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Mercury and Toxicity by Dr. Yani Dixon, DMD


as your dentist removed your mercury fillings without protecting you? I want to share my personal experiences with mercury, as a patient, a dental student and as a dentist practitioner. I experienced chronic mercury exposure not even knowing my fillings were making me ill and sterile. I love to share my experience as it has been an inspiring message to help people prevent so many systemic conditions. Most of my consultations start with surprised expressions from my patients about how their dentists used no precautionary safe mercury “silver” filling removal methods. Mercury fillings are extremely neurotoxic and linked to brain degeneration, including MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, among others. Mercury toxicity affects fertility, predisposes you to autoimmune conditions, leads to increases in high blood pressure and its toxic Your health can effects have been linked to be severely multiple chronic inflammaimpacted, tory diseases. Unfortunately, I see a lot of patients who did especially if have silver fillings removed you are a carrier but without protective meafor genetic surements put into place at susceptibility to the time of the procedure, heavy mercury. causing numerous autoimmune reactions. If your dentist does not use any mercury protection, applies no minimum detox protocols and uses no special equipment at the time of removal of the mercury fillings, it is recommended to consult with an integrative or functional doctor specializing in heavy metal toxicity for oral or IV chelation. Your health can be severely impacted, especially if you are a carrier for genetic susceptibility to heavy mercury. There are a few tests, including urine porphyrin, blood serum, hematocrit and hair analysis that can also be requested

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to determine the extension or level of exposure leading to potential chronic or acute mercury toxicity manifestations. What can you do once exposure has occurred? My recommendation to my exposed patients is to immediately start taking high doses of vitamin C—I like the liposomal version; also effective are detoxifying natural algae like chlorella and spirulina and, of course, a significant supply of antioxidants. Antioxidants, which mercury is known to deplete from the body at the mitochondrial level, are the main components compromised after mercury toxicity. A few useful antioxidants besides vitamin C are n-acetyl cysteine (NAC), alpha lipoic acid (R-ALA) and selenium which boosts glutathione production. Make sure to take activated charcoal as a detoxifier for mercury but be aware charcoal rinses have to be spaced out from your supplement and antioxidant intake to prevent them from being flushed out of your system, interfering with their absorption. Please feel free to call my office if you’d like a consultation about the safety of past mercury removals or future ones. I am amazed to see the amount of mercury fillings being left behind or left buried underneath porcelain fused to metal crowns and also under newly placed white fillings. In most cases, we can diagnose these leftover culprits by clinical examination and/or digital radiography. Cheers to you and to so many people who have had the courage to speak up and question old paradigms, seeking the truth, and then be willing to stand up for that truth in order to help others!

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ay flowers and butterflies grace the cover this month, reminding me that spring follows winter in such an awesome way. This is the season to bring into full bloom those ideas that we’ve been percolating over the past few months. This is a fabulous season to allow for eureka moments. To have the opportunity to connect with students volunteering on the beach as part of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep is a huge plus for me. They are leading the way to provide a more focused conversation around what’s right. I’m learning more each day about what exactly that means. My most recent read, Kabbalah on Green, Consciousness and the Environment, by Yehuda Berg, has deepened my understanding of giving and receiving, the difference between cleaning and greening. I applied this dialogue specifically to me picking up garbage (cleaning) and me improving my thinking/loving actions from the inside (greening). I “get” it as much as I can, and am more conscious of my ego, actions and the “why” of my


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giving to others or, as I sometimes regard it, as giving back. Giving is a necessary action required in order to allow for the creation of balance through receiving. As easy as the concept might be to grasp, when the ego gets involved, it does not seem so easy. Through many decades of living, I still feel like I have more work to do on myself, and totally believe the journey is worth every single moment of selfcorrection. We are creating the harmony and dis-harmony; we create our reality. We have that free will and again, I strive to get to the point where the loving decisions are the default and the illusion of “others” disappears. At this writing, I will be shaking hands with Al Gore in a few days. I’m so excited to finally meet him in person. He paved the way for me to change up the trajectory of my life, answering the question I had been asking: “What is the purpose of my work?” The eureka came through a series of events that culminated when I knew the relationship between

the painting that I was working on in 2006 and the trailer image for the film An Inconvenient Truth of a hurricane coming from industrial smokestacks. The following year on 07/07/07 I was invited to a vegan potluck in Davie and painted throughout the evening a piece I titled “Live Earth in Concert” (pictured here) in honor of Gore. I will be offering Gore a small signed print of that piece, gifting to him and acknowledging that my ego appreciates even the thought of the action. We have included an article this month on functional medicine. The seeds of an interdisciplinary approach to medicine have been sown. This is a perspective that is as old as Hippocrates, yet somehow along the way, there was a shift to dealing with parts, not the whole body, and treating the symptoms, not addressing the causes. I’m glad for the shift and we’ll be bringing more light on this approach in the coming months. This month of May, I express love and gratitude to all the amazing women (and girls) in my life. Feel your bloom being expressed; plan on it. SusieQ Wood Publisher


