patients with Ebola during the outbreak,” says Rowen. Ozone therapy is now used to relieve arthritis, neuropathy, degenerative joint

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and disk disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. A pilot study led by the Universidad de Granada, Spain, saw improvement in the physical and depressive symptoms of fibromyalgia. “Ozone is also effective in treating osteoarthritic knees and, via injection, arthritic hips,” says Rowen. Other individuals describe their experiences of overcoming various diseases using ozone therapy at YouTube. com/user/RobertRowenMD/ videos. One of the most impressive evidence-based applications is relief from the pain of herniated disks, particularly lumbar. More than one meta-analysis deemed ozone treatment an effective and extremely safe procedure, with pain and functional outcomes equal to or better than surgery and far lower complication rates (less than 0.1 percent), along with significantly shorter recovery times (Pain Physician; American Journal of Neuroradiology). According to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, oxygen/ ozone therapy used in dentistry offers three fundamental forms of applications to treat oral tissue—ozonated water, ozonated olive oil and oxygen/ozone gas. Ozonated water and olive oil have proved to be an ideal delivery system. Non-toxic and simple to generate, ozone therapy is coming of age as a viable option for both the treatment and prevention of illnesses. Valerie Burke is a freelance health writer in Olympia, Washington, versed in integrative medicine with a master’s degree in nursing science.


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sychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies. Using data from his Love Lab at the University of Washington, John separated thousands of couples into two groups: masters (still happy after six years) and disasters (separated or chronically unhappy in their marriages). One of Gottman’s studies watched 130 newlywed vacationing couples and found that partners regularly made bids for connection, requesting responses from

their mate. Choices to “turn toward” or “turn away” revealed the level of engagement and respect in the relationship. Couples that divorced within six years had shown “turn toward” bids a third of the time while couples still together responded to their partner’s emotional need nine times out of 10. An integral element is the spirit couples bring to the relationship: kindness and generosity or contempt, criticism and hostility. “There’s a key habit of mind that the masters have,” Gottman explains. “They are scanning the social environment for things they can appreciate and express thanks for. Disasters are scanning for partners’ mistakes.” People focused on criticizing miss 50 percent of positive things their partners are doing and see negativity when it’s absent.

Deliberately ignoring their partner or responding minimally to opportunities for small moments of emotional connection devalues and kills a relationship. Kindness, conversely, glues couples together, making each partner feel cared for, understood, validated and loved. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, creating upward spirals of love and generosity. Practicing kindness during a fight is vital. Letting contempt and aggression spiral out of control during a conflict can inflict irrevocable damage. “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express anger,” Julie explains, “But it informs how we choose to express it. You can either throw spears or explain why you’re hurt and angry, which is the kinder path.” Kindness can also solidify the backbone of a relationship by being generous about our partner’s intention and avoiding misinterpreting what’s motivating their behavior. “Even if it’s executed poorly, appreciate the intent,” Tashiro advises. Clearly, if we want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often and let a spirit of generosity guide happy years together. Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Connect at EmilyEsfahaniSmith.com or on Twitter @emesfahanismith.

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hysical therapists have long used horses to help patients improve balance or strengthen core muscles. Now they’re helping to teach empathy. Given a horse’s significant size, sometimes distracting surroundings and the need for safety, humans need to learn the animal’s non-verbal cues, and to regulate their own. Close interaction without riding is proving to be helpful for those dealing with addictions, trauma and grief, and for employees to improve their communication and teamwork skills. Kelly Wendorf and Scott Strachan, co-founders of Equus, in Santa Fe, work with both individuals and organizations. Strachan emphasizes, “This isn’t magic. Horses reflect our feelings back to us. If we’re nervous, the horse will be more skittish.” “We’ve had executives arrive with cell phones firmly in hand and leave holding soggy tissues instead,” comments Wendorf. “For them, it was unexpectedly emotional.” For addicts caught up in a debilitating cycle, “Equine therapy gets the

