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usieQ Wood, cover artist this month, is the publisher of Natural Awakenings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As the magazine evolved over time to feature more eco-conscious information, her landscapes evolved to focus more on sea level areas. From her beachfront condo, she scoured streets and parking lots collecting rusted items including bottle caps, and then began a larger foray onto the beaches, picking up the endless plastic items found there. She cleaned, sorted and stored the collections until she was moved to lovingly repurpose them into magic on canvas, creating a mixed media series with a strong eco-message. Her works of art inspire action and self-responsibility and she brings this to the fore through community projects and presentations. She encourages mindful disposal and reducing or eliminating one-time-use plastic items. Trash is a metaphor for the unloved and discarded parts of ourselves. Bringing these items into the artwork transforms them from trash to treasure, just as loving all parts of ourselves, including the unwanted shadows, helps us to integrate, unify and become more whole. Toothbrush Flashmob is part of her Global TRASHformation series and includes 102 toothbrushes picked up from the beach; it reminds us, in a playful manner, to dream of innovative ways to protect our land and water while maintaining it litter-free.

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uly in America marks the anniversary of our independence. Watching a major display of fireworks in the evening was a highlight when I was a child. Today, I think more about the environmental implications. These days, let’s celebrate the fact that we have power, we have choices, and lots of them. The world seems to be changing at a much faster rate. Could it be the collective consciousness is a driving force behind the change? I like to think so. Are we better off now than 50 years ago? I like to think that is true too. We are asking for and getting change, though it may seem not to be exactly what we had in mind, or it may feel like it’s not moving fast enough for us in this time of nearly instant communication response. We get to feel the pain of change (a good thing) so we can more easily self-correct. It is up to all of us to create the future as we can best envision it. As I have mentioned in earlier letters, I am so proud that more of our youth see themselves as being able to step up and be powerful changemakers. Bravo! As you may have noted, my artwork “Toothbrush Flashmob” is on the cover this month. One of our readers titled the piece in response to placement of the image in this publication. Feel free to read the left hand column for more information. The piece ties in with an article this month about artists creating works for social change. We do have a few community gardens in Broward County; I wish there were more. Perhaps some of you will be inspired by our article on organic farming and the wholistic approach to sound practices for soil enrichment, thus allowing for the food to be the best it can be in terms of taste and nutrition. I love being able to actually taste the difference between organic and conventional foods. Have you been recently to a roadside stand where the produce comes from

the farm in-view? The smell of such freshly picked goodies is entrenched deeply into my memory banks along with the tastes and pleasures of eating such crops. For a few years, I helped to tend a large backyard garden with veggies, including corn, tomatoes and bok choy. Now, I support others who grow organically; in the habit of looking for these foods while dining out, shopping or obtaining from a produce buying club, organic fruits and vegetables rank at the top of my list. Yes, let food be thy medicine. You may appreciate this month’s article on natural ways to reduce pain and a conversation around healthier choices than prescription drugs— acupuncture, meditation, CBD and yoga—to name a few. We are proud to serve our community with resources and information that support a healthy lifestyle. I’m excited that I’ve planned to visit with family this month and get to meet and welcome in a new family member. Babies are the open reminder of pure love. Next month, we will feature special articles on simplified parenting and multilevel healing. Be empowered through reading; plan on it.

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The Future of Peace Literacy A Skillset for the 21st Century July 20-22


re you peace literate? Looking for the road map to a peaceful world? Unity of Pompano Beach will host Paul K. Chappell, West Point graduate, former army captain, veteran of Iraq War and international peace educator, for a weekend of three stand-alone events on waging peace, understanding aggression and creating solutions that heal the root causes of our human problems. Author of the six-book Road to Peace series, the multiracial Chappell grew up in a violent household and struggled with trauma and rage throughout his school years. He created Peace Literacy to help humanity face new challenges and provide practical tools that can be applied to every aspect of life. Sponsored by Unity Gold/Treasure Coast Ministries and One World Family Interfaith Council, skillset presentations taking place include, from 7 to 9 p.m., July 20, Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma (by donation); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 21, The Art of Waging Peace workshop ($40); and from 1 to 3 p.m., July 22, Building on the Foundation of Peace (by donation). Location: 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach. For more information, visit To register, go to See ad page 7.

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lite is a new state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary wellness center offering structural chiropractic, Chinese medicine and massage therapy for total health solutions. Opening their doors at 2501 North Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale, Elite will be accepting appointments starting July 9. A grand opening event will take place in the fall. For more information and to schedule a spot for their group introductory presentation or a private complimentary consultation, call 754-900-8105. See ad page 20.


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eople often ask Professor Alice Wujciak a strange question, “What’s the difference between the pronunciation of the words ‘bus’ and ‘boss’?” The person asking the question is usually Spanish. For Spanish speakers, whose language has exactly one sound for each of the vowel letters: a, e, i, o and u, the vowel sounds in the words bus and boss are a complete mystery. Wujciak’s business, Perfect Your American Accent, takes a practical approach. She has developed a system of simple mouth adjustments for her students. Starting with the sounds that are familiar to them, she guides them to make the simple mouth adjustments that create the correct sounds. In this way, she shows her clients how to pronounce all the correct English sounds for all the words they need to say. Wujciak developed her method over a period of 17 years, giving individual pronunciation lessons to corporate executives and teaching English Pronunciation at Broward College. She is now putting her materials online to reach a wider audience. To receive her first lesson free and start on your path to correct English pronunciation, go to See ad page 49.