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Pembroke Holistic Center Relocates


loria Moreira, L.Ac., MS, ABAAHP, Pembroke Holistic Center, announces the recent move to her new location at 1806 North Flamingo Road, Suite 105, Pembroke Pines. A primary care physician in the state of Florida, Moreira holds two master’s degrees, one in Metabolic Nutrition and Regenerative Medicine from USF Morsani School of Medicine and the second in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She is board certified as an American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioner through A4M and a Licensed Acupuncture Physician and Board Certified Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Pembroke Holistic Center’s philosophy is to integrate cutting edge functional medicine testing and methods with time proven naturopathic holistic medicine to foster health as a platform for spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth. Moreira’s holistic and personalized approach to health care combines more than 18 years of functional and holistic medicine training and practice including TCM, acupuncture, nutrition and other cutting edge, evidence-based testing and treatment modalities. For more information and appointment, call 954-501-2208 or visit See ad pages 15 and 48.


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Rebirth Fitness Opens in Lighthouse Point


ebirth Fitness, recently opened at 4752 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, announces a new concept in fitness—the Vasper exercise machine—the only one in South Florida. Vasper uses proven science to give the user the benefits of a two-hour workout in 21 minutes. Rebirth offers anyone wanting to have this experience a money back guarantee trial for the first three sessions. Rebirth also offers a one-of-a-kind yoga program which specializes in helping those who attempted yoga once but felt overwhelmed and uncomfortable. Kristen, yoga instructor, meets with new clients for a free one-on-one evaluation and training session. She then uses her own colored bracelet system to safely guide and monitor each client’s progress. Experienced yoga enthusiasts are also welcome. “Kristen and the Rebirth Fitness team are all so knowledgeable and friendly. They make you feel like you are part of a family!” ~ Jennie “Kristen is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and knows how to push you to your full potential. I highly recommend taking her yoga classes or sessions on Vasper!” ~ Michael Come and discover the many benefits of Rebirth Fitness. Today is the day to start a new exercise program! For more information, call 954-658-5134 and/or visit or See ad page 33.

How Do You Thank Someone for Saving Your Life? by A. Gabriel

My story– From a Ravaged Jaw to a Smiling Face— because of Dr. Yolanda Cintron, DMD of the International Center for Dental Excellence


n the back of Dr. Cintron’s accident, I came out of remission, bebusiness card it says: “For All came disabled, home-bound and my jaw Your Dental Needs & Dreams.” was broken. The destruction took its toll Little did I know, I would not only see on my health, emotions and inability to my dreams come true…but also have chew food for proper digestion, which the honor of being able to thank her by caused intestinal problems, facial strucsharing my story about the excellent and ture issues and declining appearance, truly caring treatment I received at her especially important because as a singer center. As discussed by biological doc- and public speaker, I was known for my tors at the Holistic Oral Health Summit, radiant smile. oral health is the most overlooked health I was on a mission to find a holistic issue in conventional and integrative biological dentist who cared. My prayers medicine. were answered when I contacted a prior After many years of chronic Lyme colleague in Washington, DC, who was disease, numerous doctors, testing, deeply involved in mercury-free denmisdiagnosis and harmful pharma- tistry (Charles Brown, President of ceuticals, my teeth were in shambles. the World Alliance for Mercury-Free My jawbone was biDentistry and National opsied and diagnosed Council for Consumers with osteomyelitis from for Dental Choices). He having live spirochetes kindly called Dr. Cintron living in the bones for personally and paved the over a dozen years. This way for me to be seen the was how long it took to very next day! I’m eterget a proper diagnosis nally grateful for both of Lyme disease. After of them. researching for many By the time I arrived the before and after... years and trying numerat Dr. Cintron’s center, ous integrative, alternative my condition was dire and holistic modalities, I was finally in and my teeth were literally making me remission. For several years, I resumed sick. Dr. Cintron and her wonderful my life and started outreach and coach- staff wasted no time triaging, testing ing on behalf of other Lyme disease and treating my condition. She even sufferers. prayed with me before all my surgerUnfortunately, after a hit and run ies. The Dental DNA test ruled out

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any risk factors and the sleep dentistry alleviated severe anxiety. The removal of toxic amalgam was pristine and the surgeries on parts of the jaw were timely. She refined and rebuilt my gums which now look flawless. As I was healing, she also created for me temporary, custom made mouth appliances. Finally, she put in permanent bridges and implants and restored my smile, giving me the most beautiful teeth I have ever had. Dr. Cintron is a true humanitarian and professional in her unique field and her staff is one-of-a-kind, each respectfully contributing to the individual patient’s needs and wellbeing. I realize my story is a dramatic case, but I feel Dr. Cintron and her cutting edge protocols are very relevant and necessary in today’s world. Look to her for your next checkup for an amazingly positive and peaceful experience. There are not enough words to thank Dr. Yolanda Cintron for saving my smile…and saving my life!

