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My Dentist Saved My Life! by Rae Middleton


y dentist found my breast cancer two years before it was detectable. Well… kind of. I am the wife of an integrative medicine doctor (Dr. Jeff Middleton) in Ft. Lauderdale. His recommendation was to see Dr. Cintron for her holistic approach to dentistry. Extraction, bone and plasma rich growth factors (PRGF) from my own blood were performed on my left upper pre-molar. After a few months of healing, a non-metal, zirconia implant was put in and more PRGF was used to accelerate the healing. Using both a traditional and non-traditional approach, Dr. Cintron was able to determine that I was at risk for breast cancer. Due to my newfound vigilance, I went to an oncologist who found a lump in my breast. Interestingly, tooth #14, the pre-molar that needed to be extracted, was tied to my breast according to the tooth meridian chart. Fortunately and thankfully to Dr. Cintron’s recommendation, the lump was found early which, I believe, saved my life. Thank you Dr. Cintron! Rae Middleton

Information from additional sources on the relationship between the health of your teeth and the rest of your body. Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and founder of His article in states:

“I’ll begin this article by stating the obvious: I am not a dentist and I don’t pretend to be. However, I talk with women all over the globe every week about breast cancer—as I coach them on my program which involves the ‘7 essentials’ of breast cancer prevention and treatment. One of the fundamental questions I ask them is, ‘Do you have root canals?’ “I ask them this because I am passionate about helping others create vibrant health and educating them on how to get there. And when it comes to root canals, there is mounting evidence to suggest a strong correlation: Root canals—which fill your mouth with toxic chemicals— can and do increase your risk of disease, including breast cancer.” Dr. V’s five-year study involving over 300 women with breast cancer found that 93 percent of them had root canals. Interestingly, he also found that, in the majority of cases, the cancer tumors were located on the same side of the body as the root canal or other oral pathology. In addition, the actual root canal procedure can be the cause of infection from the get-go. A 1998 study, published in the American Academy of Periodontology, concluded that the actual root canal sites as well as the blood samples of all 26 case subjects contained anaerobic bacteria. It is a safe bet that from the minute you get that root canal (no doubt recommended and performed by your traditional local dentist), a never-ending river of bacteria starts.

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Bill Henderson is the author of the book Cure Your Cancer and host of the popular radio show “How to Live Cancer-Free.” After 25 years as a cancer-prevention advocate speaking with thousands of cancer patients and doctors on and off the air, he says, “Two facts have jumped out at me from those many phone calls: 1) The most common cause of all cancers is root canal-filled teeth and cavitation sites; 2) Until a cancer patient gets rid of the root canal-filled teeth and cavitations, they don’t get well. You can take those two facts to the bank, folks.” “Since When is Leaving A Dead Body Part IN Your Body a Good Idea?” There is no other medical procedure that involves allowing a dead body part to remain in your body. When your appendix dies, it’s removed. If you get frostbite or gangrene on a finger or toe, it is amputated. If a baby dies in utero, the body typically initiates a miscarriage. Your immune system doesn’t care for dead substances, and just the presence of dead tissue can cause your system to launch an attack, which is another reason to avoid root canals—they leave behind a dead tooth. Infection, plus the autoimmune rejection reaction, causes more bacteria to collect around the dead tissue. In the case of a root canal, bacteria are given the opportunity to flush into your blood every time you bite down. See ad this page and page 35.



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ay your days be filled with the sight and aroma of healthy foods, the sound and touch of good friends, plus the appetite and intellectual curiosity to discover more about what surrounds you. Every day I learn something new. Not that I seek it out, it more or less just happens. It seems embedded in our DNA—trying to figure stuff out— making sense of the chaos or what we “see” around us. May is a perfect month for us. The weather is grand; I do love the 2pm showers that cool down the midday. Normally I don’t spend much time outside, but the past number of Saturdays and ongoing through mid-April I’ve been outside working on a collaborative public art project called “All Hands on Deck”. If you want to help, we’re looking for more volunteers to “wrap it up.” Location: East end of Equality Park and the Pride Center at 2034 E. Dixie Hwy. (outside by the Art Bunker, at the end of the street), Wilton Manors. Trash to Treasure heads up the project with yours truly as the lead artist, guiding volunteers with the task of affixing colorful plastic picked up from the beaches of Broward County to the sides of a boat. The boat was documented coming ashore in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea a few months ago. It appears that it is a Cuban refugee boat; we’d like to believe that everyone aboard made it safely to shore. Our task is to acknowledge human suffering and allow the boat to be a symbol of transformation, not just for the lives it once held. The boat is a message of hope for all of us to be better people, working together for positive change, and the glued marine debris is a reminder that each of us makes a difference in our environment. Picking up plastic off the beaches, packing up

all food, packaging, etc. when we go to the beach is what it takes to maintain our beaches as awesome as they can

be. So come on by, bring your own “found” beach plastic or use what we have collected. Have some fun with new friends and do good. May’s issue: Women’s wellness and thyroid health. There are several articles on the thyroid, a small but very important organ. For women, it’s especially worth the time to do your research. One of my favorite articles this month is the one on facial exercises. It’s a gentle reminder to tone those muscles to help maintain a youthful expression. Adding in a smile, no matter how wrinkled one’s face is, is a plus. I remember my mother’s 95-year-old face when she smiled. I didn’t care about her wrinkles and I assure you, she certainly didn’t give it a thought. Go ahead, ask an open ended question; let your smile shine through and light up, not only your own insides, but those who are around you. Delight in a deeper discovery of others with questions of curiosity; plan on it.

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A Few Drops of Detoxified Iodine Can Change Your Life

Give Your Body the Natural Boost it Needs The Hidden Deficiency Causes of Iodine Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

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Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.


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newsbriefs Healing with Love Wellness Center


ost your connection with joy? Are you looking to regain your health? Healing with Love Wellness Center offers various modalities to bring you back to your authentic Self. Clear your energy channels and connect back with Source through yoga and meditation. Using the ancient science of Ayurveda, find out your original constitution and your current system imbalances. Ayurveda will bring you back into balance. At Healing with Love, they provide spiritual counseling, aura cleansing, chakra light therapy, and electro sound lymphatic drainage therapy. Lymphatic drainage therapy is an accelerated onehour method of cleansing and detoxifying the lymphatic system wherein the breaking down of congested lymph fluid is painlessly achieved. Location: 132 NE 1st Ave., Hallandale Beach. For more information, call Ramesh at 786-343-7066 and/or visit or See ad page 54.


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Avoid LEEP or Cryosurgery with Holistic Escharotic Treatments


or “bad pap results” or human papilloma virus (HPV), surgery is usually the only option that is offered to women by gynecologists. A little known holistic alternative is a naturopathic treatment called escharotic therapy. During this six-week program, abnormal or pre-cancerous cells are gently sloughed off using natural botanical and mineral substances applied to the cervix by a trained practitioner, followed by applications of substances that promote the regeneration of healthy tissue. This is accompanied by special supplements that boost immunity and the healing process which can help to actually eliminate HPV. Escharotic therapy is available in South Florida through Judy Kaplan, ARNP, CNM who has trained extensively and follows the guidelines of Dr. Tori Hudson, ND (Oregon). Kaplan has been providing escharotic therapy with good results for more than five years and is the only provider of this specialized treatment in the southeastern U.S. A holistic women’s specialist for more than 25 years, Kaplan is a certified nurse midwife / nurse practitioner and provides

natural in-hospital birth options as well as holistic integrative women’s healthcare. She sees clients at Miami Maternity Center in Miami, her office in Boca Raton and at Natural Birthworks in Margate. For more information, email Judith@ or visit

Explore Your Inner Rhythm at Yello!


new, colorful, and refreshing space has come to Fort Lauderdale and it’s called Yello! This eco-friendl y, s t a t e of-the-art studio was created to inspire and guide participants into a healthy lifestyle through movement, offering yoga for adults and dance classes for everyone. Join them 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm Friday and 9am to noon on Saturday. Take a tour of the facility and meet their team of talented instructors. You are the artist of your life. Yello! is your invitation to the playground. Location: 2495 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For a complete list of class offerings, visit See ad page 54.

Free Yoga Day at Weston Yoga


eston Yoga will be hosting a free Yo g a D ay o n May 21. Classes will be offered throughout the day and donations will be accepted to benefit HandsOn Broward, a nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action to positively effect change in Broward County. Weston Yoga is a welcoming, vibrant yoga community devoted to health, personal growth, spirituality and happiness. Their goal is to strengthen the mind, body and spirit of every student and to provide a nurturing environment where yoga is accessible to all. Private and group yoga and meditation sessions are offered on and off site. Weston Yoga believes in giving back to the community and invites everyone to try one of the many classes on Yoga Day. Feel good doing something to benefit yourself and, at the same time, helping a very worthy cause. Free Yoga Day Class Schedule: 9:15-10:30am – Hatha, All Levels 11:30am -12:30pm – Yoga Basics & Healthy Back Class 1-1:30pm – Free Info Session for

200 hr Teacher Training 2-3pm – Yin/Yang Deep Stretch Yoga 4 - 5 p m – R e s t o ra t ive Yo g a & Meditation Location: 2600 Glades Cir., Ste. 400, Weston. To register in advance, call 954349-6868 or visit See ad page 54.

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Grand Opening Month of May at Yogi Plus Yoga

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he Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI) will present Cosmic Sound of Dhrupad, from 5 to 8pm, on May 8, at the JM Family Studio Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. APAI is pleased to present the Gundecha Brothers, the leading exponents of Dhrupad, the most ancient style of Indian classical music still surviving today in its original form. It is a form of devotional music that traces its origins to the ancient Samaveda, the veda or holy text on melodies and chants. Cost: Tickets are $40 (VIP), $30 (General), and $20 (Student with ID). Location: 201 Southwest 5th Ave., Fort

hey call their studio Yogi Plus Yoga, the “Plus” stands for plus size yoga. You don’t have to be plus size or curvy to practice here, though if you are, you are very welcome! In fact, you don’t have to be anything at all, except your self, to practice here. At Yogi Plus Yoga, their mission is the same as their vision: To bring yoga to anyone who wants to invite yoga into their life as a tool to connect with their body. They couldn’t care less about the fancy poses, but they do care deeply about helping their clients to feel freedom in their own skin. Grand opening specials include 10 classes for $55 and 20 classes for $99. Location: 6329 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. For more information, call 754-235-3353 and/or visit YogiPlus. yoga. See ad page 54.

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hen Chef Michael Panza dreamed of serving clean, healthy, beautifully prepared food to South Floridians at home, he meant business—Farm to Fork Meals, Organic Home Delivery was born!

