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anuary, 2015 --- What’s your voice? ​ Were you singing in the New Year or did it arrive while you silently slumbered through the midnight hour? The rituals of ringing in the New Year are heightened with hope for great things to come. It’s a great night for eternal optimists. Today I was asked what my skill sets were. For me it was more about what I want to do in this world with the skills I have. I want to give back; I want to share my experiences, my expertise. I love encouraging others to follow their dreams and find their passion. The library and the Internet are fabulous ways to explore one’s interests... moving from one book shelf to another, noticing what types of books are grabbing my attention. Art books are at the top of my list as are books on travel. Self-help and nature books rank up there too. My life reflects those book stacks, and the information contained within reflects what I have experienced firsthand. With the knowledge, what is next? Teaching, sharing, finding a way to make a positive difference using my unique history and background, using my passion for learning to convey messages of hope and insights into the complexity of humankind. I was talking with someone today about “one size does not fit all.” Yes, we’re all unique; I get that. But what I didn’t understand was how different some minds work, how different some perspectives are from the way I process information. An example of this is my appreciation for mathematics and my love of numbers, formulas and equations. I enjoyed those classes around A squared plus B squared equals C squared. How cool is that, and it would work every time, perfectly. I like that about math; it is predictable and makes sense. There’s a quality of the divine within the ratios and geometry, as we observe in Nature. Math seems a way to express Nature. We are midway through the decade

of the 2010s. What are the social evolutionary changes taking place this ten years? What’s the shift happening in our world? I see the children, the youth speaking louder than ever, thanks to the Internet, social media and mobile devices. It’s exciting to observe this shift. I think the younger generation is boldly creating a strong interconnection / communication system that can be used for ultimate positive social change. I don’t believe they are necessarily more creative, but they have an expansive array of creative tools at their disposal to affect a much broader audience. It’s all about an effective, repetitive, goaldirected activity. That, combined with a more conscious, awake mind, will allow us humans to forge a world that makes better sense. That means living beyond our egos and working with the laws of Nature in creating a more respectful and harmonious existence. Again, it’s education. We know that eating the wrong foods will cause clogged arteries. It’s like the plastic we produce ultimately seems to end up in the planet’s circulatory system – our waterways. We know better, don’t we? What are we doing about it? This decade, I see forward thinking activity moving toward dialogue for honest sustainability. Including minds with distinct characteristics, like the mathematical mind, or those that see things either black or white, will enrich the process. Independent media, like Natural Awakenings, has a responsibility to be a venue for that discussion. We are attracting dialogue that speaks to a more conscious conversation. It’s important to take care of ourselves to help others. Become your part in the upward evolution. Share your voice, plan on it,

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a group of new publishers that completed a December training program at the corporate headquarters in Naples. The NAPC training staff spent several days with the entrepreneurs launching new Natural Awakenings magazines in Buffalo and Salt Lake City, plus existing markets in Houston and New Orleans.

Company CEO Sharon Bruckman launched the first edition of Natural Awakenings in 1994 and began franchising it in 1999. The company currently publishes 95 Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, with a collective readership exceeding 3.5 million. “Interest in naturally healthy living that’s good for people and the planet is now influencing mainstream America, thanks in part to our active and growing readership,” says Bruckman. “Natural Awakenings’ dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, connects readers with a wealth of national and local resources mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239530-1377 or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag. com. See ad page 40.

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Edward has been a student of Transcendental and Buddhist Meditation practices, as well as progressive modalities on Self Inquiry. He is extremely passionate with teaching the


ohn Moore is a life coach, spiritual counselor, and Family Constellation facilitator, as well as a teacher and student of A Course in Miracles for the past 8 years. After graduating from the Family Constellation Institute of Miami, John joined the team of teachers at FCIM to train new facilitators in this revolutionary healing modality. He is passionate about sharing the Course and Family Constellation with others because both create powerful healing through love and seeing things from a different perspective. To learn more about coaching and constellations with John visit or call (954) 540-9799.


ev. Scott Van Falcon Friedman, Principal, Reiki Master/Teacher “Reiki for You” has evolved from a sincere passion by Rev. Scott Friedman – who was trained In the Traditional Method of the USUI SHIKI RYOHO System of Natural Healing, to help others and to bring awareness to the community of the healing energy of Reiki. For more info visit or call for an appointment (954) 854-7937.

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igh school seniors Adriana Gray and Jesse Wildman are making a difference in their community through the creation of The Habit of Happy, a nonprofit organization which has the main focus of promoting happiness within the community. Gray and Wildman attend Coral Glades High, and are officers of their school’s DECA program, with Gray being the President and Wildman serving as the VP of Public Relations. DECA, an international business and marketing organization, largely influenced the community-oriented mindset of these two students, leading to the creation of this PR campaign. The Habit of Happy, with the slogan “The power is in your hands!” shows individuals that the only person who can determine your happiness is YOU! Gray and Wildman have spread happiness within the community with a wide range of presentations, including adult seminars at organizations such as The Coral Springs Rotary Club and two large assemblies at Coral Glades, featuring public speaker Michael Schlossman, who captivated students with his personal journey of attaining happiness.


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Upcoming events for The Habit of Happy co-founders include presentations at two Coral Springs elementary schools and showcases at community events. Look out for the Habit of Happy, and remember to make happy a habit!

Florida School of Holistic Living Opens South Florida Campus


ooking for empowerment and community to support your new year’s resolution for better health? Herbalism workshops and plant medicine classes are now offered through the Florida School of Holistic Living, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that offers classes in Orlando, online, and now in South Florida, covering Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Classes are geared for all levels of experience and interest and offer a variety of topics to empower families toward experiencing greater health through the resources in their garden, kitchen, and backyard. The team of 12 teachers guiding the school’s programs brings decades of professional botanical experiences to their classes. Several hands-on offerings let you dig in the dirt and make medicine with the plants. Topics

include herbalism, Ayurveda, flower essences, and a variety of plant-healing techniques. Many classes offer Continuing Education Units for Florida licensed Massage Therapists, Dietitians, and Acupuncturists. 2015 classes include Learning Herbs 1-2-3 at Young Circle Park starting January 9, and The Natural Nurse Herbal Medicine Course at Tunie’s Natural Foods starting January 8. The school also coordinates the annual Florida Herbal Conference. For a full listing of classes, locations, and to register, visit HolisticLivingSchool. org/southflorida/. See ad page 44

Natural Awakenings’ Readers Inside Track to Special Deals


appening only once a year, the March edition of Natural Awakenings will showcase its Special Edition Community Resource Guide (CRG), an expanded version of the monthly CRG, plus a complete listing of every advertiser. Last year’s Special Edition CRG featured 74 different categories of businesses. Natural Awakenings is designed to benefit the readers through editorial and

advertorial content. Publisher Susan Wood states, “We want the March issue to be a resource for the readers to use throughout the year. I know with me, I see a healthcare provider or product which resonates, but don’t necessarily need it immediately. It’s great to have a resource at your fingertips, so when you do need the product or service, you know where to turn. “Additionally, NA readers sign up at by entering a secret word to be found in the March edition which “unlocks” the emaildoor to exclusive offers prepared by advertisers expressly for our readers. We expect this to be an open invitation for our readers to stretch and try out those new products and services they most need and want.” Pick up the March 2015 special edition (or visit for the eMagazine) and use year-round as your reference guide to personal and planetary health. See ad pages 5 and 21.

he guides participants through the process, step by step. Learn to release all anxiety and fears by unlocking the doors to your past. During this all-day workshop intensive, February 15, you will have an opportunity to discover extraordinary details about your past; release old phobias and fears from prior lifetimes; practice revolutionary healing visualizations and meditations; harness the power of love and understanding to transform your life; understand about your soul mates and soul companions; discover new tools for developing your intuition and psychic abilities. Location: Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale. For more information and to register, call 800-654-5126 or visit See ad page 31.

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any look at the New Year as a time to stop bad behaviors. People pledge to stop smoking, drinking and overeating.

At the Alternative Medicine Center, we like to look at the New Year as a time to start some positive behaviors and ways to enhance health. We offer a vast array of health enhancements that can produce positive results in a short time, reinforcing good behaviors and keeping us moving forward. Here are a few suggestions for getting ON track in the New Year. Hormone testing: An evaluation of your salivary hormone levels can help determine what changes aging may have caused as the amount of hormones produced and balance can be achieved through plantsource bio-identical supplementation. Thermography: While used as a substitute for the dangerous radiation of mammography, an infrared scan of the whole body is a good way to evaluate levels of inflammation and indicate proactive steps for treatment. Toxicity scan: A review of the body’s current state can evaluate levels of toxicity and be a base for homeopathic detoxification and/or nutritional supplementation. Let’s look ahead positively at the New Year and proceed with a new, preventative path to good health! Location: 2640 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-486-4000. See ad page 18.

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Eucalyptus Oil Inhibits Spread of TB


any of the natural compounds in the essential oil of Eucalyptus citriodora may prevent the airborne spread of the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), according to a study from the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. Several of the compounds in the eucalyptus oil inhibited the airborne spread of the infection by 90 percent, while the major component of the oil was only weakly active, at 18 percent. The scientists used an array of analytical laboratory tests to measure the airborne spread of TB from contagious patients. They also identified 32 active airborne compounds within the essential oil of eucalyptus and studied the impact of the interaction of multiple components in artificial mixtures. The researchers undertook the study because “the rapid emergence of extensively and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis has created a pressing public health problem… and represents a new constraint in the already challenging disease management of TB.”

Don’t Let Bacteria Spoil the Party


uring the holiday season, we may eat more often from dishes of food that have been sitting out for some time. Mayonnaise in noodles, egg and potato salads and unwashed fruit can deliver sickening doses of numerous bacteria. Turkey and chicken can be a significant source of Salmonella. Even lettuce and spinach in salads can harbor E. coli. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 50 million Americans each year get sick from foodborne illnesses. As many as 3,000 people will die. With 50 million reported cases a year, how is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration going to protect us from home-cooked meals? There is something that we can do to protect ourselves. Laboratory testing and clinical studies have shown that a strongly enhanced, aqueous silver colloid will kill E. coli, salmonella, staph and other food-borne bacteria. Drinking one ounce, waiting 30 minutes and drinking another ounce can stop even the most severe occurrence of food poisoning without antibiotics. This technique has been shown to be so effective against Salmonella typhi that it was recently delivered for humanitarian aid to health clinics in Haiti. We can enjoy dining and protect our families from food poisoning this holiday season and throughout the new year. Just have enhanced aqueous silver colloid on hand to administer the antidote at the first sign of stomach pain or belly ache. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, this page.

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Legumes, Nuts and Corn Cut Risk of Breast Cancer


Harvard Medical School study concluded that eating more peanut butter, corn, nuts and beans, including lentils and soybeans, during adolescence significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer later on. The researchers followed 9,039 young women that were between 9 and 15 years old when the study started in 1996, having the subjects complete diet questionnaires every year through 2001, and also in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010. When the women were ages 18 to 30, the number of benign breast diseases that had developed was recorded. The statistics associated a daily serving of nuts and legumes at age 14 with a 66 percent reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer. Just a single serving of peanut butter once every three days at the age of 11 was associated with a 44 percent reduction of breast cancer risk. Intake of at least one serving of corn every three days was correlated with a 39 percent reduction in the disease. Earlier studies by Harvard researchers found that eating pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, tofu and other vegetable fats also reduces breast cancer risk.


