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Dental Wellness: A Commitment to Being Healthy! by Dr. J. H.


knew about Dr. Cintron through Natural Awakenings holistic magazine. I always had dental issues and, being a physician, was somewhat aware of the possible consequences of what had been done in the past by traditional dentistry. After reading Dr. Cintron’s articles and her comprehensive approach, I made an appointment with her for an evaluation. I was very impressed and surprised by what I was told and shown by the doctor and staff (very professional). Maybe some of my symptoms were going to find a resolution. My health was definitely in jeopardy if I did not act quickly. All my root canals were infected and my health was shattered. Therefore, I decided to make the time and financial commitment that could be the difference between being healthy or drag the toxicity to an already affected body. I recommend anyone who has root canals and mercury fillings to take them out. Every time you chew and swallow, you’re putting toxins into your body and you don’t know how they may affect your general health.

Commentary from Dr. Cintron’s International Center for Dental Excellence: As part of our protocol after surgery, we recommend our patients go to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, and upon examination, the doctor at the chamber found a problem (heart murmur) with our patient’s heart. God’s grace revealed a major problem that needed emergency surgery. Periodontal disease is a silent killer and 85% of the population have some form of periodontal disease that is undetected and/or untreated. This may cause permanent damage to the heart and lungs. Stroke, endocarditis, bacteremia, digestive problems and diarrhea may be the result of such damage.

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Our DNA testing of the root canal treated teeth revealed what types of bacteria were present. Patients should not underestimate the effects the bacteria in the mouth can have on the body as cavities and gum disease have been found to affect other organs. Pictured here is a DNA report of a patient who came with his heart working at 30%. Notice when normal bacteria is found at levels over 9.5, they become very dangerous.

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uly—a celebration. Okay, I have to confess, sometimes I just don’t feel it. It’s times like that I need to give myself an oil change. Our “oil” is our blood. I’m not looking for a transfusion but more like a systemic infusion. I may choose to do nothing at all, as suggested in the healing ways article in this issue, or I could take a walk in nature, volunteer to do something for another, go for a bike ride, go swimming— something to provide a reset or reboot of the system. We were recently delivered the news of a major loss of life in Orlando at the hands of a troubled young man. The publisher of the Orlando Natural Awakenings emailed us “Coping with Tragedy” by Dr. Tatum. I appreciate his perspective and decided to place in this issue. He discusses the event as a catalyst for change. See page 13. I would guess that most of us have had experiences or events that have turned into opportunities for reevaluation. What is most important is having the belief we can find meaningful ways to implement those changes. In terms of attitude and judgements about others—be it race, religion, orientation or abilities—pre-judging closes down the energy for personal growth. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” Maya Angelou Education is key, being open to learning new things, being both curious and adventuresome support the way. Listen to others share how they have solved issues or made changes.

Recognize and develop the leadership qualities that reside within yourself. Be your own person. Love and embrace your unique qualities of expression. For the first time that I know of, we have an article on the importance of independent media, yes, magazines like Natural Awakenings, bringing you information on climate change, GMOs, alternative and integrative therapies, the benefits of plantbased diets, sustainability and so much more. We reach out to share, inform and inspire so that each one may take action toward developing their own wellness path—body, mind and spirit. We are blessed to have editorial submitted both locally and nationally for a rich array of independent perspectives. Other articles I love in this issue: one that describes when we’re on track with our purpose. I recall vividly when I first started talking to people in Broward County about Natural Awakenings (1999). Nothing, I mean nothing, could deter my belief that I was called to publish the magazine and make the information available to all in Broward that wanted it. Everything seemed to come together; even the rainbows appeared to confirm that I was on the “right path.” How wonderful a feeling that is. Follow the rainbows in your life; plan on it.

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ummer is upon us once again and the 4th Generation Organic Market & Café in Boca Raton is here for all your organic needs, cooking up daily, tasty vegan and non-vegan dishes, leaving your taste buds wanting more. 4th Generation’s new west Boca location is a full-service, all organic market, featuring produce, meat and sustainable seafood, deli, vitamins, grocery and much more. There are two convenient locations in Boca Raton to serve all your organic needs. They cater to vegetarians, vegans and raw foodies.

This summer, they are featuring locally grown, deliciously sweet organic watermelons and organic mangoes for the ultimate refreshers on those hot summer days. Stop in for a sample and experience their first-class customer service. Open seven days a week, eating healthy and living holistically has just gotten a whole lot easier. Make 4th Generation Market and Café your pleasure trip for wellbeing. Locations: 75 SE 3rd St., 561-3389920 and 9200 Glades Rd., 561-314-1341, See ad page 13.

Musician David Young Comes to Namasté

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avid Young is a twice Grammy nominated musician who plays two renaissance flutes at one time in harmony. He has recorded 57 albums and sold over onemillion copies. A healer, channel, author of three books and artist, it is said that more people have had out of body experiences while listening to his music than any other musician alive today. Young will be appearing from noon to 5pm, July 24, at Namaste. YouTube video from the Bliss album, http://youtu. be/YL1fdK5qDLE. Traveling to three or four cities each week, Young has done 151 Soul Ascension workshops; to date 979 people have shared their experiences with the Ascended Teachers and 2,057 people have shared with reconnecting with their loved ones on the heavenly side this year. Whether people have been meditating a short time or for 30 years, attendees consistently say they’ve had the most profound spiritual experience of their entire life, including Marie Diamond, Feng Shui master and speaker in the movie The Secret, and Barbara Hardie, author of Creating Heaven on Earth, a well-respected medium and angel channel from Massachusetts. Cost: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Location: 407 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Info and registration 954-933-3023. See ad pages 41 and 50.

ubian Heritage’s line of luxurious bath, body and hair products—made from traditional recipes with authentic certified organic and natural ingredients for smoother, revitalized skin—has now been expanded, with a special discount available on the entire line this month. The African Black Soap Collection is made with palm ash, tamarind extract and plantain peel, and has been used in Africa for centuries to minimize the appearance of skin blemishes and other skin ailments. Th e d e e p nourishing formula helps in exfoliation and hydration revealing radiant and healthy looking skin. Other products made by the company, part of Sundial Brands, include the Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver collection that uses naturally anti-inflammatory hemp seed oil; the Coconut and Papaya Collection; plus bar soaps, body washes and lotions, hand creams, organic-infused Shea butter, aluminum-free deodorant, sugar body scrub, massage oil and bath bombs. Shea butter, an ingredient in all of the products, is obtained from cooperatives in Ghana that help develop self-sustaining businesses there. For more information or to order products, call 631-842-8800, email HMerritt@ or visit NubianHeritage. com. See ad for special discount, page 35.



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here is a great phrase in the Disney movie, Tomorrowland: Which wolf are you feeding? It’s a key question we should all keep on our top-of-mind awareness. What direction is my life taking? Have I identified clear steps needed to achieve my desires? What hidden fears are preventing me from moving forward? Training modalities that combine right brain and left brain thinking allow for use of your whole brain and produce creative outcomes. Brave left brain thinkers such as physicians and accountants begin to ‘play’ and move beyond limiting thinking. Workshops using a systematic approach to left and right brain thinking, much like Einstein and DaVinci were able to use, allow the attendees to shift thinking to produce new outcomes. While one can stay grounded in analytical and scientific thinking to excel quite well in corporate environments, this often leaves out the joy in the experience. Left brain thinkers have learned use of oracle cards while artistic souls have learned sound marketing and accounting techniques. Combining left and right brain tools can literally transform your tomorrows. Jo Ellen Newman, MBA, is a certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer, Earth Angel reader, life coach and speaker. For more information, call 954-594-0747 or visit See ad page 46.


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Divine Love Health & Sacred Journey Wellness Workshop Interfaith Seminary Ordination e each have many layers that need to


be addressed to bring us back to our natural state. Newly offered at Divine Love Institute is an individualized and personalized two-day workshop presented by Nancy Livingston, certified health and wellness coach, delving into the individual’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. A Day at Divine Love Institute with Livingston includes: Getting to the core of your health issues; Setting and accomplishing health goals; Learning how food can become “Your Medicine” for ultimate health; Angelic Oracle Session; and a Reiki/ Integrated Energy Therapy Session. A Day at Nancy’s Home Kitchen includes: Your Individualized Health Plan; Hands-on prepping and preparing healthy foods picked just for you; Learning how to take back your physical health and energy. Livingston, ATP, RMT, co-founder of Divine Love Institute, is passionate about empowering her clients to be proactive in achieving their health, life, and spiritual goals through support and education. Her past experience owning her own personal chef business has given her the ability to work with many different chronic conditions and health needs. Location: 2832 Stirling Rd., Ste. H, Hollywood. For more information and reservations, call 954-920-0050. See ad this page.


e are living in a new era of cutting edge spirituality—seekers in search of enlightened truths beyond the confines of their childhood religions. A new designation we hear quite often now is for people to say that they are “spiritual but not religious.” This seems to be indicating a commitment to spiritual living by way of unconditional respect for all humanity, compassion, kindness and a personal quest for a connection with The Divine. Various polls indicate a growing trend away from organized religion and on to a more sacred path that allows for an inner exploration of faith. This inner exploration is not a rejection of religion but an expansion of consciousness, an opening of our hearts and our minds to the endless possibilities of spiritual practices and spiritual growth. Now, here in South Florida, seekers can explore various spiritual modalities at Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary, where Reverends Dr. Lori Cardona and Dr. Grace Telesco teach myriad faith paths and practices and ordain students as Interfaith Ministers, dedicating their lives to one of sacred service. Location: 1410 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors. For more information, call 917579-3750 or visit

School’s Out, Yello’s Open!


ello’s eco-friendly, state-of-the-art dance and yoga studio is open throughout the summer. Classes for children and adults are available on a daily basis. Classes for all age groups and levels include Hip Hop, Ballet, Yoga, Jazz, Salsa, Dance Fit, Belly Dance, Lyrical and more.

