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NATURALLY Rethinking BEAUTIFUL CITIES Transforming the Cosmetics Industry

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Eat Right to Sleep Well 10 Foods that Help Us Relax and Rest

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Heal the Mouth, Heal the Body by Kristin T.

My name is Kristin T. and this is the story of how I got my life back by removing toxic metals, abscessed teeth and severe gum infection from my mouth.


hen I came to Dr. Cintron, I was exhausted from visiting all kinds of doctors, specialists and dentists. My uncle, also a dentist, told me not to have the metals removed. He told me this type of dentistry is just a way to take money from people. I soon found how this was far from the truth. Nothing was working; I was getting weaker and desperate. While doing my research, I realized I needed to find a holistic dentist because I was very sick. I’d been sick for 8 years. I had skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and migraines. I was diagnosed with so many conditions, including fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorder and chronic fatigue. Testing showed that mercury from my dental fillings and other toxic metals were leaking into my body. I had tried everything medically to find out what was wrong with me, why my immune system would not work efficiently and was not able to carry so many toxic loads. Imagine, your body being like a garbage can full of garbage and “sanitation department on strike” for years; no wonder I was so sick. It was coming out of my skin and lungs.

My uncle, unfortunately, passed away Before Dr. Cintron and her team of professionals treated me I was so recently in his early 60s. He was rather scared. I would have nightmares about young and his death was quite a shock. my sickness and my teeth. I was very To my surprise, I later found out that depressed and anxious about my ap- he died from toxicity of the mouth bepearance and health. cause he too had amalMany times, I would gam fillings. My uncle go to the dentist beeven tried to convince cause pieces of mermy mom not to see cury fillings were fallDr. Cintron. I wish he ing out of my mouth. would have been more They would never open-minded about find the root cause of biological medicine my problems. They and dentistry; it may could not figure out have saved his life. the impact of these My dental health materials in my body. level of awareness has To f i n d D r . been raised 100%. I Cintron and meet can’t wait to read the her was a relief. I book by Dr. Cintron loved that she offered about other people sedation and had a getting their lives back. holistic, scientific, When she lectures, I biological and com“Before” and “After” will follow her as a living prehensive approach to testimony to offer others health. My entire body was considered and they asked me a lot of questions health and hope so they don’t have to about my medical history and symp- suffer as I did. There are more than 250,000 dentists toms. Everyone here is genuine and sincere and goes the extra mile. I was also in the U.S. but not that many are as impressed with the level of knowledge, experienced in delivering results successfully as Dr. Yolanda Cintron and patient care and follow-up. Not long after my surgery, many of her team at The International Center my medical conditions disappeared. for Dental Excellence, having 30 years I no longer have my face breaking of experience in rehabilitation of comout, muscle or joint pain, back pain, plex cases that require replacement of swelling, migraines or vertigo! All of restorations, surgical removal of toxic my medical problems disappeared. teeth, abscesses, bone reconstruction, I stopped taking all my medications and implantology using biocompatible like antidepressants and fibromyalgia. materials with a cosmetic result.

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une smiles with warm showers and laughs with patches of color that seem to pop up overnight through the ground. ‘Tis already turtle season and we mark the beginning of another hurricane season. Nature’s our greatest teacher. Let’s celebrate life through listening to the beat and rhythm of the natural forces that surround us, knowing that within those sounds are messages when we’re ready to hear. I recently celebrated birthdays by attending several art openings and listening to live music with friends at the NYSW Jazz Lounge. Groups gather around where there is creativity in play. The artists, musicians, painters, dancers, poets, writers and performing artists are here to bring about conversation and change. Let it sink in, expressing our readiness to feel. Minerals: aluminum to zinc; animals: alligators to zebra; musical instruments: acoustic guitar to the zither; plants: apple to zebrawood— these ecological varieties support a place deep inside me that gives meaning and purpose to natural and human-made sounds. There’s an organization and intelligence to it all that brings me closer to my own truths. Do you have favorite types of sounds? Animals and plants make