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avid Scott Bartky, a certified and experienced Law of Attraction life coach, fully understands this law and works with clients to help them attract and become all they want. Even though the Law of Attraction has been around “forever,” it’s good to know that in this day and age there are wonderful processes and techniques that keep it working in our favor. Is it easy to attract what we want in all areas of life? Can we feel happier and more satisfied every day? Can we find out how to get through a difficult time in the best way possible? Can we still make certain goals a reality? The answer to all of the above is a definite “Yes!” That’s where Law of Attraction coaching comes in. It’s a powerful process where we discuss the Law of Attraction in such detail that we can’t help but take action to help ourselves. The old saying, “Once you know better, you do better,” is ever true. Through coaching, we discover how to get past blocks and negative thoughts that keep us from attracting what we want. Once that happens, the positive difference is so noticeable that we keep using what we learn from coaching because the results feel so good. Coaching sessions are held via phone for convenience. Get ready to attract all that you can imagine! For more information and to schedule a session, call 973-444-7301 or email David@

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uccess by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800-681-4926 or email 68CentsACup@ See ad page 25.

Future Now Detox Offers Natural Treatment for Addiction


f you know anything at all about addiction, you know that it is a brain disease. But what’s the treatment? Too often, rehab centers ask people in recovery to white knuckle their way into sobriety through sheer willpower. But there’s another way. A small number of holistic rehab and detox centers now use nicotine adenine dinucleotide (NAD) infusions to restore addicts to health and sobriety. Sometimes called Brain Restoration (BR), this treatment is remarkably effective and supported by scientific research. NAD is a coenzyme present in every cell of the human body. It plays a key role in metabolic reactions. Without it, the body can’t function optimally. Research has shown that addicts tend to have low levels of NAD, and that the disease of addiction further depletes NAD. This suggests that addicts may use alcohol and drugs to compensate for cellular dysfunction. NAD infusions are delivered intravenously into the bloodstream. While it’s possible to get NAD supplements at some shops, these aren’t as effective and the dosage isn’t tailored to the individual’s needs. With NAD infusions, an addict gets exactly what they need. This restores the brain and cells to health. It can make detox and withdrawal easier and is clinically proven to reduce the risk of relapse. In West Palm Beach, Future Now Detox is revolutionizing the use of NAD treatment, offering both inpatient and mobile treatment during which a nurse visits the patient’s home. For more information, call Future Now Detox 24/7 at 866-4193899 or email See ad page 48.

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eneral dentist Dr. Leslie Haller and Tongue Tie South Florida have relocated from Lauderhill to 348 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, a more central location from which to better serve all of South Florida. Near the airport, beautiful downtown Coral Gables is easy to reach from Broward without the need to go through downtown Miami. From I-95, exit FL 836 at 42nd Avenue and make a left at Alhambra Circle. There is onstreet parking and limited free parking behind the office. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for all general dentistry and laser dentistry needs. The first week of April, Dr. Haller attended a Laser Symposium in Orlando, learning from all the greats in tongue tie frenectomies and the laser dentistry world. With her relocation to Coral Gables complete, she is now open for business, taking care of her patients one tooth and one frenectomy at a time. For more information, call 305-477-9199 or visit website See ad page 13.

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Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves

When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds— the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D.

Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.



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Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.

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Waterborne Drugs

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A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.

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Africans Unite to Save Rhinos The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit 14

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The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

Temporary Protection Locals Prevail Against Bristol Bay Mine Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.” May 2018



Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

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Take a Quiz to Help the Planet As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable. 2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable. 3. Cardboard pizza boxes can be recycled despite absorption of grease and food residue. 4. Aluminum, steel and tin-plated cans can all go in the recycling bin. 5. Some of these items are recyclable: Styrofoam food containers and cups, used paint cans, sewing needles, non-empty aerosol cans, garden hoses and clothing. 6. Recycling broken glass is the same as intact glass. 7. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer. 8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper.

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Answers: 1. False; generally, only paper bags are recyclable unless a grocer or big-box retailer has its own program for plastic bags. 2. True 3. False 4. True, if free of harmful chemical residue. 5. False; generally, none are recyclable. Notable exceptions for foam are detailed at; shipping storefronts may accept foam packing peanuts. 6. False; put broken light bulbs and other shattered glass in the trash; bring all fluorescent bulbs to a local building supply store. 7. True; many consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers, states and charities offer options to recycle or donate devices. Visit RecyclingForCharities. com,, or 8. True; 30 percent of landfill trash generated annually is paper, outweighed only by plastic and food waste.


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Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.

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sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and

emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.