Join them 9am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm Friday, and 9am to noon Saturday. Check out their schedule at They can create a new summer class for your group of five or more. Drop-ins are welcome. Yello’s Summer Dance Camp offers children the opportunity to explore dance and yoga and to dig into ecofriendly farming projects with a presentation for parents and friends at the end of the week. Camp is offered weekly, through August 19, for children ages 4 to 10. For more information, visit Yellofl. com/summerdancecamp. You are the artist of your life. Yello! is your invitation to the playground. Location: 2495 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-491-1591. For a complete list of offerings, visit See ad page 51.

Annual BugFest Kicks Off with Art Exhibit by SusieQ


Visions of Light Book Signing with Ishwari

ugFest kicks off its fifth year with an awe-inspiring art exhibit by eco-litter artist SusieQ Wood, from 6 to 9pm, July 22, at Frame ‘n Art. The opening reception will be hosted by Mike and Teresa Mangini, owners of Frame ‘n Art. Open to all, the event is free and drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. BugFest is the biggest and most popular lobster mini-season event in Florida. More than 300 divers participated in 2015, including 100 who competed in the Great Florida Bug Hunt. SusieQ’s amazing artworks will be on display for one week, and Paint ‘n Sip events are planned the following week. Details will be updated as they are finalized. SusieQ is an accomplished, awardwinning artist, publisher of Natural Awakenings, and founder of the Quintessential Global Trashformation movement whose mission is to upcycle trash into powerful and inspiring art, supporting good stewardship and a positive attitude about our place in the world. Location: 229 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, in Green Turtle Plaza just west of Sea Grape Drive. For more information, call 954-267-9202 and/ or visit See ad page 31.


ccording to Rina Ishwari, her path has always been and continues to be allowing the vibration of the Creator-Source to filter through her being so that all that she does, thinks or says is the pure reflection of her divine Self. The experience of being human produces a wide range of energetic and emotional challenges for everyone. As time passes, we start to observe that even the most blissful states come and go and there naturally comes a yearning for something beyond. With an open heart, Ishwari dedicates Visions of Light: The Power of Letting Go to the reader. In this book, she shares her personal journey, the path she walked from suffering to wisdom. Her personal stories are a reflection of her soul’s evolution on Earth. Ishwari’s energetic shift was made possible with the assistance of spiritual guides, ascended masters, angelic realms, gurus and Christ consciousness. Each chapter is a paradigm, containing an array of tools, experiences and deeper wisdom to align the reader’s vibration to God’s. Some may feel a presence. Trusting intuition, others experience sensations of knowing, energetic shifts, shivers, tingling and ‘aha’ moments. Meet Ishwari for a book signing, 4 to 5:45pm, July 23, at Namasté Yoga Salon, 421 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. For more information, call 954-802-4988 or

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Calcium Pills Don’t Build Bone Health


esearchers reporting in the British medical journal The Lancet, analyzed 44 studies on calcium supplementation or dietary calcium and bone fractures and concluded, “Dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture and there is no current evidence that increasing dietary calcium intake prevents fractures.” Qualifying studies included more than 44,000 people. A different meta-study from New Zealand’s University of Auckland, also published in The Lancet, reviewed 59 clinical and observational studies of calcium and bone density. The meta-analysis compared the effect of calcium doses of 500, 800 and 1,000 milligrams per day and found that bone density improvements ranged between 0.6 and 1.8 percent throughout the body during the first year of supplementation, but did not increase over time. They concluded that the improvements in bone mineral density from calcium supplements were small and that results mirrored the increases seen from dietary sources, suggesting that neither method significantly improves bone health.


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Colorful Produce Slows Cell Aging


new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition finds that an increased intake of carotenoids, powerful antioxidants found in plantbased foods, is associated with slower aging. The research tested 3,660 U.S. adults and measured blood levels of five common carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, combined lutein/zeaxanthin and translycopene. The researchers found that those with levels that were in the highest quarter had 5 percent to 8 percent longer telomeres compared to those with the lowest quartile of carotenoid levels. Telomeres are located at the ends of DNA chromosomes and get shorter as we age. Longer telomeres indicate greater longevity. Carotenoids are found in the yellow-to-red pigments in many yellow, red and orange foods. They are also contained in green foods where chlorophyll shields the yellow-red color. Alpha-carotenes are present in carrots, cantaloupes, mangoes, kale, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Betacarotene is found in some of the same foods, and also tomatoes, apricots and watermelons. Beta-cryptoxanthin is found in papayas, apples and orange peels. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in some of the same foods, along with kiwifruit, grapes, oranges, zucchini and squash. Some of the highest levels are in corn. Lycopene is in tomatoes, watermelons, papayas, apricots and other red-to-yellow foods.

Coping with Tragedy John Tatum, MD


ow are you handling the recent shooting tragedy in Orlando? There has been a great outpouring of support, money, and service to the victims, and service in ways I would never have imagined. For example, my teenage granddaughter has signed up to take care of pets of the victims, and she is working with her dog groomer to host a Dog Wash fundraiser. Donating money or getting involved in some way is an important way of helping others and also helping yourself. Why? Helping makes a difference in the lives of others and also helps you to feel less powerless. Helping is also an act of love and therefore gets you out of the lower, negative state of consciousness where fear, anger, and sadness reside and puts you into the higher, heart state of consciousness, the place of love, acceptance, appreciation, and healing. It is normal for people to have negative feelings regarding a tragedy, but it’s important not get stuck there. Giving and helping others will make you feel better, but you will probably find those negative thoughts and feelings coming up again. So another way to give and get into the heart is to give your love. Unless you have studied Metaphysics or Energy Medicine, it may seem strange, but the studies are clear that sending love and healing to those who are suffering does make a difference. However it is that you imagine sending your love and healing, it is the intention that counts because “Energy follows Intention.” In a famous long-term study, Biofeedback readings were used to show that projecting loving energy had a positive, measurable effect on people at a distance. Besides sending love and healing energy to the victims and their families, you can also send it to those who are angry, isolated, prejudiced, as well as those who may be contemplating hurting others. Projecting your loving, healing energy is again something positive you can do to help the situation, and it helps you stay in the heart state of mind. Although it appears that Omar Mateen may have been acting out of his social isolation, untreated Bipolar Disorder, and confused sexual identity, perhaps hating his own un-embraced homosexuality, his act has brought out public comments of hatred and prejudice against the broader Muslim and LGBTQ communities. ISIS has tried to claim responsibility for Mateen’s actions because they want us to respond with hate and aggression, and they want us to feel this way because that helps their recruitment

campaign. Love undermines that. Christ taught this approach and Gandhi and Martin Luther King showed us how powerful it is in action. Extending our love and compassion to people like Mateen who are lonely, confused, and angry can help them get into the heart state of mind where they can accept and have the healing they need. Because this recent tragedy is so horrible, it is in the news and talked about a lot. Therefore, you will be reminded of it many times. Projecting love will not only help you cope, but the repetitive practice required to get back into the heart state of mind will be valuable in helping you to live your daily life from your heart, and may even help you Photo by Curtis Compton become a happier, more evolved person. Dr. Tatum is the founder of Holistic Health & Counseling Center (formerly, Optimal Health & Learning Center), where he heads a team of Holistic Mental Health practitioners in Winter Park, FL. More information can be obtained at www.HHandCC. com or by calling 407-644-3593.

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Osteopathy Alleviates Low Back Pain


ore than 600,000 people undergo surgery for back pain every year, yet back surgery is often unsuccessful. Safer manual therapies provide a viable alternative, according to recent research. A study of 455 people with low back pain found that osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) helped with their symptoms. The research, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, gave each patient six osteopathic manual therapy sessions or a placebo treatment over a two-month period. Patients were tested before and a month afterward to assess the success of the treatments, using pain severity and mobility as the main criteria. The research showed that those that started with higher disability scores of 17 or more prior to therapy had significantly less pain and more mobility. Patients with scores of seven or greater also improved, but not to the same degree. Lead researcher and Osteopath Dr. John Licciardone says, “Subgrouping patients according to chronic low back pain intensity and function appears to be a simple strategy for identifying patients that can attain substantial improvement with OMT. From a cost and safety perspective, it should be considered before progressing to more costly or invasive interventions.”