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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group.

Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.

Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.

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As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.



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Animal Product Emissions Rival Oil

According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global humaninduced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

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Walking Speed May Predict Dementia A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those that slowed down by 0.1 second or more per year were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive decline. The slowing walkers also experienced shrinkage in the right hippocampus, associated with complex learning and memory. The results held true even after realizing that a slowing gait could be due to muscle weakness, knee pain or another disease. Similarly, a study published in Neurology of 93 adults 70 and older found that slow walkers were nine times more likely to develop non-memory-related mild cognitive decline than moderate-to-fast walkers. Walking speed was monitored using infrared sensors in their homes over a three-year period; participants regularly took memory and thinking tests.



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Polluted air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new Boston University School of Medicine study reports. Studying the records of 34,832 women and linking that information with levels of pollutants when the women were 14 to 18 years old, researchers concluded that teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood. It may also put them at long-term risk of other hormonerelated problems, researchers warned.

Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience halfhour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion, but those taking the herbal baths reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.

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Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, concludes a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National guidelines for adults recommend at least one-and-a-half to two cups per day of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Consumption is lowest among men, young adults and adults living in poverty.

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Algae Alchemy Dutch Turn Seaweed into 3-D Household Items Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”


Pooch Patrol Smart Vest Could Increase Neighborhood Safety Thailand is the home of a new “smart vest” that could turn stray dogs into personal guardians. Equipped with a hidden video camera, vest sensors transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what it sees via a smartphone app. Pakornkrit Khantaprap, on the creative team at Samsung, says, “It’ll make people feel that stray dogs can become night-watches for communities.” More tests are needed before the vest can be introduced into additional communities for trial runs.

Loving It Fast Food Giants Finally Address Plastic Pollution In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with double-walled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.

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Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of Bond Pet Foods, started growing it in a petri dish from animal cells, free of the environmental and ethical dilemmas caused by traditional animal farming. Lab-grown meat slashes land use by 99 percent, produces 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and may be a more economically viable way to feed the growing global population. “Pet food has always been quick to follow human food trends,” says pet food industry consultant Ryan Yamka, who is working with the startup. “If you walked down the aisles this year at the trade shows, you already saw people talking about humanely raised and sustainable pet food.”

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The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA), a joint venture between the World Wildlife Fund and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, has reached the goal of protecting a network of conservation units comprising more than 231,000 square miles in the Amazon River basin, or about 15 percent of the biome’s territory in Brazil. The program is now present in 117 conservation units—including in national and state parks, ecological stations, and biological and sustainable development reserves in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins—that are home to more than 8,800 species. ARPA works with local communities to create, expand, strengthen and maintain these units by ensuring resources and promoting sustainable development in the regions. They benefit from goods, projects and service contracts, such as the establishment of councils, management plans, land surveys and inspection, reaching 30 protected areas so far. ARPA is the largest strategy in place on the planet for conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests.

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Natural Pools Swim Amidst Stones and Plants Those spending time in their traditional home swimming pool this summer or taking the plunge to install a natural pool have healthy and cost-saving options. Saltwater pools are far better for skin, hair and lungs. Their use of sodium chloride reduces possible side effects from long-term exposure to the chlorine in traditional pools. Natural swimming pools may employ alternative materials instead of concrete or fiberglass, plus aquatic plants, rather than harmful chemicals and completely mechanical filtering systems. They require no chemicals to maintain because they are self-cleaning, mini-ecosystems. According to Mother Earth News, the plants enrich the pool with oxygen, support beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms, and provide habitat for fish, frogs, dragonflies and other waterborne life. Some owners separate plants from main swimming areas; others integrate them, creating a pond-like aesthetic. Ecohome, a Canadian sustainable housing resources firm in Quebec, attests, “No further landscaping is required, as with a traditional pool, which can make the total finished cost of natural pools even more competitive. Moving water and the natural predators of mosquito larvae that will inhabit chlorine-free water will make natural swimming pools practically mosquito-free.” Whole Water Systems LLC, in Idaho, concurs that natural pools deploy “systems that have lower maintenance costs than conventional pools.” For a traditional pool, an oxidation system using a generator powered either by traditional electricity or ultraviolet light-capturing solar panels is a chemical-free way to keep water sanitized, reports For greater sustainability and cost savings for traditional pools, the UK’s Poolcare Leisure Limited suggests monitoring for leaks; using a cover overnight and during extended periods of inactivity to reduce water loss due to evaporation; and utilizing recycled glass in the water-filtering system to save 30 percent in energy costs. According to the Sierra Club, covers also prevent pools from becoming a death trap for pets and wildlife and keep pool water cleaner to reduce pumping needs. 16