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Secondhand Smoke Damages Children’s Hearing


esearchers from São Paulo’s School of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa have found that secondhand smoke negatively affects a child’s hearing. The researchers tested 145 students between ages 8 and 10 that showed normal hearing in standardized tests. Their secondhand smoke exposure was measured by the level of a nicotine metabolite in the children’s urine. The 60 youngsters that had been exposed to secondhand smoke showed significantly lower responses to certain frequencies in both ears when compared to the others that weren’t exposed to the smoke. Researchers suspect that the affecting mechanism may be the acrolein gas that forms from burning tobacco cigarettes. The chemical was found to damage ear cells in a study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. A 2012 study of diesel exhaust, which likewise produces acrolein gas, by the Republic of Korea’s Dongguk University, also showed damage to middle ear cells. Supporting these results, a study published in the American Medical Association Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery journal found that smoking during pregnancy almost triples the risk of low-frequency hearing loss in the child. The study tested 964 adolescents between ages 12 and 15, of whom 16 percent were exposed to prenatal smoking.

Low Magnesium Levels Linked to Kidney Disease


study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that people with low levels of magnesium in their blood have a significantly greater risk of chronic kidney disease. The researchers correlated the blood levels of magnesium in 13,226 people ages 45 to 65 with the incidence of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease among them. Subjects that had blood serum magnesium levels below what is generally considered the normal range (0.7–1 millimole per liter) were associated with a 58 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease and a 139 percent increased risk of end-stage renal disease. Abnormally low levels of magnesium may result from a number of conditions, including inadequate intake of serum magnesium due to chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, alcoholism, chronic stress and the use of medications such as diuretics. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas and figs.

Phototherapy Reduces Knee Pain


esearch from Brazil’s Universidade Nove de Julho has confirmed that pulsed lasers and LED therapy applied during treatment can significantly reduce knee pain. The 86 patients that participated in the study were divided into two groups; one received 12 treatments using super-pulsed red laser and infrared LED phototherapy and the control (placebo) group received 12 treatments using non-therapeutic phototherapy instruments. The patients given therapeutic phototherapy reported feeling significantly less pain, beginning with and continuing after the tenth treatment through a one-month follow-up visit, and showed improved quality of life compared with the study’s placebo group.

Yoga Breathing Helps Ill Kids’ Lungs


esearchers from Brazil’s University of São Paulo have found that hatha yoga breathing exercises can significantly improve lung function in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that often ends in premature death from respiratory failure. The average age of the 26 children that completed the study was 9-and-a-half years old. Participants were taught how to perform hatha yoga breathing exercises and instructed to perform them three times a day for 10 months. The researchers performed spirometry [breathing] tests before, during and after the study period. At the end of the 10 months of practice, the scientists found the breathing exercises improved both the children’s forced vital capacity (the volume of air that can forcibly be blown out after full inspiration) and forced expiratory volume in one second (the volume of air that can forcibly be exhaled in one second after full inspiration).

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Safer Groceries Landmark Food Law Being Enforced

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has reached a settlement agreement ( FoodSettlementAgreement) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that sets firm deadlines for the agency to fully enact the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. A federal court will maintain supervision to ensure FDA compliance. CFS senior attorney George Kimbrell, who led the case, says, “The first major update to our food safety laws since 1938 must now be implemented in a closedended, timely fashion. That means safer food for American families.” Congress passed the law to combat the epidemic of foodborne illnesses affecting one in six Americans annually. After repeated delays, the FDA must now comply with the following courtoverseen schedule to implement the final rules: preventative controls for human and animal food (8/30/2015); imported food and foreign suppliers (10/31/2015); produce safety (10/31/2015); food transportation (3/31/2016); and intentional adulteration of food (5/31/2016). Source:



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Holistic Healers Reach Out to the Underserved An annual report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that up to 33 percent of uninsured people are avoiding needed treatment for economic reasons. Lifestyle changes and natural remedies like yoga and massage therapy can be highly effective when treating conditions such as high blood pressure, depression or aching joints, and groups nationwide are making these modalities more affordable for everyone. At California’s Healing Clinic Collective (HealingClinicCollective., in Oakland, women receive a day of free holistic health care—from acupuncture to massage therapy and nutritional counseling— and discounted rates for follow-up appointments. The Third Root Community Health Center (, in Brooklyn, helps arrange for acupuncturists, herbalists, Reiki practitioners and others to treat low-income people in New York City, especially community organizers and activists that are often overworked and lack the resources for these types of care. The Samarya Center (Samarya, in Seattle, Washington, uses revenue from its yoga studio to provide free yoga to critically ill patients served by the city’s Bailey-Boushay House and the local VA hospital, and also to patients with chronic pain at the Pike Place Medical Clinic, which treats many homeless and lowincome Seattle residents. Source: YES! magazine

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Most End-of-Life Care in U.S. Neglects Patient Needs The U.S. healthcare system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families, and major changes to the system are necessary, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. A 21-member committee has called for more advanced end-of-life care planning by individuals, improved training and credentialing for clinicians, and for governments and private sectors to provide incentives to patients and clinicians to discuss issues, values, preferences and appropriate services and care. Dr. Philip Pizzo, co-chair of the committee, states, “Patients can and should take control of the quality of their life through their entire lifetime, choosing how they live and how they die, and doctors should help initiate discussions with their patients about such decisions.” Susan Heckerman, former dean of medicine at Stanford University, says, “It’s important that healthcare options available to individuals facing the end of life help relieve pain and discomfort, maximize the individual’s ability to function, alleviate depression and anxiety, and ease the burdens of loved ones in a manner consistent with individual preferences and choices.” The report is available at Tinyurl. com/DyingInAmerica.

America’s Huge New Underwater Park The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument— about 470,000 square miles of ocean surrounding a couple of remote U.S. Pacific islands—is now officially set aside to protect its pristine habitat from deep-sea mining and commercial fishing. Although smaller than the nearly 800,000 square miles of its original plan, the park is still twice the size of Texas. In a final compromise, fishermen will have access to the waters around half of the islands and atolls, while the other half remains protected. Only 2 percent of the entire Pacific enjoys similar protection.

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Downsides of Ethanol Ethanol, which makes up 10 percent of the gasoline available at filling stations, together with other biofuels made from crops, appeared to be a way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. However, recent research shows that the federal government’s push to up production of corn-derived ethanol as a gasoline additive since the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard was enacted in 2007 has instead expanded our national carbon footprint and contributed to a range of other problems. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group warns that continued production of corn ethanol is both worse for the climate than gasoline and bad for farmers, the land and consumers. “It’s driving up food prices, straining agricultural markets, increasing competition for arable land and promoting conversion of uncultivated land to grow crops,” according to this watchdog organization. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly weighing a proposal to cut the amount of ethanol currently required by law to be blended into gasoline by 1.39 billion gallons, equivalent to taking 580,000 cars off the roads for a year. Researchers have been trying to develop greener forms of ethanol, but none are ready for market yet. For more information, visit

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The Boxed Water is Better company was launched in 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to provide a more sustainable alternative to the ubiquitous plastic containers that are made from petroleum products, have big carbon footprints and clog U.S. landfills. Boxed Water containers resemble milk cartons and are far more sustainable because about 75 percent of the box comes from a renewable resource— trees in certified, well-managed forests— and are completely recyclable. The company uses reverse osmosis and carbon filters for its purified drinking water from the municipal source at the location of their filling plant, and then ships the product to retailers via the shortest route to curtail the transportation footprint. Boxed Water has partnered with 1% for the Planet to help with world water relief, reforestation and environmental protection projects, benefiting both humanitarian and environmental efforts. For more information, visit

Japan Floats New Nuclear Alternative Two companies in Japan will begin building two huge new solar power islands that will float on reservoirs, following the inception of the Kagoshima floating solar plant as the country’s largest, which opened in late 2013 just off the country’s southern coast. The new direction comes as Japan looks to move on from the Fukushima atomic disaster of 2011 and meet the energy needs of its 127 million people without relying on nuclear power. Before the incident, about 30 percent of the country’s power was generated by nuclear plants, but Fukushima destroyed public confidence, and with earthquakes highly likely in regions containing reactors, Japan is looking for alternatives. Solar islands could also be a solution for other countries where space or nuclear concerns are an issue. It’s possible that one day a significant portion of Europe’s power could come from use of the technology; experts believe the engineering challenges can be surmounted. Source:


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healingways Venice Beach, California, author of the new book, The Ecstasy of Surrender. Maybe he or she talks endlessly about personal matters, is incessantly negative, a gossip or a guilt-tripper. Solution: “Take control. Get in the driver’s seat,” advises Orloff. “Create a circle of positive people around you. Stay calm and centered. Distance yourself from energy vampires and if they’re family, limit time spent with them and establish boundaries.”

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tress saps energy, and Americans feel stressed more than ever, with 20 percent of us experiencing “extreme stress” at least weekly, according to the American Institute of Stress. Could late- night TV and the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices be the culprits? Partly, according to information published by Harvard Medical School. While all light stimulates the brain, the blue light from electronic devices and some eco-light bulbs disrupt circadian rhythms, prevent production of melatonin and block deep, healthful, restorative sleep. Fortunately, there’s an easy remedy, say Harvard experts: Seek abundant exposure to bright natural sunlight, and then turn off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Some experts even suggest wearing orange-colored goggles for the last two waking hours to neutralize the energy-sucking blue rays. Here are a few more energy thieves and ways to neutralize them.

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Recognize Time Leeches Problem: We fall into the black hole of Facebook or cute kitten videos. Hours pass and we fall behind in more productive activities and then feel drained and groggy. Solution: Time management is essential to preserving energy, says Orloff. Limit time spent on social media. Check email once or twice a day instead of every 15 minutes. “The Internet is addictive, almost like a drug,” explains Orloff. “When you’re online, your energy is cut off and you become a zombie; you’re not in your body. Take a technology fast. Talk to your mate. Make love. Go for a walk in the woods. See your best friend.”

Get Rid of Clutter Problem: We all have way too much “stuff,” says Linda Rauch Carter, author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. “If you don’t have room, you shut your-

self off from the flow of energy in your home and become exhausted,” says the Tustin, California, feng shui expert. “When I ask a client to take half of the stuff off a shelf and then ask how it feels, they almost always take a deep breath. The clutter literally chokes off breath and vitality.” Solution: “Clear out what isn’t needed,” counsels Carter. “Keep a balance by making it a habit when bringing new things into a home or work environments to let go of a comparable number of old things at the same time.” Beware of clutter creep, the slow accumulation of energy-sapping clutter, she says. “I believe the lack of energy so many of us experience is a nearly undetectable, chronic energy drain that seems slight, yet over time becomes a big problem.”