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ditional training in Italy makes him keenly aware of the flavor-packed impact of really fresh ingredients and seasonings. Future plans include a retail location where Chef Panza will sell his signature sauces, protein bars, desserts and more, along with prepared lunches and dinners. Currently, Chef even prepares tasty school lunches for several clients’ kids suffering from celiac disease! For more information or to get your organic delivery visit or, call Chef Panza at 864497-5992. See ad page 52.

Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed five new publishers to its April training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing new Natural Awakenings editions in Boulder/Fort Collins, Colorado, and Delaware/Chester County, Pennsylvania, and taking ownership of existing magazines in Charlotte, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington.

Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world. Franchise publishers col-

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Water: Lifeblood of the Planet ~ Eco Art Film Fest


rash to Treasure, a unique reuse center, known for its annual signature event, Trash2Art, is doing something a little different for their annual public awareness event in 2016. “The public has a much greater understanding and appreciation for “repurposed” and “scrap” art now than it did eight years ago when we held our first Trash2Art experience at ArtServe,” says Casey Eckels, co-founder of the organization. “This year we want to focus on a critical environmental issue instead, and the most urgent one to us is our water.” Eco Art Film Fest will be three days of documentary films focusing on water issues, pollutions, newly discovered ocean “garbage patches”, and social justice issues. Beginning on Thursday, May 26 with an opening night reception and opening film, the fest will continue

10am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday, May 27 to 28. Cost is by suggested love donation: $5/students, $10/individuals, $15/ family, for all three days. Those who cannot pay may volunteer for the three days instead. “This information is too important to the planet right now,” says Eckels. “We don’t want anyone to miss out just because they don’t have a couple of bucks to come in.” Location: ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Info, visit

Legendary Sound Healer at Namaste’ Yoga Salon


tewart Pearce, Master of Voice and Angel Medium, will be at Namaste’ Yoga Salon, from May 20 to May 25. From 7 to 9pm, May 20, he offers a two-hour meditation of Atlantean Enchantment, $44. From 10am to 5pm, May 22, he will be giving an all-day workshop, Angelic Summit Conference, $150 (must be paid by May 19). Space is limited. He is offering soul readings by appointment in which he channels the Angels of Atlantis, $220/one hour. These are life-changers!

Pearce was the Head of Voice at the Webber Douglas Academy London from 1980-1997, helped pioneer Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 1997-2010, and has coached luminaries including Eddie Redmayne, Matthew Goode, Hugh Bonneville, Mark Rylance, Minnie Driver, Vanessa Redgrave, Margaret Thatcher, and Diana, Princess of Wales. An inveterate seer, Stewart practiced at the London College of Psychic Studies for more than 12 years, publishing Angels and the Keys to Paradise, The Angels of Atlantis book & Oracle Cards, Angel Heart Sigils, The Heart’s Note and The Alchemy of Voice, alongside several award-winning recordings such as the “Angels of Atlantis Soul Calls”. Location: 407 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, 954-933-3023. For more information, visit TheAlchemyOfVoice. com and See ad page 54.

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Ozone Averts Tooth and Gum Infections


ccording to a recent report in the journal Interventional Neuroradiology, dental practice and research in Europe has determined that ozone therapy can be used to slow the growth of tooth and gum infections. Clinicians are also finding that targeted exposure to ozonated water, gas and oils helps to manage viral and fungal infections, including oral herpes infections. Approximately a quarter of lesions treated with ozone do not reappear. These treatments have also been used successfully on sinus infections and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Using ozone offers advantages over the use of antibiotics, which contribute to antibiotic resistance, according to the report. In addition, ozone gas has been shown effective in eliminating Enterococcus faecalis, one of the central bacteria involved in root canal infections, which can become increasingly resistant to the central antimicrobial treatment used in root canal therapy, sodium hypochlorite, and can thus decrease the risk of continued infection. “Additionally, the bone at the end of the roots is often shown to harbor pathogenic bacteria for many years after traditional root canal therapy has been completed. Ozone can eliminate those bacteria that infest this region and remove toxic waste products that effectively prevent complete healing of the osseous structures,” writes study author and Doctor of Dental Medicine William Domb, director of the Inland Institute of Aesthetic Dentistry, in Upland, California.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. ~Oprah Winfrey

Legumes Keep Colorectal Cancer at Bay


orean medical school scientists have found that those eating more legumes have a significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Their research analyzed the diets of 3,740 people, including 901 colorectal cancer patients. A total of 106 different foods were graded and calculated to establish frequency of intake among the study participants. The group that consumed the highest amounts of legumes had more than a 50 percent drop in incidence of colorectal cancer. As legume consumption increased, colorectal cancer risk decreased. The researchers attributed the dramatic reduction in risk to the intake of isoflavones, contained in many nuts and beans. When intakes of total isoflavones were calculated, those with diets that contained the highest levels reduced their colorectal cancer risk, by 33 percent in men and 35 percent in women. The researchers reported, “The reduced risks for colorectal cancer among high-intake groups were most consistent for legumes and sprouts.”

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A Cotton Hygiene Items Contaminated with Monsanto’s Glyphosate


recent study by researchers at the University of La Plata, in Argentina, has found that most of the cotton hygiene products on the market contain the chemical glyphosate, widely used in agriculture as an herbicide. According to a recent World Health Organization statement, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The researchers purchased samples of cotton gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products including tampons and sanitary pads from stores in the La Plata area. Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s lead researcher, recounts the results: “Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 100 percent.” Marino adds, “In terms of concentrations, we saw that in raw cotton, AMPA dominates, with 39 parts per billion (PPB), followed by 13 PPB of glyphosate. While AMPA is absent in the gauze, the material contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.” The research was presented at the 2015 national Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.

ntidepressant drug use is on the rise, particularly among women. A report released by Medco Health Solutions analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million Americans between 2001 and 2010 and found that 25 percent of women take drugs for a mental health condition. Despite a mainstream medicine notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications known by familiar names such as Zoloft and Prozac meant to counter symptoms of such an imbalance may instead be causing a host of known harmful side effects. “In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance,” asserts Dr. Kelly Brogan, an integrative physician, women’s health advocate and pioneer in holistic psychiatry. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 reviewed 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in adults with symptoms of depression. The researchers from Aarhus University, in Denmark, found that treating inflammation in patients helped decrease their symptoms. Brogan asserts that this approach is the best way to treat depression in women, advocating the use of a holistic anti-inflammation strategy instead of NSAIDs or antidepressants. “A more effective, drug-free approach is to recruit basic lifestyle changes that kick-start the body’s self-healing mechanisms, helping to curtail the symptoms of depression,” she claims. Her suggestions include dietary modification; simple breathing and meditation techniques; minimizing exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that include common over-the-counter drugs; sufficient sleep and exercise. “Medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than 20 years, so if you think a chemical pill can save, cure or correct you, think again,” says Brogan. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem.” For more information, visit

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Staying Active Relates to Healthy Hearing


esearch from Johns Hopkins University has found that elderly persons that engage in frequent physical activity have a reduced incidence of hearing loss. The researchers tested 706 people of age 70 or older. The subjects responded to a questionnaire about their physical activity levels over the previous 30 days and wore accelerometers to measure their level of day-to-day physical activity. Subjects were categorized as inactive, insufficiently active or sufficiently active. After testing each participant’s hearing, the researchers found that those in the inactive category, according to the accelerometer data, were 70 percent more likely to suffer from significant hearing impairment. The data produced by the questionnaires alone suggested that individuals in the lowest category had a 59 percent increased incidence of hearing impairment.


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Purpose and Meaning Help Seniors Live Longer


study of 9,050 people by researchers at Britain’s University College of London (UCL), Princeton University and Stony Brook University has determined that a sense of purpose and meaning in the lives of older individuals can significantly reduce the risk of earlier mortality. The researchers called this greater sense of purpose “evaluative well-being”. The study followed subjects that averaged 65 years old at the start for eight-and-a-half years. During that period, 9 percent of those with the highest levels of well-being died. Among those with the lowest levels of well-being, 29 percent passed away during the same period. The study was led by Professor Andrew Steptoe, director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, who explains, “These analyses show that the meaningfulness and sense of purpose that older people have in their lives are also related to survival.” The mechanisms for this effect are still largely unknown. “There are several biological mechanisms that may link well-being to improved health, such as through hormonal changes or reduced blood pressure,” he says.

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Toxic GMO Pesticides Drift Near Athletic Fields In an Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey, more than 90 percent of athletic fields and parks in six sample states are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers, glyphosate and 2,4-D, are commonly sprayed on genetically modified (GMO) corn, soybeans and other crops, meaning that nearby athletes are likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent of the facilities in the study were within 200 feet of such farmland. Corn and soybean farmers in at least 15 states now have the option of planting GMO crops that can withstand repeated spraying with Monsanto’s glyphosate and the 2,4-D mixture sold by Dow AgroSciences under the brand name Enlist Duo. Sprayed herbicides readily drift through the air, potentially exposing people and the nearby environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of Enlist Duo for GMO crops shortly before the World Health Organization concluded that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Dow’s 2,4-D also possibly causes cancer, according to leading experts; exposure has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism and suppression of the human immune system. Source:


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Salmon Scam

Farmed Fish Mislabeled as Wild-Caught The nonprofit Oceana reveals that salmon, America’s favorite fish, is often mislabeled in restaurants and grocery stores. They collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores between December 2013 and March 2014 and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that the majority of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as a wild-caught product. “Americans might love salmon, but as our study reveals, they may be falling victim to a bait-andswitch,” says Beth Lowell, a senior campaign director with Oceana. “Not only are consumers getting ripped off, but responsible U.S. fishermen are being cheated when fraudulent products lower the price for their hard-won catch.” Kimberly Warner, Ph.D., the report’s author and a senior scientist at Oceana, observes, “While U.S. fishermen catch enough salmon to satisfy 80 percent of our domestic demand, 70 percent of that catch is then exported, instead of going directly to American grocery stores and restaurants.” Source:

Goat Groundskeepers

A Chew Crew Gobbles Up Invasive Species The Historic Congressional Cemetery, permanent resting place of J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa and 68,000 others, is threatened by invasive species such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, kudzu and English ivy. “They are plants not native to Washington, D.C.,” says Paul Williams, president of the cemetery. “They climb and kill our trees, which then fall onto the cemetery, damaging our headstones.” Instead of using harmful herbicides that could become runoff into the nearby Anacostia River, managers have enlisted a herd of 30 goats to combat the problem. The arrangement lets the native plants grow to support pollinating insects. The University of Georgia’s Chew Crew, comprising 40 goats, is likewise tasked with getting rid of invasive species growing around urban streams on its campus, another example of the elegant, low-tech solution. Maintaining steep inclines and other hard-to-reach areas can be expensive when using toxic herbicides and physical labor. After seeing the success of the Chew Crew, Clemson University is now also using goats to naturally recover some of the more overgrown areas of its campus. Source: CNN

