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uly Fourth, a symbol of patriotism and a time of family celebration around fireworks and outdoor dining. I’m ambivalent, I confess, about firework displays. On another note—group get-togethers around food—always a fabulous activity. Mealtime with family and friends evokes great memories. Changing up food choices has brought about a healthier version of self. It seems this is an ongoing process of deciding what resonates with me more and how my body reacts to those choices. In my youth, paying attention to stomach aches was not important to me as they always went away after time. It really didn’t occur to me that my body was telling me something. Once on my own, with a kitchen and responsibilities, I began listening to a broader conversation around food and health. Detoxing, juicing, fasting, etc. all came into play and I experienced and experimented with various forms and levels. Now, detoxing is more than simply resetting my physical body; I see the importance of “rebooting” my emotional and spiritual bodies too. Heading into nature or simply walking in silence on the beach works its magic. I mindfully curb my enthusiasm for de-littering and focus on nature’s endless wonders, from grains of sand to the expanding galaxies, seeing it all as one. Though we are tiny by comparison in size, there is this strange sense of unlimited space that occupies my mind. In this context, I explore and am in awe of unlimited possibilities and ways to express love. Paying attention, picking up new books, visiting parks, attending workshops, hearing fresh thoughts from friends and associates, allow me to be in a space to create a better version of

our local Natural Awakenings. As of late, that’s what I’ve been focusing on. Our upcoming January issue will include something new—Wellness Profiles. Whether you are a part of the green industry or the wellness industry, a business owner, local practitioner or holistic healer, having a Profile in our January issue may be a great way to share yourself, your services and your products in greater depth. Give us a call or use our online form to submit your Profile ( The intent of the Wellness Profiles is to provide our readership community with who and what is available to support them on their pathway to an ever-expanding wholistic lifestyle. The Profiles will also be online throughout 2018 as part of our expanded website. If you’re interested, there are special Summer Sizzle discounted packages available now for completing your order early. For more information, see ads on pages 15 and 46 As you know, summer here in Florida can be hot! Stay hydrated; use your own water containers to refill along the way. Broward hosts a wide variety of things to do outside and in our local and state parks. Our Healthy Kids department this month covers many super ideas for outdoor activities for a family with children; check it out. I say, go for it; embrace nature, lay down on the ground or sit in your favorite outdoor chair, look up at the evening stars and feel the love. Be curious; plan on it.

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egan-friendly, the new Me’ Hungry Vegetarian Restaurant, located at 105 North State Road 7 (West Side Plaza), in Plantation, offers a wide variety of organic raw meals for takeout and dine-in along with a juice bar. Their Caribbean fusion menu includes both raw and cooked favorites, smoothies and a wide variety of freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices. This family-owned business grew out of a dire diagnosis for one of the sisters. Although never a smoker or meat eater, she was nonetheless diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. To remedy the issue as much as humanly possible, she converted to a vegan lifestyle. Now, more than three years later, with lifestyle changes and by the grace of God, she is holding her own. Many can benefit from this type of lifestyle and Me’ Hungry looks forward to acting as a beacon of hope for this community and its surrounding areas, offering tasty, wholesome cuisine for better health and overall wellbeing. Open 7 days, 9am-9pm Mon.-Thurs.; 9am-4pm. Fri.; 8am10pm Sat.; 10am-5pm Sun. For more information, call 954.773.1955. See ad page 37.


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uits, Stilettos and Lipstick (SSL), a globally recognized empowerment and leadership organization, will produce the 6th annual Suits, Stilettos and Lipstick Empowerment and Leadership Conference, to be held August 25 to 26, at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale. “Own It” is the theme for this year’s conference. The SSL conference attracts more than 1000 high achieving women of all ages from all walks of life, experiences, faiths and ethnicities. This inspirational and empowering two-day conference, founded by internationally recognized mindset and business strategist, wellness expert and author, Dr. Elizabeth King, features top-level keynote speakers, breakout sessions and panel discussions on topics that women identify with for self-growth and business/professional development. The conference is for women who are ready to step out of their comfort zone and into their greatness, and lead, love and live life to its fullest. The time has come for women to own their story, womanhood, successes, imperfections and dreams…with no apologies or regrets! Although the conference is womenfocused, men are welcome. To register, sponsor or exhibit, call 954-903-9426 or visit Use code NA50 to receive $50 off (nonmembers) or NA25 for $25 off (Premium members) a two-day pass. See ad page 2.

NAD Therapy for Addiction


he basis for all disease and degeneration of the body is the decreasing ability to generate energy through the metabolizing of oxygen. This occurs in the part of the cell called the mitochondria and the enzyme system that is crucial for energy is fueled by NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide). This substance, which is an activated form of the B vitamin niacin, dramatically decreases with illicit drug use, drug withdrawal, aging and any chronic medical condition. NAD therapy is given intravenously with 99 percent pure NAD, compounded sterilely. Through an intravenous catheter over 8 to 10 hours a day, a continuous infusion is given to replenish the body. Usual treatment is 10 days but longer times may be necessary. The effects of drug withdrawal from any drug can be markedly reduced or eliminated altogether with this therapy. Other conditions that are responsive are Alzheimer’s, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Parkinson’s and most other chronic conditions. In addition to NAD, other intravenous infusions including amino acids are given to directly feed the brain and its neurotransmitters. This makes for a rapid and satisfying recovery. Future Now Detox offers a state-of-the-art inpatient facility with private chef, acupuncture, massage and other modalities to ease symptoms. There is round-the-clock nursing supervision and an on-site physician to make daily rounds. Location: 4384 Purdy Ln., Palm Springs. For more information and pricing, call 866-419-3899 (24/7) and/or visit FutureNowDetox. com or Licensed by FL DCF. See ad page 48.