More Ways to Recharge Take a walk. A brisk 10-minute walk gets the cobwebs out and neutralizes the four o’clock energy slump, says Dr. Judith Orloff. Just spending time outside is a simple, time-tested way of boosting energy. Recent Scottish research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine confirms the energy-enhancing power of nature in general, noting that people that live near trees have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Just Say No. “’No,’ is a complete sentence,” says Orloff. “You don’t have to be mean or angry about it; just firmly say ‘No,’ when someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do or because you already feel overcommitted or overwhelmed. You don’t have to explain or make excuses.” A commitment isn’t necessarily final either, remarks Orloff: “If you dread it and can’t delegate it, renegotiate the earlier agreement.”

Stop Electromagnetic Pollution Problem: We are all surrounded by energy-draining electromagnetic fields (EMF) from myriad electronic devices and systems in homes and offices, plus cell phone towers and transmission lines. All of these operate on frequencies that can be major energy drains, says Carter. Japanese research physician Ryoichi Ogawa found that 80 percent of his chronic fatigue patients were frequent users of electromagnetic technologies (Omega-News). Solution: Minimize indoor exposure to EMFs by using land lines with corded phones, power strips and shutting off electricity to nonessential appliances when not in use. “I’ve been preaching this for 20 years,” says Carter. Protecting sleep space is a primary consideration. “Make sure no beds are near electrical outlets and cell phones. Get rid of cordless phones, which are like mini cell towers, right there in the house,” she adds. The easiest solution, Carter says, is to put bare feet on bare earth for 15 to 20 minutes a day. “It will pull some of that excess EMF charge right off of you.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at

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High Traffic, Pets, Long Life–Linoleum Linoleum is made from linseed oil, wood powder, resins and ground limestone. Mineral pigments provide rich color throughout, which prevents paler worn spots. A personalized pattern may include borders using linoleum sheets or tiles. It’s long-lasting, durable, fire-resistant, biodegradable, has no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) and repels dirt and dust. Note: Vinyl, made from unnatural chlorinated petrochemicals, won’t wear as well or last as long as linoleum.

Long-Lasting–Tile Bottles recycled into glass tile reflect light, brightening smaller rooms like the bath. Long-lasting ceramic or porcelain tile has no VOCs, is easy to clean and won’t host germs, bacteria or dust mites. Note: Look for lead-free glazed tile. Glass tile may be cost-prohibitive for larger spaces. Most tile can be slick when wet; texturing increases safety.

FUN FLOOR FACTS n Mixed and matched floors create a planned flow in an open-concept house. Find fun ideas at n Most carpet is chemical-laden and not so health- or eco-friendly, although there are some exceptions. n Sustainably produced handwoven wool rugs backed with jute are susceptible to the jute retaining spills and pet odors; its yellow-tan pigment also can color rug fibers. Jute eventually disintegrates, leaving clumps of unsecured wool fibers. n In Portugal, bark is hand carved off the tree as cork, which is healthy for the tree. Trees are grown on protected land that also benefits insects and birds. NASA, Mercedes and BMW sometimes find cork a lightweight, durable replacement for steel. The Library of Congress has relied on its original cork flooring for 75 years. n Kinetic energy from people dancing or walking on special flooring can light up the area and send energy back to the grid (see

Child-, Pet- and ElderFriendly, Warm and Comfy–Cork Cork is lightweight, flexible and can mimic stone, granite, tile, marble and wood, while providing comfortable cushioning. “Cork assumes the ambient temperature in the room, keeping feet warmer. It holds up to dogs, too,” says Tim Tompkins, a Portuguese Cork Association committee member in Greenville, South Carolina. “Cork is both healthy for the consumer and sustainable for the environment.” Note: Due to its cushioning nature, heavy furniture or high-heeled shoes may make indentations.

Wood-Like and Sturdy–Bamboo Bamboo generally regrows in three to five years, is twice as hard as red oak and can be stained almost any color. Edge-grained bamboo, banded together, turns flooring into a statement. Note: “It’s shipped from Asia and may have formaldehyde glues and

durability problems, so shop carefully,” advises David Bergman, a New York City green architect and author of Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide.

Long-Wearing Classic Look–Stone Travertine, limestone, granite, slate and marble are all stone flooring options. Stone can increase home value, has a classic look and is a piece of history that adds to any décor, although it’s not a renewable resource. Cork or non-petroleum-based laminated floors can give the look of stone without destroying an in-situ natural resource. Note: Large blocks of stone are cut at quarries and transported to processing plants, cut into slabs and transported to a processor to be cut again, shaped and polished before being shipped to the store—a big carbon footprint.

The Great Imitator–Concrete Easy-to-clean, durable concrete never needs to be replaced. Small repairs can

be patched. Large repairs, such as a broken pipe beneath the surface, may require refinishing the entire floor to match the stain color. Some homeowners have created a faux rug using other stain colors to disguise the repaired area. Finishes can make concrete look like hardwood, painted tile, carpet, marble or granite, including terrazzo options. For an entryway, homeowners can design a custom welcome mat, perhaps incorporating a family crest, monogram or motto. Finishes can be textured to varying degrees to increase foot traction. Note: Ensure the structure is sturdy enough to bear the extra weight of concrete. It feels cold underfoot in winter and cool in summer. Epoxy coatings don’t let concrete breathe, so any moisture emanating from the concrete slab will be trapped. Test for the moisturevapor emission rate; problem areas can include sections covered by furniture. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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Super Stretch Yoga HD. Super Stretch is the primary character in this yoga adventure in which players are encouraged to, “Create a peaceful, balanced life by living a NAMASTE mission: Nothing is impossible; Always be honest; Make the world a better place; Act with kindness; Share with others; Trust and believe in yourself; and Enjoy and have fun.” Creator and founder Jessica Rosenberg, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, explains, “I translated a curriculum that I’ve been using for kids into an ‘edutainment’ app that combines gaming and real-life kids as characters that bring yoga to life.” Players are challenged to master the skills presented by each of the game’s 12 main characters, increasing awareness of breathing and other aspects of how the body works, plus promoting self-esteem. Free in the iTunes App Store. If, the Emotional IQ Game. An adventure game inspired by If, a well-known poem by Rudyard Kipling, players go on a quest through Ziggurat, a fantasy world where they enlist energy creatures called Vims to rid their avatars of dark energy. Youngsters are challenged to complete missions using emotional language. The character traits required to complete the tasks include patience,

teamwork and other skills that help kids build emotional intelligence. Free in the iTunes App Store. Smash Your Food. Nutritionist Marta De Wulf, from Bellevue, Washington, felt compelled to develop her innovative app when she realized that while kids understand that certain foods contain too much sugar, fat or carbs, they have no idea how the information pertains to them. The award-winning app “allows children to input their age, gender and level of physical activity to measure their individual caloric need,” says De Wulf. “When they choose a food to ‘smash’ and see that eight grams of sugar cubes are in a can of soda, they’re able to process healthy food information.” Smash Your Food features audio/ video of actual food smashing. “Kids are sensorial and different kinds of learners. It’s more effective than using cartoon images,” she observes. It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. Oh, Ranger! Park Finder. Instead of vaguely suggesting that kids put down their electronic devices and head outdoors, why not ask them to choose an adventure for the whole family? Using the Oh, Ranger! Park Finder app, kids can search for nearby outdoor recreation areas from a comprehensive database of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management sites and U.S. Army Corps recreation areas. Kids can further seek out specific activities from 20-plus categories that range from birdwatching and hiking to boating and camping. Free in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Kids Making Healthy Choices. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that rates of childhood obesity have doubled in the past 30 years. This kid- and parent-friendly app is designed to help. It springboards from San Diego, California’s Merilee Kern’s children’s book of the same title. Embedded via an e-reader, kids can play games, print coloring sheets and explore healthy recipes while natural awakenings

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parents check out the news section and resource page for links with information for keeping youngsters healthy. “Surveys show that parents often don’t realize that their child has a weight problem,” notes Kern. “It’s important to discuss this topic within the family, and the app helps facilitate this in a non-threatening, helpful way.” It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. Julianne Hale writes and edits for Natural Awakenings franchise magazines and blogs about motherhood at

Healthy Web Edutainment “Parents typically spend 90 percent of their grocery budget on products from the inside aisles of stores,” says Karen Laszio, founder of this award-winning website, which teaches kids about the value of food in the outside (produce, dairy and meat) aisles and how to choose fresh, whole foods to incorporate into kid-friendly recipes for the whole family. Designed for teens and tweens, this PBS Kids Go! website teaches children to make responsible decisions about pertinent issues, including drugs, alcohol, anorexia and bulimia, and how to objectively view celebrities, dating and the challenges of puberty. Visitors can find reliable, accurate information about subjects they may not be comfortable discussing with adults or peers. The National Park Service online Web Rangers program enables kids to create a customizable ranger experience and discover national parks and historic sites around the country.


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Louise Hay on Loving Yourself to Ageless Health by S. Alison Chabonais


renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated worldwide for teaching—by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think. Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group. Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, giving back and moving ahead—these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity. At 88, she continues to travel for business and pleasure, embracing vital, joy-filled days with a thankful smile. Her new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, co-authored with Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, explains how she’s taking all she knows to the next level.

Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible? Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want. A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love.

It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself. What we give out we get back, so it all starts with us. Remember, no matter what the problem is, there is only one answer: loving yourself. Start with small steps and be gentle. If you start there, magical things will happen.

How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7? Practice, practice, practice! Slowly, bitby-bit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself. Loving affirmations and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life. It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult. If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

What are some key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being? Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot. Say yes to life and the magic it brings. I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that is realizing that I don’t

need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather. A third of our life is spent eating, and it’s essential that we know the best way to do this. Start your day with water and an act of self-love. Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body. Poop every day, figuratively and literally. Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom. Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good. Also, go on a media diet. Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are. Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

The core belief founding your lifework is that every thought we have is creating our future. Is scientific research now supporting that? When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that. I particularly love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs. I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating self-love and personal affirmations. They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses. It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

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healthy cell function produces proper endocrine (hormonal) functioning, influencing homeostasis. This past August, 12 nationally recognized functional medicine experts participated in the country’s first online Metabolic Revolution Summit to discuss the importance of recognizing the dots that connect the majority of today’s chronic diseases—high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer and even infertility. All of the panelists pointed to the root cause that links them all—the craze for a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet starting in the 1990s combined with a sedentary lifestyle. When several complex conditions exist simultaneously, medical science refers to them as a syndrome. Regardless of how such intricate interrelationships become manifest, all of these syndromes have early-stage signs that include inflammation, high blood sugar and insulin resistance, which can affect metabolic health.

It’s All About Metabolism Getting to the Root Cause of Disease by Linda Sechrist


ttempts to tender lay explanations of how to attain and maintain better health have become fragmented and compartmentalized, with complex scientific cause-andeffect explanations of disease regularly reduced to isolated infographics and sound bites in the media. But understanding our body’s sophisticated, self-regulating, self-correcting and interdependent physiological systems, which work in collaboration with each other and inform us of the body’s status by means of symptoms, deserves a whole-systems frame of reference. Stepping back from immediate concerns to grasp the bigger picture allows for rethinking the Western approach to health. A perspective that connects all the dots works best, beginning with the foundation of wellness—the functioning of 73 trillion cells that are organized into a variety of tissues, including interconnected systems of organs. Optimally, they function together harmoniously to achieve homeostasis, the overall chemical and energetic balance that defines metabolic health.