What is one thing I would do differently?

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at, from which this was adapted.

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Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview

During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

New Standard of Care

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The


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Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMInstitute. org) in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals,

researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics

The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular

circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at May 2018


ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

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Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement



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in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health

is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients by Judith Fertig


hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts.

America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at AquafabaMayoRecipe. In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at HealthyRanchDressing.


Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses

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Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pint-size jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Plant-Based Ranch Dressing “Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


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¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Courtesy of Kim Campbell, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at

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DIY Condiment Recipes

THE Green Sauce

“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups 1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)

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more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely. Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months.

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Pomegranate Molasses

It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks.

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses


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lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional science-based medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects.


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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Outside Pressure

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for life-threatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their last-ditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to

have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. “Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve

learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring full-time care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see

are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

It’s a Marathon

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at May 2018


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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec

for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews

with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked

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with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

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How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-by-moment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance? The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at May 2018


How the Next Generation is Leading the Charge for Change

by Trish Carr


ike many of you, I’m impressed with the uprising of young voices in our national conversation, the most recent being the #neveragain movement initiated by students from Stoneman Douglas High School in the wake of the February 14th shooting. I’m inspired by the many new emerging leaders. Everyone from 11-year-old Naomi Wadler, a speaker at the March for Our Lives Rally who reminded us that black women are disproportionately represented among the victims of gun violence, to actor Rose McGowan, whose book Brave exposes Hollywood’s exploitation of women. We’re navigating a minefield of critical issues that will shape our culture, our country and our lives for years to come. You’ve seen the hashtags: #metoo; #blacklivesmatter; #climateactivists; #globaltrashformation; #wearethe99%; #confidenceeliminatesbullying; #neveragain; #payequitynow; #deletefacebook; #stoprussianinterference… People are coming together for causes more and more, and for the first time since the Vietnam War, it’s the next generation leading the charge. “Millennials” often get a bad rap. (Depending on who you ask, Millennials were born between 1982-2004.) The common myth is that they’re narcissistic, spoiled and lazy. Nothing can be further from the truth.


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It’s not easy being at the forefront of change, especially in today’s environment where everything you say and do is scrutinized, spun for effect and broken down into three-second soundbites. Even high school students aren’t immune to the vitriol heaped upon leaders who step up and speak out for what they believe. It’s clearly not a walk in the park to be the voice for change. So why do it? Why put yourself out there? Why subject yourself to it? For me, it’s part of my DNA to be an active voice for change, a voice for global peace and a passionate crusader for women’s causes. I wanted to make a difference for myself and for others. Great change is often preceded by great anger, frustration and indignation. If there ever was such a time, this is it. Today’s young people are shaped by experiences that generations before them cannot fathom: school shootings, police shootings, a recession that some say was deeper than the Great Depression, confidence in banking, financial and government institutions at an all-time low, unprecedented student loan debt, a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots, and an electorate that is fed up and fired up. It’s the perfect formula for change. Wouldn’t you agree that the time has come for each of us to take a lesson from the next generation and stand up and speak out about

the things we believe will better our world? Isn’t it time that instead of talking about it, we do something about it? And “it” is whatever you believe would make a positive change. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Keep it simple. What kind of world do you want to live in? In what small way can you be the catalyst to create that world? What’s happening in your neighborhood, your community or even in your household that you want to change for the better? Natural Awakenings publisher and renowned artist SusieQ became a voice for change simply by being fed up that there was too much trash on her local beach. She started to be the change by picking up the trash herself. That grew into others helping; from there, she initiated community beach cleanups. She creatively repurposes the trash collected in her works of art, bringing awareness to the literally tons of garbage left behind by unaware people.

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What kind of a world do you want? Start with what you can control. And the first person you can change is yourself. As I look at the world I want to live in, I know that change starts with me. The world I see is a world: • That when problems arise, we find common ground and seek solutions that make sense and effect real change

• Where people are leaders in their own lives, where we keep our word, first to the promises we make ourselves and then to the promises we make to others • Where we treat each other with respect • Where we live by the Golden Rule • Where we afford each other the benefit of the doubt before jumping to conclusions or placing blame • Where we celebrate our uniqueness rather than labeling and name calling those who are different • Where, ultimately, each of us strives to be the person our parents wanted us to be You’ve seen the bumper sticker, “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” That’s the sentiment here. Each of us can be a leader, starting with being a role model in our own lives. Be the change. Start first with you and then step up and speak out—just like those narcissistic, spoiled and lazy Millennials. Trish Carr is a bestselling author, business mentor and leadership expert. Since her early years, she has worked to "Be the Change" by stepping up, speaking out and leading the way on women's issues and human rights. She is co-founder of Women's Prosperity Network, a global enterprise dedicated to inspiring, supporting and educating women within a trusted network of professionals so that through connections, learning and laughter, they love the life they live and create a life they love. Contact her at May 2018



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barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

Eco-Upgrades for America’s Landmarks

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by Avery Mack ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.