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brain firing in a new direction,” says Constance Scharff, Ph.D., director of addiction research at Cliffside Malibu, in California. “Patients may say they’re fine when they’re not, but you can’t lie to a horse. They have boundaries; if you’re angry, a horse won’t tolerate your behavior and will walk away.” Scharff notes, “Equine therapy is complementary to psychotherapy medicine, and one tool we use in approaching addiction. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be the underlying issue, so we can address it, to understand why the person became an addict.” Wendorf relates the story of an 18-year-old client facing body image issues. “Five horses approached her and touched her with their noses on her arms and legs. Where they touched was where she had been cutting herself to try to relieve her emotional pain.” “People feel a powerful connection when they let down their defenses and a horse responds,” says Sheryl Jordan,


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Easy-Grow Microgreens Are Big on Nutrition by Barbara Pleasant

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ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage

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until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and persistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even

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first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for microgreens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to ramp up the nutrition without changing its taste or texture,” she notes.

Good Picks The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor. Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. “Cats tend to prefer mild, sweet-tasting microgreens such as red clover, alfalfa and flax seed,” advises Galchus. “They also love grasses grown from hard wheat, whole barley and rye. Cats cannot digest the grass, but use it to bring up indigestible matter that might be lodged in their stomachs.”

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Transforming the Way Women Relate to Men An Interview with Alison Armstrong by April Thompson

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or 25 years, relationship expert Alison Armstrong has worked to evolve society by changing the way women relate to men. Her yearning to understand the opposite sex was born from personal challenges, including a failed marriage in her 20s. She began studying men on her own, at the age of 30, beginning with the question, “What if men are responding to women?” What started out as a personal inquiry has become a lifelong pursuit and she’s shared her findings with millions of men and women worldwide. Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of PAX Programs, addresses gender differences, sexuality and relationships. She has written three books, including The Queen’s Code, and speaks to interpersonal insights through workshops, webinars and teleclasses,

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including free recordings and articles at UnderstandMen.com. Armstrong and her second husband have been happily married for 23 years and now live in Colorado.

Which core differences between men and women cause everyday misunderstandings? The biggest source of mischief is denying that differences exist at all. Both men and women tend to assume that each is a version of the other, which creates significant misunderstandings. We interact with our partners by doing or saying what works for us. When that doesn’t get the response we’re expecting, we usually draw incorrect conclusions and act in counterproductive ways. For example, men and women relate to feelings differently. Women


often make life decisions based on their feelings about something or someone. To men, who tend to rely on facts and set aside feelings, this approach can seem irrational, and relating to women as irrational has predictably bad outcomes.

Where does a couple best start to heal the communication divide? The most powerful thing men and women can do is to address misunderstandings with openness and curiosity rather than assuming we know why our partner did or said something. We should ask ourselves, “What if there’s a good reason for that?” Don’t assume that what’s true for her is also true for him, and vice versa. Once a couple chooses to give each other the benefit of the doubt, a few simple changes can further open up communication. Saying “I need” instead of “I want” will make a huge difference. Because being “needy” is considered unattractive, women avoid this word, not realizing that it connects with a man’s instinct to provide.

When asking for something, it’s important to say what it would provide us. For him, there needs to be a reward equal to or greater than the energy he’ll have to expend. Years ago, I described to my husband in colorful detail the experience of falling into the toilet in the middle of the night; he took it upon himself to make sure that never again happens to the women he loves.

What’s the secret to navigating partners’ differing needs and drives for physical intimacy? The secret is to stop leaving our sex lives to the whims of biology, or making decisions based on whether we “feel like it.” Waiting for a time when both partners feel like it, the kids are at Grandma’s and we’re not too tired leads to sex happening too rarely. Delicious sexual partnerships begin when we decide to stop waiting and instead work on creating the circumstances that put us in the mood. One example is learning to offer “dessert”. Using the desire for food as a metaphor for the desire for sex, we’re

often trying to eat together when only one partner is hungry. But dessert sounds delicious anytime; examples might be massage or kissing or other physical activities. Find out what reliably perks up a partner’s interest and put that on the menu.

How can a woman satisfy a man’s desire to provide without sacrificing her independence?