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Alzheimer’s: There is Hope! by Dr. Yolanda Cintron


e live in a great country full of opportunities and information. This month we celebrate our freedom. But what happens when you lose the ability to remember? Do you know someone in your life who has been afflicted with Alzheimer’s? Are you afraid that you can end up like one of the 50 million people worldwide already suffering some type of dementia? This number is estimated to double in 20 years. In America alone we have 5.7 million people living with Alzheimer’s and it will cost our nation 277 billion dollars in 2018. I experienced the devastation of Alzheimer’s when visiting my uncle and noticing he was joyful, but something was off. As the stages progressed, so did the confusion for our entire family as to what to do. I asked myself, “How did this happen and how can this be avoided?” This month’s case study is related to Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological, chemical and electrical factors impacting the brain. Patty had been doing research for a few years about replacing her old mercury fillings – toxic loads of metals having an impact on the brain. Not only was her husband’s mother diagnosed with dementia, but her mother was now homebound with Alzheimer’s. Upon examination we found that Patty had a mouthful of mercury fillings, porcelain fused to metal crowns and full

gold crowns. Our experience has been that the majority of crowns we have removed, including gold crowns, have mercury underneath. With a history of Alzheimer’s and dementia in her family, she wanted them all out. Her husband came with her for a post-op visit to view treatment photos. Sure enough, she had mercury under ALL her crowns, with severe CORROSION. Her husband booked his appointment immediately to have his removed. Now that she has removed all her toxic metals, Patty is no longer a “battery”. She is on her way to slowly detoxify her body properly. The metal mercury (Hg) goes from inside the tooth connecting to the dentinal tubules to the fluids into the periodontal ligaments into nerve cells in the brain. The beta tubulin in the brain synapses will have a reduced conductivity when mercury takes its place. Brain studies of post-mortem patients who had Alzheimer’s show the same brain pattern as mercury-poisoned brains. Possible contributors to a diseased brain: • Link to toxic metals • Mercury exposure found in our diet (fish & shellfish) including tuna • Environmental mercury (runoff into our water systems from gold mining, metal refineries, novelty jewelry) • Excess copper, zinc, iron • Vaccines

• EMFs, cell phones, Wi-Fi • Genetic risk factors - test for ApoE protein • High E4 increases risk • The protein plaques of beta amyloids in the brain could be created as our immune system fights off invading microbes There is Hope I recently read this story. On June 11, 1983, a CT scan of a patient’s brain indicated Alzheimer’s. He decided not to accept the diagnosis as an irreversible and untreatable terminal disease. He changed his diet, avoided foods and chemicals to which he was allergic, took vitamins, high Omega 3 and minerals in which he was deficient. On April 4, 1987, after he had all his mercury fillings properly removed, he was retested with a CT scan. The doctors could not believe what they saw. His brain no longer had evidence of Alzheimer’s. This raises the question in my mind: Is the brain capable of reversing neurological damage? I want to believe in this word of God: “Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits— Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:2-3 For more information on this topic, we welcome you to email Info@, call 954-938-4599 or visit To subscribe for information on holistic health, sign up at See ad page 33.

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hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and even cancer pain, and saving lives. 18

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The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one on 150 veterans with chronic low back

pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.” Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the

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Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at html.

Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.”

In addition to CBD oil’s painrelieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful antiinflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at KathleenBarnes. com. sirtravelalot/


first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis.

Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery.

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nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.

Timing is Everything

Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion

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and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.

Oxygen is Key

The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.

Cultivating Calm

Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are

the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.

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“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.” Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and

doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits

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such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at Tinyurl. com/Andrew-Weil-Food-Pyramid offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.

Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.

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Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil.

Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”


Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.

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Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil.

Walnuts, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, says Axe. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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The Trouble with Gluten

by Dr. Sherry Eshraghi


hat is gluten? Is gluten really bad for us? We’ve been consuming gluten for centuries, why would it suddenly be bad for us? Why are there conflicting studies on the effects of gluten? What is the difference between gluten allergy and gluten intolerance? Should I try going gluten-free? I’m sure most of us have these questions and even wonder if we should go on a gluten-free diet. It’s hard to make sense of it all but in terms of recent science, there are definite factors that we should know about gluten and how it affects our health. Gluten is the Latin word for “glue”; indeed, it is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and is what makes baked goods and breads stretchy and elastic. Here are some facts related to gluten ingestion and disease, especially relating to the difference between gluten allergy (celiac disease) and gluten

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intolerance. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that leads to damage in the small intestine due to gluten ingestion. It mostly affects genetically predisposed people. It is estimated 1 in 100 people worldwide have celiac. More than two million Americans go undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. The main problem is that celiac disease is difficult to diagnose and undiagnosed and untreated celiac disease has serious consequences in the long run. Some symptoms of celiac disease include: • Unexplained iron-deficiency anemia • Fatigue • Joint pain • Arthritis • Liver and biliary tract disorders (transaminitis, fatty liver, primary sclerosing cholangitis, etc.) • Depression or anxiety • Peripheral neuropathy (tingling, numbness or pain in the hands and feet) • Seizures or migraines • and more… Gluten intolerance presents itself with symptoms of discomfort after ingestion of gluten, including but not limited to bloating, cramps, diarrhea and constipation as opposed to celiac where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. The major difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is that some people with gluten sensitivity can tolerate small amounts of gluten whereas with celiac

disease that is not the case. Celiac disease is readily accepted by scientists but gluten intolerance has not yet been fully understood. Many people report feeling “better” after discontinuing gluten. The main trouble with non-celiac gluten sensitivity is that it can be the cause of gut inflammation that will sooner or later result in gut dysbiosis/leaky gut, that in turn will open the gateway towards many other health issues such as other autoimmune diseases, neurological impairments, depression, oxidative stress, cancer, weight gain, malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalance and more. In conclusion, although not everyone is gluten sensitive, if you have unexplained symptoms that just won’t go away, you should consider going gluten-free for at least 8 to 12 weeks and observe if your symptoms have disappeared or if they come back after you re-introduce gluten into your diet. If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s, it is definitely recommended that you go gluten-free to prevent and reduce damage to your own tissues and organs. As her PhD thesis, Sherry Eshraghi, (doctorate in natural medicine), investigated the interconnections between the microbiome, autism and epigenetics. As a research volunteer at the University of Miami, she has co-authored and published peer-reviewed studies. Her main focus continues to be the study of the microbiome as it has changed our view on many diseases to such an extent that gastrointestinal health has become one of the main approaches to facilitate healing in chronic and neurological disorders. Natural Health Power Works is located at 2645 Executive Park Dr., Weston. For more information and consult, call 305-720-9099 and/or visit NaturalHealthPowerWorks. com. See ad page 50. Disclaimer: Information is for educational purposes only. Content does not render medical or psychological advice, opinion, diagnosis or treatment and should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a medical or psychological problem, you should consult your appropriate healthcare provider.