Space Needle, Seattle

Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like

A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu

Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed natural gas. In 2010, a Climate Action Plan introduced green office practices, conversion to solar water heaters in National Park Service residences and increased composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 30 percent by 2020. The park is unique in its composting program for mule waste.

Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon, Colorado

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center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis

St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring Anheuser-Busch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, and Ground Zero Museum, New York City

“The area housing the Liberty Bell is limited. We installed our ActivePure technology that reduces 99 percent of surface microorganisms and 90 percent of airborne microorganisms,” says Kevin Hickey, president of Aerus, LLC, in Dallas. “It keeps germs from spreading in crowded situations.” ActivePure is also in place at the Ground Zero Museum. “The nature of the artifacts often caused itchy eyes and coughs,” Hickey recalls. “We donated freestanding units and saw improved air quality the next day.”

The iconic historic structure is the tallest LEED-certified building in the U.S. It’s also the most photographed building in the world, according to Cornell University researchers in Ithaca, New York. All 6,514 windows were refurbished to be four times more energy efficient than before, reusing 96 percent of the original glass and frames.

Statue of Liberty, New York City

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udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

Stay Clear. Evenson contends that chil-

dren are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains,

“Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It

is key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push

to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier,

rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson

always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.”

Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.” Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you

correct or redirect a child in front of others, they will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson emphasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life. Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.” Connect with the freelance writer at

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s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.


Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.


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hunting skill and human creativity can be tapped using do-it-yourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

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Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stressrelated cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low

I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for

Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Time spent with cats is never wasted. ~Sigmund Freud “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Cats are Eco-Friendly Low-Maintenance A New Zealand study reports that cats

Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Selfcleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington.

have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of peopleand planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Into and Out of the Dark Night of the Soul


s an interfaith minister and student of Theology, I enjoy the exploration of various faith practices and glean from them universal truths and lessons. Over the last few months, both Christian and Jewish people celebrated the various holy days of Lent, Easter and Passover—a time of introspection, reflection and remembrance


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about emerging from the desert or “tomb” experience and coming into “resurrection” or “Promised Land” consciousness. Even those of us with no specific dogmatic belief find ourselves “searching” for a way out of the desert and an understanding of why we sometimes feel as though we are in a tomb. We all feel this desert or tomb

experience at one time or another. As spiritual beings having a human experience, we sometimes feel as though our light is diminished because we may be experiencing an overwhelming feeling of darkness. This darkness can be felt in many ways. We may call it sadness, depression, negative thinking, anxiety, feeling alienated or isolated from the world

around us, feeling somehow incomplete within ourselves or sometimes the despair of not wanting to go on anymore. At times in my spiritual journey, I have felt as though I were lost in the desert, wandering and afraid. I have also experienced times of feeling alone in a tomb filled with doubt and worry that the circumstances of my life would crush me. I could hear my mind and my heart screaming “Where is the light??? I’ve lost it...I miss it....” In the darkest of times, my mind has tricked me into questioning whether I would ever emerge from the darkness. Despite the tricks my mind may have played, I have a strong spiritual understanding of the Universal Truth that light is all that really exists and the desert and the tomb are constructions of my limited mind and perception. Physics teaches us that light doesn’t need matter to help it along. Light is a constant. The awareness of this is the emergence from the desert and the darkness of the tomb. So why is it when we are in the darkness, all we see is darkness? Same reason I guess when we are lost in the forest and we despair that we may never find our way out. Just because we have wandered in the desert doesn’t mean the Promised Land doesn’t exist. Just because I may be in the tomb doesn’t mean I can’t choose resurrection consciousness. In the Yogic and Buddhist practices, the metaphor of the night moon behind the clouds is a wonderful lesson for us. The bright luminous light of the moon can be completely extinguished by the smallest patch of clouds against the vast sky. And yet, when the moon emerges (and it always does), the luminous moon appears to shine even brighter. Just as the moon shines even more brightly when the clouds pass, so too our light can shine brighter if we choose to come out of the darkness of the desert or tomb experience by shifting our consciousness. It isn’t easy in this day and age to overcome the feelings of darkness and despair. For me, looking at the news app on my phone can instantly dim my light. We are exposed to bad news du jour, plunging us deeper into the desert, further into the tomb. The choice we make to see the light, however, is the shift. It is in these times that I have to