American culture tells women that being low-maintenance matters most. Yet, when we allow our partners to fulfill our needs, it can help us unlock our own greatness, as well as theirs. Men are driven to provide for their loved ones and denying them such opportunities takes away their life’s pursuit, which can be emasculating. By asking for what we need, women create opportunities for partnership, satisfaction and fulfillment for both partners. When we allow the men in our life to contribute to us and learn to receive graciously, we discover that it doesn’t diminish our power. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Sustainably Stylish Home Relax into Nurturing Furnishings by April Thompson

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e all relish a cozy nest, whether that means light-filled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning the origin of furnishings and investing in sustainably made pieces that will stand the test of time, say experts. “Furnishing a home ethically doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style,” says JD Doliner, a business consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Doliner’s home is graced with 18th- and 19th-century antiques, organic cotton mattresses, comfy custom-made chairs from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood and handmade wool rugs certified child-labor-free by GoodWeave. “They give me peace of mind as a humanitarian and environmentalist,” she says.

Signs of Progress Debbie Hindman, marketing director for Associates III Interior Design, in Denver,

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is working with increasingly knowledgeable clients like Doliner asking for sustainably sourced products. Manufacturers, in turn, are upping transparency about product origins, realizing it can provide a competitive edge, she notes. “We look at the story behind a product and make sure that it aligns with both our company’s and clients’ values,” says Hindman, a co-author of Sustainable Residential Interiors. “We ask questions like, ‘Are workers paid a fair wage? Was the product made with local materials? What is the story behind the company’s founding?’” The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers partners with businesses and informs consumers to increase environmentally responsible choices in the marketplace. Its 400 members commit to sustainability and transparency in their business practices and submit an annual action plan showing such efforts. Headquartered in Edenton, North Carolina, the council strives to minimize industry carbon emissions and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical ingredients from residential and commercial furnishings. “The residential furnishings industry frequently takes raw materials from one continent, processes and manufactures on another to be consumed on yet another, leaving a huge environmental footprint,” says Susan Inglis, the council’s executive director. As the third largest consumer of wood, these manufacturers bear significant responsibility for preserving the world’s forest ecosystems and fighting deforestation, reports Inglis.


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Savvy Shoppers To make informed decisions, furniture shoppers need to ask how, where, from what and by whom a potential purchase is made. Lisa Beres, a healthy home expert and former interior designer in Newport Coast, California, and author of Just Green It! advises not taking product claims at face value. Ask if the product has earned a certification like the Global Organic Textile Standard for fabrics or GreenGuard, which verifies low levels of chemical emissions. Not all natural products are sustainably produced; cotton, for example, is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Look for certified organic cotton as a responsible textile choice. Beres also suggests renewable fiber sources like bamboo or hemp. “Natural latex is a sound alternative to foam fillers, offering good support and dust mite resistance,” says Beres. Specific animal-based products like down feathers used in bedding can provoke allergies and be produced inhumanely, Beres cautions. Products certified to the Responsible Down Standard, which protects the well-being and welfare of geese tapped for their manufacture, offer a humane choice for fluffy down comforters. Look for well-crafted furniture made from locally sourced, reclaimed or FSC-certified wood instead of particleboard, which usually contains formaldehyde and may be made from unsustainably harvested wood.

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oday’s mass-produced furniture may contain hidden chemicals such as formaldehyde-based adhesives, flame retardants and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) linked to serious health issues. Researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council found 45 toxic chemicals in indoor dust, 10 of which were present in at least 90 percent of households sampled. “These chemicals enter the air as materials in the furnishings break down,” explains healthy home expert Lisa Beres. “Because we spend an average of 90 percent of our lives indoors, the exposure to harmful chemicals is troubling.” Beres advises shoppers to be wary of synthetic fabrics, which not only consume nonrenewable resources like petroleum, but may also contain toxic dyes, heavy metals or chemicals like Teflon. Foam and other fillings in mattresses, sofas and chairs are often a hidden source of off-gassing VOCs. The Sustainable Furnishing Council’s seal of approval and member list at SustainableFurnishings.org are a good place to start to find companies committed to offering healthier alternatives that include transparency and responsibility in their manufacturing practices.