Energy Drinks Harm the Heart


n addition to alertness, energy drinks may also trigger abnormal heart rhythms and increased blood pressure. Researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, tested 27 healthy adults. The volunteers were split into three groups— one drank two cans of an energy drink per day, another consumed the same amount of a drink with Panax ginseng and the third a similar-tasting placebo beverage. The subjects were given cardiovascular testing before and after the trial. After three weeks, the group imbibing the energy drinks had a significant increase in abnormal heart rhythms and higher blood pressure. The ginseng and placebo groups saw no change in their heart conditions. Sachin A. Shah, a doctor of pharmacy and professor at Pacific’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, says, “Our findings suggest that certain energy drinks may increase the risk of having an abnormal heart rhythm when consumed in high volumes. While we wait for more data, some consumers should exercise caution and not blindly follow the buzz.” The Center for Science in Public Interest, a consumer health advocacy group, has reported that as of June 2014, 34 deaths have been associated with energy drinks.

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ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones



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 a woman’s life. Now, these issues can be treated quickly, safely and painlessly. Emmanuela Wolloch, MD is proud to introduce vaginal laser therapy, a holistic solution designed to specifically treat women’s intimate health concerns. This minimally invasive, highly effective, FDA approved procedure requires no down time—women have reported a noticeable difference right away and enjoy a near immediate return to regular activities. All this can be accomplished in the office. Dr. Wolloch is a board certified OB/GYN specializing in perimenopausal and menopausal issues with a special interest in holistic and integrative medicine. Her boutique medical practice is located at 1801 NE 123rd St., Ste. 415, North Miami. For more information, call 305-935-8775, email or visit See ad page 20.

new study announced at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can weaken bones in children during a time of critical growth. This study tested 5,315 kids between 8 and 17 years old and compared the results to a subgroup of 1,967. Each child was given a bone mineral density scan on the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. The children taking ADHD medications of Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Strattera and Vyvanese had lower bone mineral density in the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. At least 25 percent of the youngsters taking these medications were categorized as having osteopenia. According to a 2014 Express Scripts study, prescriptions of ADHD medications to children in the U.S. grew by 36 percent between 2008 and 2012.

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globalbriefs Moth Misery

Bright Lights Drive Them to Extinction National Moth Week, held from July 23 to 31 (visit for podcast), has prompted the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to encourage cities to install motion-sensitive dimming streetlights and is working to designate dark-sky parks that could provide a refuge for nocturnal species. The giant silk moth and other insects pollinate 80 percent of our food crops. In turn, their bodies sustain innumerable birds, rodents and bats. Entire ecosystems rest on their delicate, powdery wings. Only two species of moths are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and three others have gone extinct in the past decade. Many populations are seeing declines of up to 99 percent. Between monoculture crops, pesticides, changing climate, urbanization and decreasing darkness due to artificial lighting, the future of night-flying moths is uncertain. Their only goal is to reproduce, guided to suitable nesting grounds by the shadow of the moon; many moth species do not even have mouths. However, cities now glow brighter than a full moon, and ambient light pollution radiating from urban areas draws moths to their deaths. IDA Program Manager John Barentine says, “Every time a person turns off and shields a porch light on their house, they’re helping.” Source: Sierra Club

Low-Cost Largesse

Nonprofit Grocery Sells Good Food at Low Prices The biggest challenge to healthy eating in poor neighborhoods isn’t always access to healthy food; it’s whether people can afford to buy it. A year ago, Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, opened Daily Table, a nonprofit grocery in Boston, to take action. It gathers nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted and then sells it at low prices. After learning about food insecurity in the U.S. and that approximately 40 percent of the food we grow is thrown out, Rauch decided to address both problems by offering this new option for people that don’t want handouts. The store now has 5,000 members and hundreds of daily customers, with plans to expand to new locations. “The challenge we have in America is that the food system is designed from the farm on up to create calories that are cheap and nutrients that are expensive,” he says. “People on the lowest economic rung get squeezed the hardest.” Rauch partners with vendors to get excess food, such as fruit just slightly too ripe to make it through the standard supermarket system, that chefs turn into ready-to-eat meals like prepared salads and soups, or entrées that can cost less than $2. For more information, visit


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Fresh Veggies Come Direct to Offices Pioneering employers are now offering fresh vegetables to help employees improve their diet—and their health. Tech companies are even hiring professional chefs to prepare healthful lunches and snacks. In Texas, the Farm to Work program is making it easy and affordable for workers to pick up baskets of local produce at the office. Participants aren’t required to pay an initial lump sum or commit to buying every week. Instead, they can sign up to receive produce in any given week. Other groups around the country are also looking into workplace produce delivery programs, and while many use the traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) model, others are experimenting with different procedures. The Farm Fresh Program, in Bellingham, Washington, connects local farmers to employers interested in receiving weekly deliveries. Meanwhile, Farm2Work, in Arkansas, links local purveyors of produce, meat, eggs, dairy, pies, jams and jellies to area employers. New York’s Adirondack Harvest, a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, started by helping a single farmer link to area employers. The next step, says Teresa Whalen, the group’s southern chapter representative, is working to persuade insurance companies to subsidize workplace CSAs in the same way they’re starting to subsidize gym memberships. Source:

GMO-Free Pioneer New Grain Transport to be Contaminant-Free

Large food companies that are switching to non-GMO (genetically modified) soy and corn products must still worry about their ingredients picking up GMO contamination through conventional supply chains. Now, Captain Drake LLC, a North Dakota grain plant, has acquired its own million-bushel terminal with dedicated rail cars used exclusively for GMOfree grains. President Mark Anderson maintains, “We’ll be able to obtain the best non-GMO commodities from three regions: North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada.” In a 2015 Nielsen study of 30,000 consumers, 43 percent rank non-GMO as very important and 80 percent said they would pay more for foods that indicate a degree of healthfulness. Sales of nonGMO products exceeded $10 billion last year and are growing. Anderson explains, “The supply chain needs to be tightened up and moved domestically. We consider this to be another strategic asset for food and beverage clients seeking suppliers committed to guaranteeing the integrity and purity of non-GMO commodities.” Source:

Toxic Teflon

Scientists Increasingly Find It Dangerous

According to a new meta-analysis of previous studies, Philippe Grandjean, of Harvard, and Richard Clapp, of the University of Massachusetts, concluded that DuPont Teflon, used for 50 years to make frictionless cookware, is much more dangerous than previously thought, causing cancer, birth defects and heart disease, and weakening the immune system. Even though Teflon’s harmful perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA) is no longer produced or used, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found it in the blood of more than 99% of Americans studied, because it can be passed from mother to unborn child in the womb. The researchers say that the federal government’s recommended “safe” level, set in 2009, is as much as 1,000 times too high to fully protect people’s health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a legal allowable limit for its presence in drinking water. Source:

Fish Fried

New Numbers Confirm Global Overfishing The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has been collecting reports for decades on how many fish are caught in the oceans annually. However, those numbers don’t take into account small-scale, recreational and illegal fishing or the bycatch that’s discarded before boats return to harbors. A study published in Nature Communications increases the actual total world catch from 1950 to 2010 by 50 percent. Daniel Pauly, author of the University of British Columbia study, states, “The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn or the remaining balance. Better estimates for the amount we’re taking out can help ensure there’s enough fish to sustain us in the future.” Based on official counts, global catches peaked in 1996 and have declined modestly each year. The decline isn’t due to less fishing or restrictions on certain fish, though. “It’s due to the countries fishing too much and having exhausted one fish after the other,” says Pauly. The findings also emphasize the value of fisheries to low-income people in developing countries. The next steps will require well-informed action to preserve this critical resource for people and for the planet. Source:

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Animal Droppings Help Forests Absorb CO2

A paper published in Forest Ecosystems concludes that frugivores, large, fruit-eating animals like toucans, tapirs, curassows and spider monkeys, help to keep the woods healthy by eating fruits and spreading seeds. As traps for carbon and an effective defense against global warming, forests collectively absorb up to 30 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions and store more than 1,600 gigatons of carbon in the soil. “You have a lot of large birds that play a fundamental role for large trees,” says study author Mauro Galetti. “They increase the likelihood that seeds will turn into actual photosynthesizing plants.” However, big, tropical birds are constantly under threat of hunting, poaching and habitat loss; the International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List notes that 14 of the world’s 16 toucan species, for instance, are decreasing in population. The study found that without the help of high-capacity frugivores, there would be no way for larger seeds to grow into the towering trees that store carbon best. Scientists now want to research individual species to calculate how much each animal’s services are worth in terms of battling climate change. Putting a dollar amount on a species, say Galetti, could be the only way to persuade governments to protect it.