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tonewater Med Spa is the perfect place to indulge your body. Well trained staff pamper and rejuvenate you with top quality products and innovative treatment options to have you looking and feeling your best. From the top of your head to the soles of your feet, they offer therapeutic treatments to revitalize and draw attention to your natural beauty. Allow yourself some much needed relaxation and at the same time enjoy an ionic foot bath to help your body rebalance its bio-energy fields while stimulating the detoxification process. The body’s organs will naturally function better when the electromagnetic fields are charged. The ion energy-charged foot bath will help rejuvenate and reinvigorate you. Detoxification of the skin is essential to the health and wellbeing of this major organ. Try the Detox Seaweed body treatment. Seaweed has many essential benefits to aid in the body’s natural detoxification process. You can book seaweed treatments as little as once a season or as much as once a week. Location: 2767 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information and to book your treatment, call 954-561-8799 or visit See ad page 13. natural awakenings

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auderhill’s newly opened relaxation destination, located at 4646 North University Drive, (between Inverrary Boulevard and 44th Street), in the Promenade at Inverrary, Shells Kava Bar offers a range of non-alcoholic beverages with a primary focus on kava. Kava (piper methysticum) is a black pepper plant from the South Pacific Islands that is steeped in water to create a natural, relaxing beverage. It has been a major part of the South Pacific Island’s society and consumed for more than 3,000 years. There are no additives of any kind—simply kava root and water. The kava beverage provides a relaxing effect without the loss of mental sharpness or abilities. It has been known to assist with anxiety, stress, muscle pain, sleeplessness and, as a diuretic, may include many other benefits as well. Shells Kava Bar is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Jared and Heather Orlinsky, who met in 2002 at the first kava bar in the continental U.S. They have ever since been a part of the kava lifestyle. With their wealth of knowledge on kava, they now bring this experience to those in the western part of Broward County. Bula! For more information, call 954.769.1226. See ad page 14.

Holistic Podiatrist Releases First E-Book


r. Richard J. Rimler, DPM (Doc Rick), holistic podiatrist, is pleased to announce his first e-book entitled Your Feet and the Orgasm Connection. In it, he shows a direct and indirect correlation between his Start with Your Feet philosophy and a healthy sex life. The e-book is available as a free download and also comes with discounts on his line of customized orthotics and podiatric medical services. For more information, visit See ad page 48.

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Detoxification — The Art of Healing & Sauna Therapy


iscover the art of detoxification and healing at Thermae Retreat of Delr a y. C o m e unwind in the saunas and discover how heating your core and sweating can benefit you. Thermae is an organic retreat in which to move-detox-relax in a social atmosphere. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., on July 18, Kelly Doyle, owner of Thermae, will take guests on a tour throughout the entire retreat. Wellness guides will assist guests through two unique sauna sessions, the first being the traditional Hot Stone Finnish Sauna with aufguss, followed by a 30-minute session in the Infrared Sauna. Outdoor showers with filtered water are available and recommended for rinsing in between. Fresh, organic green juices and pure, oxygen-rich filtered water will keep spa guests hydrated throughout the entire process, which includes: 5 to 15 minutes in the Finnish Sauna with aufguss; outdoor showers and relaxation space; 30-minute Infrared Sauna session; pure, filtered, oxygen-rich water; organic juices; towels for use in sauna and showers. Cost: $35 prepaid by June 18. Location: 205 NE 5th Ter., Delray Beach (corner of Pineapple Grove Lane/2nd Ave. & NE 5th Ter., next to SloBody Yoga). Space is limited. For more information and reservations, call 561-332-5883. See ad page 10 and 47.

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Coal PhaseOut Boosts Health


he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.

Is Milk Really Beneficial for Teeth?


ne thing many mainstream dentists are unaware of is the number of studies that have established that it’s magnesium—not calcium—that contributes to form the hard enamel that resists decay. Dr. Mark Sircus said, in his book Natural Oncology - Anti Inflammatory Cancer Treatment, “For years it was believed that high intakes of calcium and phosphorus inhibited decay by strengthening the enamel. Recent evidence, however, indicates that an increase in these two elements is useless unless we increase our magnesium intake at the same time. It has been observed that dental structures beneath the surface dissolve when additional amounts of calcium and phosphorus diffuse through the enamel at different rates. Thus milk, poor in magnesium but high in the other two elements, not only interferes with magnesium metabolism, but also antagonizes the mineral responsible for decay prevention.” Milk is recognized to be a greater producer of lactic acid than any other known food, leading to the cause of decay, especially in infants. In her holistic dentistry practice, Dr. Yani recommends magnesium not only for its many metabolic reactions, but also because it’s a key player in tooth decay prevention. Other health benefits include natural lowering of blood pressure, reduced cardiovascular problems and natural muscle relaxant. Location: 212 SE 12th St., Fort Lauderdale. For information, call 954.525.6010 or email See ad page 48.

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meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14% more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16% increase in consumption with each 10% price drop.

The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7% and 3%t, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”

Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function


esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university.

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Tart Cherry Aids Runner Performance


study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powdered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a half-marathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.

Combo Probiotics Ease Hay Fever


study from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, has found that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (sold as Kyo-Dophilus) helps relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Researchers split 173 healthy adults with mild seasonal allergies into two groups during the height of the spring allergy season. The first group was given the probiotic combination, while the other group received a placebo. The subjects filled out a weekly online survey for eight weeks about their allergy symptoms and discomfort levels. The probiotic combination resulted in fewer allergy-related nasal symptoms plus qualityof-life improvements.


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Colicky Babies Respond to Acupuncture


esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard� care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.


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Bee Killers


Neonic Pesticides Again Linked to Decline A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.” Take action at


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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.

Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nulllarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.

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Floating Trash-Eaters Clean Up Baltimore Harbor Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors cleaning up Baltimore’s inner harbor, have the ability to suck up plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, cigarette butts and other debris. The waste is burned to generate electricity, and plans exist to increase recycling capabilities in the future. The brainchild of engineer John Kellett, who gained the support of the Water Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit that supports environmental legislation, the inventions are designed to make the area a green, safe and friendly destination for people and marine life.