Sustainable furnishings are both better for the planet and can make a home distinctive. Natural pieces like a countertop made from reclaimed, rough-hewn wood provide a unique beauty that mass-manufactured pieces can’t match and also showcase the material’s natural form and feeling. Her firm promotes durable, timeless pieces over trendy furnishings that a client might discard in a few years. When it’s time to retire a piece of furniture, find a new home for it, whether by donating to a charity or reselling through a consignment store. While cutting corners on home furnishing choices can be tempting,

especially when shopping on a budget, remember that today’s quality pieces may become tomorrow’s cherished heirlooms. “Some will spend money on the latest gadget, but hesitate to invest in a great piece of furniture or a quality mattress they’ll spend much of their life sitting or sleeping on,” says Beres. “It’s not a splurge; you’re investing in your health and protecting Earth’s precious resources. It all comes full circle.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions a Reality by Dr. Hepsharat Amadi

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t’s traditional for many people to make New Year’s resolutions to improve their lives. Even though New Year’s Day is just another day, and the “new year” can start on any day that we choose, there is still a symbolic feeling among many people that January 1st marks the start of a new year and thus a good time to institute a desired change. This collective groundswell of desire for constructive change peaks around this time and thus can be used as psychological leverage in that each of us influences and is influenced by the thoughts of those around us. Just as in December, with lots of people focusing on having fun and indulging in holiday treats, in January the

focus tends to shift to improving one’s life and health. However, many people struggle with turning their dreams and desires into reality. Changing behavior is very difficult, which is why some people die rather than do what is necessary to save themselves, but it can be done. Using strategies to help overcome inertia is more likely to be

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successful than just “trying” and hoping for the best. Why is changing our patterns so difficult? The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, explains the research that has been done to show just how influenced our lives are by our habits. It is fascinating because even though most people think of themselves as flexible, logical beings who decide what they are going to do based on what would be the best actions to achieve such desires, the reality is that the vast majority of what we do, whether constructive or destructive, is based on sheer habit. Even though we might consciously want to change, oftentimes the inertia of our habits will pull us back into behavior patterns that we no longer desire unless we oppose those tendencies with deliberate strategies designed to counteract them. Why is this? The remarkable movie What the Bleep Do We Know? illustrates how we are “hard wired” for habit, whether good or bad. Our nervous system has “plasticity” in that it can change slowly over time based on how we use it. Brain cells, called neurons, are connected to many other neurons in their vicinity. When these neurons fire in a certain sequence over and over again, they actually grow more connections between the nerve cells that most commonly fire in sequence. Thus, it becomes easier and easier, over time, for them to fire in that particular sequence as opposed to other possible ones. This is analogous to making a path through a thickly wooded area. When one first starts, one has to push aside the foliage to make a thin path. But as one keeps going down the same path over and over, eventually the path becomes deeper and wider until it becomes much easier to go down that same path than to forge a new one. This is why, when learning new behaviors, like tying one’s shoes, learning to