Four Steps to Authentic Living How to Live a Deeply Joyful Life by Jan Desai

1. Connect with the inner voice. Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This everpresent guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.

2. Realize the difference between soul and ego. Connected with our soul—the seat of everything positive, the venue of all potential and light—we experience spaciousness, unconditional love and complete support. If accusations, blame or heavy judgment arise, it’s just the ego trying to maintain the status quo. By dismissing its raging, it dissipates.

3. Reconnect with authentic selfhood. We must banish every misconception and lie we tell about ourselves. Falsehoods define us just like the things that are true. Take a good, long look in the mirror

and ask, “Who is this person? What has made me who I am today? What experiences have created this unique divine work? Are my eyes alight or dim? What am I feeling? Am I weighed down by burdens, exhausted by current choices?” Simply ask the questions; don’t look for answers, but be wary of the ego’s vote for falsehoods.

4. Find some crazy joy. Beginning today, do one new thing daily that brings joy. Temporary happiness builds and reinforces joy, but soul-deep joy weaves a base of strength within. It’s an attitude—an outlook. When we are flourishing spiritually, emotionally and physically, it evokes joy in how we live and feel. Move out of familiar comfort zones and do something unexpected. Pursue a heartfelt desire long delayed. Watch a comedy with friends. Take a dance class. Call an old friend. Volunteer somewhere nurturing. Be in this moment. Understand that this is what life will feel like when living authentically, free of masks and pretense—when each day is meaningful and suffused with joy. Remember, authentic living is about the journey, not the destination. Jan Desai is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and visionary who transformed her life at age 50 by breaking with conventions. She shares her lifetime of learning at July 2018


Organic Farmers: Growing America’s Health Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops


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hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree,

and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

Healthy Soil, Food and People

At the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Andrew Smith directs the new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lycopene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a metaanalysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and

no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contributes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.

We Are What We and Our Animals Eat

Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These

naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife. They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.

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More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for health-promoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic four-season crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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Deeper into Qi with Jeff Primack Interview Conducted by Publisher Damon Damato Part 2 of 2

DD: As a growing child, how did your father’s work in the medical field impact you? JP: My dad is a senior pharmacist at a hospital. He knows pharmaceuticals have side effects and believes in preventing disease using food as medicine. At first, my dad didn’t believe in Qi. Once he felt the energy for himself, he began practicing Qigong and studying Chinese medical models. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis on a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism in all matters of healthcare and I still believe Western medicine has its place when combined with effective food and breathing practices.

DD: Why is Qigong Healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities? JP: Qigong works directly with your LIFE ENERGY to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise. Postures are ‘rooted’ in one place where grounding and


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electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the Qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, the Source of life.

DD: What was the driving force for you to absorb so much from the most respected masters of Qigong? JP: As a graduate from University of Florida college of business, I founded Supreme Science Qigong Center to be successful and took my job seriously. Many Qigong teachers I found did not provide the training I was looking for. I did a lot of research and found a Qigong master, Paul Dong, who wrote the book, Empty Force. I flew him from China to Florida, in 2001, because he claimed to have practiced Qigong every day for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar and I gathered a hundred people

to hear Paul share his forms, which were light years ahead of any Qigong I had learned previously. His presence activated my Qi and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him.

DD: You coined the phrase,“Press on Qi!” Why is this emphasized so often in your healing forms? JP: Press on Qi is describing subtle movement on the edge of your magnetic field. When a person practices Qigong and learns to PRESS on the energy field, it immediately strengthens blood circulation, digestion and metabolism and improves important body functions. I trademarked the term Press on Qi as our way of expressing this idea unique to our Qigong style. After Paul flew back to China, I craved to find another Qigong expert who could explain more. Master Weizhao Wu was my most influential teacher for Qigong, a practitioner himself since age 7. Although he passed away, his memory lives in the most excellent posture corrections that he carefully gave. He would open my thumb and relax it so the tendons were not hard anymore. That thumb

correction makes a huge improvement to Qi flow and has been passed to my forms.

DD: Through this process of education and discipline, how long did it take for you to create the Supreme Science Qigong healing forms? JP: After five years traveling and producing seminars for other Qigong masters, I finally created my Level-1 Qigong Healing Form. It was first published in our books in 2003 and only a few dozen instructors memorized it, but by 2007 we had certified a thousand people to teach the routine. Our videos were ‘Qi-Animated’ to show energy graphically and it assisted people in becoming sensitive to energy. In 2013, we upgraded our Qigong videos to HD animation and in 2017 we finally released our remastered Level-2 video with ultraHD animation. I keep learning that Spirit continues to reveal a better way to share these healing practices.

