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arch focus is on local trends in food. I would guess that not many people in America would deny that we have many more food choices now than a generation ago, but are they healthier? The landscape of food has changed dramatically with the introduction of GMOs—genetically modified organisms. There is much controversy about these altered products and whether or not this is a step forward. The chemical/pesticide company, Monsanto, is the leading producer of genetically engineered seeds. Monsanto’s seeds have been banned in 26 countries, and there are lawsuits taking place worldwide. Overall, GMOs have become major components for many products in the grocery stores in the U.S. today. Should these topics be of interest to you, it might serve to do your own research as there is continuously new information as the consequences evolve. I’m proactive with regards to educating the public about our food and labeling GMO products accordingly. We can then more clearly see what’s being offered and vote with our purchasing dollars, choosing those foods that are more nurturing and sustaining for ourselves and the Earth from which they grow. I believe grow local, eat local is the best way to go. I worked a backyard garden when I lived in Virginia, learning to can and preserve what was produced beyond what we ate and shared. We appreciated the canned tomatoes and other veggies during the winter and spring months. The taste of the produce was fabulous. We had several rows of corn. Eating the corn right off the cob, in the garden, was one of my favorite sweet treats. Getting into the dirt had its rewards too. Working in the garden, I felt very connected to the Earth’s cycles and observed the traces left behind, which provided insects and small animals their abundance as well. When I set out to find the number of farms growing food here in Broward, I was overjoyed. Whole Foods does some local purchasing, and for that I am grateful. It’s also a joy to shop at the local farmers’ markets and support the Broward growers

even more directly. Another trend I am seeing is the cropping up of lot-sized gardens throughout Broward. Some are businesses and others are community gardens. I’ve listed a number of farmers in a sidebar next to the article on Fresh Food Trends. Several years ago I discovered that I was sensitive to gluten. I’m thrilled to see more restaurants (even the major chains) offering gluten-free choices. Dairy products have become a challenge too. It is rare to find restaurants that have good vegan choices for main courses. I find the vegetables get relegated to the “side dish” category, and many times are flavored with butter or topped with cheese. I do ask for vegan choices. The bottom line is that as more people express and ask for what they want, we see the menus change to reflect the community’s desires. Television is producing more food programs. Did I miss the series hailing the benefits of a plant-based diet? Who are the sponsors? I guess that tells another story. I’m very proud that we, Natural Awakenings, as an independent media source, provide consistently great content with alternative information about all sorts of food choices, including the perspective that veggies can be a first class source for healthful eating, and herbs and spices are not only pleasing to the palate, but are a world unto themselves for their healing properties. Whether you are a meat and/or fish lover, or you buy organic or not, I believe the bottom line is to enjoy your food. It’s also wise and empowering to know more about the food you’re eating, and the source it comes from. It’s all energy; the more love that goes into the production and preparation of the food, the greater the opportunity for absorption of the overall nutritive values. And on another very important note, I am grateful that I have friends with whom to share meals and healthy conversation. Love your food; plan on it. Susan Q Wood Publishing Editor

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ll chronic degenerative diseases are on the rise. It’s time to take a fresh new look at how we view our health. Instead of just managing disease and its symptoms, Truly Heal teaches how someone can find and eliminate the causes of their disease, including cancer. It’s not about promoting a certain new product or treatment. Instead it’s about a well-rounded approach and a system that is based on what Truly Heal terms the “four energy bodies”. When someone learns to keep these areas in balance, they can experience a greater quality of life and learn how to heal from trauma, negative emotions, resentment and grief. Many also find their life’s purpose that fills them with passion and joy. This system also helps people understand which tests, treatments and remedies can give the greatest results. Founder and lecturer of the Truly Heal Revolution 2014 Tour, Marcus Freuden-

mann has spent the last decade traveling the world interviewing prominent medical doctors, researchers and educators, discovering powerful solutions to truly heal cancer and other chronic illnesses. Local free lecture takes place March 3, 6 to 8:30pm; and One-Day Workshop, March 2, 9am-5pm, $70, at Post Haste Pharmacy, 4401 Sheridan Street, #2, Hollywood, See ad page 9.