Noisy Humans

Man-Made Clatter Muffles Nature’s Chorus Kurt Fristrup, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Park Service, states that noise pollution is becoming so pervasive that people are tuning out the natural sounds around them. According to new research, when we leave home, we’re more likely to try ignoring man-made sounds than enjoying Mother Nature’s chorus. Fristrup observes, “We are conditioning ourselves to ignore the information coming into our ears.” The real loss, he believes, is for future generations. “If finding peace and quiet becomes difficult enough, many children will grow up without the experience, and I think it’s a very real problem.” He and National Park Service colleagues have monitored sound levels at more than 600 sites over the past 10 years and found that none were free of human noise pollution. The team’s model of merging data from more remote regions with urban areas gave them an overall sense of the noise pollution across the U.S. Based on their findings, the researchers believe that noise pollution will grow faster than the population, doubling every 30 years. View a map of sound pollution at

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Women Power

Mm-mm Good

Feminists Redefine Senior Housing

Campbell’s Endorses GMO Labeling Campbell Soup Company recently became the first major food corporation to support the mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients and will support the enactment of federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO). A company spokesperson says, “With 92 percent of Americans supporting the labeling of GMO foods, Campbell believes now is the time for the federal government to act quickly to implement a federal solution.” The company says that if a federal solution is not reached, it is prepared to label all of its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from GMOs and seek guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approval by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The company also has pledged to remove artificial colors and flavors from nearly all of its North American products by July 2018. For more information, visit


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Fifteen years in the making, the Babayagas’ House—a feminist alternative to a retirement home—has opened in Paris. This self-managed social housing project is run by its community of inspired female senior citizens that want to maintain their independence. “To live long is a good thing, but to age well is better,” says 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who initially conceived the project as a means of combating the idea that growing old is an illness and that retirement homes are a kind of prison. “We want to change the way people see old age, and that means learning to live differently,” she says. The five-story building houses 25 apartments located at the center of Montreuil, just blocks away from shops, a movie theater and the metro. The project cost just under $4.4 million and was funded by eight public sources, including the city council. Two similar projects are now underway in Palaiseau and Bagneux. Source:

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Eco-Style the Momentous Event It’s summer wedding planning season, and couples can save money and conserve natural resources by planning a simpler, more ecological event. Instead of hosting the reception at a pricey hotel or restaurant, consider moving the ceremony and reception to a serene location like a beach, park or nature center. Local park and recreation departments may collaborate on making arrangements at public facilities, and nominal fees help support their ongoing operations. A natural setting at an eco-conscious hotel is equally well suited to serving healthy, organic food from a local or on-site health food restaurant, caterer or specialty grocer. Here are some more tips. Purchase organic flowers to avoid pesticides and artificial fragrances often containing toxic chemicals. Buying from local growers cuts transportation costs. Choose a wedding gown made of organic and sustainable fibers. Chasing points out that organic

farming reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide by using 37 percent fewer fossil fuels than conventional methods. While releasing butterflies or doves may constitute a symbol of love, it can be fatal, especially for the birds, which possess no survival skills in the wild. Also, tossing birdseed over the happy couple, for a time viewed as an improvement on throwing rice, is just as wasteful and messy. Instead, greet the newly hitched lovers by blowing bubbles—it’s inexpensive, childhood fun that won’t harm clothes, animals or the environment. Guests can recycle the wands and bottles, which are available in small sizes for weddings. Show care for other animals by abstaining from balloons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notes that balloons that end up in nearby waters or landfills can be mistaken for food and cause stomach blockages for whales, dolphins, turtles and birds. Rather than pay big bucks for a band that consumes electricity, go with one or two local, unplugged musicians such as an acoustic guitar player and flutist. Guests will relish hearing moving, personal renditions of love songs instead of clichéd tunes.

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Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid

depends on thyroid hormone, and the thyroid depends on iodine for proper functioning.” “Without sufficient thyroid hormone, we have low energy, slower metabolism, lower immunity to illness and impaired repair and maintenance of bones and joints,” explains Shames. After testing thousands of patients in his practice, Thompson estimates that 90 percent of North Americans are iodine deficient, citing what he calls “epidemic proportions” of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) with symptoms comprising obesity, fatigue, brain fog, irregular or absent menstrual periods, hair loss and heat and cold intolerance.

Major Culprits

Estrogen: Hypothyroidism is overwhelmingly a women’s disease, with women five to eight times more likely to suffer from it than men, according to the American Thyroid Association. “Estrogen inhibits the body’s by Kathleen Barnes natural ability to absorb and utilize iodine,” says Dr. Jorge Flechas, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who t seems that a common mineral supgas pedal for all metabolic functions specializes in thyroid disorders. “We plement that costs just pennies per day in the human body,” says Dr. Richard find three periods in life when women can stimulate an underactive thyroid, Shames, of San Rafael, California, need more iodine: at puberty and durrestore metabolism to normal levels, author of Thyroid Mind Power. ing both pregnancy and perimenopause curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and If the thyroid is a driving force of or menopause. It’s because estrogen generally improve everyone’s health. human physiology, then iodine is its Mounting scientific evidence shows that key fuel, says Dr. Robert Thompson, of levels tend to fluctuate wildly at those iodine may be an answer to many such Soldotna, Alaska, author of What Doc- times, neutralizing the ability of iodine health woes, especially for women. tors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your gained through select foods to balance “The thyroid acts as a throttle, the Thyroid. “Every single cell in your body thyroid and other hormones.” Flechas

Keying in on Iodine



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Nine in 10 North Americans may be iodine deficient. ~ Dr. Robert Thompson

prescribes iodine supplements for most women at all three stages of life. Toxic halogens: Iodine belongs to a group of halogens that includes chlorine, bromine and fluorine, three chemicals that are both toxic to the human body and block its ability to absorb iodine, explains Thompson. “They’re everywhere, in our air, water and food. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them,” reports Shames, a longtime advocate in the movement against the common practice of adding fluoride (a derivative of fluorine) and chlorine to municipal water. Fluoride is also added to many brands of toothpaste. Bromide is part of almost all commercial flour and flour products, as well as soft drinks. Shames offers an historic insight. “Fluoride was once used to slow down an overactive thyroid, as recommended by the physicians’ bible, the Merck Manuals. Now we’re putting it in the water supply and wondering why we have a mushrooming epidemic of low thyroid incidence.” Food: “So-called ‘iodized’ salt doesn’t contain much usable iodine, and neither does pink Himalyan sea salt,” Shames cautions. We’ve known that our soil is deficient in essential minerals such as iodine since at least 1936, when a special U.S. Senate report concluded that our soil was already severely depleted.

“This simply means that when we grow produce, the plants cannot extract these vital nutrients from the soil for us—including iodine—if those nutrients aren’t there in the first place,” says Thompson. If anything, he adds, U.S. soils have become even more sterile in the 80 years since the report and, “Factory farming and the use of genetically modified (GMO) crops, Roundup herbicide and synthetic chemical fertilizers have undoubtedly worsened the situation.”

Sources of Iodine It’s difficult to include sufficient natural iodine in our daily diet unless we follow a Japanese-style diet that includes lots of seaweed and saltwater fish, says Shames. Other food sources are shellfish, turkey, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cranberries and strawberries. There is little agreement about the optimal levels of iodine people need. The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains that we need 150 micrograms a day, but iodine advocates are quick to point out that a person eating a typical Japanese diet (where hypothyroidism, or low thyroid activity, is rare) ingests 12.5 milligrams of iodine each day—83 times the amount recommended by the government. Shames recommends getting an iodine lab test (available without a prescription at to determine exact needs. Thompson recommends potassium iodide and sodium iodide supplements for thyroid health. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including User’s Guide to Thyroid Disorders.

Thyroid Toxins to Avoid Fluorine/fluoride n Fluoridated toothpaste n Unfiltered municipal drinking water n Some bottled teas n Teflon pans n Mechanically deboned chicken Chlorine/chloride n Virtually all municipal water n Swimming pools, spas n Poultry chilled in chlorinated water to kill bacteria n Chlorine bleaches and other conventional household cleaners Bromine/bromide n Flour and flour products, except those labeled “unbrominated” n Soft drinks n Pesticides with methyl bromide n Plastics n Fire retardants in children’s night wear and some furniture n Spa disinfectants Source: What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid, by Dr. Robert Thompson.

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May 2016



FACIAL FITNESS Exercises to Tone Your Face and Neck by Kathleen Barnes


ravity takes its toll as years pass, and many women find themselves bemoaning crow’s feet, frown lines and turkey necks that make them look older than they feel. Experts point to the loss of “fat pads” in the cheeks, bone loss around the eye sockets and cheekbones and overall weak muscles as potential contributors to


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facial aging. Natural exercise programs designed to reverse these unpleasant signs of aging comprise a new fitnessfor-beauty trend. “Face and neck muscles somehow have been left out of mainstream fitness programs,” observes Denver esthetician and massage therapist Grace Mosgeller, who addresses this void with her series

of eight FaceFitnez audio and video exercises. “If you tone the muscles of your face and neck, the skin attached to those muscles firms and tones as well, creating a natural youthful look.” Muscular stress—the good kind—is at the core of facial fitness, says Mosgeller. She cite’s Wolff’s Law, a wellknown medical theory that bone grows and remodels in response to the tension or muscle engagement put on it. “Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone density and build collagen. It might be called the equivalent of pushups, pull-ups and abdominal tucks for the face.” Carolyn Cleaves, owner of Carolyn’s Facial Fitness, in Seabeck, Washington, near Seattle, a former college professor, developed a facial exercise program for herself upon detecting early signs of aging. With the help of two primary care physicians, she designed a routine that includes 28 basic exercises that target all 57 facial muscles. “As we get older, we lose the underlying layer of fat just beneath the skin, and as a result, we look old and tired,” says Cleaves. She agrees that exercising the face actually helps rebuild lost bone, enlarges the muscles and also builds collagen. A study from the University of Rochester, in New

York, confirms that loss of bone mass can start in women as early as age 40. It starts in men 16 to 25 years later. Mosgeller’s facial exercises work to fade wrinkles and lines and firm up sagging flesh, yielding visible results in as little as two weeks of dedicated training. She says, “Within six to nine months, it’s possible to look five to 10 years younger than when you started.” Her claims are verified by Dr. Carol Lipper, in Denver, who states, “I’ve done the exercises and they work. The trouble is compliance. It’s a lot of work.” She confirms that she saw improvement in her droopy eyelids after just two or three weeks of adhering to Mosgeller’s workouts. “It seems that every three months or so, I see another leap in results and a younger look,” adds Cleaves of those using her program. Here are a few crucial areas to target, with just a few of these experts’ recommended remedies. Cleaves’ Crow’s Feet Eliminator: Place fingertips on top of the head, thumbs resting near the corners of the eyes. Shut eyes tightly and slide thumbs toward the temples for a count of five. Repeat 10 times. Mosgeller’s Rx for Droopy Eyelids: Place index finger on top of a closed eyelid, and then lift fingers up and slightly to the outside. Blink hard and hold. It’s preventive, as well as curative, says Mosgeller, so those over 45 should repeat this 100 times a day, while younger individuals should repeat 20 to 50 times a day.