DD: Will participants get to experience these Forms at the Qi Revolution Event? JP: All 3-levels of our Qigong program are shared in detail and we amp up the energy teaching Breath Empowerment, NineBreath Method, Tui Na Acupressure, Foot Reflexology and an intensive education in Food-Healing using specific foods to reverse specific diseases. Claudia Gabrielle, MD, an Ivy League physician

who has practiced medicine in four countries, will be speaking at our national conference and sharing what is working in other healthcare systems. Qi Revolution is balanced in presentation and practice. After the event, most people choose to continue practicing Qigong from home.

DD: In your Qi Strength Training you focus on balance, strength and flexibility. What else is significant in this practice for longevity? JP: Most important is to slow down breathing in Qigong Strength Training, but most athletes increase respiration when using force. To demonstrate this skill, I performed 750 pushups with students counting and making sure I went up and down all the way. Qi breathing allows for our ATP to replenish faster so that muscle contractions can occur sooner. This also dilates arteries and increases production of nitric oxide to lower blood pressure during strenuous practice.

DD: If there was one take away at the end of the Qi Revolution, what would you wish for each person to embody? JP: The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can BREATHE through life’s challenges and allow God’s Healing Qi to bring

strength and guidance. Attendees will personally experience a higher energy from the Qigong. For the last 15 years, people have been writing and thanking us for the powerful breathing exercises at crucial life challenge points. Qigong helps people process stress, but most of all it brings us into a higher state of wellbeing. Jeff Primack, Qigong practitioner, is the founder of Supreme Science Qigong Center and the producer of Qi Revolution. Taking place from July 28 to 30, at Bradenton Convention Center, at $149 for three days, Qi Revolution has deliberately been made affordable. Massage therapists earn 24 CE hours. U.S. veterans attend free. For more information, call 800-298-8970 and/ or visit See ad back cover.

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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming.


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hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

How can we better deal with rising sea levels?

Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population—live in coastal areas. He cites that

There are now about 200 million people living within three feet of high tide. Both mitigation and adaptation will be required. We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound? A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better

management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”?

Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise.

These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the

roots. They accidentally step on young seedlings. Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine KoonsHubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.

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“Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves.

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Children love mixing soil and water together into mud. When given a bucket of clay, soil and water, kids quickly discover they can use mud to paint, sculpt or make fantasy pies decorated with leaves, sticks or flowers. “Playing in mud fully engages the senses, and there are studies that show it can benefit the immune system and make us happier,” says Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, education director at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, in New York. References include the University of Bristol, UK, University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Los Angeles. “Mud isn’t anything, really, and that open-ended quality lends itself to joyously creative play that helps children develop a relationship with the natural world,” she says.

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Small children notice things close to the ground, which become even more interesting

when seen through a magnifying glass. Sturdy kids’ versions in bright colors are easy to find if they get misplaced outdoors. Curious children love getting a closeup look at worms and other critters in the worm bin or compost pile, or the structures inside flowers. “But when we just let the children explore, they’ll find loads of intriguing objects we may never have thought of, like water caught on the fuzzy underside of a leaf, a sparkly rock or rough tree bark,” Cohen says. Children love to water plants, especially during hot summer weather. Small watering cans that hold only a little water are easy for kids to handle and limit overdoing it. Water-filled spray bottles also encourage exploration while keeping kids cool. Digging to discover what’s underground comes naturally to kids, and preschoolers do best with toy-size tools with short handles. Older kids can control child-size spades and rakes better than

heavier adult tools.

Keeping Outdoor Space Safe

Remove the worry from gardening with kids by minimizing safety risks. Replace poisonous or prickly plants with vegetables, herbs or edible flowers and teach kids of all ages not to eat plants unless they have first been checked by an adult. Insects can be both interesting and threatening, and flying insects often are attracted to bright colors. Dress kids in light, neutral colors to avoid unwanted attention from bugs. Avoid chemical fertilizers and sprays, and opt for organic solutions. Barbara Pleasant has authored many green-thumb books including Homegrown Pantry: Selecting the Best Varieties and Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. She grows vegetables, herbs and fruits in Floyd, VA; connect at

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most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insectkilling poison called Bt-toxin. Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

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n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to


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the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example,

Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods. Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.

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Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed.

Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

Organic Surpasses Non-GMO GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other

foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit

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Art that Inspires Action Artists Work to Save Nature’s Beauty by Avery Mack

Eco-art creatively highlights environmental sustainability issues and sparks possible solutions.


ounts Botanical Garden, in Palm Beach County, Florida, hosted Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a thoughtprovoking traveling exhibit featuring giant sea creatures made entirely of marine debris from beaches. “It graphically illustrates the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” says Curator and Director Rochelle Wolberg. The exhibit included Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, the Marine Debris Anemone, Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian