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sounds; water and air have voices— even the rocks add to the symphony. One of my favorite nature sounds growing up was that of the rock-filled creeks winding through the woods in northern Delaware. I’d hop from one large rock to another, being respectful of the terrain, taking care not to slip on the freshwater algae, then take the time to lay on the damp ground taking in the smells of the earth and listening to the sounds of the forest and creek— just being still in pure joy. One of the articles in this month’s issue discusses livable communities. As a member of the Sustainability Board for Fort Lauderdale, I learned more about Fort Lauderdale’s “Green Your Routine” program and what is being done to actively reduce consumption and waste and improve sustainability in our community. As citizens step up to voice their opinions, the expansion of these types of programs, including rainwater to support living green roofs, will come about. As walking/biking pathways become more popular in use, we all benefit through increased movement/ exercise, through better community interaction and mental health. In which family or friend activities do you partake? Is it cycling, walking or playtime on your devices? What is

the health message you are sharing with your loved ones? Taking a step in the direction you are going does take energy and commitment, and the action is picking up your foot, moving it in the direction you want to go, then placing it firmly, with conviction, love and appreciation for the healthier life you are choosing. The other major system of choices surrounds what’s right under our nose. That’s a conversation for another day. In the interim, be well, have fun choosing and improving the terrain that brings you the most joy; let it seep into your very core. Be moved to smile and laugh on a regular basis; plan on it. SusieQ Wood Publisher




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Healing Essence Studio Relocates to East Fort Lauderdale


ealing Essence Studio, offering services in Davie since 2008, has relocated to 3081 East Commercial Boulevard, Suite 103, Fort Lauderdale. Owner Julia Caira, LMT, CHTP, known for therapeutic massage, energy healing and aromatherapy consultations, expanded Healing Essence Studio to include workshops, classes and yoga, with room rental available for small gatherings. Monthly drum circles and psychic fairs with well-known local intuitives sharing their gifts are just a few added features. Visit their unique boutique supporting local artisans with their handmade jewelry and gifts. In addition, find crystals, dried herbs for sacred blessings, essential oils and supplies. Take a class in aromatherapy or have Caira customize a blend for you. As a member of the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), Healing Essence provides compassionate care in helping those in their fight against cancer. If you are in pain and looking for relief, they offer lymphatic massage to help reduce swelling post-surgery. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 954868-3505 or visit See ad page 30.

Tunie’s in Coral Springs Celebrates Summer Kickoff


oin Tunie’s for their Taste of Summer Kickoff Event, happening from noon to 4 p.m., June 16. There will be a delicious selection of food and drinks from the best grocery brands. Once you’ve tried all of the delectable samples to your satisfaction, you are encouraged to make your way to the vitamin aisles. Here, you will find even more samples of vitamins, supplements and essential nutrients to take home. Tunie’s Natural Grocery & Vitamin Market is a locally owned nutrition grocery store trusted in the community for more than 25 years. Possessing the largest selection of vitamins, supplements and natural groceries in South Florida, Tunie’s is the one-stop location for all your nutritional, sports training, wellness and health product needs at the lowest prices. Tunie’s continues to outpace the competition in price comparison, selection and overall value. As their motto suggests, “You can keep overpaying for groceries and vitamins or shop at Tunie’s!” Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days, Tunie’s is just off the Sawgrass Expressway and Coral Ridge Drive. Stop by and get to know Tunie’s for yourself. Guaranteed—it will make itself your first and only stop for healthy eating and living. Location: 5651 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs, 954-510-0410, See ad page 3.

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The Salt Suite Honors Veterans and Dads with Free Session


n honor of Father’s Day and all veterans, The Salt Suite, Fort Lauderdale location (only), invites veterans to take advantage of a free session any time during the month of June. Fathers are invited to come in for a free session on Father’s Day. Dry salt rooms create the microclimate of a salt mine where fine salt particles are dispersed into the air. When this 100 percent natural fine mist is inhaled, it kills bacteria, clears mucus and promotes draining as well as fights against harmful germs in the lungs, sinuses and ears. The benefits of salt therapy include breathing easier and keeping infection away. All you need to do is relax and breathe and allow this natural element to work its wonders. The Salt Suite accommodates most any schedule, open 7 days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mon, Wed & Fri; 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tue & Thu; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat & Sun. Location: 1425 SE 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale. For more information or to reserve your space, call 954-520-7258. See ad page 17.

Ceramic Dental Implants Now Available


r. Brent J. Bracco’s office is now offering metal-free implants using Z-System’s all ceramic implants. The benefit to ceramic implants as opposed to titanium implants is that they are more natural in appearance and integrate better with bones and gums making them more sustainable. Ceramic implants also cause no irritation to the immune system and are much stronger than titanium implants. Location: 2467 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information and to set up a consult to determine if ceramic implants are the best choice for you, call 954-771-5300. See ad page 47.