Mosgeller’s Frown Line Eraser: Pull brows apart with fingers and hold for two seconds. Repeat 50 to 100 times up to six times per week. This is meant to relax and tone the muscles, not build them. Cleaves’ Turkey Neck Buster: Tilt the head back slightly. With palm facing the neck, grasp under the chin with a wide-open hand and slowly slide hand down to the collar-

bone; hold there while counting to 10. Repeat five times daily. Kathleen Barnes is author and publisher of many natural health books. Connect at

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May 2016


Five Interesting Facts about Thyroid Disorders by Isabelle Valley


hough small and unassuming, there is a butterfly shaped gland located in the base of the neck that can have a significant impact on one’s health. This gland is called the thyroid. According to the American Thyroid Association, about 20 million Americans have a thyroid disorder. What is most concerning is that 60 percent of those with these disorders are unaware of their condition and go undiagnosed. Let’s explore five interesting topics on this increasing prevalent health condition.

1. What is the current state of thyroid disorders? According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health, autoimmune disease and disorders ranked #1 in a top 10 list of most popular health topics requested by callers. Of these autoimmune disorders, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis ranked the #1 autoimmune thyroid disorder. Hashimoto’s,


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named after the Japanese surgeon who discovered it in 1912, is due to an underactive thyroid. An underactive thyroid can lead to such symptoms as weight gain, constipation and constant fatigue. Women are seven times more likely to have an underactive thyroid than men. On the flip side, there is what is called an overactive thyroid. This condition, labeled Graves’ disease, was named after Sir Robert Graves in the early 19th century. Women are eight times more likely to have an overactive thyroid than men. An overactive thyroid can lead to such symptoms as anxiety, excessive sweating and rapid heartbeat. To add confusion to diagnosing these disorders, there are many who fluctuate between “hypo” and “hyper” thyroid symptoms.

2. Why is the thyroid important? At only 20 grams in weight and about three to four inches long, the small but powerful thyroid stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in the body. Thyroid hormones help the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles and other organs working as they should. The thyroid produces two significant hormones: T3–Triiodothyronine and T4–Thyroxine. If the thyroid produces an excess of these hormones or not enough, one’s state of health can be significantly impaired.

3. How does the thyroid affect energy levels? The human body is composed of about 100 trillion cells, give or take. These cells make energy. The energy that keeps you functioning and alive is the energy that your cells produce. In order to make energy, cells metabolize glucose. Thyroid hormones are responsible in helping cells metabolize glucose. When thyroid hormone levels are low, such as in hypothyroidism, there is less ability to metabolize glucose and thus less energy is produced. Chronic fatigue is a prevalent symptom of hypothyroid disorders. On the flip side, if too much glucose is being metabolized, then the symptoms of a hyperthyroid disorder occur, involving rapid heart rate, increased perspiration and nervousness. Therefore, the rate in which you metabolize glucose determines how much energy is felt or produced, and the rate in which glucose is metabolized is determined by how much hormones are secreted or not secreted by your thyroid.

4. How does the thyroid affect weight? Once again this is due to the metabolism of glucose. If glucose is not being metabolized by the cells then it’s staying in the bloodstream. The liver will start to convert and store this excess glucose or sugar in the blood as fat. This is why having hypothyroidism leads to weight gain whereas extreme weight loss may be experienced by those that excrete excess

amounts of thyroid hormones and hence metabolize glucose too aggressively.

5. Which foods affect thyroid disorders and why? There are common foods, some considered health foods, which can have a detrimental effect on the thyroid. The two main thyroid toxic substances in these foods are phytoestrogens and proteolytic enzyme inhibitors. Each impacts the thyroid in different ways. Phytoestrogens are found in foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes and grains. Soy products rate high in phytoestrogens as well as oils made from seeds. In a clinical study conducted by the Department of Academic Endocrinology, patients given

phytoestrogen supplementation for two weeks increased their risk for overt hypothyroidism threefold. Phytoestrogens are able to disrupt normal thyroid function by inhibiting the body’s ability to use iodine, blocking the process by which iodine converts to thyroid hormones, inhibiting the secretion of thyroid hormone, and disrupting the peripheral conversion of T4 to T3. Researchers also found that infants fed soy formula, naturally rich in phytoestrogens, had a prolonged increase in their thyroidstimulating hormone (TSH) levels. TSH is essential in determining how much or how little the thyroid should excrete hormones. Proteolytic enzyme inhibitors also affect the thyroid. Proteolytic enzymes

are crucial for the production of TSH. If these enzymes are inhibited then TSH production is compromised and ultimately thyroid function is impaired. Foods rich in proteolytic enzyme inhibitors are legumes, potatoes, nuts, seeds and grains. Knowing how the thyroid works and the foods that can lead to thyroid disorders are important steps toward improving thyroid function and overall health. With more research and a change in dietary lifestyle, one can notably improve thyroid disorders. Isabelle Valley is a Certified Detoxification Specialist at The Raw Oasis center. She specializes in raw food detoxification. Connect with her at Info@TheRawOasis. com. See ad page 27.

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oe Thompson feels there is good karma in using second-hand components for his work. The tools, tableware and materials Joe uses had another life and purpose before he found them at pawnshops and flea markets. “The area’s landfill would be a lot higher without me,” he jokes.

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What is IBS?

How Functional Medicine Looks at Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Marianne Beck, D.C.


ndoubtedly you’ve seen the rash of TV commercials that deal with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), such as the one in which a woman sitting at a table in a café has a sudden attack of diarrhea and must run to the restroom (actually what you see is a “pink colored intestinal tract” running to the restroom).

Well, for millions of people, this is a very real problem. In fact, IBS/IBD affects 25 to 45 million people in the U.S. Two out of three IBS/IBD sufferers are female and about one in three is male. IBS/IBD affects people of all ages but most are under 50 and even children can be affected. Up to 40 percent of all visits to the gastroenterologist are due to IBS/IBD symptoms.

IBS is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder affecting the large intestine and is characterized by abdominal pain, gas, bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, alternating diarrhea and constipation and the urgent need to defecate. Anxiety, depression and loss of appetite are also associated with IBS. Symptoms can be a mild inconvenience or severely debilitating and can control a person’s emotional, social or professional life. Mayo Clinic states that IBS is a “functional gastrointestinal disorder” of unknown cause, meaning your gastrointestinal tract is not working correctly and your doctor doesn’t know why! There is no cure, only medications that may treat some of the symptoms. This is where Functional Medicine differs. A Functional Medicine practitioner doesn’t want to cover up any symptoms but rather looks to uncover the root cause of WHY a patient has IBS. Since IBS is a collection of various symptoms as listed above, each individual can have a different root cause. Leaving the underlying cause untreated could lead to more serious conditions.

What is IBD? IBD involves chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract. IBD primarily includes colitis and Crohn’s disease which are classified as autoimmune. Symptoms are the same as in IBS, however, there can be rectal bleeding associated with IBD. This bleeding is caused by inflammation in the GI tract and causes erosions, ulcers and destruction of the intestinal lining. Any inflammation in the GI tract is caused by an immune reaction that produces inflammatory chemicals that damage the intestinal lining. Mayo Clinic states that all IBD is “idiopathic”, meaning the cause is unknown! The Main Causes of IBS/IBD A patient who presents with IBS/ IBD symptoms may be found to have one or several of the following causes: Food Intolerances. Food intolerances can cause abdominal pain, gas, bloat and varying consistencies of bowel movements identical to IBS symptoms. Food intolerance symptoms


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Too many IBS/IBD sufferers are prescribed anti-inflammatory and steroidal medications for their symptoms instead of looking for the root cause of the inflammation in the first place! can be delayed up to 72 hours making it difficult to connect foods with symptoms. Gluten, dairy, soy, egg and corn are some foods that patients may be intolerant to that cause IBS symptoms due to their irritation and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional Medicine doctors teach you how to eliminate all inflammatory foods from the diet and can help identify if this is a cause of your IBS/IBD. Leaky Gut. Your digestive tract acts as a barrier to keep parasites, yeast, pathogenic bacteria and toxins from getting into the bloodstream. When this barrier system is damaged and the cells that line the digestive tract break apart, these yeast, fungi, bacteria and their toxic byproducts can leak into the bloodstream where they do not belong. Your immune system then mounts a defense trying to get rid of these “foreign invaders” which causes inflammation of the digestive tract lining. When this happens, inflammatory chemicals are produced that get through the leaky gut lining into the bloodstream and cause not only IBS/IBD symptoms but also joint pain, arthritis, liver disease, depression, anxiety and vertigo as the inflammatory chemicals cross the bloodbrain barrier and inflame the brain, as well as a host of other inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Functional Medicine doctors will use a Gut Restoration Program to help heal and seal up your leaky gut.

Medicine doctors recommend a special diet to remove fermentable sugars being eaten. In addition to the diet, large numbers of bacteria may be eradicated by natural antimicrobials. High doses of probiotics are also given to reestablish the healthy gut flora. Parasites and Yeasts. Parasite and yeast overgrowth are usually uncovered when a Functional Medicine doctor orders a Comprehensive 3-Day Stool Test. This is a highly specialized test and is nothing like a conventional stool test that your MD may do during an office visit. Yeast overgrowth by species of Candida can cause IBS symptoms like gas, bloat and diarrhea. Yeasts like Candida overgrow when our gut’s immune system is weakened, we eat too much sugar and when our normal gut flora are imbalanced. Good bacteria in our gut such as lactobacillus can keep Candida under control. However, when our normal good gut flora are compromised, yeasts are sure to grow. Candida along with other yeasts secrete toxins that can inflame the gut lining and contribute to leaky gut. Parasites can also grow in the gastrointestinal tract. Parasites such as blastocystis hominus, cryptosporidium, ascaris and giardia can be the common causes of inflammation and IBS

that often go undiagnosed. If Candida is found, specific natural anti-fungal supplements can be given along with a low carbohydrate diet and specific probiotics that help “crowd out” yeasts. When parasites are discovered in a stool test, specific anti-parasitical nutraceuticals can be given along with probiotics. Isn’t It Time You Finally Find the Root Cause of Your IBS/IBD? Too many IBS/IBD sufferers are prescribed anti-inflammatory and steroidal medications for their symptoms instead of looking for the root cause of the inflammation in the first place! Functional Medicine has the tools to uncover probable root causes of your symptoms. Testing and treating for Leaky Gut, food intolerances, SIBO, parasites, yeasts and immune system imbalances are all necessary to truly heal patients with IBS/IBD symptoms. Marianne Beck, D.C. is the director of Women’s BestHealth, 601 E. Sample Rd., Ste. 104, Pompano Beach. She has been in active practice for 36 years and is a functional medicine and clinical nutrition practitioner. For more information, call 954-782-4855 and visit See ad page 40.