James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail, American Sea Star and Musical Seaweed. Take a look at some of them and check for current exhibit locations at In Mechanicsville, Maryland, ex-iron and steel worker Steve Glorius repurposes scrap metal into natural world and fantasy art sculptures of ocean creatures that also inform about endangered wildlife. His works have adorned museums, restaurants, galleries and gift shops. Debbie and Mike Schramer, owners of Fairy House Vintage Antiques and Art, in Provo, Utah, create fairy houses made from twigs, mosses, bark and other natural elements. “Instead of paint and paper, we use nature itself,” says Mike, who encourages others to follow suit. “People enjoy time outdoors more intricately as they look for small items.” Although fairy houses are trendy now, the Schramers started building their fantasy worlds in 1987. They’ve authored three books to spark the imagination, Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials, Fairy Village and F is For Fairy: A Forest Friends Alphabet Primer board book. At 14, Canadian Evan Sharma, of Kingston, Ontario, is already an active entrepreneur—his artwork now appears on sneakers and clothes. He calls his company RBLB for Right Brain/Left Brain, saying, “To be a whole person, you have to use both the creative side and the analytical side of your brain.” His passion for the environment is particularly expressed in a painting he donated to support the Olympic team. Painted at an elevation of 7,000 feet on Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, he finished with snow for authenticity and texture. This year, he spoke on creativity at the 6 Under 16 program, in Montreal. “Eco-art makes an impact on the world,” says John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of painting + drawing at Ohio University, in Athens. “Right now, my paintings are round. People say they see a long view of the planet or what’s seen through a microscope. Every painting evokes a different emotional response from the viewer.” All Sabraw’s paintings use pigments processed out of polluted streams, often mixed with other standard artist colors. Sabraw has helped develop several ways for artists to adopt sustainable practices. See his TedxTalk at He points out that whatever form eco-art takes, its purpose is to show a problem, provoke a response and ask the viewer, “What if…?” Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring. com.

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Can a Relationship Survive Cheating? Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC

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Dear Karen Kaye, I found out that my mate is cheating; is there any hope for us?

Thanks Riley Dear Riley, My answer depends on your response to the following questions:

• Did you catch your mate cheating? • Did your mate come to you and say they cheated? • Did your mate tell you the reason why they cheated? • What are your thoughts, feelings and beliefs regarding cheating? Other factors to take into consideration: How long was the one cheating able to live that lifestyle without coming “clean”? Does the person take ownership or blame others for that behavior? Is the person upset with their decision, willing to take a personal inventory, and take the time and energy to earn back trust? Are you willing to take a personal inventory and allow your mate to gain back your trust?

personally and ultimately in the relationship. Cheating is never an answer to one’s problems or an answer to relationship problems. Usually, one or both mates have poor communication and decision-making skills. Therefore, it is a red flag for both individual and relationship problems that exist on a deeper level. My suggestion, Riley, is to get good, quality therapy for yourself to answer these questions regarding your feelings and determine if this relationship is worth fighting for. If you decide to move forward in the relationship, then you can ask your mate if he/she is willing to commit to counseling in order to assist the two of you in deciding if there is a future in the relationship. No matter which direction the relationship takes, counseling is beneficial in looking at your patterns in relationships so that, at the very least, you will make a better mate selection in your future or set healthier boundaries in the current relationship. Take care of yourself and thank you. Karen L. Kaye, LMHC

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Tuesday, July 10 Open House – Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine – 3– 7:30pm. 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). 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301, 954.763.9840 ext. 213. RSVP.

Tuesday, July 17 “The Art of Blooming Fully” – presented by SusieQ Wood at the Holistic Chamber of Commerce meeting. Owning one’s power leads to creating a successful business and meaningful lifestyle. 6:30– 8:30pm, Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062. Info: 954.632.8462 (PurpleWing Studio).

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friday, JULY 20 - 22 Unity of Pompano Beach hosts Paul K. Chappell – 7–9pm, Friday, Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma (donation); 10am–5pm, Saturday, The Art of Waging Peace workshop ($40); 1–3pm, Sunday, Building on the Foundation of Peace (donation). Sponsored by Unity Gold/Treasure Coast Ministries and One World Family Interfaith Council, 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano. 954.946.0857.

SUNDAY, JULY 22 If you have been Diagnosed with Cancer – come in for a free consultation/treatment (herbs not included) at ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program’s clinic. Treatments observed by the class. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale. Appointments: 954.763.9840 ext. 201.

Saturday, JULY 28 - 30 Qi Revolution at Bradenton Convention Center – $149 for three days, Qi Revolution has deliberately been made affordable. Massage therapists earn 24 CE hours. U.S. veterans attend free. For more information, call 800-298-8970.

upcoming events Saturday, August 4 Motherhood ReWritten – 9am – 5pm. A Theatrical Conference, A unique experience, inspiring parents to find harmony within the household. Insightful lessons from leading authors and speakers, expert advice with entertaining musical numbers and dance routines. Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach. For information, call 954.882.6942.

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sunday Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary — 9am–5pm. Classes for Interfaith Ministry Ordination. A Healing Space, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Unity of Pompano — Join us at 9:30am: Power Hour discussion on spiritual topics/books led by Cynthia Roberts, L.U.T. 11am: Celebration Service–Inspirational Message–Live Music; 11am Youth Classes K-12; Fellowship Hour following service. 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. Meditation Classes — 10-11:30am with modern Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Norbu - $10/class, members free. Free kids class in other room. Kadampa Meditation Center Fort Lauderdale, 4342 E Tradewinds Ave, Lauderdale-by- the-Sea, FL 33308, 954.372.7481. Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, staffed by Franciscan friars. 2300 NW 9th Ave (Powerline Rd), Wilton Manors, FL 33311, 954.731.8173.

Elevate your Life! — 11am with Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes. Fuel your week, Enriching Hearts through Timeless Spiritual Principles! Bridges of Wellness, Wilton Plaza - 1881 NE 26th St, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, Call 954.530.6006.

Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087.

Buddhist Tools for Happiness — 11am-12:30pm, Donation. Understanding our mind for a more satisfying and meaningful life. Visit website for details and other classes. Thubten Kunga Ling Buddhist Center, 201 SE 15th Ter, Ste 206, Deerfield Beach, 954.421.6224.