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A Holistic Approach Doctors that specialize in functional integrative medicine strive to improve the health and well-being of patients by engaging them in their own healing process. One popular approach is practiced by Durango, Colorado, Doctor of Chiropractic James Forleo, author of Health is Simple, Disease is Complicated: A Systems Approach to Vibrant Health. He starts by educating people about the basic functioning of the major body systems involved in their specific health challenges. “To maintain metabolic health, no one should overlook that the body’s intelligence works 24/7 to solve multiple problems simultaneously, including balancing their metabolism. The more complex the pattern of symptoms, the more systems are involved. Whether a single or group of symptoms indicate metabolic dysfunction, it means that numerous systems that rely on healthy cells are unable to perform their normal functions,” explains Forleo. For example, blood sugar issues, excess circulating insulin and buildup of excess glucose stored as fat can lead to metabolic dysfunction. The pancreas, thyroid and gastrointestinal tract—primary glands in the endocrine system that plays a major role in balancing body chemistry by secreting hormones directly into the circulatory system—are negatively impacted. Well-functioning adrenals are necessary to balance blood sugar and one role of the pancreas is to produce insulin. When four of the eight major organ systems—immune,

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Lifestyle Factors Functional medicine’s integrative approach to metabolic health is based on proper nutrition and regular exercise. “The inflammatory agents present in much of the food consumed at each meal in the standard American diet—high-glycemic refined carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats—are the biggest offenders,” says Forleo, who notes that the body instead needs good fats, such as those obtained from olive and coconut oils. Factors over which we can exercise some control—physical activity, stress, sleep, diet and circadian rhythms—all play roles in metabolic health. Unfortunately, “We are moving further away from our ancestors’ healthier diet and lifestyle. We’re overfed and undernourished because we’re no longer eating for nutrition, but for entertainment,” remarks Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Mowll, the medical director of Sweet Life Diabetes Health Centers in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He characterizes metabolic dysfunction as the ultimate problem because it’s the doorway to many other ailments. “A hundred years ago, infectious diseases plagued humanity. Today and in the future, it’ll be metabolic disorders such as obesity, cancer, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders and other endocrine problems, diabetes and Type 2 diabetes,” predicts Mowll.

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Metabolic Health Education Dr. Caroline Cederquist, author of The MD Factor Diet: A Physician’s Proven Diet for Metabolism Correction and Healthy Weight Loss, and founder of Cederquist Medical Wellness Center, in Naples, Florida, conducted a one-year study of patients to identify their health issues via blood work analysis. Eighty-nine percent of the men, women and children showed evidence of insulin resistance. This often-overlooked metabolic condition affects how the body processes glucose, a simple sugar and the body’s primary fuel, making gaining weight easy and losing it difficult. Treated with proper diet, lifestyle changes and supplements, plus medication in advanced stages, Cederquist found that metabolic dysfunction is reversible. She explains that long-term insulin resistance can lead to fatty liver disease, high blood sugar and eventually, diabetes. It also directly affects cholesterol levels and can induce triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol), increased waist circumference and heart disease. In Cederquist’s young adult patients, metabolic dysfunction was also associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a cause of infertility. natural awakenings

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Germany’s Dr. Wolf Funfack, a specialist in internal and nutritional medicine and creator of a well-regarded metabolic balancing program, noted that insulin resistance both increases the production of stress hormones and blocks production of the antiinflammatory hormones that slow the aging process. Funfack’s all-natural, personalized nutrition plan, backed by more than 25 years of scientific study, is designed to bring hormonal balance, optimize health and lead to long-term weight management. Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, author of Metabolic Cardiology, goes a step further. He believes that metabolic dysfunction involving cells, hormones and inflammation encompasses the molecular-based essence of all disease. He observes, “Individuals diagnosed with several conditions can leave a doctor’s office with three or four prescriptions, rather than the one solution for reversal and prevention—a healthy lifestyle and non-inflammatory diet to offset and neutralize weight gain, blood pressure elevation and other abnormalities such as high blood sugar.” Mowll agrees that many conventional healthcare practitioners don’t address the root cause of metabolic disorders or provide lifestyle interventions. “They simply reach for the prescription pad,” he says. This growing problem presents an opportunity to educate the entire populace. Bestselling Virgin Diet author JJ Virgin, who characterizes the human body as a “chemistry lab,” adopts an easy-to-follow nutritional and fitness approach for metabolic health. She recommends eating the types of healthy fats found in wild fish, raw nuts and seeds, coconut, avocado and olives. Virgin prefers the clean, lean protein of grass-fed beef and wild fish, plus low-glycemic lentils and legumes and plenty of low-glycemic fruits like raspberries, blueberries, pears and grapefruits. Lowglycemic vegetables on her list include green peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, onion and eggplant. “When you eat this way, there’s a slow release of sugar, and insulin remains at lower levels,” advises Virgin. As in any systems theory, the whole must be understood in relationship to the parts, as well as the relevant environment. Experts agree that it’s paramount to take an expanded, systemic approach to metabolic health, rather than fixating on only one or two aspects at a time. Metabolic health—from basic cells to the most sophisticated of organized systems—can only be achieved and sustained when the whole system is healthy. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings and host of the online Metabolic Revolution Summit. Visit her website for a free audio sample.

How to Talk with a Doctor by Carol L. Roberts


any patients, both men and women, have a hero-worshipping attitude toward their physicians and can be intimidated during visits. They may feel it’s impolite to question a doctor, even to get information needed to make critical decisions for one’s self or a loved one. Some doctors seem to have forgotten they are still just people with a medical degree. Patients should remember this if they encounter any perceived aloofness or arrogance. Too often, such an unhelpful attitude may be acquired along with professional experience. Getting ready for a visit to a doctor often entails following instructions, but should also include preparing questions you want answered. If a serious health issue has surfaced, such as an abnormal lab test or a diagnosis that requires treatment, make key questions count: “Where did this come from? Is there anything I can do for myself? What is the recommended treatment? What are the expected effects and unintended side effects of the proposed treatment? Are there alternative forms of treatment? Can I speak to one of your patients that has undergone this treatment?” Then, do online research upon returning home. The Internet has placed the entire library of medicine at our fingertips. Sift out the science from the hype, refine questions and go back for deeper answers. Get a second opinion from another medical doctor or naturopath (some states license them) or doctor of Oriental medicine (acupuncture and herbs). No matter if the proposed treatment is as seemingly simple as a course of antibiotics or as serious as surgery, question it before automatically submitting to a diagnosis and drug prescription. Each of us is the only person on Earth with the unique vantage point of living inside our body. We shouldn’t let anyone label us as depressed if a sick body says otherwise, that “It’s all in your head,” if it’s real, or that there’s no cure. That’s where alternative medicine usually begins and miracles can happen. The best results come from standing up for ourselves. Dr. Carol L. Roberts practices integrative medicine at the Perlmutter Health Center, in Naples, FL ( She is a founding diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.

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Interval Training Knocks Down Blood Sugar Exercise Bursts are Fast and Effective by Lisa Marlene


abels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults that have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic dysfunction due to a high-sugar diet that causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels and eventually contributes to insulin resistance. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Obesity, the benefits of doing HIIE at least three times a week for two to six weeks include reduction of abdominal body fat, improved aerobic and anaerobic fitness and lower levels of insulin resistance. In a separate study, Norwegian researchers examined the impact that different types of exercise programs had on individuals seeking to reverse metabolic dysfunction, an overall chemical imbalance largely attributed to insulin


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resistance. They concluded that despite producing similar effects on body weight and blood pressure, the aerobic interval training group also showed greater improvement in insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity and high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol) than those performing continuous moderate exercise. They also exhibited lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. Another beneficial HIIE characteristic is that it involves markedly fewer exercise repetitions and less training time. JJ Virgin, a fitness and nutrition expert and author of The Virgin Diet, recommends incorporating burst-style and resistance training for fast, lasting fat loss and improving insulin resistance. Best of all, you can do these exercises in minutes a day. “Burst exercise means working out in short intense bursts of 30 to 60 seconds, coupled with one to two minutes of active recovery time, moving at a lower intensity that allows you to catch your breath and lower your heart rate,” she explains.

Two easy examples of this are sprinting to burst and then walking to recover, and running up stairs to burst, and then walking down them to recover. “This should be repeated for a total of four to eight minutes of high-intensity bursts per session. Overall, this will take 20 to 30 minutes,” says Virgin. She notes that the increase in stress hormones that occurs during HIIE are

counteracted by the simultaneously raised levels of anabolic-building hormones. “Short bursts train the body in how to handle stress and recover. Repeated intense bursts raise the lactic acid level, which in turn raises growth hormone production and supports fat burning. The research is clear that the more intense the exercise, the bigger the metabolic benefit is afterward.”

The Skinny on Glycemic Foods by Kathleen Barnes


hose wanting to reduce carbohydrate intake by eating foods with a low glycemic index based on their impact on blood sugar levels might consider using newer tables that instead measure glycemic load, suggests New York City Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Susan Weiner. She explains that the glycemic index only considers how quickly sugars from food are released into the bloodstream. The glycemic load charts a more accurate accounting of the amount of carbohydrates in an actual serving, rather than the 50-gram (1.76-ounce) portion used in calculating a food’s ranking on the glycemic index scale of 1 to 100. “Glycemic load is a better indicator of how a carbohydrate food will affect blood sugar in realistic portions, especially in combination with other foods, including proteins and fats,” advises Weiner. Here are a few compelling comparisons:

Food/Snack Carrot Watermelon Graham crackers Baguette Snickers bar Cornflakes Baked Potato

Glycemic Index 35 (low) 72 (high) 74 (high) 95 (very high) 51 (medium) 93 (very high) 111 (very high)

Glycemic Load 2 (low) 4 (low) 14 (medium) 15 (medium) 18 (medium high) 23 (high) 33 (high)

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FOODS The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist


ur body’s hormones work like an orchestra. When one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. Fortunately, our body has masterful conductors, including the endocrine system, which coordinates all of the glands and the hormones they produce. “Players” include the adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, reproductive and thyroid/ parathyroid glands.


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“A healthy endocrine system is essential to making hormones in appropriate amounts throughout our life,” says Theresa Dale, Ph.D., a naturopathic doctor who practices as a traditional naturopath and clinical nutritionist in Oxnard, California, and has authored Revitalizing Your Hormones. “For example, when the ovaries shut down after menopause, the adrenal glands continue producing progesterone and other essential hormones.”