play the piano or driving a car, at first one has to pay conscious attention to all the little details of one’s actions in order to make them come out perfectly. Later on, once these things have been done so frequently as to become ingrained, hardly any conscious attention is needed to achieve them. Who among us has not been so preoccupied with other things at some point in time that we missed our exit on the road? We could still keep driving while thinking of other things because it has become an unconscious habit that our conscious mind does not need to pay attention to in order to achieve. What strategies will more likely turn your New Year’s resolutions into reality? 1. Write them down. Author Brian Tracy, Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, cites a study wherein college graduates who actually wrote down their goals in life were 10 times more likely to achieve them. 2. Enlist the help of family and friends. We are all influenced by the behavior of those around us; if we are trying to avoid eating certain foods, drinking alcoholic beverages or smoking, for example, we would do well to ask our family and friends to support us by not having those things in the house or engaging in those activities while around us. Along this same vein, we may need to minimize contact or avoid entirely those people who encourage us (whether consciously or unconsciously) to indulge in behaviors we know are hurtful. 3. Keep a journal. It’s easy to forget what one does over the long term, but this becomes much easier once we write it down. By writing down when we fall prey to our old behaviors and under what circumstances, and also when we have passed a day without doing these, we can more easily understand the connections between circumstances and behavioral outcomes so that we can engineer the circumstances to more likely result in the behaviors we desire. 4. Meditate in the morning and evening. It can be for a short time or a longer time but the main thing is to do it. Be already grateful for the changes we have made in our life and for the results of those changes. Think of it as a Done Deal and rejoice in it! Have faith and know that although it is challenging, we CAN do it if we are really committed. 5. Go for a walk or do some other form of exercise such as yoga. Often, moving and oxygenating the body gets our brains going, generates endorphins and lifts our mood. It is often the threat of anxiety or depression that reinforces our negative health habits to begin with, so without these bad moods to oppress us, the likelihood of being susceptible to bad habits is much less. 6. Take B vitamins and vitamin C. In her fascinating book, The Hidden Addiction and How to Get Free, author Janice K. Phelps, MD shares that many people prone to all sorts of addictions—whether substance or behavioral—tended to recover quicker and stay in recovery when they addressed their anxiety/ depression with meds/herbs/supplements AND took higher doses of B and C vitamins than found in multivitamins alone. 7. Take probiotics. One of my patients told me that when she began taking probiotics, her craving for sugar declined. Other nutrients that can reduce cravings for sugar are chromium picolinate, zinc, gymnema sylvestre, regular protein intake throughout the day and dietary fiber. If you need help knowing what you need, see a nutritionist or a functional medicine doctor.

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8. Have a colonic, or two or three. Doing this is like pressing the “reset” button. By ridding your body and liver of toxins, it actually makes you less likely to crave things that are bad for you. A toxic liver makes you want to ingest toxic things, and a healthy liver makes you want to eat and drink healthy. And the best way to the liver is through the colon! Lastly, remember this: Although the fear of feeling deprived is what stops many people from getting started on the worthy endeavor of taking control of one’s life and one’s habits, the feeling of deprivation is only temporary. In time, one’s tastes change so that unhealthy things that were once appealing are no longer, and healthy things that once seemed undesirable are now much more attractive and enjoyable. The secret is to be patient enough to allow for this natural physiological change to occur. Give yourself at least 40 days to change a habit. For some people, it may take a longer or shorter time, but this is an average. If in the beginning, you fall off the wagon, forgive yourself, look for what tempted you in those circumstances, and make adjustments in daily routines to help prevent this in the future— then get right back on it! Someone said, “Bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with.” You and you alone are responsible for your health (if you’re an adult) and you will reap what you sow, so have courage, have faith and begin making better choices and forming better habits. Hepsharat Amadi, MD, LAc is a functional medicine doctor practicing at 10189 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs. For more information, call 954-757-0064, email DrAmadi@DrAmadi.com or visit DrAmadi.com. See ad page 39.

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Dear Karen Kaye, Why are boundaries so important? Thanks, Robert

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Dear Robert, The ability to set and keep boundaries will show you that you matter to yourself. It also allows you to trust yourself in taking care of you. It is especially important to set boundaries in relationships where others will test your knowledge and beliefs. The individuals who have the most difficulty setting boundaries are usually people who do not trust or like themselves. Therefore, they seek the approval of others to feel validated. This makes relationships a ‘danger zone’ that contributes to losing self-worth rather than gaining it. The ability to take care of oneself is paramount to a healthy, healing relationship. Otherwise, the relationship becomes an emotional roller coaster where no one feels safe.

The Importance of Setting Boundaries In my experience, Robert, it is not the setting of boundaries that is most challenging, but rather keeping your boundaries consistent. This is similar to keeping your “word” to yourself. It is easy to speak up once, but by the tenth time you speak up you know you mean it. As a result, you will be taken more seriously. Boundaries build respect, trust and safety within yourself and with others. Every time you speak up for yourself, you reclaim yourself…and what is that worth to you?! Sincerely, Karen L Kaye Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217. See ad page 46.

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Saturday, February 4

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Saturday, February 11

Aging Healthy & Living Longer - come and learn about bio-identical hormone therapy, raffle prize and goodie bag. Noon-1pm, free. Tune’s, 900 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale.. Carolyn Zaumeyer, 954.791.4498.