persevere and continue walking, sometimes wandering and feeling lost—walking through the pain, walking through the life circumstances and using my spiritual tools that have helped me in the past. The darkness will be defeated by the light, because in the end... the light is all there is! St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish mystic and poet, who wrote the poem “Dark Night of the Soul” (which gave us the phrase), reminds us, “The Divine has to work on the soul in secret and in darkness because if we fully knew what was happening and what mystery and transformation Divine Grace will eventually ask of us, we would either try to take charge or stop the whole process.” It’s reassuring that this “spiritual crisis” we feel when overwhelmed by the darkness of the desert or the tomb experience is actually the journey toward higher realms of consciousness. It is there in the desert of the depths of our being that we can truly hear the voice of this Higher Consciousness. In the Passover story, the Hebrews wandered in the desert for 40 years, awaiting the final destination of the Promised Land. We can learn a great deal from this story. The Hebrews’ Higher Power sustained them and brought them through the desert. Metaphorically, the Promised Land was not necessarily the destination but rather the Grace experienced via the journey. The emergence from the tomb into the Light is possible only when we shift our consciousness. Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, seeking to go home. She had never left. She had been dreaming all along. She was never lost and was always home. What a soul’s journey into the desert she had! So let’s click our heels three times (or whatever spiritual practice it is that works for you) and say “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, or as the Yogis say, “There’s no place like Om”. Reverend Dr. Grace Telesco is the Spiritual Director and Senior Clergy at the Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, and co-founder and Dean of Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary, both in Wilton Manors. She is also on the faculty at Nova Southeastern University. See ad page 49.

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Dear Karen Kaye, With all the excitement of the upcoming royal wedding, I am wondering if we pay a price for the fantasy of a wedding or the idea of finding and marrying our prince charming. Thanks, Pilar

Dear Pilar, The price one pays for fantasy depends on how grounded in reality that person is. If someone is waiting to be rescued, swept off their feet and brought to a new life without having to lift a finger, that person will probably be waiting a very long time. This belief would fall under the category of “be careful what you wish for.” Sometimes, the prince gets tired of rescuing, and sometimes the princess wants to stand up on her own two feet. In my practice, my focus is to make fantasy a reality by changing the perception of “happily ever after.” Fantasy is a great way to stretch beyond what one already knows and believes as long as those new thoughts motivate instead of creating disappointment and disillusionment. Fantasy can be a way to raise standards if kept within reason. Sometimes you can reach for the stars and catch one, but when you expect to catch all of them, all of the time, it becomes problematic. So when you expect every day to be like a royal wedding…it would actually lose the allure and become quite drab like the movie Groundhog Day. A true princess is not a “damsel in distress” waiting to be saved. She is in the world knowing who she is, what she wants,

and feels whole and complete. She is only open to a prince who could add to her already terrific life that she has created on her own. A true prince has those same qualities, but in order to enjoy the princess that I described, he would need to be willing to go beyond male stereotypes. This evolved “prince” (who is the result of the type of work I do with men in my practice) is in touch with his “humanness,” able to be open and flexible, willing to admit when he is wrong, wanting to speak his feelings truthfully, and looking to grow and learn alongside his “princess.” Together, the prince and princess reign jubilantly over their combined kingdom. The end. Many thanks, Karen Kaye, LMHC Karen Kaye has been in private practice for more than 35 years. If you would like to speak with her about this or another topic, call 954-384-1217. See ad page 19.

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Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333.

Reiki Circle Meditation — 7:30–9pm (2nd & 4th Thurs/each month) $10. Reiki healing circle, guided meditation lead by Julia and Marguerite. Healing Essence Studio 3081 East Commercial Blvd, Ste. 103 (inside breezeway), Ft. Lauderdale, 954.868.3505.

Thursday, May 3 Local Artists Showing — 6–8pm, 1st Thur./month. Free, meet and support local artists with ArtsUnited, a not for profit organization. Enjoy complimentary wine and bites. Bona Italian Restaurant. 2468 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Saturday, May 5 Monthly Art Reception — 6:30–9pm, 1st Sat./ month. Free, meet and support local artists during the Juried Art Exhibit. Participate in the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Enjoy munchies from Bokampers. Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370.

Sunday, May 6 Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087.

friday, May 11 Gallery Night — 6–11pm, (second Fri./mo). A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2709 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (second Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475.

Tuesday, May 15 Open House — Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine – 3 – 7:30pm. Earn a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine & become a Licensed Acupuncturist. Tour the college, clinic, meet students, and receive free tongue & pulse diagnosis (if available). 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301, 954-763-9840 ext. 213. RSVP.

upcoming events monday, june 4 Classes Start — Follow your dreams at Everglades University. Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Alternative Medicine with the school that was ranked #39 in America’s Best Colleges. Boca Raton Campus Call 888-772-6077 for more information.

saturday, june 30 13th Annual Marriage & Relationship Makeover — 10am – 3pm. $40 per couple, $25 per individual. A day of Discovery & Renewal, address challenges in your relationship, re-commit, re-connect with your partner. Karen Kaye, LMHC, 1500 Weston Road., Suite 221, Weston, FL 33326, 954-384-1217.

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

Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 2300 NW 9th Avenue (Powerline Rd.), Wilton Manors, FL 33311, 954.731.8173.