Advanced Healing Wellness Center Grand Opening in Pembroke Pines


oin Advanced Healing Wellness Center at their Grand Opening Festival, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 30, at 20170 Pines Boulevard, Suite 301, Pembroke Pines. There will be a sampling of services offered, including Acupuncture, Massage, Healing, Chiropractic Adjustments, Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Yoga. Service samplings will cost $5 to $20 based upon session. Also available will be Hand Analysis Reading as well as Ayurvedic Assessment (of the Doshas) and Structured Water Hydration Tasting. From 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy Face Painting, and throughout the day, there will be food and drinks, raffles, prizes and a silent auction. Sponsors and vendors welcome. For more information, call 954-900-1535, email or visit See ad page 49.

Author Publishes ForwardThinking Book


uthor David Kline has published a new book, Change a Letter, Change Your Life. The book gives readers the opportunity to learn about the law of attraction and how to use it to improve their lives. Encouraging readers to move beyond the phrase, I’ll believe it when I see it, Kline suggests readers take the initiative to formulate a new way of thinking by changing the w in when to a t, so that the resulting updated phrase becomes: I believe, then I see. “What a difference one letter can make,” notes Kline. “It can change everything from a negative and stagnant approach to life, to a positive and forward-thinking stance. But changing that one letter in your belief system may be one of the hardest things you ever have to do. It means giving up your old thought processes and early programming and moving fearlessly ahead into uncharted territory.” The book is available for sale at For more information, visit See ad page 40. 10

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Has Your Relationship Gone Off Course?


eople often live off of fantasy what they believe they should receive in relationships, which can result in disappointment and unmet expectations. Oftentimes, individuals may find themselves communicating ineffectively with one another, resulting in settling, getting too comfortable or hoping things will change on their own. The Marriage/Relationship Makeover Workshop, in its 13th year, welcomes individuals or couples struggling in their relationships. Taking place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 30, with a break for lunch, this workshop is designed to assist individuals with identifying and meeting their needs as well as educating them on becoming more consciously loving, no matter what their circumstances. Attendees are afforded the opportunity to re-evaluate themselves as well as their relationships. “Any relationship can be turned around with willing, committed partners,” expresses Karen L. Kaye, facilitator. Kaye has been in private practice for more than 35 years. Marriage/relationship counseling is one of the main focuses of her practice. Past attendees (both married and unmarried) of this workshop have called it “concise” and “rewarding,” wishing it lasted longer. Cost: $25/per individual and $40/per couple. Location: Weston. For more information and to reserve your space, call 954-384-1217. See ad page 41.

Rebirth Fitness Opens in Lighthouse Point


ebirth Fitness, recently opened at 4752 North Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, announces a new concept in fitness—the Vasper exercise machine—the only one in South Florida. Vasper uses proven science to give the user the benefits of a two-hour workout in 21 minutes. Rebirth offers anyone wanting to have this experience a money back guarantee trial for the first three sessions. Rebirth also offers a one-of-a-kind yoga program which specializes in helping those who attempted yoga once but felt overwhelmed and uncomfortable. Kristen, yoga instructor, meets with new clients for a free one-on-one evaluation and training session. She then uses her own colored bracelet system to safely guide and monitor each client’s progress. Experienced yoga enthusiasts are also welcome. “Kristen and the Rebirth Fitness team are all so knowledgeable and friendly. They make you feel like you are part of a family!” ~ Jennie “Kristen is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and knows how to push you to your full potential. I highly recommend taking her yoga classes or sessions on Vasper!” ~ Michael Come and discover the many benefits of Rebirth Fitness. Today is the day to start a new exercise program! For more information, call 954-658-5134 and/or visit or See ad page 30.

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More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes—a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time.

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middle-aged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

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Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced short-chain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights—less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.


Scientists Discover Alcohol-Cancer Link Alcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, have tracked down a possible cause. In lab tests, they found that when the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde alters and damages DNA within blood stem cells, leading to rearranged chromosomes and a greater likelihood of cancer.


Mangoes Carry Health Benefits Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes, report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight weeks had fewer digestive symptoms, improved inflammation biomarkers and less colon cancer-linked molecules in their digestive tracts.

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People that Don’t Slight Sleep Eat Better Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group.



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A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week—the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or low-fatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days. 14