Spiritual Oasis, a Psychic and Healing Event and Metaphysical Marketplace — 1:30–6pm, third Sunday of each month (except June) $10, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, 33334, Jack, 754.214.1066.

Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 11am–12pm, Free. The first Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. Tai Chi — 11am–1:30pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., at Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrew Ave. Oakland Park 954.394.4342.

Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 6–7pm. 4th Sunday each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm. Spiritual conversation following chant. 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 26th Street, Wilton Manors, 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750.

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

Tai Chi — 6:45-8:45pm (and Thurs) Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., @ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park, 954.394.4342.


Unity of Pompano — 7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857.

Free Vital Life Force Energy Treatment — every Monday at 10am, total 4 days in a row. Treatment for all ailments, pain or emotional disorders. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy., Bay 2, Oakland Park 33334. Information: 754.214.1066. Meditation Healing Circle — 6:30–7:30pm. $5–$20Love. Expand your vision and heart through Tibetan Palm Healing, Reiki, Crystals, Sound and Meditation. Lisa’s Healing Center, 3170 N Federal Highway, Ste #211K, Lighthouse Point FL 33064, Martha, 954.609.4570. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:30pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Mindful Meditation Monday — 8pm-9pm. $10. Promote peaceful Body, Mind, and Spirit with Guided Meditation and Reiki. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Suite B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $25 per session. Designed for men and women to learn from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (landline)

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

Carole’s Sacred Circles! — 7:30–8:30pm. $15. 1st Tuesday: Reiki & Message; 2nd Tuesday: John Of GOD Circle; 3rd Tuesday: Meditate to Manifest. Jade Wellness, 2717 E Oakland Park Blvd #201 Oakland Park FL. Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.

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

Ayurvedic Detoxification — 7–9pm. A focus on maintaining a state of balance and rejuvenation, using ancient wisdom and modern application, traditional detoxification protocols using herbs and other natural methods. Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.580.5973. Reiki Circles for Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Well-being — 7pm, $10. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St, Ste 237, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Rev. Scott Friedman 954.854.7937 for info. Spiritual Evolution Study Group — 7-8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750. Reiki Circle Meditation — 7:30–9pm (2nd & 4th Thurs/each month) $10. Reiki healing circle, guided meditation lead by Julia and Marguerite. Healing Essence Studio 3081 East Commercial Blvd, Ste. 103 (inside breezeway), Ft. Lauderdale, 954.868.3505.


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

Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./ mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475.


Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 33062. 954.785.6333.

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.

Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale — 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo). A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2709 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305.

Art Stroll 4th Thursdays — 6–9pm, free. Come Stroll the Promenade of Green Turtle Plaza and enjoy an evening of Art and Entertainment. 2 blocks west of A1A, North side of Commercial, Lauderdale by the Sea. info: 954.909.2200.

Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 3rd Friday. 7:30– 8pm. Free. Chanting HU can help you feel more relaxed and at peace. HU chant 20 minutes; contemplation for 5 minutes. Dunkin’ Donuts, Espresso Room, 9170 W St Rd 84, Davie, FL 33324. 954.693.5681.

A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30– 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.

Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:30pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.

Third Thursdays Plant-Based Cooking Classes—6:30-8:30pm. free, 3rd Thursday/month. Demonstration-style class led by plant-based chef Nina Kauder. Each session will take you on a journey to a different part of the world through food. Registration Required. Space is limited. Yello! Creative Arts & Events Center, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. ]

Tai Chi — 6:45–8:45pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., @ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park 954.394.4342.

saturday Volunteer ~ Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep / Kids Ecology Corp — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), 9am “Talkin’ Trash” with SusieQ (sometimes they do a flash art project in the sand with the collected trash). Help save lives and keep beaches litter-free. 300 S Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, (Las Olas & the Beach). Earn community hours.

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Reiki Healing Circle — 9am-10am, Free. Usui Reiki Circle. All are welcome. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Ste B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878. 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. Integrative Painting Workshops — 10am–4pm, 3rd Thursday and Saturday each month. Groups or oneon-one. Come and experience this deeply fulfilling inner journey facilitated through meditation, painting and the interpretation of colors and symbols. Call for more info: 954.775.5062, Fort Lauderdale. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale.

Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries — 10:30-11:30am weekly at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30-11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30–$40 (Mon–Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair — Every 4th Saturday of the month. Noon-5pm with a monthly rotation of vendors. Healing Essence Studio, 3081 E Commercial Blvd, Ste. 103 (inside breezeway), Ft. Lauderdale, 954.868.3505. 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.

Vibrational Healing Circle for Parents — 3–4pm. $20. Learn vibrational healing techniques to help create balance and harmony. Leave feeling relaxed and invigorated. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy, Bay 2, Oakland Park, FL 33334, Aqeel, 720.334.5436. Broward Art Guild, Monthly Art Reception — 6:30–9pm, 1st Sat./month. Free, meet and support local artists during the Juried Art Exhibit. Participate in the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Enjoy munchies from Bokampers. Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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Total Balance 4 U

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

ayurveda Ayurvology

138 NE 1st Ave. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 786-343-7066 Ayurveda for the modern world. We offer ayurvedic consultations, weight loss programs, ancient treatments and an herbal apothecary. Become a certified ayurvedic lifestyle consultant with our in depth education.

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

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

Colon therapy A Colon Care Center

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

Colon hydrotherapy is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellness, and to keep your body functioning at peak efficiency. MM18325, MA0007506.