Tai Chi — 11am–1:30pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., at Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrew Ave. Oakland Park 954.394.4342.

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

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

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

Spiritual Oasis, a Psychic and Healing Event and Metaphysical Marketplace — 1:30–6pm, third Sunday of each month $10, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, 33334, Robert, 954.696.6389.

ECK Light and Sound Service — 11am–12pm, Free. The first Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.

Sound of Soul, Community HU Chant — 6–7pm. 4th Sunday each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm. Spiritual conversation following chant. Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681.


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

monday Free Vital Life Force Energy Treatment — every Monday at 10am, total 4 days in a row. Treatment for all ailments, pain or emotional disorders. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy., Bay 2, Oakland Park 33334. Information: 754.214.1066. Meditation Healing Circle — 6:30–7:30pm. $5–$20Love. Expand your vision and heart through Tibetan Palm Healing, Reiki, Crystals, Sound and Meditation. Lisa’s Healing Center, 3170 N Federal Highway, Ste #211K, Lighthouse Point FL 33064, Martha, 954.609.4570. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. New location to be announced; please call for new location, day & time, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Mindful Meditation Monday — 8pm-9pm. $10. Promote peaceful Body, Mind, and Spirit with Guided Meditation and Reiki. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Suite B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $25 per session. Designed for men and women to learn from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (landline)

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

Natural Dental Consultations — 2–4pm. Free. Wondering how your oral health is connected to your body? Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in Natural and Biological Dentistry. Advanced Dental Wellness Center, 104 SE 1st St, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301, 954.525.5662.

A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30– 7:30pm. Free. Co-Facilitated by Rev. Margarita and Rev. Nancy, graduate of Dr. Jon Mundy’s All Faiths Seminary International. Sunshine Cathedral, 2nd floor classroom, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 734.395.5857.

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

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

Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? — 3rd Tue., 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-of-body or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 210, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.


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

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

Spiritual Evolution Study Group — 7-8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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.

Reiki Circle Meditation — 7:30–9pm (2nd & 4th Thurs/each month) $10. Reiki healing circle, guided meditation lead by Julia and Marguerite. Healing Essence Studio 3081 East Commercial Blvd, Ste. 103 (inside breezeway), Ft. Lauderdale, 954.868.3505.

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

wednesday Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Awakened Living Group — 7–8pm Free. Practical spirituality for your journey of spiritual transformation/self discovery Center For Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334, David, 305.746.0881.

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

friday Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 33062. 954.785.6333. Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale — 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo). A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2709 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Reiki Circles for Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Well-being — 7–8:15pm (and on Saturdays 11am) $10. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th Street, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Rev. Scott Friedman 954.854.7937 for info. Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Free. Chanting HU can help you feel more relaxed and at peace. HU chant 20 minutes; contemplation for 5 minutes. Dunkin’ Donuts, Espresso Room, 9170 W St Rd 84, Davie, FL 33324. 954.693.5681.

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Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. New location to be announced; please call for new location, day & time, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.

The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries — 10:30-11:30am weekly at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30-11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447.

saturday Volunteer ~ Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep / Kids Ecology Corp — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), 9am “Talkin’ Trash” with SusieQ (sometimes they do a flash art project in the sand with the collected trash). Help save lives and keep beaches litter-free. 300 S Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, (Las Olas & the Beach). Earn community hours. Reiki Healing Circle — 9am-10am, Free. Usui Reiki Circle. All are welcome. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Ste B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878.

Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30–$40 (Mon–Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Children’s Yoga Teacher Training — 10 Modules Jan 27 - June 10. Saturday afternoons or weekends. Autism/Special Needs, Classroom Yoga, Bilingual Music, Mindfulness, Early Childhood, Teens. Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach FL 33441. Louise, 954.427.2353.

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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.

Reiki Circles for Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Well-being — 11am–12:15pm. (& Thurs 7pm) $10. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th Street, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Rev. Scott Friedman 954.854.7937 for info.


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Psychic Fair — Every 4th Saturday of the month. Noon-5pm with a monthly rotation of vendors. Healing Essence Studio, 3081 E Commercial Blvd, Ste. 103 (inside breezeway), Ft. Lauderdale, 954.868.3505. Yin Yoga — 2–3:15pm, $15. (+Wed, 6pm) Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing are held passively to expand motion in joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Concludes with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Vibrational Healing Circle for Parents — 3–4pm. $20. Learn vibrational healing techniques to help create balance and harmony. Leave feeling relaxed and invigorated. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy, Bay 2, Oakland Park, FL 33334, Aqeel, 720.334.5436. Monthly Art Reception — 6:30–9pm, 1st Sat./ month. Free, meet and support local artists during the Juried Art Exhibit. Participate in the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Enjoy munchies from Bokampers. Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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Livable Communities plus: Natural Beauty

Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Alternative Fuel Vehicles • Bicycle Shops • Community Gardens Clean-Energy Products & Services • Earth-Friendly Cleaning Eco-Landscapers • Environmental Design & Diagnostics Garden Supplies • Organic Foods & Co-ops • Recycling Solar Power Sales & Services • Water Purification Natural Bath & Body Products • Organic Hair & Nail Care • Spas ... and this is just a partial list!