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Summer Vacations with a Fun Twist This summer, consider the convenience and relaxation of watching the world go by outside a panoramic side window instead of focusing on driving the road ahead. Train travel is also more cost-effective, affordable and eco-friendly than flying. highlights railroad discounts for children, seniors, students, AAA members, military personnel and other demographics. Additional advantages include accessible central city terminals, a generous luggage policy and less time waiting until departures. If a station has an unattended parking lot, arrange to be dropped off. Amtrak ( encompasses 300 daily trains on more than 21,000 miles of track to more than 500 destinations. Particularly scenic routes include the California Zephyr that winds through the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountains between San Francisco and Chicago; and the Adirondack train between New York City and Montreal, Canada, offering spectacular views of both its namesake national park and the historic Hudson River Valley. Amtrak’s 75 vacation packages ( range from three days to two weeks. Sights include the Grand Canyon and Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks. Most long-distance routes provide sleeping accommodations with passenger amenities for day and night. Advanced technology electric locomotives began enhancing Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor runs in 2016. Designed for maximum energy efficiency with a regenerative braking system that feeds back into the power grid, this innovation saves electricity and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Amtrak’s partnership with allows passengers to offset the carbon emissions footprint from their rail travel. Custom contributions can be made via the Rail Calculator or short- or long-distance traveler or Amtrak Trainiac preset options on Amtrak’s website. Many travelers also enjoy narrow-gauge, short-rail junkets. Popular options include Colorado’s Durango & Silverton Railroad (, a nostalgic trip back to the mining days of the Old West; the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (, a 45-mile ride along the New Mexico/Colorado border; and the Conway Scenic Railroad ( in New Hampshire, within two hours of both Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts. Neighboring Canada affords many scenic trains including trips connecting Toronto with Vancouver and Calgary. Visit and June 2018


Mayors Worldwide Sign Climate Charter

Lower Overhead Green Energy Reduces Utility Costs

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Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.


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Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades.


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Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the

toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”

Cleanup Cites Worst Plastic Polluters A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora are the top three contributors of plastic waste discovered in the area, contributing to the more than 2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the Philippines, the third-biggest source of plastic ocean pollution per year. See the whole list at

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Plastic Bags Get the Boot Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

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Seattle Mariners Win Eco-Award CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, homes of the National Football League Seahawks and Major League Baseball (MLB) Mariners, respectively, introduced a Strawless in Seattle campaign last September. More than 100 local businesses joined with the Lonely Whale Foundation to help eliminate plastic waste. Safeco Field is the most sustainable baseball facility today, recycling 96 percent of all waste generated last season. As a result, the Mariners earned MLB’s Green Glove Award for 2017. Every food service item is recyclable or compostable, and cleaning crews manually separate waste items from recyclables after every game. The Mariners have been playing under energy-efficient LED lights since 2014, the first MLB ball club to do so. The team also added a 450-squarefoot urban garden before the 2016 season that provides fresh vegetables and herbs for the concession stands.

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All-Natural Beauty

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Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food. 18

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Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry


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rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm eco-values,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

Natural Replaces Toxic

A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be all-natural, a result likely driven by the

scientific information age (see KariGran. com/pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.”

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Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

Demand Escalates

Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they

actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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RUNNING WITH THE KIDS Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit by Marlaina Donato


ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

Physical and Emotional Perks

Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with

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Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Lowmood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies.

“Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. “The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

Safe Start

For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Doing something is okay. The aim is

to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

DOING NOTHING Why Timeouts Matter by April Thompson


n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set

aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few

minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads.

Relax into the moment. Acknowledge guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out

space, you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Can you bring a Universal meaning to describe ‘what is Qi?’

Qi is the electric life presence that beats the human heart and charges the air we breathe. Gong, like Gong Fu, is a repeated action to activate higher energy. Qigong generates a powerful magnetic field in the hands, and this energy “dilates arteries”, healing what it touches. The effects of Qi are profound for increasing circulation and improving endocrine imbalances. Science will discover Qi is related to static electricity and can be harnessed with hand postures.

Qi Revolution is coming to Bradenton, Florida, for your National Event, July 28 to 30. What is your higher vision for sharing this kind of healing with a thousand people?

I believe when more human beings develop “Qi Awareness”, human evolution will go higher. We hold our National Event once a year and transform a convention

center into sacred space. Our intention is to experience the authentic healing and stressdissolving practices of Qigong in a strong group energy field. Sound, light and Qi graphics are used to improve learning so everyone can feel what is going on even without any previous experience. It’s rare that onethousand people all simultaneously inhale at the same second while holding the same healing prayer. Many people who attend heal old injuries and nearly everyone is strengthened by the energy. Our vision for this event is to uplift the group energy to the highest level to benefit all who attend.

Is there significance to practicing Qigong in large groups?

From 1980 to 1999, the Chinese people gathered for Qigong events inside arenas and stadiums in the tens-of-thousands. Dr.

Yan Xin led the first wave of Qi awareness with integrity, but other fake masters misused Qigong to protest the government and consequently it was banned in large group settings. Chinese people had discovered the secret of “group energy” and it went beyond the roar of a rock concert or the cheers at a football game. A weekly outing in China for two decades, people viewed it as an opportunity to be strengthened and healed while enjoying fellowship.