Non-Profit Organization for Budding Farmers


hrough their years of work online, A Cup of Green, Inc. (ACOG) saw the need to implement green efforts in their community. ACOG Community was officially founded in 2012 and has quickly become a familiar face in South

Florida. Their program, Growing for Giving, focuses on creating a bond and an awareness between children and their daily foods through gardening, recycling and plant donations to community gardens. Through ACOG Community’s work, children of all ages in South Florida have already 3,000 plants to their credit that have helped community gardens feed lower income families. For more information, contact Angie@ or call 954-662-5003. Program made possible by sponsors; visit

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at a mild temperature so as to save the nutrients, flavor and caffeine in the beans. Proprietor Matias states, “I am an alchemist, I am soul searching; bringing people together to allow them to enjoy what they are doing at the moment: connecting with each other. We are the new social media.” Lucia, a partner in the café, explains, “We compare our café experience to visiting a great Napa Valley winery.” Alchemist Café’s coffee is super smooth, not acidic. For iced coffee, they employ a traditional method using coffee ice cubes, cream and turbinado sugar. And then there are the slicers: open-face sandwiches served on a sliced piece of tree, including Mediterranean, Tuna Avocado, BBQ Pulled Pork, and Vegetarian, using fresh organic ingredients and rustic bread. Visit Alchemist Café, 13th Avenue, Wilton Manors at the Growers Farm Co-op.

Superior Health Tops Normal Health


fter closing his raw food restaurant/ quantum center, Nuage Café, Thierry Browers has been lecturing and educating consciously-awakened health enthusiasts about that special lifestyle that sets people free from all degenerative dis-eases and illnesses. To him, and many other world health leaders such as Dr. Brian Clement, Dr. Richard Anderson, Dr. Gary Null, Professor Arnold Ehret, Dr. Gabriel Cousens and Dr. Carey Reams, the body is a highly sophisticated bio-electrical machine that requires the proper fuel and maintenance to operate efficiently. Once optimized, it becomes strong enough to repair and heal itself, becoming inhospitable to all degenerative dis-eases and illnesses. It is not God’s intention for us to suffer from pains and miseries. They are the direct consequences of selfinflected injuries caused by unnatural lifestyles and disobedience of the Divine Rules. Everything in Nature is

governed by very simple mathematical laws. When one becomes in-tuned with those laws, freeing him/herself from all material and spiritual obstructions, he/she becomes like a flower, radiant and beautiful, synchronized with the Cosmos, expressing the loving message of God. For a private consultation, call 561-674-8527 or email Nuage@USA. com. See ad page 56. “Vitality and beauty are gifts of nature for those who live according to its laws.” ~ Leonardo DaVinci

Broward Public Art with Four Local Artists


he Creative Artist Advancement Program (CAAP) was developed by Grace Kewl-Durfey of the Broward Cultural Division. Four local artists were awarded a grant to develop public art ideas. The grant was funded by the Broward Cultural Division and National Endowment for the Arts. Projects are to be completed by August 2014, with public presentation in September.

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newsbriefs Valerie J. Amor, public artist, will focus her project on the impact of future train stations and transit oriented development. Working with Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA) in Pompano Beach, Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach, she will be engaging the public to focus on way finding—finding a way to tell the story of the past, present and future of each community while highlighting current city initiatives. Deborah Wolford is a wildlife and equine photographer. She is currently working with the Dania Beach CRA on a storefront enhancement public art project, engaging the community and neighborhood organizations to address the high vacancy rates in the city, using the empty or underutilized spaces for short-term art installations. Sherryl Muriente, an urban acupuncturist, will focus on creating a collaborative cross-disciplinary project that captures the voice of the community in regards to Lauderdale Lakes Children’s Garden. Working with the CRA of Lauderdale Lakes,

Children’s Garden, Boyd H. Anderson High School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School, Oriole Elementary School, local businesses and neighbors, they will conceptualize improvements to the garden through art. SusieQ Wood, an environmental fine artist, will connect with the community via conversations around art, working closely with the Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights CRA. Her vision is part of a transformation process called The Butterfly Project. The intention is to reflect the voice of the community, including students in the magnet schools’ art programs, homeowners and business owners. She is known for her collaborative art projects, bringing together many hands to create a single work.