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Farmers Rooted in Health plus: Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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

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

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Day Retreats

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


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

Thermae Retreat

ayurveda Ayurvology

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


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

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

Physical Health Complex

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

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

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

dental health Advanced Dental Wellness Center

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

Perfecting Touch

Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in natural, biological, and cosmetic dentistry offering latest in technology in our relaxing environment. We provide mercury safe dentistry, metal-free braces, and biocompatible metal-free zirconia implants. He specializes in TMJ and sleep apnea. See ad page 12.

Cranial sacral therapy - CST- a light touch approach releasing tension and restrictions, reducing pain and dysfunction. Therapeutic massage also available. Feel good within yourself. MA70919

Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry

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

Colon therapy A Colon Care Center

An organic serene daily retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared saunas, massage, skincare, body scrubs and masques, holistic healing, energy therapy. Yoga, meditation, hydrotherapy. See ad page 11.

Total Balance 4 U

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

MM18325, MA0007506.

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

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

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

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

We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men... We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name. ~Maya Angelou May 2018


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

phases of dentistry for

optimum health , holistic , bio compatible dentistry.

• Sedation dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with bio-compatible materials • Laser dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/ ceramic implants • Natural bone augmentation / Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad pages 9 and 20.


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

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

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

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 3.

Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Visit her website for more information on taking the Global trashformation pledge. Beautiful trashformation jewelry also available using found objects. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad pages 4 and 44.



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Gloria Moreira, MMSc, L.Ac.

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

Get to the cause of symptoms with functional testing. Discover imbalances and obstacles to vitality and receive a comprehensive personalized health improvement plan. Call today! See ad page 15.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something. ~Plato

gardening The Garden Gate

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


6710 Parkside Drive Parkland, FL 33067 954-906-5985 Salt therapy, an all-natural treatment, improves respiratory health, decreases stress and fatigue, improves skin conditions, and strengthens the immune system. First session is complimentary!

Holistic Podiatrist Start With Your Feet

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

homeopathy Homeopathy cure

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

Natural cure in homeopathy of

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No side effects.

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


1425B SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 954-520-7258 100% natural alternative to find relief from sinus, allergy, respiratory and skin conditions. Halotherapy promotes mucus clearance, acts as an anti-inflammatory and fights against harmful germs in the lungs. See ad page 30.

HOLISTIC HEALTH Holistic Health & Wellness Solutions

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

Hyperbaric therapy hyperbaricsrx llc

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


Reconnective Healing MARY DISANO

at the Center for Inner Wisdom 4849 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park, FL 401-263-8828 After being certified in Reflexology and Reiki, Mary was led to Reconnective Healing that uses h i g h e r e n e rg y f r e q u e n c ie s promoting healing of body, mind and spirit. Her patients report miraculous healings in O n e session!

REIKI Reiki For You

Rev. Scott Friedman 1881 NE 26th St., Suite 237 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-854-7937 Reiki Circles Thursdays 7pm & Saturdays 11am Certification Classes all 3 Levels, Private Reiki Tr e a t m e n t s , S p i r i t u a l Counseling & Yearly Burning Bow Ceremony.

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

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

A Healing Space

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

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer and forgiveness. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Yoga Just Like OM Yoga Thermography

spiritual centers

Margie’s Wellness Center

Bridges of Wellness

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

5400 S University Drive, #110 Davie, FL 33328 954-665-0424

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

“Your Wellness Starts Here.” All natural services to reduce inflammation, reduce pain and swelling, speed recovery from surgical procedures, and improve overall well-being with electro lymphatic drainage massage. Reduce stress with innovative bodywork. Medical thermography for breast and/or whole body screening without radiation or breast compression.

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

Wellness Center Natural Health Power Works

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

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

A l l e rg i e s , a u t i s m , A D H D , detoxification, gastrointestinal health, immune system support, customized nutrition, mood disorders, insomnia.

tai chi

DISCLAIMER: Natural Medicine is complementary healthcare and unintended for diagnosis, prescription or treatment of disease and is not licensed in Florida nor a substitute for medical care.

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


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


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Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center

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

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

Arlie Smith 1881 NE 26th St #244 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 754-701-5168

Yoga classes – Mondays 6pm, Thursdays 11am. Private sessions. Instructors: Arlie Smith is a Certified Yoga Instructor & Dennis Nelson is a Vinyasa Yoga expert.

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

We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana. See ad page 21.

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach

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

A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. ~Frank Morgan

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