Sunday, February 12

Plants and People Day celebration - Great vendors, speakers, food, raffle prizes every hour and you can also get your home certified at the event. Centennial Park, featuring Sample-McDougald House, 450 NE 10th Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33061

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., Ste 100, Ft. Lauderdale. Appointments: 954-763-9840 ext. 201.

Sunday, February 26

If your child (infancy & up) has any childhood diseases-ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program invites you for a “free consultation & possible

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. 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, 954.566.2868.

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. 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. The Kabbalah Centre of Boca Raton invites you to Spiritual Sunday — 11am. Donation Based. Get inspired every Sunday for an uplifting consciousness-elevating seminar and meditation using ancient Kabbalistic tools. Everyone’s welcome. 8411 West Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, 33433. 561.488.8826.

Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 2–4pm, 4th Sunday monthly, $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, Room 2, 954.865.1329. Community HU Chant — 6–6:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/ Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681. Interfaith Sacred Celebrations of Spirit — Weekly on Sunday evenings 6:30–7:30pm at Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution at a Healing Space,1410 NE 26th­Street, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750.

Tai Chi — 11:30am–1pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st & 3rd Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Spiritual Oasis Event — 1:30 to 6:00pm, third Sunday of each month. $20, Psychic and Healing Special Event, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, Florida 33334, Robert, 954.696.6389.

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Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) — 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting call-and-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

monday Reiki Circle — 2–3pm. $10Love, Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33334 call for more information: 754.214.1066. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.

Holistic Chamber Ft Lauderdale East Chapter — 6:30—8:30pm. Come join our intimate community of like minded people growing together and supporting each other. 3rd Tuesday of the month, For RSVP & location, please contact Kathryn at 954.295.8141. 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.

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Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $20 per session. Designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)

Expect To Express Your Good!​Universal Spiritual Gatherings, ​M idday Miracle/ Blessings Workshop - 1pm (and Tuesdays)​ . ​La Quinta Inn​, ​999 W. Cypress Creek Rd.​ , Fort​Lauderdale, FL 33309. ​Reserve seating​ at 877-789-RICH​ ​(7424)​.​ ​

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

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.

Awakened Living Group — 7pm–8pm Free. Practical spirituality for your journey of spiritual transformation/self discovery Center For Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334, David, 305.746.0881.

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. Kids Yoga — 4:30–5:30pm. $10. No class on school holidays Postures, breathing, relaxation, songs and games while making new friends Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441, Louise, 954.427.2353. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. — 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-of-body or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 210, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

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Suicide Survivors Group — for people who have lost children or family members. 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of the month. 7:30pm. Free. Medical Library, Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital, 6401 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information call Carol at 201.927.1017. Carole’s Circle — Guided Meditation, Reiki Healing & Channeled Message – 7:30pm. $10. Every Wednesday. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park, FL 33334. Reservations and directions: Call the Center or Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490. Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.

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Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. Want More Energy, Less Pain, Better Sleep, and Passive Income? - 7:30-9:00pm. $6, Richway’s amethyst crystal/far-infrared Biomat medical device and business opportunity overview. Helpful for arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, poor circulation, detoxification. The Biomat Company, Serenity Room: 6011 Rodman St, Ste 300, Hollywood, 786.441.2727, text: 305.297.9360.

thursday Meditation/Relaxation Class — 5:45–6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733. A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Free. Co-Facilitated by Rev. Margarita and Rev. Nancy, graduate of Dr. Jon Mundy’s All Faiths Seminary International. Sunshine Cathedral, 2nd floor classroom, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 734.395.5857. Buddhist Meditation Class — 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191. A Course in Miracles (ACIM) – Unity Hollywood, 7:30–9pm, $10Love. Join us for our ongoing Christian Metaphysics Study on the book ACIM, Unity Hollywood Church (back room), 2750 Van Buren St, Hollywood FL 33020. Victoria 954 609-0091.

friday Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 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. 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. 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. Reiki Circle/Meditation —7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.

saturday Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep - Volunteers Wanted — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), help keep beaches litter-free. 300 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Limited free parking for volunteers, Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (south of east ramp of Las Olas Bridge). Free Reiki Circle —10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Kid’s Yoga, Ages 5-8 - 10:30am. Developmentally appropriate yoga poses are incorporated to stretch, strengthen, and improve balance. Yoga and mindfulness-based activities. Yoga mudras, breath work, and relaxation techniques. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Blvd, 754-235-3353.

Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Libraries — 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30– 11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. each month. Enjoy the peace within. Info, Roz 954.962.7447. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic medium Lynnette —12 - 2 pm. also Sundays. $80.00/1/2 hour readings to communicate with your loved ones who have passed. Mystik Sisters, 3475 N Dixie Hwy, Ste 102, Oakland Park, 754.223.7001. Yin Yoga — 2–3:15pm, $15. (+Wed, 6pm) Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing are held passively to expand motion in joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Concludes with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 2–4 pm, 4th Saturday monthly, $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, Room 2, 954.865.1329. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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Dr. Brookner strongly believes in natural alternative chiropractic healthcare. He has been practicing in Florida for 20 years. “Nothing is more precious than your health”.

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

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Thermae Retreat An organic serene Daily Retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared Saunas, Massage, Skincare, Body Scrubs and Masques, Holistic Healing, Energy Therapy. Yoga, Meditation, Hydrotherapy. See ad page 33.

Dr Yani Holistic and Healing Dentistry 212 SE 12th St (Davie Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-525-6010 contact@yanidmd.com www.yanidmd.com

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

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

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

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• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Bio-compatible materials • Bio-compatible Testing • Laser Dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/Ceramic Implants • Natural bone augmentation with Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad on page 13 and 24.

6710 Parkside Drive Parkland, FL 33067 954-906-5985 www.SaltBoxTherapy.com Salt therapy, an all-natural treatment, improves respiratory health, decreases stress and fatigue, improves skin conditions, and strengthens the immune system. First session is Complimentary!

HEALING ARTS Lisa’s Healing Center

Lisa Smith 3170 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 211K Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-415-6285 www.LisasHealingCenter.com Supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Massage modalities, Energy Work, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy. Mon-Sat by Appt. MM#27808.

Fine art SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 SQwood@gmail.com www.SusieQwood.com Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Visit our website for more information on taking the Global TRASHformation pledge. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad pages 6 and 50.

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LIFESTYLE CONSULTANT

Wellness Starts With Your Feet

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

Wholistic Enrichment, LLC. Michael Dubanewicz, Ph.D. 954-649-0989 www.WholisticEnrichment.com

Charter, navigate & discover your path utilizing a holistic approach towards an integrative way of living.

One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation. Offering long distance “customized orthotics” on website online store.

Arianan Curry 754-816-5053 www.YourLifeInHD.com Life Coach & Personal Strategist

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 4540 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-791-4498 www.LowTEFlorida.com www.CZnpoffice.com Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies, Testosterone Treatment for Men, Menopause Treatment, Botox, Weight Loss, Gynecology. See ad page 41.

I work as an intuitive life coach and personal strategist. My passion is helping clients resolve inner conflicts and clear obstacles in their life paths to achieve their goals and align with their greater purpose. Schedule a free Discovery Call today!

Healing with Love

Electro Sound Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Hyperbaric therapy

• Assists in weight loss

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• Detoxifies • Reduces Cellulite tissue • Supports preventive health maintenance

massage therapy Angel Light Holistic Healing Linda Geer, LMT, RMT 954-558-0419 www.AngelLightHolistics.com

Massage therapy, energy healing work, aura cleansing, aromatherapy and chakra balancing for deep relaxation and healing. MA 79609

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If you can breathe, you can meditate! Experience a variety of meditation techniques and 3 keys to an easy and enjoyable practice. Group classes, private instruction and workshops offered. I’ll also bring meditation to your business or event.

NATURAL HOME EMF SOLUTIONS

Gary James Greenleaf Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 520-591-8282 www.garyjamesqra.com Professional scientific and bioenergetic EMF analysis of your home or office. Featuring GeoSafe-E EMF neutralizing technology that works. Sleep in peace and feel real rejuvenation today!