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Kitchen Garden Stays at White House

The W. Atlee Burpee home gardening company and the Burpee Foundation have contributed $2.5 million to the National Park Foundation to maintain the White House garden, founded in 2009 by former First Lady Michelle Obama, for at least 17 years. The garden is a powerful symbol of Obama’s effort to promote healthy eating and lifestyles for America’s children. During an eight-year span, she added beehives, a compost system and a pollinator garden to attract birds and butterflies as the garden nearly tripled in size to 2,800 square feet.

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Food Grows Without Soil or Groundwater

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GMO Studies Compromised by Conflicts of Interest An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.


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Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a year-round growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce.

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atural Awakenings publishers from around the U.S., plus Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, attended a company conference from May 5 to 7 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, in Orlando. Highlights included presentations by Michael Aun, an author, columnist and businessman emphasizing customer service and leadership; Adam Brown, a business coach and publishing expert; and G. William James, a professional trainer in wireless business technology. Other sessions unveiled the upcoming magazine redesign, new operations features, revenue-generating ideas and panel discussions led by individual publishers. Franchisees also shared their best practices for effective automation, local editorial content, annual directories and growth strategies. Community Outreach Director Linda Sechrist announced her three-month Natural Awakenings Wellness Roadie Tour, starting in August, to connect with healthy living authors, sustainability activists and local businesses. “Special appreciation recognized franchisees that have reached significant five-, 10- and 15-year marks of publishing. We also honored President Larry Levine, who passed last September,” says CEO Sharon Bruckman. Founded by Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has become one of the largest free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers in 84 locations. For more information, feel free to visit See ad, page 50.

Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads

Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing 10,000 members. She points to attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson and highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. “The state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty.” Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s (ffgc. org) roadside beautification committee in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation

( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.

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Four Reasons to Break a Sweat The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins by Deanna Minich


octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to health-boosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:

1 Persistent organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of 20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating. 20

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2 Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.

3 Heavy metals: (plasticizer): Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.

4 Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it

demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture. A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at

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Enlightening Ideas about Money

Think Independence, Intimacy, Integrity by April Thompson


oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level 22

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psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money.

She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.

We have ups and downs in life, and the same is true of our finances. ~Bari Tessler

energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life. It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

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Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like, or MoneyMinder She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life

Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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What is the status of the organic farming industry?

Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed by Randy Kambic


uthor, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering threequarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth; The South Beach Diet; Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites.


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Her grandfather, J. I. Rodale, pioneered the American organic movement in 1942 by launching Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. In 1947, he founded the Soil and Health Association, which later became the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, of which Maria is a board member. The influence of her 2011 book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe remains strong.

As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only 5 percent of all food consumed in the U.S. is organic [produce 13 percent], while less than 1 percent of our farmland is certified organic, which spurs imports. So the opportunity to help encourage new organic farmers and transition conventional farmers is significant. The Rodale Institute invests as much time on education and outreach as on research to help organic farmers be profitable.

How else does the Institute help the industry? We conduct cutting-edge research in organic agriculture to study and test natural strategies to combat pests, diseases and weeds. Growing organic isn’t solely about what you don’t do, such as using pesticides and genetically modified seeds. It also proactively focuses on benefiting soil health by using compost, cover crops, crop rotations and reduced tillage. As we refine these “regenerative agriculture” methods, we share them with farmers so they can increase their productivity and success.

We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food.

What new programs or initiatives are particularly exciting? Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables and so benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide. In 2016, we launched the Organic Farmers Association (OrganicFarmers, creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farm fields.

Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations.

Can the public provide input to the 2018 Farm Bill? President Trump’s proposed “skinny” budget seeks to gut many federal programs, including those designed to protect the environment, so we need to urge elected representatives to stand up for organic farmers as the new bill develops. Historically, heavily funded commodity crop interests fight against assistance programs that encourage lowincome people to buy healthy foods. Organic agriculture made strides in the 2014 Farm Bill, which provided increased support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National

Organic Program, crop insurance, organic research and organic certification cost-sharing programs. To help meet surging demand for organics, it’s important to support initiatives like the Conservation Reserve and Transition Initiatives programs that provide resources for farmers to move from synthetic chemical farming to organic methods.

Besides healthier food, what other benefits of organic farming have convinced late adopters to convert? Healthy soil, full of billions of beneficial microorganisms, is a major byproduct of regenerative organic farming. Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations. Regenerative organic farming facilitates storage of carbon in the ground, making it integral to addressing the climate crisis. Organic Manifesto makes the case plain; to optimize your own and the planet’s health—buy, grow and eat organic food. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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to Cleanse Body & Mind

Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical


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nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.”

We’re all exposed to toxins, but if our inner terrain is healthy, our body can flush them out, so we won’t get sick. ~Robynne Chutkan

Get Dirty

“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental


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She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.” Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain,

Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients, he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental

5 Ways to Detox Every Day by Meredith Montgomery


s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes. Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.



Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings

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by Robynne Chutkan


good bowel movement is the ultimate detox, eliminating toxins, unwanted bacteria, cells that have outlived their usefulness and other waste that has to go. Stools provide an index of health, so turn around and take a look at them for feedback for improving digestive and overall health. One key way to assess a stool is by its color. Use the following guide: 4 Pale, chalky stool can be a sign of liver disease or clogged bile ducts, and is often accompanied by dark urine because the bile gets excreted through the kidneys instead of the digestive tract. 4 Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. 4 Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics. 4 Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets. 4 Black stool usually signifies bleeding from higher in the gastrointestinal tract or from an iron supplement. 4 Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. 4 Blue stool can be from bluecolored food.