Dale, dean and founder of the California College of Natural Medicine, further assures that contrary to assertions from some conventional medicine reports, the body is able to produce necessary hormones throughout our entire life. Hormones function as chemical messengers that commute through the bloodstream as part of the information superhighway that connects the brain to the DNA managers of the body’s cells. “Hormones communicate with chemicals produced by the brain called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which greatly influence energy levels, moods and other bodily functions such as moving memories from shortto long-term storage,” explains Dale. For 20 years, she has seen patients with critical hormonal imbalances respond to her recommended three-month, endocrine-rebuilding diet, comprising three daily meals of steamed, sautéed and raw foods, fish, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus two raw vegetable or seed snacks. The regimen strives to balance metabolism, cleanse the body, restore immune function and revitalize the endocrine system. Kokomo, Indiana, resident Sylvia Egel, national director of coaching and education for Metabolic Balance,

a personalized nutrition plan to balance metabolism and hormones, optimize health and increase energy at any age, agrees that hormones can be restored and balanced via proper food selections. “Our lifestyle and dietary choices strongly affect our metabolism and hormonal health, as do stress levels and sleep patterns. Eating at the wrong time, in the wrong place or in the wrong order, and even poor combinations of healthy foods, can be almost as problematic as eating junk food,” says Egel. She also warns against snacking, emotional eating, eating on the go, skipping breakfast and waiting too long between meals. Diana Hoppe, author of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Diego, California, who leads clinical trials related to women’s health at the Pacific Coast Research Center, also sees firsthand how what we eat directly affects our hormones. She attests that our bodies need a balance of three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. “But for 20 years, we have been advised to decrease fat intake in favor of fat-free options that have been detrimental to us, because we need fat to produce hormones and maintain healthy hormone function. Certain fatty acids and cholesterol serve as building blocks in hormone production and cellular function, especially the reproductive hormones of estrogen and testosterone,” says Hoppe. Food can be medicine for hormones. One of the most important hormone-balancing fats is coconut oil, which heals skin, increases metabolism and supplies a quick source of energy. Egg yolks are a good source of choline and iodine, essential to the production of healthy thyroid hormones, plus are rich in vitamins A, D, E and B-complex vitamins. Avocados have lots of healthy fat that helps absorb and utilize nutrients. Nuts and seeds, olive oil and salmon are all rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that help stabilize hormone levels. Eating the right foods and incorporating healthy fats into meals increases overall energy, reduces hormonal fluctuations and helps us feel more balanced. Says Dale, “The majority of individuals are surprised to learn that hormone health doesn’t depend on age, but rather on a complex of factors, like the air we breathe, the water we drink, the quality of our diet, good sleep and adequate exercise, plus the relative health of our relationships and emotional life—and that’s just for starters.”

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Power of Words: A New Year’s Revolution by Linda Janasz, PhD, 200 RYT


wise friend recently told me that the best New Year’s resolutions start from within. This New Year, you can make a world of difference to your community, your company and your family by following an age-old practice to inner peace. It’s not surprising that few individuals know how to find inner peace; learning to surf one’s 65,000 daily spinning thoughts is not an easy task. As a journalist, sociologist and researcher, I know that words are profoundly important. Words enable us to communicate with others, and most importantly, ourselves. Our internal dialogue, or verbal chatter, can lead to a myriad of emotions that impact every aspect of our lives. One of the ways we can create cognitive relationship with our words and thoughts is by learning to live in non-verbal spaces. Last year, a Time magazine article posited that there is a Mindful Revolution, and we know that meditation has also become a popular topic. We are now on the cusp of understanding why this ancient practice can help us increase our physical and emotional health and reach our life goals. By creating a new relationship with your words, you can profoundly increase your level of wellbeing. By cultivating the mind, reducing the amount of “thought spinning,” you can learn to deal more effectively with internal chatter, regulate energy and information flow, and be with emotions rather than fight them. By introducing these ancient practices into our lives, we not only see


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are effective therapies for addiction and social anxiety. Studies also show increased creativity and decreased burnout in the workplace. Apple Computer, Nortel Networks and Google have already instituted mindfulness training and wellness opportunities on-site.

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Thoughts are words that weave their way into our lives. Buddha stated, “Selfpurification starts through well-chosen speech.” He believed that pure speech is one of the central formulas for emotional health. He understood that “words are worth treasuring and that they should be connected with a goal which is considered to be verbal action.” increased productivity, but we become more adaptive, healthier and happier, both in and out of the workplace. Today, neuroscientists have produced brain scans that prove meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brains, improving memory, making us more compassionate and resilient under stress. In addition, these

If you can breathe, you can meditate; it may seem simple, but it is not easy. A daily practice helps many live healthier, more joyful and productive lives. Like any new skill, you need a teacher that can guide you. If you choose to embark on a program, I recommend you find a skilled practitioner. When students create a strong meditation practice, they learn the power of mindfulness through awareness. By exploring the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, the 87-year-old Zen Buddhist, who teaches, “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness; whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as a means to take hold of your mind again,” we will learn to deal more effectively with words, thoughts and actions and how to be in non-verbal spaces, for a healthier and happy New Year. Taking the time each day to meditate and to be more mindful gives us the opportunity to observe and witness our thoughts without judgment. With a regular practice, we become aware, accept and choose to enjoy our lives more fully. Linda Janasz, PhD, is an Emmy award winning producer, journalist and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). She has created and teaches a program called Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement (MMM) that has helped hundreds of people find balance in an unbalanced world. She will be leading an MMM 6-week Transformational Training starting Jan. 20, 11:30am-1pm, and Jan. 21, 8-9:30pm, at Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Cir., Ste. 400, Weston. For more information, call 954-349-6868 or visit See ad page 59.

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Eating to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by John Belleme


r. Caldwell Esselstyn, a pioneer in preventive and restorative cardiovascular medicine, is also a world-class athlete. Interviewed in the popular plant-based diet documentary, Forks Over Knives, and appearing in the CNN special, The Last Heart Attack, he contends that the current epidemic of cardiovascular disease can be overcome through a whole-food, plant-based diet that excludes oils. He summarizes his research in his bestselling book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

What led you to the belief that diet may be the solution for cardiovascular disease? In reviewing global differences in the incidence of breast cancer, it became apparent that there are cultures and regions where cardiovascular disease is virtually nonexistent, such as among residents of rural China, the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Central Africa and the Tarahumara lands, in northwestern Mexico. The common denominator is whole-food, plantbased nutrition.

What have you learned from your latest research? Our recent study of 200 seriously ill cardiac patients, published in the Journal of Family Practice, validates our earlier work. Among the 89.3 percent of those that adhered to our program, 99.4 percent avoided any further adverse cardiac events during close to four years of follow-ups, and a significant number were able to reverse their disease or avoid having a recommended stent operation or bypass surgery. Another study we published in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cardiology focused on three patients, each of whom had cardiovascular disease, primarily in different areas. All three received the full cocktail of cardiac drugs and operative procedures at excellent medical institutions. When these approaches failed, they were told that nothing further could be done. We then counseled these same individuals in our plant-based approach to nutrition and all experienced healing that has continued for more than three years now.

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Eating a variety of plant-sourced nutrients avoids any deficiencies. This is perhaps best exemplified by the Tarahumara. They thrive on the three sisters of beans, corn and squash, and manifest no nutrient deficits. How do you respond to health professionals that believe that your recommended oil-free diet is too extreme? The most extreme diet on the planet is presently consumed by 95 percent of Americans. It is destroying their health, making us one of the sickest nations on Earth. Excluding oil might be a significant change for some, but it is not overly extreme.

Can removing oils from our diet create deficiencies in healthy people? Eating a variety of plant-sourced nutrients avoids any deficiencies. This is perhaps best exemplified by the

study comprised patients with cardiovascular disease at the onset that were able to halt and reverse their condition. That has never been demonstrated with a Mediterranean diet.

How much fat do you recommend consuming on a daily basis?

Tarahumara. They thrive on the three sisters of beans, corn and squash, and manifest no nutrient deficits.

Eating must remain spontaneous and enjoyable. Our research confirms that eating the full range of plantbased foods provides a healthy diet of approximately 10 to 11 percent fat. Whole grains, legumes, root vegetables, green, red and yellow vegetables and fruit are the best sources of fat. Chia seeds and ground flax seeds, which contain omega-3 fats, are a healthy addition to any diet. Esselstyn is a presenter on this year’s Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise from Mar. 14 to 21. For more information, call 828-479-9537, email Info@ or visit See ad back page.

Why does your approach contradict the conclusion regarding the health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet published in the New England Journal of Medicine? The PREDIMED Spanish study started with people without cardiovascular disease and during the course of the study, deaths from heart attack and strokes occurred in all three groups— both of the Mediterranean subsets and the so-called 39 percent fat group, which was not low-fat. In contrast, our

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Henna and Herbs: Alternatives to Hair Color by Ibana Villasenor


he growing demand for "going green" is bringing back one of the ancient hair coloring alternatives: Henna for your hair! You will find hundreds of fans blogging about it and teaching how to. But first, a quick explanation as to how henna and herbs work. Clients must be informed so that they understand the nature of these hair herbs—the Do’s and Don’ts. Blonde, brown, auburn, mahogany and other “shades” of henna are mixes of amla, indigo, walnut, rhubarb, and lawsonia, combined with other plants. Henna will not lift (remove) hair color, but rather deposit pigments. It can enhance existing hair color, deepening or darkening the shade. Once the henna’s properties have oxidized and reached the final phase, the color is permanently impregnated into the hair strands. Shampoo, chlorine, and blow-drying will all cause some type of degradation, but henna is permanent and will not be gone until you cut it off. Repeated applications of henna mixtures will develop even deeper, richer tones. Processing times vary from 30 minutes to 5 hours or longer depending on hair porosity, percentage and stubbornness of gray, etc. Maintenance is the same as with conventional dyes and depends on hair regrowth. One of the major benefits of henna is the shine it imparts; it is also beneficial in detoxing the scalp. Often found in Yemen, Pakistan, and India, henna is a plant having leaves that contain the pigment known as lawsone (red-orange). Its molecule is too large to penetrate the hair shaft, but rather binds to the keratin in the hair, staining it. Post-application, henna color will darken gradually over the next few days, usually 48-hour period, through a naturally-occurring oxidative process. Cassia obovata, often called blonde or neutral henna, is not from the henna family, but rather a native tree from Egypt and Nubia. It contains chrysophanic acid which will stain the hair a yellow hue. Additionally, cassia has antibacterial and

antifungal properties so it’s good for the hair and scalp. Another non-henna colorant, Indigofera tinctoria, partially fermented, contains natural indigo dye, and when added to henna, creates a deeper or darker hue. Obviously, there is much to know and understand when combining plants and herbs, and because of this there are a limited number of salons today who offer henna services. Additionally, there has been concern about henna and contaminants like pesticides and lead, and the compound hennas which may include metallic salts or synthetics (to add variation to color). Many hair colorists have had negative experiences either attempting to remove henna or when conventional hair colors (containing peroxide) have come in contact with the minerals added to henna, causing hair disasters and client distress.

Hair Holistic eco-friendly studio color expert, Ibana Villasenor, offers henna as one of the salon’s coloring choices. She personally customizes the henna to complement the client’s natural shade, creating the color desired along with extreme shine and healthy hair. Her concoctions are made from henna, plants, spices and natural pigments. The regrowth is more natural than with conventional chemical hair colors, with the entire process friendly to the global environment and the client’s hair. The salon uses only top quality henna from a reputable supplier, with neutral pH and laboratory certified herbs which contain no PPD, chemical dye, lead, pesticide residue, contaminants or adulterants. Note: Henna can cause severe anemia in G6PD deficient infants by penetrating the skin causing oxidative haemolysis of blood cells. G6PD deficiency is a recessive x chromosome sex-linked inheritable trait. Consult with your healthcare provider if there is any concern in this area. Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly Studio is located at 881 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton. For more information and to make an appointment, call 561-3725354, See ad page 59.