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Breathing is the most powerful skill humans can learn to attune with the spirit of life. Genesis 2:7 reveals, “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” After teaching Qigong breathing to groups large and small, I would say there is a connection. People report euphoric vibrational experiences when they do our Breath Empowerment, even if they don’t believe Qi exists. Breathwork is the best Gong Fu; repeated deep breaths will break the veil of darkness and bad thoughts, eventually flooding the body with light energy.

I’ve seen a shift over the past few years where your focus has really zeroed in on food healing, especially in regards to food science. Why do you feel this is so

Circle that is legendary. How does it connect participants using the 9-Breath Method with an expanded process?

important in today’s world and how does it relate to one’s personal Qi?

Food is the key to excellent health, especially natural foods made before the inventions of man. Kiwi, for example, has helped “reverse asthma” in hundreds of students I’ve counseled. Moreover, the prestigious medical journal Thorax indicates children who ate kiwi three to five times a week vs. those who didn’t eat any had a much lower incidence of asthma.* My theories have science to back them.

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The living electricity felt in the hands of the healing circle is unlike anything else we teach. After everyone is proficient in using the 9-Breath Method—our signature breathing technique—we hold hands while doing it many times. The feeling is like an electric current going through everyone’s legs, arms and hands. It feels so very good— delicious I might say! We focus our mind to God and ask for healing of people we love and send light to noble groups and nations worldwide. Qi Revolution at $149 for three days is made affordable to open the “Qi Door” for more people. Massage therapists earn 24 CE hours. U.S. veterans attend free; many have become the best Qigong instructors. For more information, call 800-298-8970 and/ or visit See ad on back cover. *Kiwis Effect on Breathing. Thorax, Respiratory Medicine 2004 June 2018


Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable 26

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environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon. “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.” Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.

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In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment

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Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.” “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.” Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter. “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.

that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association. In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city. The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards. No one wants to live where pollution

runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.”

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. AARP Livability Index, a livability rating of U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places.

She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?” John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI. June 2018


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Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature by Sandra Murphy


eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association

of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate.

The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by.

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Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep diseasecarrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.


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bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces.

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June 2018


The Story by Laura Castanza and Julia George


ur lives are a culmination of where a child has a perception of his personal experiences from this or her experience, the family members lifetime and others, shaped can have a totally different view of by family, culture and society. We what actually happened, but the child’s openly share it or selectively hide it. perception is still valid and in need of Either way, our story lives within us as healing. The feelings remain real to the a blessing or a burden, depending on adult child although the details of the our level of awareness. Once we decide story are questionable. to investigate how our story drives our We cannot clearly see and we are experiences, we can release any control not open to what is in front of us when it has over the choices we make. It is our subconscious memories are influonly at this point where we are able to encing a present moment experience. Awareness is our ally and we can only move forward with more freedom and As a result, we squelch what could be access this tool through consistent an opportunity or a receptive line of opportunity for peace. Our primary caregivers are the communication because we “think” we practice of being in the moment. main characters in our story. They know the thoughts and behaviors of influence our perceptions and behaviors at the time when we are others. This is the lie that leads us down a dark path of generalizations, most impressionable. Even as information technology brings fardiscrimination and conflict. away places, energy and people into our environment, most of our Considering the human thought process, we can barely catch stories manifest from our immediate interpersonal relationships. what we are thinking and why, and therefore project onto others All of our experiences are linked to feelings or sensations that to validate what we believe is true. We want to be right, even if it’s become a memory or mental construct known as “the story”. Created unhealthy. It is an addictive process we develop when the quest for our by every experience and catalogued in our mind, we often reference wants exceeds our innate sense of what is best for us. the past as thoughts but our memories are rooted in feeling. Thinking Tracking our mind is the most important aspect of our evoluis an assessment or interpretation from those feelings which guide tion as a human that we constantly ignore. Consider that war and our journey. An experience might provoke a feeling of high levels of peace are driven by human emotion; if we have greater discipline and ecstasy or misery and everything in between. Our perception makes understanding of the tremendous influence our emotions play in the the feeling real and tangible. From there, we are attracted or distanced course of our life, we could experience true peace within and without consciously, unconsciously or more often subconsciously to situations more often than not. that initiate a particular feeling we felt in the past. Although we can look at peace from a collective standpoint It has been discovered that even within the same family unit such as “world peace”, the healing of humanity can only happen