Lymphatic Therapy 132 NE 1st Avenue Hallandale Beach FL 33009 305-439-3956 www.healingwithlove.biz

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): We exclusively provide HBOT utilizing hospital grade hyperbaric chambers in a compassionate, professional environment..

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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.


Pain Management Scott Irwin, PhD, CTTS at Healing & Wellness Spa 1732 NE 26th St, Suite 202 Wilton Manors, FL 33305 305-942-6378 www.Dr-Scott.com

K•Laser® Advanced Pain Relief Now Available! Non Surgical, Drug free treatment for: Sciatica, Tendinosis, Carpal Tunnel, Neck, Back, Shoulder & Knee Pain, Sprains, Gout, Arthritis, Shingles, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, Auto, Sports & Work Related Injuries.

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Aveda Salon & Spa Macy’s Galleria, 4th Floor

Daniel Vroman 2314 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale FL 954-537-2281 Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make, to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world. We Offer Retail products, Cut, Color, Massage, Facials. Great atmosphere of relaxing and loving others. 20% off services for first time guests.

Psychotherapy

Summit—Questa Montessori School

Judy Dempsey 5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie, FL 33314 954-584-3466 info@summitquesta.com summitquesta.com

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

A Healing Space

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

Debbie Caruso

1421 S Andrews Ave, Ft Lauderdale 33316 954-609-2616 Formerly Capello Salon now Stephen Julian Salon. Debbie Caruso, stylist, is still providing the best organic line available — OWAY from Italy.

SPIRITUAL THERAPY Carole A. Ramsay, Ba. Div., RMT 954-655-5490 Carole424@att.net www.GoddessTOUCH.net

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

Complementary consult by request.

relationship coaching getting what you want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 susan@gettingwhatyouwant.com www.gettingwhatyouwant.com If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 36.

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354 HairHolistic@gmail.com www.HairHolistic.com

Lynnette Albert

954-684-2579 Lynnette.Albert056@gmail.com As a child, spirits would visit me frequently. Now they come to me with messages for others....

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

Specializing in communicating with those who have passed.

tai chi Oneness Tai CHI International 92 E. McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-394-4342 www.meetup.com/taichi-91

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his

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

own believing and his own dying. ~Martin Luther

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Wellness Center

Yoga

Natural Health Power Works

Dr. Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi, DNM, Ph.D 6974 Griffin Rd, Davie, FL 33314 954-873-8413 DrSherryE@naturalhealthpowerworks.com www.NaturalHealthPowerWorks.com

Namasté Yoga Salon

407 South Federal Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33062 954-785-6333 www.NamasteYogaSalon.com We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana. See ad page 11.

Using the power of nature to heal: Allergies, Autism, ADHD, Detoxification, Gastrointestinal Health, Immune System Support, Customized Nutrition, Mood Disorders, Insomnia. “Health plan for the whole family.” DISCLAIMER: Natural Medicine is complementary healthcare and unintended for diagnosis, prescription or treatment of disease and is not licensed in Florida nor a substitute for medical care.

The Healing and Wellness SPA Bernadette Mosquera, A. P. 1732 NE 26th St, Suite 202 Wilton Manors FL 33305 954.564.6573 www.HealingAndWellnessSpa.com

Yogi Plus Yoga

6329 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac, FL 33319 754-235-3353 www.yogiplus.yoga We call our studio Yogi Plus Yoga, “The Plus” stands for Plus Size Yoga. You don’t have to be plus size or curvy to practice here, though if you are, you are very welcome! Our mission is to bring yoga as a tool to connect with your body.

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508 SW Flagler Ave. Downtown Fort Lauderdale 954-525-7726 www.yogawarehouse.org

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Classical Yoga in historic, open-air space since 1998. Beginners and all levels. “Best Yoga” eight times. Wonderful store. Many discounts available. Free meditation and kirtan.

We love treating our clients with TLC. We promote and facilitate their healing and wellness through one on one integrative therapies and education. Acupuncture, Massage, Facials, B-12 Injections, Cupping. MM#33424.

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SusieQ art available at Frame ‘n Art Gallery

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