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Hidden Food Allergies: Do You Have Them? by Hepsharat Amadi, M.D.


elieve it or not, most allergists, immunologists and conventional medical doctors do not recognize or test for the most common types of allergies that affect people—delayed sensitivity allergies. When I was in medical school and residency, I was not taught very much at all about these kinds of allergies, also known as “sensitivities,” since they do not result in the kinds of symptoms that most people associate with allergies. They do not cause itching all over, breaking out in hives, swelling, feeling like the throat is closing or anaphylactic shock. We were told that most people do not have allergies, which might be viewed as true, if you want to define allergies as those kinds of substances that cause the above-mentioned reactions. These kinds of allergies are caused by the production in the body of IgE antibodies and the body’s reaction to these antibodies. These kinds of allergies cause what are called “acute hypersensitivity reactions.” It is the presence of IgE antibodies to things that are being tested for when most doctors do blood tests or skin patch testing for allergies. If no IgE antibodies are detectable by those methods, it simply means the person does not have that type of allergy. It does NOT mean they have no allergies or sensitivities of any kind, although it is frequently interpreted that way. There are other types of allergies or sensitivities that are caused by

antibodies other than IgE. This type of allergy, which can be caused by a variety of foods, even foods commonly viewed as being healthy and/or natural, can cause symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, headache, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, hypertension, sinusitis, ear or throat infections, and many other symptoms, which are often regarded and treated by doctors as diseases in and of themselves without their underlying cause being recognized and addressed.

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These allergies can also cause constipation or diarrhea, and then the person is sometimes labeled as having “irritable bowel.” These kinds of allergies or sensitivities are caused by the release of IgE antibodies one, two or even as many as three days after the person has eaten whatever foods they were sensitive to. In many cases, they are caused by foods that the person eats frequently, oftentimes on a daily or every-otherday basis. Since the symptoms do not immediately follow the ingestion of the offending food, the person is frequently unaware that they are sensitive to this food. They may even crave it! Most people that I have tested are sensitive to gluten-containing foods such as all forms of wheat—whole, sprouted or otherwise, oats, barley and rye, as well as dairy and sugar, even though they may eat these foods several times a day, every day. They may only realize how it was negatively impacting their health once they stop eating these foods. Perhaps the best way to detect the presence of allergies or sensitivities

There are other types of allergies or sensitivities that are caused by antibodies other than IgE. This type of allergy, which can be caused by a variety of foods, even foods commonly viewed as being healthy and/or natural, can cause symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, headache, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, hypertension, sinusitis, ear or throat infections, and many other symptoms, which are often regarded and treated by doctors as diseases in and of themselves without their underlying cause. is electrically, because at the most fundamental level, allergies or sensitivities represent blockages in the body’s electromagnetic field to certain “frequencies” or items. For example, Bio-Meridian Stress Testing machines can help detect these allergies; Quantum Bio-Feedback machines can help detect and treat these allergies; and acupuncture is another modality that can help to minimize a person’s allergic tendencies by balancing the body’s electromagnetic field. Colonics help to minimize allergy effects by detoxifying the bowel, and what goes on in the gut is key to how our immune system

functions. Sometimes IgE allergies or sensitivities can be managed by doing diet rotation, i.e. if one likes the food and if it is nutritious, then sometimes the person can “get away with” having small to moderate amounts no more frequently than once every four days. However, some food allergens, if they are not nutritious and are more toxic, may be best avoided altogether or only eaten very rarely. Once the person finds out which foods are sensitivities to them, they can then make an informed decision as to how often, if ever, to incorporate them into their diet. However, if they are

unaware of what their food sensitivities really are, then they lose out on an opportunity to greatly improve their health by controlling their diet in the way that is best for their own immune system. Hepsharat Amadi, M.D. primarily does quantum biofeedback assessment and treatment (a form of energy medicine), lifestyle and nutritional counseling, along with herbal and nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies. Her office is located at 10189 West Sample Road, Coral Springs. For more information and to make an appointment, call 954-757-0064. See ad page 42.

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PET ANESTHESIA How to Make it Safe and Easier on Everyone by Shawn Messonnier


any pet parents and some veterinarians have an unnecessary fear of animal anesthesia. Addressing some misconceptions about this common medical procedure can be helpful, particularly in regard to older pets.

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Modern anesthesia has evolved into a safe medical practice since it was introduced in 1799 and uses much safer drugs than earlier versions. Still, all medications need to be approached cautiously for the welfare of all individuals connected to its use. Both injectable anesthetic drugs and inhalant anesthetic drugs (gases) can be used safely if properly chosen for a specific condition, accurately dosed and continuously monitored.

Myth #2: Grogginess is a Given When a high-quality medication is properly administered, a groggy state lasting from several hours to a day or

more following a procedure shouldn’t occur. Lower-quality anesthetic drugs injected during discounted spaying and neutering procedures may produce such prolonged recovery periods. It’s safer to use a high-quality, quick-acting, short-term injectable anesthetic, followed by gas anesthesia for anesthetic maintenance, during surgical procedures, including for spaying and neutering. Patients wake up quickly following surgery and can be sent home fully awake soon afterwards.

Myth #3: A Pet is Too Old No pet is too old for proper medical care. Because older pets don’t metabolize some drugs as well as younger ones, the correct anesthesia must be chosen for the pet’s age and current state of health or medical problems. Too often, pets haven’t received proper care, especially dental cleanings and tumor removals, because their current veterinarian has deemed them too old for anesthesia. Both the family and the

veterinarian need to feel comfortable with treatments. Ask questions before submitting an animal to any anesthetic or surgery or other medical procedure. Talk with the veterinarian about using this gentle, natural approach to help relieve any concerns if a pet needs sedation or anesthesia. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

PRINCIPLES OF HOLISTIC ANESTHESIA by Shawn Messonnier n Each patient is unique and has unique anesthetic needs. n Giving the least amount of anesthesia needed ensures the safest possible procedure. n Analgesics are used to minimize discomfort and meet anesthetic needs. n Some anesthetic drugs may be used to minimize the depth of anesthesia obtained. n Light levels of anesthesia are preferred for minimally painful procedures. n Carefully monitoring the patient during anesthesia helps ensure a good outcome. n Patients should wake up from anesthesia immediately following the procedure. n Patients are sent home immediately following anesthetic recovery. n An older pet can be safely anesthetized by a holistic vet as part of its anti-aging care.

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The Natural Awakenings Network (NAN)

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Broward Spine Institute

954.272.2225 (20%)

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International Holistic Center, David Webb, A.P.

954.903.9426 (15%*)

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954.817.9471 (15%)

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954.741.1099 (25%*)

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954.567.8011 (15%*)

Ursula Herrmann

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954.475.2178 (15%)

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954.792.6266 (15%*)

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786.245.3843 (20%*)

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954.484.1616 (5%)

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954.348.2652 (20%)

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808.647.4016 (10%*)

Family Therapy Center of Psychological Effectiveness (COPE)

954.583.8831 (20%*)

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954.295.2315 (20%)

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954.927.2836 (25%*)

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954.565.5900 (10%*)

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954.581.1747 (10%*)

hair salon Stephen Anthony at Tracy Carroll Salon

954.564.2323 (20%)

holistic health Bridges of Wellness

954.530.6006 (20%) Landa, Inc

954.531.6846 (15%) My Energy Place

954.306.8251 (10%*)

Wholly Macro

954.764.6371 (10%)

homeopathy Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHOM(NA)

754-484-7988 (20%*)

hypnosis Lisa Desmond-Graham, CHt

integrative medicine Palm Beach Integrative Medicine

954.583.3335 (20%*)

Interior Environmental Design Exceptional Designs

954.232.1679 (10%)

lawyer The Law Offices of Paul E. Gifford, Chartered

954.525.0702 (30%*)

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954.772.0046 (20%)

Massage Center for Optimal Health

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Origin Therapeutics

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954.763.1619 (20%*)

Margie’s Therapeutic Touch

954.562.6197 (20%*)


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GODpillow Inspirational Gifts

561.749.0894 (15%*)

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561.859.2441 (20%*)

954.658.0114 (*)

Naturally Balanced Holistic HealthCare

954.583.7484 (20%*)

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954.626.2122 (15%*)

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561.429.9183 (15%)

The Garden Gate

954.783.4283 (10%)

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954.426.2304 (5%)

NuSkin Pharmanex Independent Distributor Positive Nutrition, Inc.

954.263.3259 (20%)

Stockton Aloe 1

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Women’s BestHealth

954.782.4855 (20%*)

organizer Life Organized by Bonnie, LLC

954.849.1023 (20%)

Parenting Greenie Tots

888.316.6126 (10%)


770.265.6242 (25%*)

psychology Annette Hawley, LCSW

Dawn Herrmann - Independent Consultant, Arbonne International

954.922.5658 (20%*)

Living Foods Institute

561.368.0026 (*)

561.236.0165 (35%*)

404.524.4488 (20% *)

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954.426.0410 (20% *)

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Modern Zen

954.649.5228 (20%)

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954.234.8278 (10%)

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954.491.6307 (15%)

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954.562.8128 (10%)

Vitality Laser Spa

954.638.3524 (20%*)

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954.344.4404 (20%)

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954.540.7633 (20%*)

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954.422.8766 (20%)

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954.349.6868 (*)

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954.452.4424 (5%*)

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Dear Carol, Love is a freeing, expanding experience; whereas, love addiction is limiting and diminishing. Love addiction begins in childhood, although it surfaces in the teen-dating years. Love addiction is not gender-specific, yet women are more susceptible to it than men since women prepare all their lives for that “special someone.” Girls “play house” with dolls, as soon as they can walk. Boys, on the other hand, are playing cowboys and Indians. So, who of the two genders would feel the higher stakes in relationships? Both genders leave childhood somewhat vulnerable, based on which needs were not met by their family. The woman turns to men, one relationship after another, to complete or rescue her (no matter how successful she is). The man, on the other hand, gets addicted to his job and his sense of accomplishment to fulfill him. They live worlds apart! The correction lies within the woman as she truly begins to define and empower herself by her inner wisdom and a sense of herself. This allows her to know what she deserves and have the patience to wait for it. The outcome would be that men would have to look at themselves and what they offer a woman. Here is an overview of the differences between love and love addiction: The antidote to love addiction is self-love. It is true that the only way to get someone to truly love you is to truly love yourself. Not the “I’m great, I have no faults” kind of selflove; I’m talking about the humble, vulnerable, available selflove. It’s not as easy to achieve, but well worth it! Thank you so much for your question. Sincerely, Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC Karen L. Kaye has been in private practice for 30+ years in Broward County. She specializes in relationship and self-esteem issues. Ms. Kaye receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217. See ad page 57.

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Vishnu Therapy -​ ​10-11:45am, ​Solar Plexus and abdomen massage for physical and spiritual strength. Mustard oil, class folder, and tea provided. Bring old towels. $30. Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach. Amrita: 786-390-2919​.​

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ongoingevents sunday Yoga on the Beach - Classes held daily (7 days/ week) 9:30-10:30am, $10 Donation. Weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside, in a tropical paradise setting. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455.