4 Dark brown is the color of stool nirvana. Bile and bilirubin pigment, formed in the liver from dead red blood cells, give healthy stools this chocolate color. Learn more at 28

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“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire


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because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate. positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

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raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12 states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York City-based chef/host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100 U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking crowdfunding for its third season, set in Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options ahead of time, and always packs a travel-size, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plant-based options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a self-funded book tour. Not only had he left his high-powered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,” he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms. 30

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Banushi Yields: 1 serving Nut butter of choice Bananas (not overripe; firm enough to hold toppings) Blueberries Pomegranate seeds or strawberries, cut into slivers Raw nuts of choice, crumbled, crushed or ground up Peel the banana. Spread with a layer of nut butter to look like a sushi roll. Place blueberries in a line down the middle lengthwise, about an inch apart. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds or strawberry slivers and top with raw nut crumble. Slice into pieces the size of sushi roll pieces. Recipes courtesy of

Vegan DIY Room Service by Dustin Harder onions, spoon over the marinara and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the other half over the toppings, and then fold the foil over the entire Pizzadilla, completely closing the edges of the foil. Place the foil packet on the ironing board and the iron on the foil packet. Iron it out to flatten slightly and then leave iron on the foil packet for 2 minutes, flip and repeat. Open foil, cut the Pizzadilla in half and it’s ready to eat.

Pizzadilla 1 large tortilla of choice (whole wheat or GMO-free corn) ½ cup Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds 2 Tbsp onion, chopped 2 Tbsp green pepper, chopped Ÿ cup pizza sauce or marinara, store-bought Shredded fresh basil for garnish (optional) Field Roast Grain Meat Italian Sausage (optional) Large piece of aluminum foil Iron and ironing board Preheat hotel or travel iron; the linen setting works well. While the iron is preheating, place tortilla on a square of aluminum foil large enough to enclose the tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on one half of the tortilla, top with peppers and


Yields: 1 serving

Hotel Smoothie Yields: 1 serving 1 cup filtered water or apple juice Handful or two of tender, baby greens, such as baby spinach or kale 1 banana, peeled, or another favorite soft, peeled fruit Put the water, greens and banana in a high-speed, travel-sized blender and blend until smooth.

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

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Fun Ways to Get Outside This Summer

Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family by Sandra Murphy


ummer is calling and so is the great outdoors. Here are some super vacation sites, inviting activities and ideas to spark summer fun with your family.

Hike It “Hiking teaches kids respect for the outdoors and animals,” says Branch Whitney, a Mount Charleston, Nevada,


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author of three books on hiking. “Near Las Vegas, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, sandstone rock affords a rare sight—year-round running water and lush ferns.” Ralph Stover State Park, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offers easy walking trails and climbing rocks. When water levels are high, Tohickon Creek challenges paddlers and whitewater rafters.

Holding the Guinness World Record for the longest and largest continuous eco zip line canopy tour in the world, historic Banning Mills, in Whitesburg, Georgia, will thrill tweens and teens. Enjoy a slower pace on the 12-mile Hike and Bike Trail, with nine suspension bridges, including the longest of its kind in North America. Stay in ecofriendly lodges, cabins and tree houses.

Family Week From July 30 to August 4, the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York, will host Family Week. Grownups attend workshops while kids participate in specialty camps; everyone convenes for meals, free time and evening entertainment. The campus relies on sustainable energy and local agriculture. Free tours are available at the environmental education center.

Camp in Style If traditional camping isn’t on the table, try Tentrr. Campsites on the privately owned properties sleep four to 16 people in a family, pet-friendly

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finding three different-colored rocks or telling what plants they saw most often. In late August, Mayflower Beach, in Dennis, Massachusetts, hosts its annual local sand sculpture contest with divisions for kids and families creating the art together.

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atmosphere. A tent, fire pit, picnic table, water container, camp toilet, queen-size cot, grill, food storage and sun shower are provided. “Compared to other accommodations, each night at a Tentrr campsite saves 245 gallons of water and reduces CO2 output by 54 pounds per campsite,” estimates Michael D’Agostino, Tentrr’s founder and CEO. The secluded Lumberland, New York, campsite, along the Delaware River, sets its roomy tent on a wooden deck. Attractions include Adirondack chairs for unwinding and a nearby farmers’ market and restaurant. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming and fishing. Tentrr provides required life jackets and a shuttle to meet paddlers at their destination for the return trip to camp. From its original 35 sites, the organization recently expanded to 250 campsites, predominantly from Pennsylvania to Maine. This fall, they’ll also open sites in the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Washington state. 

FarmWise, near Alpine Valley, in southeastern Wisconsin, gives children a personal peek into where their food comes from. They learn about life on a farm by tending livestock and farm pets, pruning fruit trees and weeding the garden. They also prepare snacks with the fruits of their day’s labor. The emphasis is on doing the work themselves, be it planting seeds or feeding pigs.

Experience Science Science Saturdays at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, in San Francisco, are held every weekend with a focus on environmental education, park restoration, climate change science experiments, nature walks and citizen science excursions. “There are no other centers like it in the U.S.,” says staffer Jacqueline Murray. Learn more about this Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum living classroom at

Staycation Ideas Organic sidewalk chalk, fairy garden and birdhouse kits, and ideas for imaginatively using found items keep kids busy and happy; see BellaLuna Letterboxing combines a contemporary scavenger hunt, hike and mysterious clues; participants have fun locating hidden boxes and collecting stamp marks in personalized logbooks. Whether on a one- or two-week vacation or a weekend away, a daytrip or backyard activity, there are plenty of nurturing outdoor options for kids of all ages to experience when the weather heats up. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Head for the Beach At Natural Bridges State Park, in California, visitors relish viewing shorebirds, migrating whales, seals and playful otters. Moore Creek forms freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. There’s also a Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. At Kama’ole Beach Park III, in Maui, Hawaii, the small waves are so clear that fish can be seen from the surface. Snorkeling gear rentals are available. Shaved ice stands keep everyone cool. Lakefront beaches like West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan’s southern tip, attract kids. They can earn beachcomber badges in the Junior Ranger program by natural awakenings

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greenliving Do less laundry. Live stain-free. Travel lighter. Smell better. Save the planet. photo courtesy of Ably Apparel

~Ably Apparel motto

air and water resources, today exceeds 22 billion tons. Americans alone discard 14 million tons of clothing each year—80 pounds per person—with 80 percent going to landfills, where polyester takes 20 to 200 years to biodegrade. A host of suppliers are responding to a rising demand for comfortable, trendy, easy-care, high-quality and eco-friendly clothing that’s actually good for you. Here are just a few of these innovators.