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). SIBO occurs when bacteria from the large intestine, where 99 percent of our bacteria are found, migrate up into the small intestine where they do not belong. These bacteria, which eat the food we eat, start to ferment the different types of sugars that we eat from fruits and vegetables and grow in large numbers. IBS is very often mistaken for SIBO. Hydrogen and methane breath testing can be done to see if a patient has SIBO. If a patient is found to have SIBO, Functional natural awakenings

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE Natural Ways to Boost Libido by Lisa Marshall


nderlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Despite what hyper-seductive female media stereotypes suggest we believe, in the real world, 39 percent of women feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half experience some kind of sexual dissatisfaction, according to a survey of 32,000 women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the first prescription drug to address low libido in women. Some heralded the controversial medication as “the little pink pill,” seeing it as the female version of males’ blue Viagra pill, which a half-million men purchased in its first month on the market in 28

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1998. Yet several months after its launch, only about 1,000 women had tried Addyi and many doctors declined to prescribe it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy and possible adverse side effects, including low blood pressure and fainting when combined with alcohol. “This is a complex problem that requires a complex solution,” says Honolulu-based naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most women, drugs are not the answer.” She notes that for men, boosting libido is largely a matter of boosting circulation and blood flow to the penis. But for women, desire for lovemaking stems from an interplay of emotional, interpersonal, hormonal and anatomical drivers that make lack of desire harder to “treat”. The truth is that many simple, effective, non-drug approaches exist. As Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s no reason why a woman wanting a more robust sex life cannot have one.”

Overall Health Check The number one culprit for low libido in women is subpar physical health, says Steelsmith. “To be capable of fully

enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy body.” Carrying excess weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, says Clayton. “If you treat them effectively, you may see big improvements.” Women seeking to improve their sexual health should first try to achieve a healthy weight via diet and exercise, Steelsmith says. She recommends an organic diet rich in complex carbohydrates (which keep blood sugar balanced), lean protein (a precursor to desire-related neurotransmitters) and good fats (which help keep vulval tissues lubricated). Exercise—another circulation booster—is also key. Do it before a scheduled hot date for even better results. One 2014 study of 52 women found that those that worked out prior to an anticipated romantic encounter had significantly increased sexual desire.

Pamper Femaleness Many women avoid sexual encounters for fear of sparking a urinary tract or vaginal infection. This becomes more common after age 40, as estrogen wanes and pelvic tissue thins and dries, leaving it more vulnerable to microbial invaders. Because semen is alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to thrive, says Steelsmith. Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories.

If an infection occurs, try to treat it naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

spontaneous enough,’” says Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.” While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

Is Sex Essential? Make Time for Intimacy Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected. A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The SexStarved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner to talk over feelings; also schedule sex. “Some people say, ‘Oh, but that’s not

Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones. Source: Laurie Steelsmith, ND

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How to Reboot Your Eating Habits Small Shifts Can Drop Pounds and Gain Health by Judith Fertig


ur food habits are often just that—mindless, repetitious eating behaviors. Some serve us well; others, not so much. Natural Awakenings asked experts to serve up many doable small changes that can add up to big shifts. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John S. Dyson professor of marketing at Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating, changing just one lifestyle habit can eliminate two or more


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pounds each week. By changing up to three habits, we may lose more weight. At a minimum, we will likely improve the quality of the food we eat overall.

Buying Behaviors Wansink advises that having the only food on our kitchen counter be fruit encourages healthy snacking. At work, he suggests lunching away from our desk to discourage mindless eating. At restaurants, order half-size entrees,

and then add a maximum of two items, such as soup and bread, salad and side dish or an appetizer and dessert. He recommends using a food shopping strategy to fill the cart with better food. With hunger sated first, chew on a natural gum while shopping; it discourages buying junk food. Secondly, habitually fill the front of the cart with produce. “We eat what we see,” he says.

Food Choices Consider starting the day with a new coffee habit. Dave Asprey, of Los Angeles, author of The Bulletproof Diet, uses organic coffee, brews with filtered water and blends the hot coffee with a pat of unsalted, grass-fed butter, a fat high in vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and a small spoonful of a coconut oil that doesn’t congeal at room temperature. Unlike a drive-through latte with sugar and carbohydrates, he maintains that this type of coffee, “makes you feel energized, focused and full for hours.” Asprey takes a biohacker’s approach to natural biology-based ways to maximize physical and mental performance. New York City writer Chris Gayomali tried Asprey’s recipe for two weeks. Although it didn’t curb his appetite, he says he felt more alert and “ready for life.” Upgrading the foods we love is also possible, says David Wann, of

Golden, Colorado, author of Simple Prosperity. “Too often, we economize on food when we should be buying the best quality, freshest organic food we can,” he says. Rebecca Miller, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, took Wann’s advice and cut costs in other ways instead. To her delight, she found that the fresher, better-tasting food prompted her to eat less, but eat better. “I lost seven pounds in two weeks,” she says, “and I didn’t feel like I was on a diet.” Eating a big salad for lunch is a habit that author Victoria Moran, host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan online radio show, has adopted in her New York City home. She fills a big bowl with leafy greens, in-season vegetables, avocado and a light dressing. “This will set you up for the rest of the day,” says Moran. Pam Anderson, a mainstream food blogger in Darien, Connecticut, agrees. Six years ago, she lost 50 pounds and credits having a big green salad for lunch—one of her many small food habit changes—with helping her maintain a healthy weight, despite frequently testing and sampling recipes.

Food Thought Habits Doing too much for other people and not enough for ourselves can make our internal voice whisper, “I need comfort,” a thought that can generate overeating. In The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Anderson suggests we ask ourselves what other triggers are prompting poor food habits. Upon reflection, we can prioritize emotional and physical health with planned, smaller, varied, healthy, delicious meals; it’s a habit that works for her. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., a psychologist in Lake Forest, Illinois, and bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, assures, “If we fall off the healthy eating wagon, it’s not failure, it’s data.” She believes reaching for the chocolate chip cookies in the vending machine after a stressful morning should be viewed from a scientific standpoint, not via our inner finger-pointing judge. “What are the factors that influenced our decision: stress, hunger or a desire for distraction? That’s great information,” says Lombardo. She proposes that we can then prepare to counter a future snack attack with handy healthy bites, a mindfulness break, a quick walk outside or other naturally healthful stress-relievers. Changing our food habits, one at a time, can help us live better going forward.   Judith Fertig is the author of award-winning cookbooks and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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Women, Hawaiian Healing and the Spirit of Aloha by Pi`ilani


he Ancient Hawaiians lived in an island nation surrounded by a vast ocean. They had an intuitive understanding that life was like the ocean: constantly changing, it is powerful, overwhelming, and treacherous. They knew that one cannot live in the ocean for long; you can swim in it, surf in it, but after a while you will tire. In order to survive one must have a good canoe. Comparing life to the ocean, it

was just too big, constantly changing and too unpredictable to survive. They needed something to keep them afloat even through the storms. The Ancient Hawaiians developed inner strength and an intuitive connection to the elements. They developed a deep understanding of spiritual principles in order to stay riding on the high seas of life. Hawaiians called their spiritual leaders kahunas. Women were equally


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if not more likely to rise to the highest honored ranks of leadership. Hawaiian names are both male and female. There was no distinction between what women and men did. Every occupation and action was valued equally. Age was valued and respected—even treasured; they kept their love alive for na kapuna—the grandparents, the ancestors. Pre-invasion Hawaii, the time of Kane, was considered to be one of the most balanced societies on Earth. The key to Hawaiian spirituality—the Spirit of Aloha—is woven into their language, in the hula hula, in the chants and in their healing practices. The Hawaiian language consists of 12 letters, five vowels and seven consonants. The very nature of the language obligates the speaker to breathe in and out with a torrent of vowels in every phrase. The word kahuna contains several words giving its meaning: ka means light, kahu means honored servant and na means to care for. Aloha, the word for hello, goodbye and love means: alo the joyful sharing of ha breath. Ohana, the word for family, means people who breathe together. Ha, the breath, is an integral part of what it means to be Hawaiian. Spirit comes in on the breath. They would not think to pray without breathing life into their prayers first. The missions were called haoles; they understood the word to mean “foreigner”, but the translation is “people without breath”. The

The Hawaiians had chants/ prayers that called to the light and asked for enlightenment. They had healing practices that aligned the ku, lono and kane (unconscious mind, conscious mind and higher mind). Their aim was to reunite what is separate. missionaries misunderstood the Hawaiians so completely that they banned their language, their prayers, their healing methods and their entire culture. The last of the laws was finally lifted in 1987. The Hawaiians had chants/prayers that called to the light and asked for enlightenment. They had healing practices that aligned the ku, lono and kane (unconscious mind, conscious mind and higher mind). Their aim was to reunite what is separate. When we unite our mind—our three selves into one-mind—we are in alignment with our soul. The Christ was in alignment with his soul—they call that Christ consciousness. The ancient pre-invasion culture of this beautiful island nation was a center of peace and balance and equality in the world. Their healing practices and spirituality were hidden from sight waiting for a time to come to share them without being regarded as sorcery. It is time now for the Ancient Hawaiian secrets to be revealed for all to benefit. Pi`ilani is sharing an afternoon of Hawaiian Healing and the Spirit of Aloha, 2 to 4pm, June 5, at Yoga Source, 3510 S. University Dr., Davie. Register at Pi`ilani left her profession as an architectural designer to journey inward. She studied in Hawaii with master kumu teachers of Huna Kane, Lomilomi and Ka Hana Pono. She is an ordained Bachelor of Divinity; Certified Master Hypnotist through NGH trained in regression, 5Path, EFT, Theta Healing; and a kundalini yoga instructor. All of these modalities help us align to our true self and assist in clearing whatever is in the way of love. For more information call Pi`ilani at 954643-0177. See ad page 38.

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Christie Brinkley Shares Her Secrets to Lasting Beauty Why She Still Looks Terrific After 40 Years as a Model by Gerry Strauss


upermodel extraordinaire Christie Brinkley looks as amazing in her 60s as she did when she first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 40 years ago. In a new book, Timeless Beauty, Brinkley reveals her anti-aging secrets, many of which involve reliance on healthful foods, a positive attitude, exercise and good skin care. Much of what she’s learned is reflected in her line of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare. Here, she shares some highlights of how she keeps her mind and body healthy.