Reiki Circle - 11am-12:15pm. $10 Love Donation. iConnect Cafe, Reiki & Yoga, 3088 Griffin Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Amandine Afonso, 305.896.2217. Spiritual Healing Fair - 12pm-5pm. Free 4th Sunday, Jan-Nov, Readings,Treatments, nominal fee Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Highway, Suite 4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Lisa Smith, 954.782.6564. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group - 1–3pm (1st & 2nd Sun ea. mo. & 3rd Tues ea. mo) Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087

Unity of Pompano - Realize Your Higher Self 9:30am Power Hour-Course on The I of the Storm 11am Celebration Service-Inspirational Message & Live Music; 11am Youth K-12; Fellowship; 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857.

Reiki Healing Circle & Potluck Full Dinner Social – 5pm, (second Sun ea mo). $4Love. Reiki hosted by Usui Reiki Master Fred Levick in private home in W Broward. RSVP 954.742.2113.

Buddhist Meditation Class - 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191

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.

Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 1550 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, 954.566.2868. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Catholic Mass: The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm, Wed 7pm) 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Mindfulness (Insight) Meditation – 10:30am– 12pm, Free. Silent group meditation followed by a talk & conversation. 16 NE 4th St, Ft Lauderdale. Call for details. 954.232.8422. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – 11am– 12pm, ­Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, Multi-Purpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433. ECK Worship Service – 11am–12pm, Free. 2nd Sunday/ Jan 12, (normally First Sunday/month). Experience the Light and Sound of God. Learn about the HU Song Eckankar, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.


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Community HU Chant - 4th Sunday of each month, 7:00 - 7:30 pm. Release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681 Shamanic Lodge -7pm-9pm. Donation. A home for the Shamanic spirit to heal, rest and learn. For students, solo practitioners, apprentices and teachers. Classes, readings and healings. Shamanic Lodge nfp, 6100 SW 37 Ct., Davie FL 33314, Martha, 954.773.5404.

monday Gentle Yoga & Meditation – 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868. Carole’s Circle - Guided Meditation, Healing & Personal Channeled Message – 12:30-1:30pm. $12. Receive a Boost of Energy – Release Stress – Get Centered - on your lunch hour… c/o Maplewood Wellness Center, 1240 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL. Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490. ​

Defeated by Dieting? - 1-2:30pm. $20. End selfhate because of weight. You are not weak. Come to my lecture-discussion group. I am a food/eating addictions specialist. RSVP/Space for 8. @ Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, Malerie Bleich, 954.495.5295. Pre Natal Yoga – 6pm Postures, Breath, Meditation to prepare for birth & motherhood. Modifications given for individual trimester & ability. Doctor’s note req. Red Pearl Yoga, 918 NE 20th Ave, 2nd fl, waterside, Ft Lauderdale. 954.828.1651. Taiji-Qigong Health On Beach – Evenings 6:30– 7:45pm. 1st 3 lessons, $5 (after $7) N. Hollywood at Franklin St & Surf Rd. Inside if rain, phone. Certif. Instr. Raven Cohan 954.927.2836. Call for Website. 32 years teaching. See Thurs. listing. Ho’oponopono Meditation – 7–8:30pm. $10. Exploring meditation using a Hawaiian practice of clearing resistance. SoulTranSync, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Edward Miller, 954.990.8948. Come on Get Happy – 7–8:30pm. No-Charge, Self-help Educational / Discussion Group: Maintain & achieve self love & happiness with emotional balance & stability. Led by Dr. Lewis Jordan Ph.D., @ SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, 2nd Fl, Wilton Manors, 954.306.1493. Women’s Self-Empowerment Circle- 7 pm- 8 pm, 1st and 3rd Mondays only, $15. This circle provides safe and loving environment, to learn how to improve your self confidence, self esteem and self worth. Ongoing group. iConnect Cafe, 3088 Griffin Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 718.576.9197. Reiki Circle/Meditation – 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Women’s Support Group: Wonderful Women of Awareness – 7:30–9:30pm. $20/ session, ongoing group–be more aware & committed to your own vision through re-education & support. Karen Kaye, LMHC 954.384.1217. Candlelight Prayer​ - 9pm-10pm+. Donation. Lighting ceremony to create an energetic imprint and set the intention for the week ahead. A place to come together, ​release needs and concerns,​under guidance, with healing and love energy. Urban Namaste’s beautiful studios in Fort Lauderdale. Urban Namaste Center​, 915 NE 20 Ave.​, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. 754​.​​307​.​7508. ​

tuesday Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am-12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7-8:30pm (Mon,Wed). ​Kung Fu 7:00 pm. Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, ​Aimara Sage ​954.224.9940. [TUE Andrew Chung CRG/ad Aug15​]​

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. [Tues free Roz Reich invoiced with Kpin]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group – 1:30pm, Love Offering, Our Lady Queen of Heaven church, 1400 S State Road 7 (East side of State Road 7, North of Commercial.) Dan, 954.970.7088. [TUE. Rita Neri annual billing QPin Mar15]

American Holistic Nurse’s Assn – 7pm, (2nd Tue) Speakers on Holistic topics, Open to the public, Imperial Point Medical Center, 6401 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.494.2849. Tue Marsha Gill’s number QPin

Coral Springs Metaphysical Group – 7pm, (3rd Tue ea mo, also Sun 1–3pm) Free, topics: Numerology, Handwriting, Auras, Near Death, Past Life, Kabbalah, Sondra & Charles Zecher’s Estate, 12140 NW 10 St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. [Tue, sent QPin free MAIL INVOICE. Zecher

Reiki Circle & Meditation – 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400. [tue Simons, B advert 2 of 2 Feb15]

Reiki Circle – 7pm-8:30pm. $15 Rev. Scott Friedman leads the Reiki Circles. Bridges of Wellness, Inc, 1881 NE 26th St Ste 244, Wilton Manors, Rev. Scott Friedman, 954.854.7937. [tue Geddes adv]

Free Usui Reiki Circle – 7:30–9 pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP. [tue rowlands QPin dist]

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. [Wed Ina Lee QPin]

Movement Meditation - 6-7pm at Point Pleasant Wellness. 19 gentle movements for improved balance, focus and energy. T’ai Chi Chih (not martial art) $160 for 10 week course. Call 954.296.2495 to observe class for free. [wed. Stu Goldman crg Dec15verb]

A Course in Miracles - 6pm-7:30pm. $11, “Miracles Meeting” based on the teachings of “A Course in Miracles” Zenerations of Boca, 2499 Glades Road Suite 202, Boca Raton, Wendi Blum, 954.214.5649. [Blum kpin]

Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 7pm-9pm. $15 (2nd & 4th Wed. each month). Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, Inc, 1881 NE 26th St Ste 244, Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343. [WED Geddes-adv-addt’l Dec15]

Family Constellation Therapy – 7–10pm, (1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday 2-5pm). $45 1st time; $30 repeating. Revealing & repairing hidden dynamics for personal healing. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, John Moore, 954.540.9799. [WED Geddes extra Dec15]

[Thur Adam Abramowitz QPin 1st 501(c)3.

Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung,Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am-12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7-8:30pm (Mon,Wed). Kung Fu 7:00 pm. Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, 954.224.9940. [Thurs Andrew Chung CRG/ad Aug15

Mediumship & Channeling Development Circle - 6:30-8pm. Donation $15 prepaid / $20 at the door. iConnect Cafe, 3088 Griffin Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Amandine Afonso, 305.896.2217. [Amandine Afonso KPin 3 of 3]

“Lift Me Up” – Evenings 7pm-8:30pm. Begins January 15th. Donation. Practical Application of Science of Mind Teachings addressing current issues that impact us all. An evening for inspiration and social connection. Bridges of Wellness, Inc, 1881 NE 26th St Ste 244, Wilton Manors, Charles Geddes, 954.530.6006. [THURS Geddes/adv Dec15]

Buddhist Meditation Class – 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191. [Thur 954.536.9522 Elizabeth Jurado Drolma QPin (2 of 2)

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


Law of Attraction: How to attract more abundance and more success? - 7-8:15pm. $10 Love donation. iConnect Café, 3088 Griffin Rd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Amandine Afonso, 305.896.2217.

Hatha Yoga for Children & Parents – 3:30– 4:30pm, $120 for 12 weeks. Fun & relaxation! Parent free (& Sat 8–9am), 704 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach. 954.480.6789.

[Wed Russo advert Sep15]

[Amandine Afonso KPin 2 of 3]

Healing support group for suicide loss of family or friends. 1st and 3rd weeks monthly. 7pm8:30pm. Free. Medical Library, Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital, 6401 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Carol Cooper 201.927.1017. Before attending call FISP, 954.384.0344. [Carol Cooper kpin]



Yoga Basics – 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10-11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868.

Tai Chi-Chi Kung/Tao Yin Classes – 7:30– 8:30am (+Fri­, Sat, Sun. am and Mon. night), Near shady lifeguard stand, Franklin St, N Hollywood Beach, Raven Cohan. 954.927.2836. Call for Web, directions. 32 years teaching. See Mon. night listing.

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A Course in Miracles Study Group – Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, 10am–Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Adam: 954.684.7007.

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Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale – 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. [fri Colanero. distrib ongoing]

Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex - 7- 9pm. $5.00. Dynamic discussions of various Abraham Hicks quotes/processes. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, Patti Blankenship, 305.546.2526. [Fri Blankenship kpin - annual]

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Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $15. 1st & 4th Friday of the month. Tired of being sick and tired? Looking for answers? Goddess TOUCH, Inc., c/o Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy. #4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Carole A. Ramsay, 954.655.5490. [FRI CAROLE Ramsay Kpin]

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

Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries – 10:30–11:30am, weekly, free, 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.

Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400.

Conscious Aging Forum – 10am–12:30pm (4th Saturday). Donation $20. A monthly Forum 55+ for Re-Inspiring & celebrating our future. Open discussions. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Susan Silverman, 954.530.6006.

Reiki Circle/Meditation – Hosted by Reiki Masters Mayra & Rose, 7:30pm, $Love, Essentials Complementary Wellness Center, 2104 N Federal Hwy, Ste A, Hollywood. 954.921.7808. Reiki Circle/Meditation - 7:30-8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.

saturday Morning Chant for World Peace & Harmony – 7:30am. Free. Chant Om Namo Narayanaya for inner peace & planetary healing. Peace Garden, Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726. Morning Puja – 8:30–9am. Free Swami Sharadananda leads a ritual of reverence to the Divine. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305, Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco, 917.579.3750. Tai Chi/Qigong Basics – 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252. Free Reiki Circle – 10am, New Age Books and Things, 4401 N Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308. 954.771.0026. 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. Tai Chi Meditation, Chi Kung,Tai Chi Form and Fan Form, Push Hand and Application. 10am-12pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7-8:30pm (Mon,​​Wed). Master Andrew Chung, Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu, 2831 E. Commercial Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33308, 954.224.9940. ​


Broward County, Florida

The Sistrunk Farmers Market – locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours 10am–2pm. EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Community Acupuncture – 11am–1pm $30-$40 (also Mon & Wed 4–6pm). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair – (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Maum Meditation South Florida - 1pm-4pm. Free Open Introductory Talks held daily. Learn about changing human mind to the infinite universe mind. A unique 7-step method throwing away false mind. Maum Meditation, 8201 Peters Rd, Ste 1000, Plantation, ​FL, ​​​954.815.8604. ​​

Reiki/Meditation/Discussions – 6pm (+ other topics M-F), Pine Island & I-595 in Broward, directions/info 954.654.3010. Yoga and TRX - 6:30pm-7:45pm. $10-$13. plus: Monday Hatha; Tuesday Yin. Wednesday Gentle & Vinyasa flow. Donation: Friday 6pm, Monday 8pm. Yoga Dynamics, 4996 N. Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill, FL 33025, Anju, 954.376.5782. Kirtan Sacred Devotional Singing/Chanting – 7–8:30pm, Every Saturday night $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750. Spiritual Cinema – 7pm–9:30pm (4th Saturday). $10. Inspired Cinema selections, enlivening spiritual discussion, popcorn & drinks. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, Rev. Kandi Haggerty, 954.530.6006.