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co-friendly fashion used to be an oxymoron, synonymous with frumpy clothing and ugly shoes. Now designers and manufacturers are finding ways to provide attractive and healthier alternatives to common fab-


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rics, especially polyester. After World War II, cotton, wool and linen fell out of favor as wash and wear, stain-resistant, permanent-press polyester arrived. Annual production of the synthetic fiber, consuming petroleum, coal,

ies, T-shirts and jogging pants, using Filium-activated, 100 percent cotton fabric free of chemicals and nanoparticles. It repels spills and stains. When wet, it dries 40 percent faster than other materials. Perspiration evaporates through the breathable natural fabric, so Ably clothing doesn’t absorb odors or need to be washed and dried as often, saving water and energy ( “The retail industry is one of today’s largest polluters in the world,” says Raj Shah, co-founder of Ably and co-creator of Filium. “Ably apparel saves time and reduces both carbon emissions and chemical detergent usage, resulting in cleaner water supplies. We’re the first to apply the benefits of Filium to clothing, but hope other companies will follow suit.” The company has three stores and ships worldwide from its website.

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its New York debut in 2014, featuring ponchos, scarves and wraps crafted from manufacturers’ pre-consumer, recycled cotton scrap, plus local virgin farm fiber under the guidance of Laurie Perrone, creative director and president. Located in Cornwall, New York, the company’s artisaninspired products are available through stores and the Web ( “Our philosophy is simple—design classic products in America with substance and sustainability, while creating a low carbon footprint,” says Perrone. “We encourage customers to pass our products from generation to generation. Apparel and other textile goods in America used to be made at home for families and friends. We want to bring some of that back to life.”

Orgotton’s classic “little black dress”

takes on fresh personalities via two long straps that change its appearance from a modest one-shoulder to a dressier back-

less version, halter style or a variation with cap sleeves. Made to order in Philadelphia, the five-way short dress expands a woman’s wardrobe with a single purchase ( OrgottonShortDress). The dress is 65 percent bamboo, 27 percent organic cotton and 8 percent Spandex; it’s washable in cold water and dries flat, saving energy. Orgotton’s Infinity Collection comprises a long dress, short dress, romper and bodysuit. Alis Living (AlisLiving. com) lifestyle boutique, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is owner Janet Ellis’ creation. “In 2007, I taught meditation classes and noticed the women were not enjoying life fully. Life should not be stressful,” she observes. “The skin is the largest organ on the body and clothing fabrics are often treated with formaldehyde. So we exclusively focus on organic clothing.” Her motto is, “Dress healthy, look good, have fun.” The clothing she carries are so simple and versatile that a change

in accessories can take a dress from daytime business wear to evening elegance. “It used to be harder to find eco-friendly clothing. It’s easier now,” Ellis remarks. “We carry Blue Canoe, Indigenous, Onno, Shupaca and Synergy fashion lines, adding more brands as we discover them.” As a Master Gardener, Ellis also offers organic cooking classes for customers, harvesting from an onsite garden, thus creating a conscious community for women. “We want to serve one another and live joyously, but too often don’t make time for ourselves,” she says. “We’re concerned about human health and the planet. We believe that we don’t have to do harm in order to enjoy good fashion, food and fun.” Fashion personality and creation, organic gardening, mindful art, meditation and yoga on the lawn are other classes offered onsite. Eco-friendly clothing used to have little appeal for fashion buffs. Now designers and manufacturers are finding fresh ways to provide the attractive and eco-healthy clothing more women want to wear. Connect with the freelance writer via shows trending sustainable options for women. offers organic, fair trade and ethical brands for men/women/children.

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Dogs Need Detoxing Too


Ways to Detox Your Dog

by Patricia Jordan

vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).


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ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.

candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.


Heal leaky gut first. Like humans, pets with leaky gut

will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

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Provide clean, filtered water. Mountain spring water is ideal.

that can arise in conjunction with mercury poisoning include antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and vitamin D, plus the complex of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium. These also help treat potential post-vaccination immunity issues. Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include: Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and 36

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Boost nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies


Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile

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grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

No fake food or vitamins. Be wary of synthetic

vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.

Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats,

along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.


Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.

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commercially processed foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grassfed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.


Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.

As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, species-appropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An every-

day gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at

Doggie Detox Tips


e aware that glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is prevalent in nonorganic foods, widely used as a weed killer and to dry crops before harvesting. This hidden poison, in the presence of ingested mercury, makes both the glyphosate and mercury 1,000 times more toxic. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Stephani Seneff, author of the article “The Destructive Effects of Heavy Metals and Glyphosate,” reports that glyphosate is a major driver of disease. The toxin stays in a pet’s bones, as well as the bones of the food-producing animals eating genetically modified (GMO) grains that dogs chew on. 4 Avoid the chemicals and toxins commonly found in many lawn care supplies, household cleaners and body care products. Grow food or patronize a best practices local farmer.


4 Be diligent in sourcing for clean, unprocessed food. Learn about biodynamic farming and step up from organic to biodynamic. 4 Don’t hamper the immune system with unsafe and unnecessary vaccinations and drugs. 4 Spend time in the sunshine.