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through individual effort. World peace is beyond our grasp when we have not healed the story on a personal level. When we blame the world, we are looking outside our self, deeming our self powerless, and losing control and direction. Inner peace is the place to focus and apply our energy. This requires a level of stillness in our day-to-day life through reflecting upon actions and movements we make alone and with others. When we work on creating an unshakable personal energy system, the external chaos has little to do with our wellbeing. Regaining center when the world is out of balance is possible and more quickly accessible. Emotions dominate the story and are a repeated and burdensome process we live out unconsciously until we have honed our awareness. Every person, place or thing is the byproduct of the feelings (positive or negative) that perpetuate until we learn the best way to experience our lives. One example is the thought process surrounding our job. If we come from a family, culture or society that perceives work as an arduous necessity that must be endured at any cost to survive, then we will be inclined to that mode of operation. Similar stories play out in our relationships, especially when partnering with another. Whether business, personal or more intimate, the story can override growth and opportunity because of the past at play. There will always be traits exhibited in others so familiar to us that we react in patterns from the past. When the story is running in the recesses, it is a foundation that turns negative when

projected onto the present moment. When we track our mind and become aware of any past story at any given moment, we can correct it and move forward. This aggressive intervention will liberate our self and illuminate what is right in front of us. Our awareness that all situations offer lessons that can become more positive as we engage without judgment allows us to remain open with others and experience the meaning of our engagement. Without it, we are not growing. There is no problem in being discerning of situations as long as we do not shroud them in the story. Growth and healing through interpersonal relating is why we are here and our progress depends on our responses. Our interactions are co-creations with those we encounter. There is freedom in knowing we can positively navigate our energy system and our interactions. It matters not how others respond IF we are coming from a place of awareness where we honor our self and others. When we are enmeshed in the story, we lose sight of our intention. The story appears when we are not aware, to then become a hard lesson. Awareness is our ally and we can only access this tool through consistent practice of being in the moment. We arrived in the body with this ability, and it is our responsibility to find the way to transform the story, change the energy and be free. For more information or to discuss this topic one-on-one, contact Julia George, AquarianAge, at 561-750-9292 or visit June 2018


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etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep.

Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/ wake cycle.

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

Pineal Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of



Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesiumrich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.

Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fiber- supporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.

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We Need Clean Waters Streams and Rivers Are Life Links by Avery Mack


reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recog-


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nized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

Cleanup Success Stories

“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely

available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe

is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or

indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via

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t day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a healthy way.

for Youth Sports, the recommended beverage contents for active kids during sports and other activities should contain at least 100 milligrams (mg) of sodium and at least 28 mg of potassium per eight ounces. It should be noncarbonated. We asked two moms keen on nutrition how they include these elements in drinks that kids will like.

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“As a sports nutritionist and mother of active kids, I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I get all kinds of questions from parents about what drinks are best for kids,” says Jackie Berning, Ph.D., a registered dietitian, sports nutrition consultant and professor of health science at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs. “Parents need to know that all beverages are not created equal when it comes to hydrating them. The best [healthful] beverages taste good when your child is active, so encourage their drinking more of them,” she says. According to the National Alliance

Michele Olivier, the mother of daughters Elliette and Parker, views herself as both a lover of food and a control freak. The Denver, Colorado, recipe blogger started off making food for her baby and toddler. As her kids grew and their nutritional needs changed, she created new recipes, including healthy sports drinks that both balance electrolytes and hydrate. While Elliette loves water and has no trouble staying hydrated, Parker loves juice, so Mom had to “make something that looks like juice, but is healthy,” says Olivier. Four main ingredients are a little frozen fruit left over from breakfast


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smoothies, a bit of honey for sweetening, a dash of Himalayan sea salt and water, or herbal tea or coconut water. She might also add fresh mint, ginger or other natural flavorings ( Heather Dessinger, a mom of three and blogger of recipes and natural mothering tips from Santa Fe, Tennessee, makes a drink based on coconut water with lime juice, raw honey and sea salt for older kids that play soccer or other warm-weather sports. Dessinger describes herself as a researcher and healthy

living DIY fan ( With homemade drinks, we know exactly what is—and what isn’t—in them. They can be made in batches and kept in the refrigerator. Dessinger relates, “I’ve found that when I make a batch with honey, which is naturally antimicrobial, and store it in the coldest part of the fridge, my homemade sports drink lasts for at least a week.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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Blackberry + Lemon + Mint Electrolyte Drink Yields: 4 cups 4 blackberries, fresh or frozen ½ lemon, juiced 1 mint leaf 1 Tbsp honey ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt 4 cups water, herbal iced tea or coconut water Place all ingredients in a blender and set on high for 45 to 60 seconds or until fruit is completely puréed. Add ice to a water bottle and pour electrolyte water on top to serve. Popsicle Option: Follow the same instructions, but add an additional tablespoon of honey, and then pour the electrolyte drink into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. Courtesy of Michele Olivier,