Eco-Beach Blast

Sustainable Ways to Enjoy Sand and Surf When eco-conscious families hit the beach this summer, there’s more to be aware of than just picking up trash like drink containers, wrappers and found litter. Here are some other ways we can enhance our beach and water experiences while upping fitness benefits. Rising water levels and severe weather events have damaged coastlines, so extra care is needed. When setting up a beach spot, stay away from sand dunes and pockets of beach grass that serve as natural defenses against beach erosion. Also watch out for marked-off turtle hatching spots; prime nesting season is May through October, according to the nonprofit Turtle Conservancy. Teach kids not to chase birds. Walk around shorebirds to cause minimal disturbance; it’s stressful dodging danger during meals and wastes precious energy stores. Walking on soft sand is like a weight-training workout, as detailed in Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee’s Barefoot Walking book. Polluting chemicals enter waterways via fertilizer and industry runoff and accidents like the BP Gulf oil spill; don’t contribute more by using sunscreen that contains oxybenzine, which reportedly alters hormone function. The Environmental Working Group ( maintains an online guide of safe sunscreens. The Huffington Post also suggests that we can make our own by mixing zinc oxide (a sunblocking agent), coconut oil (soothes and conditions skin), beeswax (for waterproofing) and tea tree oil (soothes and repairs skin and smells good). The same care applies to chemical hair dyes, shampoos, conditioners and straighteners. Patronize clean, green salons that use natural hair treatments free of synthetic chemicals, ammonia or para-phenylenediamine (PPD). Or search “nontoxic hair care” online. Plan a visit to coincide with a public volunteer beach cleanup event. Check with national organizations like Keep America Beautiful ( and local or countywide groups, as well as social media sites for group activities.

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added benefit is getting to know the farmer and being able to ask the questions—and receive the answers—that are important to us. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that local food sales totaled $12 billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008. They continue to grow.

Organic or Certified Organic

Locavore Lingo What All the Food Labels Really Mean by Judith Fertig


ocally grown foods are more likely to have been bred for flavor and nutrition than durability and a long shelf life, says Emily Akins,

outreach director for the Kansas City Food Circle, a cooperative that links residents with farmers that grow and raise organic and free-range food. An

Consumers want to know the difference between organics and certified organics. Today’s number of U.S. certified organic operations has jumped nearly 300 percent since 2002 to more than 21,700. Although a certified organic designation might be the preferred index of how foods are grown and raised, it is not always possible for certain foods in some climates. Sometimes there’s a tradeoff in buying organic foods in the carbon footprint of its transport to market. According to the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, in Tampa, Florida, “Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation.” To be considered certified organic under the Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 205, products must meet these standards: n No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years. n Farmers and processors are inspected annually by a certifying agency. n Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of practices. n Farmers are required to maintain a written organic management plan.

Certified Humane When we buy local cheese, poultry or meat at the farmers’ market, we sometimes see a certified humane notice. One such producer is Baetje Farms, outside St. Louis, Missouri. Their highly regarded goat cheeses offer traceability via a lot number, so buyers can know exactly which milking the cheese came from. In factory farming, which often 20

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involves penning or caging animals that never go outdoors, “certified humane” means that this producer meets Humane Farm Animal Care standards: n Fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones. n Provided proper shelter with resting areas and sufficient space. n Animals have the ability to behave naturally. Veronica Baetje says her farm’s goats receive organic mineral supplements and locally grown alfalfa hay in addition to pasture grass every day. She adds, “They are free to choose what they prefer to do, whether skip and run up a hill, lie under the shade of a tree, soak up some sunshine or play with their herd mates.”

“We choose to husband our land to promote harmony and synergy. We are creating a sustainable farm ecosystem where herbal meadows, prairies, heirloom gardens, orchards, woodlands, and rare breeds of livestock and wildlife flourish.” Sometimes, we’d just like someone else to do the food curating for us. The Kansas City Food Circle requires member farmers to take a pledge to follow certain agricultural practices. “When you buy food from our members, you can rely on the co-op’s pledge that it’s been certified naturally grown or that the farmer has USDA Organic certification,” says Akins.

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, the joint effort of 100 small-scale family farms providing fresh, organic, seasonal produce, in Leola, Pennsylvania, gives similar assurances. The USDA reports that 160,000 farmers nationwide are currently selling to their local markets via farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture organizations, restaurants, groceries and institutions, generating health, social, economic and environmental benefits for local communities. It keeps growing because we keep asking questions. Judith Fertig blogs at

Wild Food At times, farmers’ markets will offer foraged foods from the wild or wild game. Sources are listed online at “Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers’ markets and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available,” says founder Jo Robinson, in Vashon, Washington. For example, Dave and Sue Whittlesey, at High Wire Ranch, in Hotchkiss, Colorado, raise bison (buffalo) and elk that they sell both through local stores and at the Aspen Saturday Market. The wild game is 100 percent pasture-fed, non-GMO (no genetically modified feed), gluten-free and not given hormones or any antibiotics unless the animal is sick. Trusted Sources The land, climate and growing season dictate the best natural farming practices for each area, often described along with their products on farm and farmers’ market websites. Wisconsin’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, in Madison, provides detailed descriptions of farm products and agricultural practices so customers can make informed choices. Sometimes, the type of farm makes a difference. “We are intentionally human scale,” says Virginia Goeke, of Sylvan Meadows Farm, in Viroqua, Wisconsin. natural awakenings

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Healthy Foods Lexicon Heritage breeds—Ancestral breeds of poultry and livestock that often take longer to reach market weight, but have more flavor.

Foraged—Native foods gathered from the wild, rather than cultivated. Examples: wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, mulberries, native pecans, black walnuts and native persimmons. Free range—Poultry raised outdoors where they are free to range over natural vegetation. Grass-fed—Beef or milk cows fed on grass. The benefit is leaner, betterflavored meat and more omega-3s, plus fuller flavors in milk, butter and other dairy products. Heirloom—Older, non-hybrid varieties of produce, including fruit trees, herbs and vegetables.

Local—Grown or raised within a threehour driving radius of the consumer’s purchase site. Pastured—Livestock raised on pastures instead of factory farms. Traceability—Precise tracking by a farmer that informs the consumer of which chicken hatched a specific clutch of eggs, which farm grew a cantaloupe and which mill boiled down and bottled the sorghum syrup. Wild-caught—Fish that live and are caught in open lakes, streams or oceans. For more current agricultural, market and trade terms, visit

Power Plant #2: Chaya by Donna Torrey


t’s that time of year when we try to figure out what we can grow in our vegetable gardens, now that the summer and tropical weather have arrived. Last year I wrote about Moringa, a powerhouse tropical vegetable. This year, I want to introduce you to another fantastic plant— Chaya. Chaya is an amazing and nutritious tropical vegetable, can be used in different ways, and should only be eaten cooked. It is tolerant of poor soil and low water. It prefers full sun to part shade and loves the hot humid summers. It is a bushy plant and should be kept at four to five feet through frequent trimming and eating. It is grown from cuttings which root easily. Boil leaves until they are wilted down and use them like grape leaves to wrap, or chop and use in any recipe calling for spinach, collards or kale. Chaya has a nice chewy texture and mild flavor. It is great in stews, soups, spinach pie or sautéed. It can also be prepared in advance (blanched) and frozen in zip lock bags for future use.

Best of all, it packs a load of protein, Vitamin A and calcium, similar to Moringa. Between these two plants, you will never be without delicious and nutritious greens for yourself and your family. Chaya and Moringa seeds, cuttings and plants can always be purchased at The Garden Gate, located at Sears, 2251 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Citi Centre (corner of Copans Rd. and Federal Hwy.), 954-783-4283, See ad page 48. 22

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Signs That You’ve Found Your Calling


ou may think you’ve identified your calling, questioned it, become disillusioned, left it and then come back to it in a different form. The following clues let you know you’re on the right track. You realize you’ve been training for this since birth. Even the gritty things, the disappointments, regrets and screwups have all been preparation. Major life disruptions and failures were all just teaching essential lessons so that you can become who you’re called to be. You sense ease. In the face of obstacles—such as doors of suspected opportunity that are shut tight or relentless struggles impeding a course you thought was right—it can be hard to tell if your commitment is just being tested or you’ve veered off course. Such hurdles can be part of the growth process cultivating your “inner hero” necessary for the journey. Trust the sense of movement towards ease, which likely will include supportive synchronicities. Your health may improve. Cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen and you’ll feel more energetic. Old aches and pains

by Lissa Rankin might disappear; even chronic illness can fade when you’re focused on your life purpose. You feel strangely peaceful, despite reasons to be anxious. Your soul longs to express what you’re on Earth to express, and when you finally rise into alignment with your calling, your soul does a happy dance. Even if everything else seems to be falling apart and others consider you crazy, you’ll be centered in peace, relieved that you finally know what you’re called to do. The universe rolls out the red carpet. When called to do what is needed for the highest good of all beings, the universe bends over backwards to hand you whatever you need. No request is too small. Unexpected money flows in and other resources appear just as you’re ready to give up. You’ll know you’re on track, even if it is not quite clear what you’re on track to do. People find you. Few can fulfill a calling alone. Most of us need a tribe to lift us up as we do brave, scary, worldchanging things. When you’re aligned with your life purpose, the right people, including magic-wielding mentors, will

find you at the right time, if only you’re courageous enough to be vulnerable about what you’re being called to do. Dr. Lissa Rankin, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, is the author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling (

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SOIL SISTERS Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist


ore women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.