Why did you become a vegetarian at age 14?  When I was 13, I picked up a book from the nightstand in my parents’ bedroom called Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer. I happened to open to a page with a highly graphic description of Midwest slaughterhouses. What I read turned my stomach because I loved animals and wanted no part in this inhumane system. I swore at that moment I would never eat another piece of meat and have not done so since. For the past 49 years I have enjoyed the resulting good karma in the form of healthful benefits from avoiding the antibiotics, growth hormones and fats associated with a carnivorous diet.  34

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Was it tougher to maintain your natural standards as your career became filled with travel and tight schedules? After I first became a vegetarian kid living at home, I soon convinced my family to go vegetarian, too. I read a lot of books to learn how to replace meat protein with healthier choices. Through the early years, as I continued to learn about options, I tried many kinds of vegetarian, macrobiotic and vegan approaches. Once I started modeling in seashore locations, it seemed natural to me to add bits of fresh fish and some dairy; so for the most part I have been a lacto ichthyo variation of vegetarian. I raised my children as vegetarians, and recently my daughter, Sailor, and I took the next step to become mostly vegan. I allow myself a little mozzarella and an occasional salmon dish when my body is craving it, because I think we need to listen to what our body needs. After the environmental disasters of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, made worse by toxic dispersants, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that pumped radioactive isotopes into the Pacific, I am extra-cautious about the salmon I choose and don’t eat other

Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins.

seafood. I’m lucky that as a model, my career has naturally kept me aware of the amount of sugar I consume, limiting its effects on skin and overall health as well as weight.

How much of anti-aging do you believe is tied to mental and emotional health? Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins. When you take good care of yourself by eating right and exercising, you naturally feel better about yourself.

If we’re feeling down, stressed or depressed, we’re tempted to eliminate exercise, which is the very thing that could lift us up and make us feel better. The more we move, the merrier we are. 

Because you also recognize the importance of treating the body well from the outside as well as from the inside, what other practices do you apply? With everything we know about how the sun can damage our skin, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer with a broad ultraviolet spectrum blocker of both UVA and UVB rays to prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmented spots. I created my

own skin care line that offers an SPF 30 broad-spectrum moisturizer that also defends against infrared rays [IR], which represent more than half of the sun’s damaging rays that reach Earth. IR emissions also come from manmade objects such as computers and cell phones. Beyond that, I wanted a product that takes advantage of our body’s own circadian rhythms, using special peptides that help the body build collagen and elastin as we sleep and repair. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub is also key, a step many people overlook; I’ve included it in my daily skin care routine for 30 years. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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Menopause and Weight Gain by Francine Kanter


hat causes weight gain at menopause? Why are the low calorie diets that worked in your younger years no longer effective? What changes can you make to your diet, exercise and lifestyle regimens to combat menopausal weight gain? While going through menopause, there is a huge hormonal combination change. Estrogen and progesterone are the two main hormones in which are found most imbalances. A change in either of these hormones can produce hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, mood swings, increase in body weight, lack of energy, depression and anxiety. During the menopausal transition,


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there is a natural redistribution of fat over the abdomen and hips. This may be due in part to changes in the endocrine system, but weight gain most likely results from reduced muscle tone, reduced physical activity, increased appetite and calorie intake and other effects of the aging process. As menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life, there are a few alternative treatments that are very effective in relieving symptoms and returning a woman’s body and life to balance. Realize you are far more carbohydrate-reactive and stresssensitive after menopause, which means the carbs you used to be able to eat that did not affect your waistline may now be too much and do just that. The stressful

exercise and lack of sleep you could tolerate in your younger years, while still remaining lean, will now start to show itself on your waist. To deal with these hormonal impacts, you will need a hormonal approach to body change. Hormonal changes can be controlled and lowered nicely by relaxing activities. These include leisure walking (to be distinguished from power walking), restorative yoga (to be distinguished from intense yoga) and tai chi, as well as massage, sauna and other restorative non-exercise practices, including meditation. Increase the amount of vegetables and proteins ingested and avoid sugar and starchy foods. Drink plenty of fluids. Upon implementing an effective change in your lifestyle, consider homeopathy along with it in order to support the hormonal system and bring deep healing. Homeopathy can help in dealing effectively with stress, fostering a stable mood and restoring healthy sleep patterns. It is a safe and effective alternative medicine that can balance hormones and re-establish health in a woman’s system on all levels— mental, emotional and physical. Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHOM(NA), is a board certified homeopath practitioner, with an office in Coral Springs. For more information, call 754-484-7988 or email See ad page 52.


Picture Your Future Creating a Vision Board Makes Dreams Real by Jayne Morris


sort out those that feel really right. Arrange: Experiment with the positioning and relationships of words and images until it feels good. Take a photograph as a reference. Affix pieces either so they can be repositioned or permanent, leaving spaces to symbolize an openness to receiving more ideas. Purpose Statement: Play with words that describe desired values and qualities to eventually shape an inspiring affirmation representing cherished personal aspirations for the year ahead. Place this next to the selfie and other key personal photos in the center of the board and reinforce its verity by daily repeating it. Pride of place: Prominently display the board where it will be visible throughout the day. The more time we spend with our board, the more movement we’ll make toward our goals and the faster they’ll become our reality. Activate: Sit with the board and connect with its opportunities. Visualize being, doing, having and experiencing everything shown, as if they are already an intimate part of daily life. This living, breathing idea grows with us, and a companion gratitude journal can support us in acknowledging our progress. Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success, from which this was adapted. Learn more at

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n intergenerational programs throughout the U.S. and in Europe, thousands of “youngers” and “elders” are building bridges that were forged naturally before family members spread out and many retirees departed for warmer climates. Based on a U.S. adult population of 41 million people 65 years and older and 74 million youths up to the age of 17, the current generation gap is already unprecedented. By 2030, those numbers will increase to 72 million and 80 million, respectively, according to the international nonprofit Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Along with Generation Waking Up, Wiser Together and others, it’s working to foster better social

Providing nurturing opportunities for individuals to look at life through the eyes of others with dissimilar experiences that have led them to different assumptions and perspectives on life can be helpful. Broadening everyone’s relationship scope to include “May-December” friendships creates the potential for the kind of life-changing possibilities experienced by a troubled young man named Harold when he struck up a surprising friendship with a life-loving woman as old as his grandmother in the film Harold and Maude. In real life, “I had the blessing of growing up in an intergenerational family,” says Yvette McGlasson, director of port revenue for the PPI Group, in Pompano, Florida. The 17-year veteran of the cruise industry is a former Holland America cruise director whose career at sea launched her into work as a director of events for age-restricted (55-plus) gated communities such as Del Webb Lake Providence, near Nashville. “As a child, I was told I had to listen to my elders as a sign of respect. The many memorable times spent with my grandparents, my mother’s friends and a great aunt who lived to 101, soon turned my resignation into an active desire to spend time with my elders. Their experiences and wisdom were fascinating and I understood that their shared life lessons could prove invaluable to me,” says McGlasson. The experience inspired her to develop a multigenerational “grandparents at-large” partnership with an elementary school across the street from the Del Webb community. The school principal recognized that residents would be valuable mentors, able to fill an emotional void for the latchkey kids of working parents, plus foster a deeper appreciation for their elders among the children. “In this paradigm of mentorship, young people are mentoring their elders and elders are mentoring young people and together, we’re co-creating something new,” says Joshua Gorman, the founder of Generation Waking Up, based in Oakland, California.

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aving regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to recent research published by the American Psychological Association. This fact inspired the intergenerational living model embodied by Cleveland’s Judson Manor retirement community. Resident students attending the Cleveland Institutes of Art and Music teach older residents how to use computers for email, social media and Skype, with unlimited personal access included among the amenities associated with the affordable housing. These neighbors from different generations also join in art projects and attend movies together. This innovative approach helps solve the housing crisis faced by many cities while addressing social issues of isolation as the young people spontaneously converse with seniors about their studies, activities and other happenings in the outside world.






as co-founders and hosts of the World Café global learning community. “We cultivate collaboration through conversations that matter in order to leverage the unique gifts of every generation in addressing humanity’s most critical issues,” says Brown. Such conversations—in which elders and young people give up the cultural and societal norms and habits that shape so much of their thinking—offer both groups opportunities to discern the possibilities inherent in mutual insight, innovation and action. When a young Clarissa Tufts, program coordinator and family liaison for the SelfDesign Learning Community, in British Columbia, was working on her master’s degree from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute, she sought out mentor Anne Adams, a faculty member in her 70s who worked with Tufts for 18 months. “Anne’s earliest statements, ‘I’m here to support you in being the best you can be’ and ‘I get energized by talking with young people and hearing their ideas,’ felt good and let me know that we were both benefitting from our relationship and building something together,” says Tufts. Stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations evokes the vibrancy, energy and productivity that occur when people cross-pollinate ideas and perspectives. It can also provide a sense of purpose, improve confidence and social skills, create solutions to societal challenges, help resolve emotional and behavioral problems and lift depression, all enhancing productive engagement in life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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Stressed-Out Pets Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety by Sandra Murphy


hile most American pets live on easy street, with meals, treats, exercise outings and affection provided, the good life also poses challenges—dogs and cats can get stressed. “Basic stress is fearbased. Separation or isolation anxiety requires in-depth training,” says JennaLee Gallicchio, a certified separation anxiety trainer who uses scientific and hands-off techniques at her All Stars Dog Training, in Bedminster, New Jersey. She authors a bestselling series that was launched with The Secret to Getting Your Dog to Do What You Want. A drug like Reconcile, the pet version of Prozac, looks like a quick fix, but can bring many harmful side effects. Laurel Braitman, Ph.D., of Sausalito, California, bestselling author of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand


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Ourselves, estimates that 70 million U.S. dogs are given the same drugs their humans use for anxiety or depression. Considering the potential dangers, such drugs should only be used briefly as a last resort with veterinary supervision to ensure the proper dosage based on age, size and temperament. There are more natural and safer alternatives.

Common Stressors Dogs hear sounds at four times the distance we do; cats hear even better. Thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic, TV, music and children can unnerve them. Add in a new home, baby, another pet or anticipation of car rides associated with fear of the veterinarian and even

normally mellow pets can get upset. Irregular work hours undermine established routines. Pet or human health issues, plus household drama, add special reasons to fret. Pets separated from their litters too early can experience anxiety as adults.