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4 Exercise. The lymphatic system won’t work and the body can’t purge spent mitochondria or make new ones without it.


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4 Incorporate beneficial bugs through prebiotics and probiotics and enzymes. Learn to ferment and sprout, and add these ingredients to family and pet meals.

Access School Offers a Tried-and-True Program Retraining the Brains of Struggling Students


or the parents of children who struggle in school, the list of mild or severe symptoms that come with learning disabilities will be instantly familiar:

• Loss of confidence • The child is shut down—can’t seem to “get it” • The child knows the material one day and forgets it the next • The child fails to make connections—it’s like they’re in a fog If this is your child, the first thing to know (espe­cially if you’ve been unsuccessfully wading through school district red tape to get help) is you’re not alone. In fact, Access School Director Claude LeFran­cois shares that there are 19 learning disabilities, and most people walk around with one or two. Many of the students whose families come to Claude LeFran­cois Access School for help suffer from a variety of learning issues, making a decent education out of reach—without help. Access School uses the innova­tive and highly successful Arrowsmith Program which literally reprograms the brain, enabling students to overcome the stumbling blocks of whatever learning disabilities they have. This isn’t tutoring in the sense that most people understand it. An increasingly popular and successful program in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Arrowsmith has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, on Aus­tralia’s 60 Minutes, TED Talks and elsewhere. It enjoys a growing fan base of parents and students who’ve seen dramatic results. “We’re not teaching math, not teaching Eng­lish,” LeFrancois explains, “we are basically doing physical therapy for the brain.” You won’t find high school or college kids teaching here. This is clinical work that picks up as early as third grade and continues through grade six, a relatively short span of time when LeFrancois and his team of partners—seasoned educators who also have a stake in the success of the school—know they have to make a difference if a child is to succeed. The program literally changes how the student’s brain works to help him or her get the best possible education, and most important, there is a small window of time in the child’s life wherein the program is most effective. “Don’t waste time,” LeFrancois says of parents who take a ‘wait and see’ approach to solving their child’s learning disabilities. “We can help them when they come to us in sixth grade, but when we get them in grades 3 and 4 they are much more likely to be successful and blend right back into their grade.”

In a nutshell, Arrowsmith works by identifying cognitive weak spots and retraining a student’s brain. He or she is then able to learn. It’s that simple. “This is a true solution,” LeFrancois states. “Kids can leave here and go to a high school. We’re not passing the problem to the next grade. We’re fixing the problem.” LeFrancois compares exercising the brain so as to make it cognitively better to the training of an athlete who needs to become physically stronger. “It’s the difference between racing to win and training to race. We are training their brains to do better in school. Focusing on cognitive weaknesses and training the brain areas that were formerly weak allow students to absorb and retain the information they receive from teachers.” Access School isn’t so much about what stu­dents learn, but how they learn. “We reorganize the academics to focus on lan­guage and math,” LeFrancois explains. “When they are younger, they can catch up on that material.” The aim is to ensure that when the student returns to a mainstream school, he or she can absorb and retain per­manently what is taught. After just a few months of this brain training, students begin to see results. After participating in the program for two to three years, they are able to attend regular school and are on par with students who have never faced the hurdles that come with learning disabilities. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, developed this program which has put thousands of youngsters back on track. She continues to compile research that affirms its effectiveness. Access School is fully accredited and accepts the McKay and PLSA Scholarships for eligible students with learning difficulties to attend a school of choice. Access School is located in the Atrium Center, 4801 S. Univer­sity Dr., Ste. 114 (just south of Griffin Rd.), Davie. For more in­formation or to schedule a consult, call 954.680.9494 or visit AccessS­ See ad page 8. natural awakenings

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Detox Your Feelings to Heal Yourself by Victoria Danelczyk


etox is important not only for our physical body but also our emotional body. Our soul carries many different feelings during our day; just think...when was the last time that you detoxed your emotions? Let’s talk about toxic emotions. Can we differentiate our feelings/emotions or do we just go through life without analyzing them? There are healthy emotions that make us happy and everything flows and we feel good and grateful; but also we find people who provoke negative emotions in us, perhaps people we even work and live with closely. It is time to pay attention to our feelings. Maybe you never thought about the fact that we carry pain, guilt, shame, fear and other negative emotions; when carried for long periods of time, these can have negative effects on our physical health. Emotional detox has a main goal to clear the mind and eliminate negative thoughts that cause fears, guilt and harbor false beliefs, all which inhibit the good taste of life since they prevent positive energy from flowing through us. It is recommended to clean the soul deeply at least once a week as well as a faster cleaning every day in order to remove or dilute the heaviness of the heart and to flow better throughout life. You can cleanse your mind by contrasting positive ideas that feed the soul. It is important to learn to nurture and take care of our thoughts and feelings in order to have a healthy and emotionally balanced life. Every thought generates a chemical reaction that affects the cells of the body and we call that emotion. Destructive thoughts create destructive emotions such as anger, depression, anxiety and fear which stay in our minds. Recognizing when you are in destructive thinking can help to change that pattern. Sharing gratitude and appreciation tends to generate positive emotions which, in turn, contribute to a generalized sense of well-being in one’s self. An emotional detox is vital to heal the soul. More than working on forgiveness and resignation, it is important to cleanse negative thoughts as these are the ones that generate the attitudes that can end the joy in our life. Cleansing the thoughts should be a continuous, natural process. We must learn to breathe deeply, meditate, eat healthy, drink pure water and not create thoughts that change our good mood. Avoid complicated, negative people and, above all, stay away from criticism and gossip.