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Historic Roots “Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, but in the last 100 years they’ve started to self-organize and be recognized for their important work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of

Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 20,000 mostly middle-class urban and suburban women to enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.” Women also helped feed Americans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says Hayden-Smith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and undervalued perspectives. The wakeup call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls.

This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national advocate and spokeswoman for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and Ag Network to collectively advocate for a stronger voice. “Throughout history, women in agriculture have been relegated to providing assistance, rather than making decisions,” O’Brien explains. “It’s up to us as women to collaboratively support each other while challenging the system.”

Cultivating Change For her 50th birthday, Paula Foreman gave her life a new chapter. She launched her midlife “second act” in 2007 with Encore Farm, a name that serves as a rallying mantra for her peers. “The name is a tribute declaring that fresh starts and new beginnings can happen at any age,” explains Foreman, now an urban farmer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Embodying this business moxie, she chose to specialize, producing one thing very well: organic

dried beans. Relinda Walker, of Walker Organic Farms, outside Savannah, Georgia, represents a cadre of “boomerang” farmers; women that return to the land to continue a family farm with a commitment to organics. Like many farm kids, after college, Walker left to pursue a corporate career in the city. Then the 9/11 terror attack shifted her priorities. “All roads led me to coming back home and growing food,” she says. Launched in 2005, Walker’s farm was one of southern Georgia’s first organic operations, yielding specialty varieties like rainbow carrots in vivid shades of purple, orange and red.

Future Femme Power Young women in their 20s and 30s are adding energy, diversity, vibrancy and fresh outlooks to the female farming movement. Lindsey Morris Carpenter runs Grassroots Farm, in Monroe, Wisconsin, a diversified operation of certified organic vegetables and pastured livestock, in partnership with her mother, Gail Carpenter.

“A crucial key to farming happiness is being a good neighbor,” she shares. “I call around when I see livestock and pets outside of fences; maintain my fences; share my garlic and potato seed; and always invite neighbors to parties and events, even though they may not attend. Even if others’ personal lifestyle and farming philosophies are radical opposites, we still have our physical location and appreciation of nature in common, and that’s big.” “The women farmer movement is just a toddler,” sums up O’Brien. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet, especially with representation on the national leadership platform.” It’s easy to support female growers at local farmers’ markets. Cultivating change can be rewarding—and tasty. Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Her family runs the energy-independent Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in beautiful southwest-

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REAL NEWS THAT MATTERS Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist


n virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV— control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers and magazines. According to Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New Media Monopoly, this handful of conglomerates form a cartel that wields enough influence to affect U.S. politics and define social values.


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Thirty years ago, before many mergers and acquisitions, 50 corporations owned nearly all of American media. Today’s infotainment and rhetoric, misrepresented as news, is leading millions to conclude that these colossal powers do not exist to objectively report the truth.

Mainstream Media’s True Colors Although a recent Gallup Poll reflects Americans’ lack of trust in mainstream media’s reporting of news fully, fairly and accurately, fair reporting was what HarperCollins, a prominent publisher, expected upon the 2016 release of New York City holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. They were shocked when the book was boycotted. “The New York Times, Dr. Oz and Good Morning America refused to schedule author interviews or write book reviews. There wasn’t a whisper anywhere on mainstream media about my evidenced-based book on how women can holistically recover from depression without a single prescription. HarperCollins was baffled. I was their first credentialed author who spoke out against pharmaceuticals,” says Brogan. So Brogan turned to independent outlets, including print, online and social media, her own website, newsletter lists and word-of-mouth. Her work soon broke through into three of the top bestselling

book lists: USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times. That example serves as clear proof of the importance and power of independent media to furnish the public helpful and in-depth information on wide-ranging topics that mainstream broadcast media typically only cover in 30- to 60-second blurbs or not at all. Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute of Functional Medicine and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, learned Brogan’s lesson early on. “Independent media have been crucial in disseminating my life’s work. Given the misinformation being spread by regular news and government channels about weight and health, we deserve to hear the truth about what’s in our food, toxins in our environment and how we can truly heal our bodies,” says Hyman, a nine-time bestselling author.

Independent Voices Today’s independent media landscape shifts at warp speed. With 24/7 Internet access to websites, both groundbreaking journalism and grassroots perspectives appear in original articles and blogs. Outlets include independent online radio, TV shows, newspapers, filmmakers and “citizen journalists” armed with smart phones instantly transmitting images and updates via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. From a growing recognition that such media play a vital role in shaping a more informed and engaged citizenry, more attention is again being paid to the need for real news that matters. Breaking the reign of junk food news generators is the mission of, a media research program at California’s Sonoma State University. Billions of dollars are spent annually on webinars, podcasts and e-books exploring health and healing, self-help, spiritual enlightenment and creativity, indicating a reading audience with a hunger for deeper wisdom. Since 1973, New Dimensions Radio, co-founded and hosted by Justine Willis Toms, has featured many of the world’s most respected wisdom keepers. “Guests exclaim how refreshing it is to speak in-depth and at length. Mainstream, commercially based media consistently present sound bites on how things are breaking down and not working, without opening thought to constructive visions

for a future that benefits all life and the planet,” says Toms. “Independent media have broken away from dependence on the moneyed interests holding tight reins on the news and information they publish. Because we’re listener-supported, public radio is free to explore a wide range of timely and timeless topics,” he says. Leaning away from one-sided views gives independent media space to expand people’s perspectives and positive expectations for the future. The seven-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor international news organization was established in Boston over a century ago to till human thought and thereby improve human lives via an uplifted journalistic standard. “Its quiet insistence for human rights and against tyranny; for generosity and against selfishness; for intelligence, charity, courage, integrity and most of all, for progress and hope—surely that has helped,” remarks John Yemma, current columnist and former editor. “We work to uncover where progress is occurring, even though headlines proclaim the contrary. There are always two sides to a story,” says Susan Hackney, a senior director with the Monitor, which consistently resists the sensational in favor of the meaningful. Magazines such as Natural Awakenings, Mother Jones, The Optimist and Yes! are likewise stirring up conversations on meaningful issues via larger perspectives with a focus on tangible solutions. They address such areas as the damaging health and environmental effects of genetically engineered food, championed by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. “Europe could kick genetically modified ingredients (GMO) out of their food supply because their mainstream media covered the health dangers, while U.S. mainstream media ignored them and kept Americans in the dark. Independent media in the U.S. enable democracy and consumer-inspired transformations of all kinds. Knowledge has organizing power,” advises Smith.

Success Stories With Fran Korten at its helm, the ad-free, subscription-supported, nonprofit Yes! is helping to reframe our biggest issues. “Mainstream media, dependent upon

We in America are the best entertained and least informed society in the world. ~Neil Postman, media theorist and educator advertisers that would have us believe that we can buy happiness, celebrate stories of the rich and powerful, leaving everyone else feeling small and powerless. Independents can help resist such ways of seeing the world, help people see a different path to success and happiness and perceive themselves as change agents. Together, we share engaging stories of how people are carving out new ways of living that hold the hope of a world more in balance with the living Earth and where everyone’s inherent worth and dignity are recognized,” says Korten. Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute and originator of a holistic land management systems approach to recover and preserve sustainable resources, underscores the need for change leaders and independent thinkers. “As we ponder who they might be, we realize it’s not those that discover new, counterintuitive insights, but those that spread the knowledge. The groundbreakers are pioneers like writers, poets, artists, speakers and social networkers. After 50 years of trying to understand the intense institutional resistance to and ridiculing of my work of managing complexity in a simple manner, holistic management is now quickly spreading globally. This is only due to social networking, independent writers and my TED talk that went viral,” observes Savory. Laurie McCammon, change leader and author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, contracted with independent publisher Red Wheel Weiser to get her message out. “It’s been building awareness of forbidden knowledge—that we each have unrealized potential to affect reality by changing our thoughts. We can nurture a shift in global culture away from an existing way of life that has bred fear, lack and a belief in scarcity,” explains McCammon. She suggests that to preview a new vision of, “I am enough and have enough,” and, “We are enough and have