Stress Less Strategies “Let your dog have a space where he can retreat when he’s had enough,” advises Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. She recommends Bach’s Five Flower Formula, diluted chamomile essential oil or a pet-safe tincture of the Chinese herb skullcap for additional relief. Dogs like routine. “Regular exercise helps, including two, 20-minute daily walks. A tired pet is a happy pet,” Osborne says. “Walks can eliminate stress and anxiety by 50 percent for you both.” “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes. “Two of my large dogs were anxious during a three-day power outage,” says Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger at KeepTheTailWagging. com, in Marysville, Washington. “I add Ewegurt, a sheep’s milk yogurt, to their food to calm them when needed.”

Signs of Pet Stress 4 Aggression toward people or other animals 4 Digestive problems 4 Excessive barking/ meowing 4 Forgetful of housetraining

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Clicker training rewards desired behaviors. “Ralphie, an Italian greyhound mix, was protective, but also fearful; before going outside, we’d practice sit, stay and come using a click/treat. Now he sees other dogs without reacting,” relates Katrina Wilhelm, a naturopathic physician and owner of, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It works when someone knocks on the door, too. Soothing music covers the sounds of storms and fireworks, counsels Lisa Spector, an award-winning concert pianist in Half Moon Bay,

California, who creates the Through a Dog’s Ear clinically tested music series to relieve pet anxiety, inclusive of cats. “Although many holistic animal lovers want natural stress relievers, few think of auditory options,” she says. Getting kitty into her carrier to go to the vet isn’t always easy. London’s Simon Tofield, animator and cartoonist for Simon’s Cats videos and books, suggests making the crate comfy and leaving it out so the cat gets used to it; keeping it out of reach of curious dogs at the vet’s office; and only opening it upon arrival in the exam room. His local vet staff explains more at

New View “Stressors for dogs and cats are different. As a veterinarian, I explain situations from the animal’s perspective,” says Jennifer Quammen, with the Grants Lick Veterinary Hospital, in Butler, Kentucky. “I say, ‘From the cat’s point of view…’ As the animal advocate, I feel it’s my professional obligation.” “We bring pets into our world and expect them to adjust. Dogs, in particular, try so hard,” says Spector. They need our attention, shared activities and most of all, our understanding. Connect with Sandra Murphy at



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before the sale along busy streets in the community. On the event day, make sure that large, bright signs in the neighborhood lead buyers to the sale. Reuse cardboard from old boxes to save money and recycle signs and flyers afterwards. Cindy Skrzynecki, of Minneapolis, who has monitored the phenomenon, notes, “Shoppers tend to equate the size of a sign with the size of a sale, so a few large, well-placed signs may draw more people to you than several smaller signs.” Skrzynecki says that holiday weekends or weekends that coincide with popular local events are excellent because, “You’ll provide a fun activity for people that stay in town.”

Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life

Set Up

by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist


ach American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep reusable items in circulation.

Assemble Merchandise In assembling merchandise from all around the house, make it a family affair, with everyone contributing things to consider together. Before putting any item in the “keep” pile, ask:

How long have I lived with this? How often did I need it? How often will I use it now and in the future? Check with neighbors and friends to see if they want to join in a multi-family sale likely to draw more potential buyers.

Advertise Getting the word out is essential. Place a yard sale listing in a local newspaper, either for free or a small fee. Free online posting is available at and Also, post flyers (on recycled paper) seven to 10 days

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How items are displayed is important. Here’s how to make old stuff as attractive as possible to buyers. The cleaner the better. Make sure all items are presentable. Make items visible. Arrange a display that’s catchy and organized. Use tabletops and bookcases; even improvised surfaces can work, such as plywood atop buckets. Show clothing effectively. Hangers are better than folded piles that get messy. Does this thing work? Have an extension cord handy so people can test electrical devices, and provide a measuring tape for furniture and other large items. Have batteries on hand for testing items like flashlights or electronic games. Label things that don’t work and price accordingly for those that know how to fix things or strip parts. Ensure the price is right. All items should be clearly priced via a small sticker; buyers quickly tire of asking and sellers may not recall earlier answers. For multiple sellers, use a different colored sticker for each, remove the stickers as items sell, and use the totals from the stickers to divide profits at day’s end. Use creative labeling. Provide buyers with uses for odd items. Sunny Wicka, author of Garage Sale Shopper, says, “Sales can be made solely by suggesting a novel use.” Also spark the shopper’s imagination by combining art supplies—like old magazines, papers, markers, paints and knickknacks—on a table labeled “Great for Art!” or group household items, crates and blankets labeled “Going Away to College?”

Prepare for early birds. Yard sale pros arrive early to scour sales for the best deals. Be prepared to bargain or else make it clear that prices are fixed via a few friendly signs. After the initial rush, consider accepting bargain offers. During the final hour, consider cutting prices in half.

Where to Unload the Unsold Electronics Industries Alliance Environment Consumer Education Initiative—Many organizations will refurbish and donate used electronics to charities and nonprofits that can use them. Those that recycle ancient or broken equipment can be found at

Ready, Set, Sell Summer and early fall are good times for yard sales. Make it exceptional, a place where people will have fun and want to hang around (more browsing time often means more purchases). Play upbeat music, set up a children’s play area and maybe a kids’ lemonade stand as cool drinks help keep shoppers refreshed and cheerful. Consider sharing the fruits of family hobbies such as homemade items, plant cuttings or herbs in hand-painted clay pots and cut flowers. Shoppers appreciate such personal touches.—This service matches business and household item donations with the wish lists of nonprofits that provide pick-ups. Goodwill Industries—Check the yellow pages or to find a nearby donation site and store; 85 percent of profits support employment services.

Arrange for the Aftermath Arrange a charity donation pick-up beforehand to truck away leftover items. The Salvation Army and Vietnam Veterans of America regularly move still useful items into welcoming homes. For those that enjoy throwing yard sales, consider organizing charity yard sales in the community. Engage a local place of worship, neighborhood association or school to help people recycle their old stuff while also raising funds for worthy causes. Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a frequent contributor to Green American magazine (, from which this was adapted. For more tips, visit

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Dear Karen Kaye, Please educate me about anger and how to manage it. What will happen if I cannot control my anger? Thank you, Sally


Dear Sally, I teach my clients that anger is a reaction, not an emotion. The reason being that with an emotion, the more you talk about it (like sadness), the more the emotion dissipates or lessens. This is not true with anger. I have noticed that the more my clients talk about it, the more furious and selfrighteous they become about their anger. It is as if they fall victim to their anger and feverishly try to defend their position. Anger that is unleashed, over time, goes up the scale to rage then resentment, ending in a numb state. At the

point of resentment, the anger is turning inward, and the numb state is anger gone inward which is depression. The outward expression of that depression can lead to addictions, affairs, etc. Sally, my suggestion is to delve deeper under the anger as soon as possible. The usual causes of anger are hurts and disappointments, both from the past and the present. Until the hurts and disappointments are addressed, the anger goes up the scale that I previously mentioned. The most difficult hurts and disappointments stem from anger at the self in mistakes and patterns that keep reoccurring. I highly recommend

getting in touch with the core beliefs that have you stuck in anger and your expectations of yourself and others, most of which may include an objective viewpoint from an outside source such as a therapist. Thank you so much for your question. Sincerely, Karen L. Kaye Karen L. Kaye has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217. See ad page 50.

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Tuesday, May 3

Computer Classes on Your Device - 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Wednesday 9:30am–11:30am, and additional classes. Self-paced, laptop, iMac, iOS or Android device. Sonja Ivey, 954-921-3600, City of Hollywood, Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Center, 1301 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida, Regina, Instructor, 786.663.8884.

Saturday, May 7

Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep - (Every 2nd Saturday of the month) 7—11am Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, Ocean Blvd, across from the Jungle Queen. “All Hands on Deck” Art for the People by the People! Come and Participate: Saturdays through May 14. from 10-2 pm, $5 Love Donation. Public Participation Art Experience. Bring your friends and family! Join us as we mosaic our historic cuban refugee boat with beach litter (washed) to create a powerful educational and artistic tool for raising awareness about protecting our waters. ArtsBunker, 2034 E Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors. RSVP requested. 888.828.8242 ext 701.

Saturday, May 14

Tunie’s 10% Off Entire Store Sale - 8am-10pm. Free. All Tunie’s locations (Ft. Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Palm Beach Gardens). Tunie’s, 900 N.

Federal Highway, Ft Lauderdale, 5651 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs, Store Manager, 954.525.0388. “All Hands on Deck” Art for the People by the People! Come and Participate: from 10-2 pm, $5 Love Donation. Public Participation Art Experience. Bring your friends and family! Join us as we mosaic our historic cuban refugee boat with beach litter (washed) to create a powerful educational and artistic tool for raising awareness about protecting our waters. ArtsBunker, 2034 E Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors. RSVP requested. 888.828.8242 ext 701. “Waterworks” Call to Artists - 10am–2pm registration. $35 adult & teens; $25 Trash to Treasure members; 5-12yrs free. Open to ages 5 yrs and up! (If your work is not included, you will pay no fee). Show during the ECO/ART Film Fest 2016. Art Serve Gallery - 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Sunday, May 29

Tunie’s Memorial Day Healthy BBQ! - 12pm2pm. Enjoy delicious healthy summer BBQ fare; Organic Hotdogs, 100% Beef & Veggie Burgers free at all Tunie’s locations (Ft. Lauderdale, Coral Springs & Palm Beach). Tunie’s, 900 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304, Store Manager, 954.525.0388.

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June 10-11, 2016

Renaissance Hotel, Boca Raton Sessions: Introduction to the Amazing Legacy of Edgar Cayce; Role of Angels and Archangels in the Psychic Work of Edgar Cayce; The Earthbound: True Stories Behind Popular Books and Movies; The Light at the End of the Tunnel. Early Registration for Full Conference: 6/2/16—ARE members $85; Non-members $95; Seniors (65+) $75. Renaissance Hotel 561.368.5252; special rate for conference guests, limited availability.

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ongoingevents sunday Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary — 9am– 5pm. Classes for Interfaith Ministry Ordination. A Healing Space, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Yoga on the Beach — 9:30–10:30am, $10 Donation. Classes held daily weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity of Pompano – Join us at 9:30am: Power Hour discussion on spiritual topics/books led by Cynthia Roberts, L.U.T. 11am: Celebration ServiceInspirational Message-Live Music; 11am Youth Classes K-12; Fellowship Hour following service. 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. Buddhist Meditation Class — 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191. Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, 954.566.2868. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service, 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) — 11am– 12pm, Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, Multi-Purpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433.

Halotherapy Breathing Class — 12:30–1:30pm, $20. Open to everyone - current and former smokers and people with respiratory or allergy issues. Dry saline aerosol inhalation cleanses deep. Salt This Way Wellness Center, 2286 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 754.223.2302. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st & 3rd Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Community HU Chant — 6–6:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681. Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) — 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting calland-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

monday Gentle Yoga & Meditation — 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868. Mastermind Abundance Course – 7–8:30pm All New: 6 Week course or enroll by class ($45/ class) Using left & right brain skills to support wealth growth. Call for dates & location - Jo Ellen 954.594.0747.