”The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~ Albert Einstein

How to Detox Your Soul • Try to analyze your emotions daily. What made you angry? How did you react? Change the way you think by trying to eliminate the negativity of your day. I suggest cleaning up your emotions day-by-day at nighttime before going to sleep; analyze your day and if some situation made you uncomfortable, analyze it and let it pass. We cannot carry that big bags of emotions on our backs. • Maybe you are a negative person and have not yet realized it. Choose your thoughts. The best way to detox our emotions is with positive thoughts; our mind is very powerful and we have to train it to find the positive side in every situation. • Sit in a quiet place and ask yourself what negative emotions you need to discard. • We have a lot during our daily lives, both stress and moments with peace. Enjoy nature, go for a walk on the beach and give yourself time to be alone. • Take time for a healing therapy like reiki or chakra balancing for stress reduction and relaxation and the utilization and application of color for healing emotions. • Live the present time; forgive the past; remember life is short and you don’t need to be stuck in a past situation. Don’t worry about the future.

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Is it Time to Adopt a Pet Over the Summer?


Dear Karen Kaye, I am a 27-year-old single male who lives alone. I know I would like a pet but I do not know if I am ready for that responsibility. Help me with this decision. Mike

Animal Adoption Outlets Abandoned Pet Rescue 954-728-9010 Animal Aid – 754-223-5378 or 754-200-8398 Broward County Animal Care & Adoption – 954-359-1313 Beyond 9 Cat Rescue 954-348-3858 Cat Crusade Adoption 954-644-9967 Doberman Rescue League 954-946-4100 Humane Society of Broward County – 954-989-3977 Kritter Kare – 954-564-3680 SPCA – 954-463-7729


Dear Mike, The ‘dog days of summer’ are a great time to adopt a pet and make them part of your family while your schedule may be a little lighter. There are many factors to consider. Do you have the time, money and space for a pet? If not, are you ready to create this possibility? At age 27, learning about responsibilities outside the ones for yourself is a good reality check and “dry run” to someday be a partner and have a family (if those are wants of yours). For single people, pets not only fill the home, giving you reason to come home, they also fill your heart, ridding you of some of your loneliness. For couples and families, they add to the home environment, entertainment and fun. Pets give so much more than they require: unconditional love, exercise, and they force their owners to create some structure in their lives. From a health and healing perspective, pets lower blood pressure and raise mental health; a best friend that is always there, just for you. Animals are Zen Masters, naturally, who teach us how to just “be.”

From a consciousness perspective, pets are beings that are helpless and need our help. As the economy worsens, more pets will need good homes. I suggest that you ask yourself if you have the ability and are ready to give and to be counted upon, based on your need to stretch and grow. Remember, as with any relationship, there will be challenges as well as victories. If you go in with the right intentions, the rewards will by far outweigh any cost. Be prepared though for an adjustment period for a few weeks or months. From a practical perspective, there are pet walkers, pet sitters and pet insurance. You could start a pet co-op where neighbors could help each other care for their pets. Some people prefer to own two pets so they can keep each other company when no one else is home. Sincerely, Karen L. Kaye Karen L. Kaye, LMHC, has been in private practice for 35 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954384-1217. See ad page 47.

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Coming Next Month Rethinking Cancer Plus: Reframing Autism

August articles include: Preventing Cancer Natural Solutions to Sleep Apnea Preparing Autistic Children for Adulthood and so much more!

Summer Sizzle Salon – 6:30pm- 9pm. Free, reception - meet the artists. Open theme Art Exhibit - Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St.,Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370.

Tuesday, July 11

Open House – Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM) – 3pm -8pm. Earn a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine & become a Licensed Acupuncturist. Tour the college, clinic, meet students, and receive free tongue & pulse diagnosis (if available). ATOM, 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301, RSVP Karen Gemignani, 954.763.9840 ext. 213.


Detoxing & Your Health through Water Filtration – Noon-5pm. Jennifer Alterizio, water filtration specialist, Allini Water Filters, will be demonstrating water filtered by Allini, giving away water tests and more. Free. Sleep Naked Organic Mattress Store, 21741 N State Rd, 7, Boca Raton. Info, 888.451.7333.


Detoxing & Your Health through Water Filtration – Noon-5pm. Jennifer Alterizio, water filtration specialist, Allini Water Filters, will be demonstrating water filtered by Allini, giving away water tests and more. Free. Sleep Naked Organic Mattress Store, 21741 N State Rd, 7, Boca Raton. Info, 888.451.7333.

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Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. ECK Light and Sound Service — 11am– 12pm, Free. First Sunday/month (JULY: 2nd Sunday). Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.

The Kabbalah Centre of Boca Raton Invites You to Spiritual Sunday — 11am. Donation Based. Get inspired every Sunday for an uplifting consciousness–elevating seminar and meditation using ancient Kabbalistic tools. Everyone’s welcome. 8411 West Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, 33433. 561.488.8826. Meditation Painting - 11am-2pm. $25 Paint on canvas: simple, calm, repetitive gestures for relaxation and grounding (looks good too!) Different guided theme & colors each week, or choose your own. Arts & Crafts Social Club, 902 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale 33304, 754.666.2787. Tai Chi — 11:30am–1pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st & 3rd Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Spiritual Oasis Event — 1:30–6:00pm, third Sunday of each month. $20, Psychic and Healing Special Event, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, Florida 33334, Robert, 954.696.6389. Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 2–4pm, 4th Sunday monthly, $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, Room 2, 954.865.1329. Speakers Forum — 3–4:30pm. $Love. Presenting uplifting topics, honoring all spiritual traditions. The Theosophical Society in Deerfield, 831 SE 9th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 Palm Plaza, US 1 & SE 10th St., 954.242.8527. Community HU Chant — 6–6:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681.

Interfaith Sacred Celebrations of Spirit — Weekly on Sunday evenings 6:30–7:30pm at Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution at a Healing Space,1410 NE 26th­Street, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) — 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting call-and-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

monday Gentle Yoga - 11:30am - 1pm. $15 Gentle Yoga with Louise Goldberg. Slow down, quiet your mind, stretch, strengthen, and relax. For all ages, levels. Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach (in Palm Plaza), 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. 954.427.2353. Reiki Circle — 2–3pm. $10Love, Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33334 call for more information: 754.214.1066. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $20 per session. Designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)

tuesday Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–12noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333.