enough,” we should look to the fertile fringes; small communities of intentional and conscious people actively reinventing society. “Look at what independent media are reporting on; as well as their unprecedented use of new terms such as organic, wellness, sustainability, permaculture, transition town, sharing economy, social responsibility, biomimicry and the butterfly effect,” says McCammon. The existing worldview, with all of its core assumptions and rules, aims to restrain awakening individual and collective consciousness. McCammon observes, “As long as the ‘old story’ was told repeatedly by mainstream media with conviction, it could command our attention and make us doubt our inner story. Trusting that the outer world had our own best interests in mind meant that there was no need to turn within. This is changing. Thanks to farseeing, courageous and strong enough independent media, there’s been an overturning to a more wholesome story of mind-body-spirit, abundance, innovation, collaboration and cooperation.” Mainstream and independent media coexist like two sides of a coin. Mainstream media’s talking heads tell us how to act and think while independent media invite us to engage, educate and think for ourselves, dig deeper and take action. Without independent media, we would know little about the benefits of the ever-evolving grassroots movement of holistic, alternative, complementary, integrative and functional medicine. Nor would we know the truth about climate change; the health advantages of plant-based diets and community gardens; food deserts and nutrition-related illnesses; the prevalence of environmental toxins; signs of spiritual progress; alternative education; and the benefits of eco-villages to people and the planet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Make Time for Downtime

Chilling Out Revives Body and Soul by April Thompson


ere’s something to add to our to-do list: nothing. Americans today work more hours than ever before, foregoing hard-earned vacation days and spending more time with electronic


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devices than with friends and family. The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of needed rest are great, but failing to take time out to recharge our minds and bodies can have serious consequences, according to experts.

Downtime is most acutely needed in the workplace. In a survey of nearly 20,000 workers, The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review found that 59 percent of them were physically exhausted, emotionally drained, distracted and lacking purpose. Headquartered in Yonkers, New York, with offices in Europe and Australia, The Energy Project has helped hundreds of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, create healthier, happier and higher-performing workplaces. The company takes its cues from elite athletes that carefully build rest and recovery periods into their training schedules. “Just as your body needs sleep and food to function optimally, so does your mind and spirit,” says Annie Perrin, an executive vice president with the project. There’s a mounting body of neurological research to buttress the analogy. Important assimilation of learning and “meaning making” occurs in the resting brain, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain. When our minds are allowed to wander, they engage a network of interacting brain regions that together are thought to play a key role in building our ability for inward reflection and

recollection, known as the default mode network. Immordino-Yang’s research suggests that such activation during restful moments is positively associated with the recalling of memories, envisioning the future and even developing a moral foundation. “This network seems to be more engaged when we aren’t actively gathering information or working on an external goal,” remarks Immordino-Yang. Zoning out on TV or video games doesn’t produce the same brain benefit because, “It’s about looking inward rather than outward,” she says. The default network does engage when introspection occurs during nurturing social interaction, such as while enjoying a reflective conversation with friends or family. She recommends banning technology and other distractions during periods spent in activities that bring joy and meaning so that we are present in a mindful way. The Energy Project ushers clients through a comprehensive energy audit, using exercises to expose specific personal habits that lead to diminishing returns in both work and play time. In one exercise, workers are asked to rank current incoming emails from one to five, with the highest number equating to, “I need to respond immediately.” Most rate nearly no fives, says Perrin, a realization that has helped many people change their email habits. While change can be hard, Perrin suggests creating new, healthy rituals through repetition, which taps into the brain’s desire for automaticity. For example, she advises workers to schedule “renewal breaks” every 90 minutes after completing a block of high-priority tasks. “If you’ve been sitting, move; if the mind has been active, do something to quiet it, like meditating or simply closing your eyes.” She also suggests finding workers to buddy up with and schedule mutual breaks to help support and hold each other accountable. Immordino-Yang suggests that another practice to maximize the value of downtime is to combine it with exercise. “A walk can be rejuvenating,” she says. “While the body is engaged, the mind is free to wander.” The Energy Project calls on managers to model these downtime activities for their employees. Some companies have instituted policies that limit sending email from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., as well as during weekends and vacations, so staffers don’t feel compelled to read and respond to keep up with work. Setting limits is even more crucial for young people with minds and habits that are especially malleable. “I see teenagers taking their phones into the bathroom or bed to text in the middle of the night. Parents need to put a stop to this,” counsels Immordino-Yang. “The brain needs uninterrupted rest to work at its best.” Learning that being a productive employee or an emotionally available parent requires giving ourselves a break and gives us permission to rest. We find that downtime is not just good for ourselves, but also for our families and workplaces.


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ZEN GOLF Master the Mind to Master the Game by Aimee Hughes


remember the moment I had what I call my ‘golf game epiphany,’” recalls Steve Hughes, a passionate golfer from Richmond, Missouri. “I realized that my main obstacles were in my head, and from that day on, my golf game changed.” In any athletic or fitness endeavor, the pursuit of excellence unfolds an


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array of challenges. While golf presents some of the toughest hurdles to improvement, any links enthusiast can better their game by acquiring a champion’s mindset. Applying a few Zen techniques and disciplines adapted from the Buddhist tradition of mindful awareness—which teaches that the mind is everything—can work wonders.

Zen Golf master and performance psychologist Joe Parent, Ph.D., of Ojai, California, advises: “The key is finding a way to let the ‘thinking’ mind do all the preliminaries to physical performance—selecting a target, judging the lie, gauging weather influences, etc.—and then letting our ‘intuitive’ mind take over, enabling our body to make a swing that’s free from second-guessing ourselves.” He calls the optimal playing mentality, “Not too tight, not too loose.” It’s the sweet spot that allows us to perform via our best self. Some key techniques prepare us to find and reside in this just-right Goldilocks place of being not too hot and not too cold. Developing mental fortitude takes us even further than we can imagine. Mastery is born from discipline, focused attention and a deep core desire to adopt habits and behaviors that will upgrade our mindset. Author of Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, Parent teaches his students to enter a state that he calls “trusting versus trying.” He teaches a “one stroke at a time” approach, which emphasizes awareness of being in the present moment, as many contemplative spiritual traditions do. When the golfer is deeply engaged in the present moment with just the right level of emotional intensity, free

Author of Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, Parent teaches his students to enter a state that he calls “trusting versus trying.” He teaches a “one stroke at a time” approach.

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How did becoming a parent boost your relationship with organic foods and health? I was raised on a diet of mostly fresh, homemade, food and knew it was something I wanted for my own children. At that point, I knew the basics; that it was healthier and tasted better than storebought baby food. The more I learned, the more I became fascinated by how switching to an organic diet positively affects our health.

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Liza Huber on Healthy Meals and Happy Kids Start with Homemade, Organic Baby Food by Gerry Strauss


or many actresses, landing a role on the hit show Passions would be a career highlight. For Liza Huber, daughter of soap opera icon Susan Lucci,


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a successful acting career was one step en route to her calling as a mother, public speaker and entrepreneur. Her inspiration was to launch Sage Spoonfuls (SageSpoon-

Why is it vital to introduce organic food during a youngster’s early development? America’s food supply is loaded with more chemicals and GMOs [genetically modified organisms] than ever before. I believe, as many others do, that the rapid rise of food allergies in children is a direct result. Many chemical pesticides and artificial flavors and colors are known to contain carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors and neurotoxins. It is widely believed that even small doses of these common pesticides can have lasting negative effects on a child’s health. I believe that teaching our kids about the importance of fresh, organic food and the potential

dangers of a conventionally processed diet helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy choices.

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How do homemade organics and packaged organics differ?

Which favorite foods do you love to make for your babies and why?

Store-bought baby food, organic or not, is processed to have a long shelf life of up to two years. So much of the nutrient content is lost during processing that most manufacturers artificially add it back in, but aren’t obligated to inform consumers. The added nutrients are synthetic and aren’t absorbed by the body the same way as naturally occurring nutrients. The taste, color and aroma of commercial baby food isn’t as appealing. By feeding your baby a steady tasty diet of fresh, homemade, organic baby food, you greatly reduce the risk they’ll grow into a picky eater. Plus, making your own baby food is three to five times less expensive than what is store-bought. Homemade food has a far smaller impact on the environment compared with commercial manufacturing, transportation and packaging. By the time a baby turns 1, they will have eaten from nearly

I focus on whole foods. Great first foods include bananas, apples, butternut squash, pears, avocados, peas and sweet potatoes. Once a baby has successfully tried a couple of these, start mixing them together. Banana and avocado, apple and butternut squash, and peas and sweet potato are good combos. They’re loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, easy to make and yummy. Avocados’ healthy fat is also essential to brain development.