Coconut & Lime Sports Drink Yields: about 4½ cups of bolder taste for older kids 3 cups coconut water 1 cup water or more, based on preference in strength of flavor) ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (lemon is also delicious) ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt or other unrefined sea salt with trace minerals 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste) Few drops of Concentrace mineral drops (optional)

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s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, petfriendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

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says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep


dog walkers safe. Colony Cove, in Ellenton, Florida, is a 55-plus retirement community that allows multiple pets, including some breeds banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welcome to take a dip in the pool. Further, the association offers mobile groomers, photos with Santa and costume contests. All species are welcome at Rose Villa Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where residents’ request for an off-leash dog park play area was granted. One resident owns two dogs, two cats and an African gray parrot. The largest-ever Canadian residential project to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification, Calgary’s University District, embraces ecological conservation, habitat restoration and long-term conservation management principles. Designed for residents to age in place with their families, recreational fitness amenities include on- and off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and paths leading to parks.

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Sara Nick, chief content officer at Sidewalk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests experiencing unique adventures. Dog paddling takes on new meaning via stand-up paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche state parks. Whatever the weather,

equine-friendly pups can ride along in a horse-drawn carriage from Doubletree Carriage Company, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to watch or snooze through film showings at the Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in summer with their three dogs to favorite stops like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down into a mine with you,” she says. Kim Salerno, president and founder of, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any size, weight, breed or species. Amenities include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys with no additional pet fee,” she says. Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Whether at home or traveling, families can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiences with pets. Just be sure they mind their manners to have a good time. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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ogs eat grass, roll in it and walk on it. Pesticides on feet and fur walk into the house. One of the top three pesticides sold in the U.S., known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, is used for golf courses, landscaping and public areas. Popular products containing 2,4-D include: n Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed and Crabgrass Killer n Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max n Scotts Liquid Turf Builder n Scotts Snap Pac Weed & Feed n Sta-Green Phosphorus-Free Weed & Feed Source:

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Summer Fever—6-9pm, Art Opening, group art exhibition with artists Robin White, Toby Gotesman Schneier, Robert Catapano, Javier Padura, Fabrizio Cruz and Susan David. Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary adult beverages, conversation and community with Hostess Akryika and summer grooves by DJ Frankie Fox At Tedd’s Art Works, 2422 N. Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33334. Call Tedd at 703-269-8244 for more information.

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Saturday, June 23 “Reclaim your Health” — 9am—noon, join Dr. Yolanda Cintron, DMD and other health professionals for an educational and empowering talk about claiming back your health. RSVP info@drCintron. com or call 954-938-4599.

saturday, june 30 13th Annual Marriage & Relationship Makeover — 10am – 3pm. $40 per couple, $25 per individual. A day of Discovery & Renewal, address challenges in your relationship, re-commit, re-connect with your partner. Karen Kaye, LMHC, 1500 Weston Road., Suite 221, Weston, FL 33326, 954-384-1217. Advanced Healing Wellness Center, Grand Opening Festival —10am-7pm, sampling of services, face painting (10am-12pm & 3pm-6pm), food and drinks, raffles, prizes, silent auction. Advanced Heaing Wellness Center, 20170 Pines Blvd, Ste 301, Pembroke Pines, 33029. 954-900-1535.

mark your calendar 13th Annual Marriage/ Relationship Makeover Workshop A Day of Discovery and Renewal

Saturday, June 30 10am–3pm

$40 per Couple • $25 per Individual

For Couples and Individuals who:

• Want to meet the Challenges of Relationships • Want to Learn How to Re-Connect • Want to Re-Commit to Themselves and Their Relationship

Karen Kaye

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


1500 Weston Rd, Suite 221 Weston, FL 33326

mark your calendar INTEGRATIVE PAINTING WORKSHOP Come & experience this deeply fulfilling inner journey facilitated through meditation, painting & the interpretation of color & symbol.

Every 2nd Wed. & Sat. 10am–4pm Online Registration & Additional Info:


Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. ~Satchel Paige

June 2018


ongoing events NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit to submit online.

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 Avenue (Powerline Rd.), Wilton Manors, FL 33311, 954.731.8173.

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.

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.

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.

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

monday 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 — 7–8pm. $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.

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, Fl 33301, 954.525.5662.

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.

Rock Steady Boxing for those with Parkinson’s Disease — 2:30–3:30pm (& Thursday). Get rock steady ~ non-contact, high intensity boxing style fitness program. Alleviates symptoms and improves quality of life. Inside Body Couture, 4368 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Lesley Kleiner, 954.492.1214,

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.