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HOLIDAY SPECIAL - Life Coaching combined with Angel Card Reading; $49 per 50-minute session – In person or via phone: 5

Blanche Bielka, Spiritual Readings, Tea Leaves and Cards, by appointment 954.776.6306.

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Channeling Classes thru To Live Again Group call Gilda 954.340.8434.

Mediumship - meditation weekly class. 954-415-7173 Ellen, Deerfield Beach.

Deep Tissue and Traditional Thai Massage - New client special - 90 minute massage $60, outcall only. 561.907.3068, MA26945.

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“Peace Rose”

Respecting our environment requires paying attention to ground we walk on and the streets we use for transportation. By cleaning up our public and private spaces this allows for us to feel better about ourselves. What is not picked up on the land gets washed away into the storm drains that flow through to the waterways and ultimately the ocean. As the plastic breaks down it is consumed or absorbed by our planet’s plants and animals. This sculpture is made up of hundreds of small plastic pieces picked up from our Fort Lauderdale Beaches. The Peace Rose within the box reminds us that peace is an inside job.

20% Discount on all SusieQ artwork to Natural Awakenings Network cardholders.

954.295.2315 • original & custom paintings • mixed media • greeting cards • collaborative works for your special event: wedding, retreats, reunion, conference or convention

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Unique Holistic Boutique

Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Clinic II

1623 South Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-440-0179

The clinic offers Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine consultation and treatment provided by our team of highly experienced licensed acupuncturists, many of whom are acupuncture faculty of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. As a Clinic II patient, you can expect to be provided high quality, individualized care that is specifically tailored to your unique needs. See ad page 13.

Vesna Stankovic 561-705-8989 200 Lindell Blvd. # 917 Delray Beach FL 33483 Lisa Ruff 954-415-1871

Hand Poured Organic/ Wildcrafted Therapeutic Essential Oils. Custom Blends and sprays. Tesla Metamorphosis Energy Healing. Iridology Consults with Zyto Analysis and Herbal Suggestions for ailments.

Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

1240 University Drive Maplewood Wellness Center, Coral Springs, FL 33071 954-803-4943

Acupuncture to reduce pain, allergies (N.A.E.T.) and group acupuncture for addictions (N.A.D.A.). Relaxing Swedish Massage. Some insurances. Call today for an appointment. AP1962, MA28559

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.

counseling/therapy CHIROPRACTIC physician

Elizabeth Nelson LAc, LMT

COLON therapy

Dr. Wei Sheen Chong 6115 Stirling Rd, Suite 205, Davie, FL 33314 954-604-5384 Passionate about helping others improve their health naturally. Dr. Chong uses gentle spinal adjustments to remove nerve interference so your body can do the healing.

CLEAR LIGHT COUNSELING & WORKSHOPS Malerie Bleich, LMHC @ Bridges of Wellness 1881 NE 26th Street, Suite 237 Wilton Manors, Florida 33305 954-495-5295

My specialties: Food & Eating Addictions, Depression, Relationships... Life. In support of your inner changes, my eclectic approach integrates east/west psychologies, mindfulness, meditation, writing. Let’s talk.

Healing Hearts Center Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c. 2045 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322 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.


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Sarah DiPerna, Psy.D., C.Ht., IKYTA 1937 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 106 Pompano Beach, FL, 33060 954-560-7629 My approach to healing engages the strengths we each already possess in Mind, Body and Spirit to create lasting happiness, freedom and fulfillment. See ad page 35.

KAREN KAYE, Holistic Psychotherapist, LMHC

2625 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33331 954-384-1217 I work with the whole person not their defects. I help my clients to become one with their thoughts and actions. I teach my clients how to heal with their past. Adults-Couples-Teens Kaye thru Nov14

dental health Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry

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

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

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

• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Bio-compatible materials • Bio-compatible Testing • Laser Dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/Ceramic Implants • Natural bone augmentation with Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad page 8. Cintron Feb15


gardening The Garden Gate

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!

Kelly Doyle 604 S. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301 954-604-7930 Thermae Retreat An organic serene Daily Retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared Saunas, Massage, Skincare, Body Scrubs and Masques, Holistic Healing, Energy Therapy. Yoga, Meditation, Hydrotherapy. Kelly Doyle Dec15

FINANCIAL SERVICES Mortgages The Zen Way AnnieMac Home Mortgage Jay Robins 954-612-8192

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Dental Spa

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1901 N Federal Hwy. Pompano Beach, FL 33062 954-785-1102

Let your smile be a sign of happiness and great health. An attractive, younger smile can be yours today.

Discover the world of SusieQ Art, colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment. See ad pages 6, 28, 44 and 55.

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General & Cosmetic Dentistry with a Holistic Touch. We make you feel at home. Come meet us and become part of our family. Most insurances accepted. See ad page 32.

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Will you be buying or refinancing a home in the next 12 months? ~ the mortgage lending and home buying process can be stressful. Mortgages The Zen Way is a plan with love that gives clarity and peace. Call Jay today or visit - NMLS #699252

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4520 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-900-3705 and... 1637 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-3344 South Florida’s first 100% glutenfree organic eatery and juicery, offering the best of vegan, vegetarian, grass-fed meats and wild caught fish, that offer healthy foods with healing properties and amazing flavors. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm. Siragusa Apr15

State-of-the-art dental office. Many treatment options. Make informed, good choices about your oral health.

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Women’s Awareness

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 2021 E. Commercial Blvd., #305 954-791-4475

Law Offices of David A. Frankel, P.A.

David A. Frankel 954-683-0300

A holistic and astute approach to criminal and family law with the intention to reach a greater solution and best outcome for people going through difficult situations. 25 years experience, former homicide prosecutor, certified yoga instructor.

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies, Testosterone Treatment for Men, Menopause Treatment, Botox, Gynecology Exams, Weight Loss, Spider Vein Treatment. Most Insurance plans accepted. Affordable cash pricing.



Kristen Tyler, CLT

Lisa’s Healing Center

Bayview and Commercial area 305-613-6974

Lisa Smith 4301 N Federal Hwy Suite #4 Pompano Beach, FL 33064 954-782-6564

Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Various Massage modalities, Reiki, LaHoChi, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Aura Readings, Animal Aura Readings, Animal Communication, Sound T h e r a p y, C r y s t a l H e a l i n g , Spiritual classes, Educational classes, CEU classes, Exercise classes. MM#27808.

Electrosound lymphatic decongestive therapy is a gentle way to assist your body to reduce swelling, detoxify, increase your energy and revitalize your entire lymphatic system. See ad page 37.

meditation T’ai Chi Chih - Movement meditation

Stu Goldman 954-296-2495

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

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

homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

9895 NW 48th Ct., Coral Springs FL 33076 754-484-7988 Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner. Homeopathy relieves PMS, menopause, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, acne, asthma, seizures disorders, herpes, addictions, eczema, psoriasis, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, recurring cold & flu. Homeopathy will give you a healthy, balanced life.


Broward County, Florida

Learn 20 gentle movements in 8 weeks. TCC will balance, focus and relax you. Excellent for post s u rg e r y a n d P T S D . A s i a n sensibilities adapted for American adult abilities. Call for locations - times: observe free. Veterans discount! TCC is NOT a martial art.

mental health wellness Marilisa Lawless, Lealia Adeagbo and Melinda Lawless Coker

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4431 SW 64th Ave., Suites 107-109 Davie, FL 33314 954-797-7430 954-797-6782 The Transformation Project Specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction. Providing gender/ spiritual/ culturally sensitive treatments. Services include individual, couple, family, group, and Bio-Regulation Therapy (an alternative therapeutic enhancement).

natural acupuncture Shudong Wang, M.D. (China) A.P.

4522 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-772-9696

28 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and herbs. Professor and clinic Director at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. See ad page 13.

optometric Physicians Natural Eyes of Weston 2863 Executive Park Dr. #103 Weston, FL 33331 954-217-2992

We are a modern optometry practice with a nutritional focus, offering great customer service, very thorough eye exams and a unique eyewear collection in a spa-like atmosphere. See ad page 17.

Photon Light energy sauna Photon Light Spa, LLC

218 Commercial Blvd, Ste 108 Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 954-303-9585 World’s only heat and light “Energy Sauna” to regenerate cells/nerves, pain, weight loss (700 calories), detox, devitalize pathogens and balances emotions. Nutrition • Facials • Waxing.

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

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

Red Yabba All Natural Café 12594 Pines Blvd, Suite 105 Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 954-322-1007

Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu

Think healthy, fresh, vegan, organic, grass fed, wild caught, tasty, Floribbean Cuisine, that’s us! Custom Catering for all occasions. Monday-Friday: 10am–9pm, Saturday: 9am–9pm.

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

Getting What You Want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 36.

Restaurant Green Spot Kitchen

1506 E Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 754-223-5558 Delicious, healthy, fresh food for the more conscious consumer. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and carnivore selections. Monday-Friday: 8am–7pm, Saturday: 11am–5pm.

Sifu Andrew Chung 2831 East Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-224-9940

• Master Andrew Chung over 40 years experience teaching Traditional Tai Chi, Chi Kung & Meditation, Taoist Yoga • For Health, Happiness and Rejuvenation • Also Kung Fu, Hsing I, Pa Kua, Tui Na massage and Herbal Nutrition • Group and private classes • Beginners to advanced

wholistic physician

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

Free one half-hour consultation offered.

relationship coaching

tai chi / QiGong

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

Primary Health Care with a Natural Approach including Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Quantum Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Detoxification, Natural Allergy Treatment, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. See ad page 42.

schools Summit—Questa Montessori School

Judy Dempsey 5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie FL 33314 954-584-3466

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

Yoga Weston Yoga

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 2 0 0 h r RY T- Te a c h e r Certificate Training - Yoga Alliance Approved. Deepen Your Practice. 18 Weekend Sessions Jan- May 2015.


Call 954-349-6868 or visit for more information.

NeoLife- GNLD

Andresa Berigo 407-300-2804 NeoLife provides the finest natural ingredients to help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Nutritionals (adults/children), weight management, personal, home, and pet care products.

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