What key lessons learned from your mother have you carried forward with your young family? Two lessons really stick with me: “Stay open and leave room for life to surprise you,” and “You can have it all… just not all at the same time.” In my teens and 20s, I was a meticulous planner, disappointed

if things didn’t go exactly as I wanted. Amazing things happened after taking Mom’s advice to leave myself open to wonder. Growing up, I saw my mom have an amazing career, yet also be a fantastic wife and mother. Her secret, and now mine, is to prioritize and focus on one thing at a time, whether it’s work, kids or my husband. This way, everything in your life gets 100 percent of your attention some of the time, rather than trying to do everything at the same time, which rarely works.

What’s the best gift a mother can give her child? There’s nothing more important to a child’s overall health and well-being than being raised in a loving, warm environment where they feel safe, loved and important. My deep love for my children guides every decision I make for them. A mother’s intuition is a superpower. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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COOL CHOW Icy Treats for Hot Summer Days by Sandra Murphy


n 2015, manufacturers of commercial dog and cat foods and treats issued 28 recalls, some for multiple products, due to the potential presence of listeria or salmonella bacteria, mold, dangerous levels of cumulatively harmful propylene glycol, inadequate thiamine, elevated levels of vitamin D, off odors or labeling problems ( In response, homemade treats have grown in popularity to ensure that pets enjoy safe and healthy snacks. “Most summer fruits work naturally to cool the body,” advises Cathy Alinovi, co-author of Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of Nutritious Homemade Meals for Cats and Dogs, in Pine Village, Indiana. “Healthful treats, made from the best ingredients, are a good way to take a break from summer heat.” She suggests taking a refreshing look at low-calorie fruits and veggies such as stuffed celery used in creative, tasty ways. After removing strings, fill celery logs with plain yogurt and freeze. To serve, cut into one-bite pieces appropriate for a dog’s size. Another easy favorite is filling an ice

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Twelve years ago, cube tray two-thirds full Use the freshest Rick Woodford’s Belgian with Greek-style or tradiingredients, organic Malinois/Labrador mix, tional plain yogurt mixed Jackson, was diagnosed with diced strawberries and non-GMO (no with lymphoma. In or whole blueberries genetic modification) order to keep him eating, and freeze overnight. For cats, omit the fruit where possible; tuna Woodford shared his own food. Jackson lived an adand instead add bits or salmon in a pouch ditional four years, in part of mercury-free waterpacked tuna or salmon is safer than BPA- due to improved nutrition. “Portion control is imporas a special treat. Add canned fish. tant,” he says. “What’s fresh or dried catnip to right for an 80-pound catch Kitty’s attention. dog is way too much for a 30-pounder.” “Once when fixing dinner, I dropped Woodford, the author of Feed Your Best a piece of frozen yellow squash and Friend Better and Chow, lives near Portthe dogs dove for it,” says writer Livia J. land, Oregon. Washburn, in Azle, Texas, of her Chihuahuas. “Nicki waits for things to hit the Frosty Paws is a lower lactose version floor; Nora showed her game face and of ice cream for dogs and discriminating won the Squash War.” cats. Recipes for homemade versions can “Obesity is the number one nutribe found online. The basics are one ripe, tional disease affecting our pets, so summashed banana, 32 ounces of plain or vamertime activities that avoid overheating nilla yogurt and two tablespoons of honey, are vital for overall health,” says Veterinar- all mixed in a blender and frozen in small ian Jeff Werber, a veterinary medical jour- ice cube trays. Variations may substitute nalist with a Los Angeles practice. “Proper goat’s milk yogurt or add a quarter-cup of nutrition is critical—not only to the foods strawberries, cranberries or blueberries for we feed, but to the treats we give.” antioxidants in lieu of the honey.

Frozen vegetable broth, primed with added bits of cooked chopped spinach, broccoli, carrots or a small cheese cube, is a hit with dogs. Cats like theirs with tidbits of chicken, turkey or a few shreds of cheese. Using a bone-shaped ice cube tray lets humans know it’s the pet’s treat. “When I was developing frozen treat recipes, my husband came in from the yard one hot afternoon and went straight to the freezer,” says Paris Permenter about John Bigley, co-authors of The Healthy Hound Cookbook, in Cedar Park, Texas, who live with mixed breeds Irie and Tiki. “I watched him eat two helpings of the dog ice cream and then told him what it was. We often share our food with our dogs. It was nice for them to share their goodies with us!” The bottom line for the best summertime treats is to go healthy, be creative, use fresh ingredients, don’t overindulge and stay cool. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@


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Frosty Treats for Furry Friends Cooling Recipes Fido’s Frozen Fruit Pupsicles 4 cups water 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional) 1 cup fresh fruit (no grapes or raisins), chopped Wash and core all fruit. Blueberries and strawberries are popular with most dogs, while others enjoy melons, peaches and apples. Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces. Mix fruit with water and molasses.


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Freeze the mix in ice cube trays, small tubs or Popsicle molds. Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Mango Sorbet 2 ripe mangos, peeled Juice of 1 orange Juice of 1 lime ½ cup unsweetened almond milk Add all ingredients to a blender and purée. Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.

Transfer frozen cubes to a zip-top plastic bag; stores up to 2 months in the freezer. Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Watermelon Slush Low-calorie watermelon is high in potassium and magnesium plus vitamins A and C; filled with fluid, it helps prevent dehydration. Blackstrap molasses has less sugar and more minerals than other sweeteners. 2 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed ½ cup strawberries 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses ½ cup coconut water 1 cup ice Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix. Serve in a bowl as a slushie treat or pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Or share a slice of fun. Many dogs love plain watermelon slices. Be sure the animal doesn’t eat the seeds or rind. Source: The Healthy Hound

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Plum and Apple Coolers One batch makes enough cubes to treat both a large- and medium-size dog. (10-lb dog: 1 to 2 cubes; 20-lb dog: 3 to 4 cubes; 40-lb dog: 4 to 5 cubes; 60-lb dog: 5 to 6 cubes; 80-lb dog: 6 to 7 cubes; 100-lb dog: 7 to 8 cubes) 6 plums, washed and pitted 1 Tbsp filtered water, to begin 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch cubes (no seeds) Purée the plums and water in a blender or food processor. Add another 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if needed. Spread the apples in the ice cube tray and spoon the plum purée on top. Don’t pack, or it will become a denser cube. Freeze for 4 hours. Serve the cubes one by one (outdoors may be best) or in a big bowl. Source: Chow, by Rick Woodford

Ingredients to Avoid Avoid peanut and other nut butters or any ingredient with xylitol, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, coffee and caffeine, onions, chives, garlic, nuts and salty snack foods. Chocolate is also on the no-go list; the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for pets; baking chocolate is the most dangerous. If a pet eats any of these, try to determine how much and contact the family veterinarian, a veterinary emergency clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. For a full list of foods to avoid, visit



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Animal Welfare Lexicon by Tracey Narayani Glover


eciphering the significance of food labels can be daunting, particularly when seeking to understand what they mean for animal welfare. U.S. food labeling laws are notoriously weak, resulting in vague and sometimes misleading marketing claims. Legally, there is no definition of humane, which means that industry organizations are left to define this and other terms themselves. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply verifies that these companies comply with their own self-defined standards. Certified organic animals and freerange birds must be allowed outdoor access, yet these standards do not define the amount, duration or quality of access required. For example, the Certified Organic label doesn’t set any space requirements for animals housed indoors, nor prohibit the use of farrowing crates or gestation stalls which can be so small that the confined animals can’t turn around or roll over. The Cage-Free label indicates that eggs came from hens that were never confined to a cage and have had unlimited access to food, water and the freedom to roam. The reality is that most cage-free hens spend their entire lives in a shed where, due to overcrowding, they