Natural Dental Consultations — 2pm– 4pm. Free. Wondering how your oral health is connected to your body? Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in Natural and Biological Dentistry. Advanced Dental Wellness Center, 104 SE 1st St, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301, 954.525.5662. Kids Yoga — 4:30–5:30pm. $10. No class on school holidays Postures, breathing, relaxation, songs and games while making new friends Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441, Louise, 954.427.2353. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? — 3rd Tue., 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-of-body or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 210, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Yoga 101 — 6:15pm. New to yoga or simply want a more in-depth breakdown of the poses? This is a great introduction. Relaxed and informal with Q&A opportunities. Non-heated. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac FL 33319, 754.235.3353. 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.

wednesday Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Awakened Living Group — 7pm–8pm Free. Practical spirituality for your journey of spiritual transformation/self discovery Center For Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334, David, 305.746.0881. Carole’s Circle — Guided Meditation, Reiki Healing & Channeled Message – 7:30pm. $15. Every Wednesday. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park, FL 33334. Reservations and directions: Call the Center or Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.

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Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278. Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. Want More Energy, Better Sleep, and Passive Income? – 7:30–9pm. $6, Richway’s amethyst crystal/far-infrared Biomat medical device and business opportunity overview. Helpful for arthritis and more. The Biomat Company, Serenity Room: 6011 Rodman St, Ste 300, Hollywood, 786.441.2727, text: 305.297.9360.

thursday Art Stroll 3rd Thursdays — 5–8pm, free. Come Stroll the Promenade of Green Turtle Plaza and enjoy an evening of Art and Entertainment. 2 blocks west of A1A, North side of Commercial, Lauderdale by the Sea. info: 954.909.2200. Meditation/Relaxation Class — 5:45– 6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733.


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A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Free. Co-Facilitated by Rev. Margarita and Rev. Nancy, graduate of Dr. Jon Mundy’s All Faiths Seminary International. Sunshine Cathedral, 2nd floor classroom, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 734.395.5857. A Course in Miracles (ACIM) – Unity Hollywood, 7:30–9pm, $10Love. Join us for our ongoing Christian Metaphysics Study on the book ACIM, Unity Hollywood Church (back room), 2750 Van Buren St, Hollywood FL 33020. Victoria 954.609.0091.

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saturday Volunteer ~ Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), 8am “Trash Talk” SusieQ & Joan Starr. Help keep beaches litter-free. 300 S. Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Limited volunteer free parking, Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (south of east ramp). Seaside Meditation – 7:30–8:15am. 1st and 3rd Saturday monthly. $Love. Release the week’s tensions, fears and cares in peaceful tranquility. Unity Golden Life Ministries, El Prado Park – Lauderdale by the Sea. Look for green blanket. When raining, under gazebo. 754.252.5939. Public Speakers & Thinkers Wanted! – 9:15–11am. Gelfand Good Morning Toastmasters Club. Beginners and advanced speakers welcome. Develop hidden speaking talents and leadership skills. TY Park–Community Room, 3300 North Park Rd, Hollywood. Info, David 954.400.9811.

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 (summer hiatus through August), at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30–11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. each month. Enjoy the peace within. Info, Roz 954.962.7447. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30–$40 (Mon–Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Musical Saturdays at LilaSky – 12:30pm–1:30pm. $10. Combining storytelling and music in a fun and wholesome environment. LilaSky, 2019B Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020, Viviana, 954.274.4872.

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.

Sensory Classes - 1-2pm. Plus: Tuesday 5:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm. Packages only: $60 for 3 Classes; Ages 1-7. Useful for children with special needs. LilaSky, 2019B Hollywood Blvd., Viviana Barcos, RSVP only 754.263.2482. Aromatherapy 101 – 3rd Sat. 1–3pm. (Summer months: call to confirm.) Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach. Info, Kaci Krupnik 954.439.5962. 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. Monthly Art Reception – 6:30pm–9pm, 1st Sat./month. Free, meet and support local artists during the Juried Art Exhibit. Participate in the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Enjoy munchies from Bokampers. Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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schools 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 toddler to 8th grade. Accredited by AISF, AdvancEd/ SACS, MSA, Ai, NCPSA and an AMS full member. Recipient of the Gold Seal Award of Excellence. Judy Dempsey is the author of Turning Education Inside Out. Confessions of a Montessori Principal. Available on

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

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

Yogi Plus Yoga

Wellness Center Natural Health Power Works

Dr. Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi, DNM, Ph.D 6974 Griffin Rd, Davie, FL 33314 305-720-9099

Allergies, Autism, ADHD, Detoxification, Gastrointestinal Health, Immune System Support, Customized Nutrition, Mood Disorders, Insomnia. DISCLAIMER: Natural Medicine is complementary healthcare and unintended for diagnosis, prescription or treatment of disease and is not licensed in Florida nor a substitute for medical care.

The Healing and Wellness SPA Bernadette Mosquera, A. P. 1732 NE 26th St, Suite 202 Wilton Manors FL 33305 954-564-6573

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

Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon

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. See ongoing calendar.

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness. ~Richard Bach

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

We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana. See ad page 25.

6329 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac, FL 33319 754-235-3353 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.


Coming Next Month Reframing Autism Plus: Rethinking Cancer

August articles include: Preparing Autistic Children for Adulthood Preventing Cancer Natural Solutions to Sleep Apnea and so much more!

Yoga Warehouse

508 SW Flagler Ave. Downtown Fort Lauderdale 954-525-7726 Classical Yoga in historic, open-air space since 1998. Beginners and all levels. “Best Yoga” eight times. Wonderful store. Many discounts available. Free meditation and kirtan.

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