Physical Health Complex

Sandra Herrington, OMD, RN, LMT, CT 2544 No. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-0444 Cleansing for health/energy. Constipation, impaction, bowel rehabilitation, digestive disorders, candida detox, nutrition, living foods/ wheatgrass. Individualized plans or Rx followed. Physician/ instructor administered. Established 1964. Clean, private, caring environment. mm966, ma6884. See ad page 15.

counseling/therapy KAREN KAYE, Holistic Psychotherapist, LMHC

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

CranioSacral Therapy Perfecting Touch

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

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

Day Retreats THERMAE Stillness RETREAT

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

Thermae Retreat An organic serene daily retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared saunas, massage, skincare, body scrubs and masques, holistic healing, energy therapy. Yoga, meditation, hydrotherapy. See ad page 29.

dental health Advanced Dental Wellness Center

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

Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in natural, biological, and cosmetic dentistry offering latest in technology in our relaxing environment. We provide mercury safe dentistry, metal-free braces, and biocompatible metal-free zirconia implants. He specializes in TMJ and sleep apnea. See ad page 21.

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

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

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi July 2018



community resource guide FREDDA ROSENBAUM, D.D.S.

Coming Next Month

Multilevel Healing Plus: Simplified Parenting

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

Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch. General, Cosmetic, Holistic & Sedation. See ad, page 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fine art SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 Artist, Advocate and Speaker. SusieQ creates art with feeling and purpose. She is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones or to hear an inspirational presentation on using art to discover purpose and passion. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Visit her website for more information on taking the Global TRASHformation pledge. Beautiful trashformation jewelry also available using found objects. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad page 42.


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

Get to the cause of symptoms with functional testing. Discover imbalances and obstacles to vitality and receive a comprehensive personalized health improvement plan. Call today! See ad page 10.

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles. ~Thomas Browne

gardening The Garden Gate

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


6710 Parkside Drive Parkland, FL 33067 954-906-5985 Salt therapy, an all-natural treatment, improves respiratory health, decreases stress and fatigue, improves skin conditions, and strengthens the immune system. First session is c o m p l i m e n ta ry !

Holistic Podiatrist Start With Your Feet

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

homeopathy Homeopathy cure

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

Natural cure in homeopathy of

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

massage therapy Body Shop Massage, LLC

Chris ElKhal, LMT 120 E Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 104 Wilton Manors, FL 33334 954-552-8840 Over 10 years of professionalism and satisfaction specializing in Swedish and Deep Tissue with a hint of Shiatsu, stretching and energy work. Reward yourself! Schedule today. MM38072

HEALING TOUCH Massage Rema 954-290-7116 Laura 305-793-9052, Broward

Your Home or Office. Neuromuscular bodywork, trigger point. We bring healing therapies tailored to your needs! Nutrition/skin care. Blue Cross/PI provider. Lic # MA12603


1425B SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 954-520-7258 100% natural alternative to find relief from sinus, allergy, respiratory and skin conditions. Halotherapy promotes mucus clearance, acts as an anti-inflammatory and fights against harmful germs in the lungs. See ad page 31.

Holistic clinic Advanced Healing Wellness Center

20170 Pines Blvd, Ste 301 Pembroke Pines, Fl 33029 954-900-1535

We specialize in creating treatment plans for each individual. Our services range from Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Chiropractic, Medical Spiritual Healing, to Yoga and much more.

Hyperbaric therapy hyperbaricsrx llc

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

KAVA BAR shells kava bar

4646 N University Drive Lauderhill FL 33351 954-769-1226 What’s Kava? Lauderhill’s Relaxation Destination has the finest 100% natural South Pacific Root just for you! Come on down to Shells and have a few! See ad page 23.

PRONUNCIATION COACH Perfect Your American Accent

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

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

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

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Carole A. Ramsay, Ba. Div., RMT

Reiki For You


Rev. Scott Friedman 1881 NE 26th St., Suite 237 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-854-7937

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

Reiki Circle, Thursdays 7pm Certification Classes all 3 Levels, Private Reiki Tr e a t m e n t s , S p i r i t u a l C o u n s e l i n g & Ye a r l y Burning Bow Ceremony.

salon Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354

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

spiritual centers Bridges of Wellness

Spiritual Organization One World Family Interfaith Council

Dedicated to contributing to stronger communities through a focus on our commonalities regardless of religious tradition. Offering opportunities for self growth through community building events. See ad page 7.

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

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

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

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

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

Testing oneself is best when done alone. ~Jimmy Carter 50

Broward County edition

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

Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center

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

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

women’s health Nourishing Women/ Conscious Feminine Medicine

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

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

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

We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana. See ad page 12.

2018 NATIONAL EVENT Largest Qigong event in the USA Experience 3 days of PROFOUND ENERGY for $149

Qi Revolution is a 3-day event designed to unlock your healing power and create your best life. Teachings give ENERGY using the most effective Breathing Techniques, Qigong & Food-Healing. National Event is our biggest production creating sacred space for 1000 people.

Featuring Extraordinary Guest Speakers Sifu Michael Stults Master of Energy - Top Security Expert Eloquent Philosopher Inspires Tolerance Presenting CHI TAO Meridian Practices

Claudia Gabrielle, MD Ivy League Doctor - Seen 70k Patients Works for a Harvard Medical Facility Presenting LIFE-SAVING Food Wisdom

Bradenton, FL Convention Center

JULY 28th-30th, 2018

$149 All 3-Days. Once in Lifetime Event. Half of Tickets Sold. Register Today. Florida CE Hours Approved. (800)-298-8970