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have barely more space than caged birds. Also, under all labels, it’s standard industry practice to kill the male chicks born to the egg industry. The Cage-Free label is particularly misleading when placed on anything other than egg cartons, because chickens raised for meat are never caged. Under most of the common labels, including Certified Organic, Cage-Free and Free-Range, physical mutilations such as horn removal, tail docking, debeaking and castration are permitted, and in most cases, providing pain relief is not required during these procedures. Animals form strong bonds with their young. In sanctuaries, pigs spend their lives with their piglets, mother cows form immediate and lifelong bonds with their calves, and chickens protect and communicate with their chicks. The routine practice of separating mothers from their young is standard under all labels. Whether an animal is raised for meat or for other products such as dairy or eggs, most agricultural animals will eventually be slaughtered at a fraction of their natural lifespan. Animals such as dairy cows and egg-laying hens are killed when their production declines. Veal (the meat of a baby cow) is considered to be a byproduct of the dairy industry, and

the USDA estimates that 2,000 calves are slaughtered each day in the U.S. Be wary of the unregulated Humanely Raised label and the American Humane Certified label, which offer little improvement over the standard factory farming practices that many consumers abhor. The Certified Humane label, a program of Humane Farm Animal Care, is more stringent about living conditions, requiring that all animals have space that allows for exercise and freedom of movement, prohibiting crates, cages and tethers. It also has some limitations on physical mutilations, prohibiting debeaking and requiring pain relief for some other procedures at older ages. Under the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) label, products are ranked by a five-tiered rating system, with 1 being the least rigorous and 5 the most. GAP prohibits intensive confinement at all levels and only allows debeaking and tail docking up to its level 3 standard. Both the Certified Humane and the GAP labels go beyond the protections of the Humane Slaughter Act, requiring the butchery of cattle, pigs and sheep to comply with certain standards developed in partnership with Temple Grandin and the North American Meat Institute. The Animal Welfare Approved label likely offers the greatest independent protection of any label. It’s the only label to require pasture access for all animals, prohibit beak trimming of birds and tail docking of pigs, and mandate audited slaughter practices of most farmed animals. Concerned consumers might ask if there is any humane way to kill a sentient being that doesn’t want to die. Despite the perplexing state of food labeling, it’s still possible to eat compassionately. Visit local farms and ask questions or do what many conscientious consumers around the world are doing to ensure that their food choices reflect their values—stick to a plant-based diet, thus leaving animals and their byproducts off our plates entirely. Tracey Narayani Glover, J.D., is an animal advocate, writer, owner and chef of The Pure Vegan, and yoga and meditation teacher in Mobile, AL. Connect at and

The Gift of Relaxation and Clarity by Kelly Doyle

re·lax | r laks/ verb: make or become less tense or anxious.


n a world that is scheduled, competitive and impatient, for some a sense of guilt partners with a sense of relaxation, giving pause to the very thought. “Performance is actually improved when we include time for renewal... that would have saved me unnecessary stress, burnout and exhaustion.” ~Arianna Huffington. To relax is to ‘renew’. A meeting or running late can change our mental and physical state in a second. Our flow has just shifted, which means every decision, movement and thought this moment forward will be different than the one we would have made just before that moment of change. We may start our day one way and within an hour be in a totally different state of mind. If we are unable to bring ourselves back to a present moment of clarity through moments of relaxation,

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Dear Karen Kaye, As long as I can remember, I have been crash dieting over the summer to have that “beach body” for vacation. I end up gaining all the weight back by fall. What am I doing wrong? Sincerely, Bridget


Dear Bridget, Diets don’t work mostly because people on diets have what I call “all or nothing” consciousness which leads towards starvation and then binging with no sensible eating plan that can be maintained over time. Most diets and dieters focus on short term results rather than long term healthy eating habits. This creates a vicious cycle with no end in sight. Realizing the cause and triggers to both extremes (whether overeating or starving) is necessary to break the cycle. The simple truth is overeating or starving oneself can be an addiction. As with any addiction, when challenged by external events or people (i.e. stressors of any kind at work or in relationships) it

can lead to a form of self-betrayal or selfpunishment. The cause of overeating or starvation can stem from many different sources. The most common causes that have surfaced within my private practice fall under the following headings: The need for love The need for attention The need for protection Difficulty dealing with stress

for the triggers and how to respond rather than from a knee-jerk reaction. I also recommend a holistic approach to weight consciousness, including meditation, visualization, affirmation, yoga/tai chi and a nutritional consultation with an emphasis on the management of stressors. Thank you so much for your question. Sincerely, Karen Kaye, MS, LMHC

Bridget, a qualified professional can help you identify your “cause” for negative eating habits. Once the cause(s) has been determined, the “weight” will be off your shoulders. Then that knowledge will give you the power back over your choices of foods and the ability to know when to look

Karen L. Kaye has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217. See ad page 46.


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Thursday, July 14

OPEN HOUSE - Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine - 3pm-8pm. Earn a Master’s Degree & become a Licensed Acupuncturist. Tour the college, clinic, meet students, free tongue & pulse diagnosis. 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301, 954-763-9840 ext. 213. RSVP.

Friday, July 22

BugFest opening reception with an aweinspiring art exhibit by eco-litter artist SusieQ Wood - 6 to 9pm, FREE. Hosted by Mike and Teresa Mangini, owners of Frame ‘n Art. Drinks & hors d’oeuvres will be served. Frame ‘n Art, 229 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, 954-267-9202.

session. Namaste Yoga Salon, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach FL 954-802-4988.


Sunday, July 24

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David Young, Musician - 12noon to 5pm, $25 in advance, $35 at door. Namaste Yoga Salon, 407 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Info and registration 954-933-3023. If you have acute or chronic diseases - Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine’s (ATOM) Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program invites you for a “free consultation & acupuncture treatment” (herbs not included). Patients seen by Licensed Acupuncturists & supervised by expert in that field. Treatments observed by the class. ATOM, 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale. Appointments: 954-763-9840 ext. 201.

Everyday Green Expo - 10am-2pm, FREE to public, at Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach. Explore the world of sustainable living and find unique creations in the Season-to-Be-Green holiday gift shop. Find a “fur-ever” friend at the Pet Expo. Meet local and international organizations with a sustainable vision. Kid around in the Kids’ Corner. Test your taste buds at the expo’s farm-to-table demos. Special events happening throughout the day. $1.50/per person (ages 6 and up) weekend park gate entry fee will be in effect. Location: 401 S. Powerline Rd., Corporate Shelter #10, Deerfield Beach.

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Saturday, July 23

Book Signing, Ishwari - 4-5:45pm, “Visions of Light” plus free meditation and channeling group

~Maya Angelou

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.


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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. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service, 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) — 11am–12pm, Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, Multi-Purpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433. ECK Worship Service — 11am–12pm, Free. First Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.

Tai Chi — 11:30am–1:30pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.

Halotherapy Breathing Class — 12:30– 1:30pm, $20. Open to everyone - current and former smokers and people with respiratory or allergy issues. Dry saline aerosol inhalation cleanses deep. Salt This Way Wellness Center, 2286 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 754.223.2302. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st & 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. 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. 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.

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monday Gentle Yoga & Meditation — 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868. Mastermind Abundance Course – 7–8:30pm All New: 6 Week course or enroll by class ($45/ class) Using left & right brain skills to support wealth growth. Call for dates & location - Jo Ellen 954.594.0747. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness – designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. 8–10pm. $20 per session. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)

tuesday Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–12noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Therapy Support Group for Women Looking for Love in all the Right Places -, 1-2pm, $40/session, to be held in Lighthouse Point, FL. Contact Camie Vincent, L.M.H.C. for details 954.991.2037. 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 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

Unity of Pompano —7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857. Free Usui Reiki Circle — 7–8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP.

wednesday Yoga Basics — 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Vinyasa Yoga — 7–8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278. Tai Chi — 7:30–9:30pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.

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. Carole’s Circle – Meditate & Manifest! Guided Meditation, Healing, Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $20. 1st & 3rd Thursdays. Tired of being sick and tired? Reservations and directions: Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490. Living Your Dreams Course 7-8:30 pm All New: 6 Week course or enroll by class ($20/class) Shift limiting beliefs and activate your dreams. Based on Infinite Possibilities book by Mike Dooley. Call for dates & location - Jo Ellen 954.594.0747.

Reiki Circle & Meditation — 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400.


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Kundalini Yoga — 7:15pm, First Class $8. Using postures, mudras, breathing techniques and meditation, the practice of Kundalini Yoga balances and strengthens the nervous system, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions. Yogi Plus Yoga 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Blvd, 754.235.3353 Buddhist Meditation Class — 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191.

friday Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475. 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. Kundalini Yoga — 7:15pm, First Class $8. Using postures, mudras, breathing techniques and meditation, the practice of Kundalini Yoga balances and strengthens the nervous system, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Blvd, 754.235.3353 Healing & Meditation Service —7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. 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.

Community HU Chant — 3rd Friday. 7:30– 8pm. Expand your awareness, Experience divine love, Heal a broken heart. Release your inner tensions, gain insight, peace, and comfort. Dunkin Donuts, Cappuccino Room, 9170 W. State Rd 84, Davie, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

saturday 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). Tai Chi/Qigong Basics — 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252. Vinyasa Yoga — 9:30–10:30am. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Free Reiki Circle —10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050.

The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Libraries — 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach [note: no meditation @ Dania Beach during Jun, Jul, Aug] 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 Fair — (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. 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 — 12:30-2:30pm, 4th Saturday monthly, (Dec: 3rd Sat.) $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Metaphysical Chapel, 1309 SW 8th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954.865.1329. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — bi-weekly 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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

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Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-GATE (4283) 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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Summit—Questa Montessori School

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


tai chi Oneness Tai CHI International 92 E. McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-394-4342

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


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Dr. Wendy H. Weiner, Principal 5850 South Pine Island Rd Davie, Florida 33328 954-680-5808

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


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

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

Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon

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

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Yogi Plus Yoga

Offering the wisdom of classical yoga teachings infused with contemporary insights and knowledge. Classes for all levels. with private and group sessions available on and off site.

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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