Deep Chakra Meditation — 7pm first and third Mondays). $10 Love offering suggested. Deep meditation If you want, bring Mala Beads and cushion. Unity of Hollywood, 2740 Van Buren St Hollywood FL 33020, Randi Sands, 954.305.7050. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness – designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. 8–10pm. $20 per session. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)

tuesday A Course in Miracles Study Group — 10am– Noon (& Thurs). Guided Meditation 2:30-3:30pm. Love Donation, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Adam: 954.684.7007. Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–12noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Women’s Issues Support Group for Women starting in May, 12noon-1pm, $40, to be held in Lighthouse Point, FL. Contact Camie Vincent, L.M.H.C. for details 954.991.2037.

ECK Worship Service — 11am–12pm, Free. First Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. Tai Chi — 11:30am–1:30pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.

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Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-ofbody or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

Carole’s Circle – Meditate & Manifest! Guided Meditation, Healing, Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $20. 1st & 3rd Thursdays. Tired of being sick and tired? Photon Light Spa, 218 E Commercial Blvd, Ste, 108, Lauderdale by the Sea. Reservations: Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.

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

Living Your Dreams Course 7-8:30 pm All New: 6 Week course or enroll by class ($20/class) Shift limiting beliefs and activate your dreams. Based on Infinite Possibilities book by Mike Dooley. Call for dates & location - Jo Ellen 954.594.0747.

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

wednesday Fountain of Youth class — 9–10am, $10. Discover the power of your own body to stay resilient and to heal. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, 786.390.2919. Yoga Basics — 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Vinyasa Yoga — 7–8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278. Tai Chi — 7:30–9:30pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.

thursday Meditation/Relaxation Class — 5:45–6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733.

Buddhist Meditation Class — 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191.

friday Fat Village Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./ mo) Free. Free parking lot & trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062. 954.785.6333. Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale —6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Spiritual Evolution Study Group — 7–8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. Healing & Meditation Service —7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. Reiki Circle/Meditation —7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Community HU Chant — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Expand your awareness, Experience divine love, Heal a broken heart. Release your inner tensions, gain insight, peace, and comfort. Dunkin Donuts, Cappuccino Room, 9170 W. State Rd 84, Davie, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

saturday Tai Chi/Qigong Basics — 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252. Vinyasa Yoga — 9:30–10:30am. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Women’s Tai Chi and Meditation — 10–10:55am, $10. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, text please 786.390.2919. Free Reiki Circle —10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Libraries — 10:30– 11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach [note: no meditation @ Dania Beach during Jun,Jul,Aug] and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30–11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. each month. Enjoy the peace within. Info, Roz 954.962.7447. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair — (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/ Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Yoga for Beginners — 12:45pm. First class $8. Basic yoga postures, healthy alignment of the spine, begin a yoga practice to reap all of the health benefits that yoga has to offer. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac 33319, 754.235.3353. 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. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — bi-weekly 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.


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

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

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Sarah DiPerna, Psy.D., C.Ht., IKYTA 1937 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 106 Pompano Beach, FL, 33060 954-560-7629 My approach to healing engages the strengths we each already possess in Mind, Body and Spirit to create lasting happiness, freedom and fulfillment. See ad page 6.

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2625 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33331 954-384-1217 If talking about your problems hasn’t worked for you.... The transformational process that I teach will offer you awareness, alternatives, and action. Specialties include Transitional Issues, Depression/Anxiety, Pre/ Post Divorce, Self-Worth Issues, Unhealthy Patterns/Addictions, Marital Conflict. 30 Years Experience.

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Day Retreats THERMAE Stillness RETREAT

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

Thermae Retreat An organic serene Daily Retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared Saunas, Massage, Skincare, Body Scrubs and Masques, Holistic Healing, Energy Therapy. Yoga, Meditation, Hydrotherapy. See ad page 41.

Oil infused, toxin-free personal care products. Oil infused supplements & non-toxic cleaning products. Healthy alternative to energy drinks.

State-of-the-art dental office. Many treatment options. Make informed, good choices about your oral health., free tips. Request free eBook on optimum health. See ad page 24.

Fine art

Dr Yani Healing and Holistic Dentistry


Rob and Jennifer Morris 954.998.4040

SusieQ Art

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.

Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available for collaborative projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thought-provoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment or home visit.

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 6.

The International Center For Dental Excellence

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

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dental health Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry

2467 E. Commercial Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-771-5300

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

Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 East Commercial Blvd., Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 A ll

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optimum health, wholistic biocompatible dentistry.

• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Bio-compatible materials • Bio-compatible Testing • Laser Dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/Ceramic Implants • Natural bone augmentation with Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad on pages 5 and 35.

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!

HEALING ARTS Lisa’s Healing Center

Lisa Smith 3170 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 211K Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-415-6285 Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Massage modalities, Energy Work, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Animal Communication, Classes. MM#27808.

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7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319 954-721-7252

Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

Over 20 yrs. experience in acupuncture, herbs, nutrition. Over 40 yrs. experience in Qigong. Authentic Taoist Lineage classes/ private lessons in Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, Longevity Breathing & more. Healing & transformation through experience and education.

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Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner. Homeopathy relieves PMS, menopause, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, acne, asthma, seizures disorders, herpes, addictions, eczema, psoriasis, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, recurring cold & flu. Homeopathy will give you a healthy, balanced life.

Farm to Fork Meals, Organic Home Delivery, cooks up the tastiest and healthiest meal combos in South Florida for breakfast, lunch, Kids’ Meals, with dinners you customize. Certified organic ingredients, locally sourced products. Gluten-free/ dairy-free options, special needs options upon request.


Dr. Light Miller, N.D., D.D. & Dr. Bryan Miller, D.C. 2119 Hollywood Blvd., Suite A Hollywood, FL 33020 954-923-4444

Low TE Florida

T h e Ay u r v e d i c C e n t e r f o r Wellbeing is a natural healing center that practices the ancient medicine of India. The Center offers a variety of Ayurvedic treatments with integrative chiropractic care. The Center also offers Degrees in Ayurveda for those who want to pursue this as a career

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 2740 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 101 Fort Lauderdale FL 33308 954-791-4498 Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies, Testosterone Treatment for Men, Menopause Treatment, Botox, We i g h t L o s s , S p i d e r Ve i n Treatment.


Holistic Podiatrist Wellness Starts With Your Feet

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

Scott Byrne Broward Co., South Palm Beach Co. 954-292-0732 Literally transform any or all areas of your life! the YB12 Classic Program will make sure you achieve exactly what you want and desire! FREE Coaching Session

One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation.

massage therapy Salt This Way Wellness Center Linda Geer, LMT, RMT 2286 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-223-2302

Massage therapy infused with energy healing. Salt infused oils, scrubs and chakra balancing techniques for deep relaxation. Mention ad ~ receive free foot Salt Scrub. See ad page 23.

Broward County, Florida

Farm to Fork Meals


The Ayurvedic Center for Wellbeing


Meal DElivery


3058 N Andrews Ave. Wilton Manors, FL 33311 786-390-2919 Meditation, Chi Gung, Tai Chi, and Yoga classes for women. All ages, life stages, and experience honored. Find your energy, wellbeing, breath, peace, awareness.


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

Nicotine inDependence Program Salt This Way Wellness Center Dr. Scott Irwin, PhD, CTTS 2286 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-223-2302

Integrative Medical Treatment for Nicotine Independence ~ Free Nicotine Patches, Lozenges, Gum, Nicotrol Inhaler, Nasal Spray. Individual or group setting. Salt Yoga, Halo-Breathing Classes, and more. See ad page 23.

NUTRITION Kyani Distributor 2056304 Lisa K Perdue 561-603-6910

Kyani features 3 Products: Sunrise, Nitro/Extreme, & Sunset. Each high nutrient dietary supplement works synergistically to provide an unmatched nutritional Health Triangle.

optometric Physicians Natural Eyes of Weston

2863 Executive Park Dr. #103 Weston, FL 33331 954-217-2992

We are a modern optometry practice with a nutritional focus, offering great customer service, very thorough eye exams and a unique eyewear collection in a spa-like atmosphere.



A Healing Space

Conservatory Prep Schools

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.


Life Organized by Bonnie, LLC 954-849-1023

Got Clutter! Get Bonnie! Clear your clutter, simplify your life. Specializing in residential organizing and downsizing. Home care coordination. Assistance with life transitions. Complete confidentiality. Licensed/ Insured.

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


Community Reiki Circles. Certification classes–all levels. Individual & group sessions. Your place or mine. Teacher training. Member International Association of Reiki Professionals.

relationship coaching getting what you want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 10.

Schools (continued)) Summit—Questa Montessori School

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

seminars/workshops LET THE HEALING BEGIN W JoAnne Mckay 954-584-7355

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

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

Rejuvenating seminars are dedicated to helping individuals release the past and embrace the future; cleansing mind, body & soul. Taking Off The Mask(s).

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

We offer scalp–hair analysis & detox, henna, organic colors, formaldehyde-free keratin. Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach.

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

218 Commercial Blvd, Ste 108 Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 954-303-9585 Organic Facials & Peels, AntiAging Light Therapy, Detox, Infrared, Photon Genius/Genie, BioMat, Foot Detox, Thermography, Healing, PsychicMedium, Acupuncture, Massage, Waxing, Nutrition, Quantum Products.

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Amadi’s Wholistic Health Center Hepsharat Amadi, M.D., L.Ac. 10189 W Sample Rd Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-757-0064 954-757-2612, fax

Primary Health Care with a Natural Approach including Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Quantum Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Detoxification, Natural Allergy Treatment, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. See ad page 12.

Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon

421 South Federal Highway Pompano Beach FL 33062 954-785-6333

Healing with Love Wellness Center

Ramesh 132 NE 1st Ave, Hallandale Beach FL 33009 786-207-1209 Healing with Love Wellness Center offers a variety of healing modalities. We offer yoga, ayurvedic consultations, chakra clearing, aura cleansing, meditation, and electro lymphatic drainage.

Broward County, Florida

Weston Yoga

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 Offering the wisdom of classical yoga teachings infused with contemporary insights and knowledge. Classes for all levels. with private and group sessions available on and off site.

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YOGA (continued)

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


2495 E Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-491-1591 Yello! is a community space in East Fort Lauderdale where all ages can enjoy dance and yoga at all levels in our eco-friendly, state-of-the-art studios.

Yoga Center Deerfield Beach

827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 954-427-2353 561-859-5512, cell Become a Yoga Teacher RYT200 New: Advanced Training RYT500. Most experienced staff in South Florida. RYT500 starts May 13th; RYT200 starts September 25th. Regular classes everyday!

Yogi Plus Yoga

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

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