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. 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. 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.



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. 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.


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)

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


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.

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.


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.

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.

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. 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.

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

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. 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.

June 2018


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. 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.

detail: “Heart of Mother Nature”

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. Children’s Yoga Teacher Training — 10 Modules Jan 27 - June 10. Saturday afternoons or weekends. Autism/Special Needs, Classroom Yoga, Bilingual Music, Mindfulness, Early Childhood, Teens. Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach FL 33441. Louise, 954.427.2353. 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.

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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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Looking for Massage Therapist – to rent a room in Healing Center. Hallandale 305.439.3956. Spa in Fort Lauderdale – room for therapeutic massage therapist $500 monthly first/last/deposit

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Organic Farmers Growing America’s Health plus: Anti-Inflammatory Foods Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Allergists • Cooking Classes • Co-op Marketers • Dietitians & Nutritionists Eco-Friendly Farm Equipment • Farmers’ Markets • Garden Supplies Health Food Stores • Heirloom Seedlings/Seeds • Herbalists Local Chefs & Cooks • Natural/Organic Restaurants ... and this is just a partial list!

Simplified Parenting plus: Multilevel Healing

Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Acupuncture • Alternative Healing • Ayurveda Chiropractic • Energy Healing • Fitness/Health Clubs Herbalists • Homeopathy • Integrative Physicians • Life Coaches Natural/Organic Foods • Pilates/Yoga • Spiritual Practices Wellness Trainers & Coaches ... and this is just a partial list!

Joint Health plus: Yoga For Flexibility

Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Activity & Exercise Facilities • Functional Medicine Gyms, Fitness & Yoga Centers • Mobility Supplies Natural Healthcare Practitioners • Physical Therapy Yoga Classes, Apparel & Gear ... and this is just a partial list!

Contact us to learn about marketing opportunities and become a member of the Natural Awakenings community at:


community resource guide (crg)

Day Retreats

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.


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

Thermae Retreat

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.

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.

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.

dental health Advanced Dental Wellness Center

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

Perfecting Touch

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 11.

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

Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry

CranioSacral Therapy Kathy Bates Physical Health Complex 2544 N Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-647-9010

Colon therapy A Colon Care Center

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 12.

Total Balance 4 U

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

MM18325, MA0007506.

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.

FREDDA ROSENBAUM, D.D.S. 2925 Aventura Blvd. #201 Aventura, FL 33180 305-933-3350

Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch. General, Cosmetic, Holistic & Sedation. See ad, page 51.

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo June 2018


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

phases of dentistry for

optimum health , holistic , bio compatible dentistry.

• 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 2 and 19

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.

Your Market is Our Readers. Let Us Introduce You to Them!

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 34.


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

Contact us today to advertise in our next issue 954-630-1610 Broward County edition

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 44.


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!


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

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!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu


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 !


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 17.

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.


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

the most diseases and symptoms.

No side effects.

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

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

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.

REIKI 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.

Holistic Health & Wellness Solutions

Reiki For You

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

Nancy E Livingston Divine Love Institute, 2832 Stirling RD #H Hollywood, FL 33020 954-920-0050 As a Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant, I’ve developed a powerful, multi-faceted individualized program maximizing physical and emotional health. Let’s work together for positive lifestyle changes. See ad page 8.

massage therapy

Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

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.

June 2018


community resource guide WELLNESS NUTRITION

spiritual centers

Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center

Bridges of Wellness

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.


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

If You Are Reading This, So Are Your Potential Customers.

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.

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

Yoga NamastĂŠ Yoga Salon

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

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 20.

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.

Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach

Louise Goldberg 827 SE 9th St., Deerfield Beach 33441 954-427-2353 A heart-centered studio with a highly experienced faculty. Operating since 1968, this authentic yoga center is widely recognized for its exceptional yoga teacher training programs.

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

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.


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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 and creates sacred space for 1000 people.

Featuring Guest Master of Chi

Sifu Michael Stults Sarasota native and Energy Arts practitioner, Michael Stults has taught diligently 30+ years. He is an eloquent speaker presenting “Chi Tao� meridian healing system. Beyond just exercise, Michael humbly challenges us to be healthier, stronger and more tolerant human beings.

Bradenton, FL Convention Center

JULY 28th-30th, 2018

$149 All 3-Days. Unique Once in Lifetime Event. Limit 1000 Seats Register Today. Florida CE Hours Approved. (800)-298-8970

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Natural Awakenings  

Broward Co., FL, June 2018

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Broward Co., FL, June 2018

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