Screening of Acclaimed Yoga Documentary at Weston Yoga


eston Yoga’s mission is to offer a welcoming, vibrant yoga community devoted to health, personal growth, spirituality and happiness. They’re delighted to

offer a love-offering screening of an extraordinary film on Sunday, March 30, 4 to 6:30 p.m, which includes a question-and-answer with producer Gita Desai and light refreshments ($10 love-offering donation suggested). Deepak Chopra, M.D. describes the movie *Yoga Unveiled as “...a one of a kind documentary film that covers the most comprehensive overview of the yoga tradition in its true essence. An artistic and inspirational triumph, it should be viewed by all!” Yoga now occupies a central place on the world stage, with 20 million practicing in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. Weston Yoga offers a beautiful array of yoga classes at all levels, seven days per week, as well as special events, workshops, private instruction and unique gifts in its tea lounge boutique. Join them for this special evening, visit for a class, follow them on Facebook and explore their offerings online

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Lymphatic Therapy Offered in Broward County


he lymphatic system is a vital part of the immune system and helps carry bacteria, virus, fungus and dead cells away from tissues. When the lymphatic system becomes congested, many aspects of your health can suffer, from swelling to low energy and weight gain, toxic build-up to tender lymph nodes, and more. Kristen Tyler is a Certified Lymphatic Therapist who uses inert gas ionization instrumentation to decongest the lymphatic system. This process has the unique ability to decongest even the parts of the lymphatic system that lie deep within the abdomen, unlike traditional manual therapies and common devices. Disrupted

lymphatic flow due to surgery or injury can be rerouted. Tyler is passionate about this work as it has helped her so much on her own journey of health and wellness. That passion and her experience with many different types of related issues help her provide a healing experience for her clients. The process is painless and relaxing and the whole body treatment takes less than an hour and a half. A healthy lymphatic system is key to a healthy body! Tyler works out of two locations serving Broward County. For more information and to make an appointment, call 305-6136974. See ad page 23

Ocean Therapy Introduces Deep Tissue Laser Pain Relief


aser Therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free option for individuals suffering from both acute and chronic pain. Treatments are fast, safe, and painless. Most patients see results in three to five treatments

with a therapeutic effect continuing for up to 18 hours posttreatment. Ocean Therapy Center is proud to provide the highest level of pain relief with their introduction of the LightForce™ PRO Deep Tissue Therapy Laser by LiteCure® Medical, FDA-cleared and representing a great advance in medical technology. Laser Therapy is clinically proven to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many common musculoskeletal conditions, and is endorsed by professional clinical organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP®), with over 3,000 research studies conducted in the field. Ocean Therapy Center aims to get their patients out of pain by properly diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, including neck pain, back

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International Holistic Center Welcomes Carolyn J. Stevens, AP, DOM


nternational Holistic Center (IHC) is excited to announce a new addition to their all female dynamic team, Carolyn J. Stevens, Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Carrie, as she affectionately likes to be called, does general acupuncture for men and women and specializes in all areas of women’s wellness, including fertility and pregnancy. She is also a board certified herbalist. Her treatments focus on promoting the body’s natural healing capabilities. She provides a myriad of holistic services, including acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Gua Sha, herbal remedies, medicinal aromatherapy, Reiki and medical qigong.

Dr. Carrie believes that by educating and empowering her patients to incorporate holistic healthcare and enhanced well being into their daily regimen, they can maintain their own healthy and balanced lifestyle. In honor of Women’s History Month, Dr. Carrie is offering a $99 (reg. $180) special through March 31, 2014, for an acupuncture assessment and treatment. This offer is good for women, men and children. International Holistic Center is located at 3471 North Federal Highway, Suite 410, Fort Lauderdale. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carrie, call 954-903-9426. For information about all services available at IHC, visit See page 16.

‘Growing Broward’


roward Food System Cooperative was formed to support the development of a local sustainable economy based on food industry. At their fourth gathering since December 13, 2013, the group, whose total participants have grown to more than 120, chose the brand name “Growing Broward”. It defines the growing movement of people in Broward County desiring to create a healthy, economically robust community and a just food economy. Local farms and community gardens are only a small part of the local food industry. Like any industry, it relies on many components, including the production of

food; food processing; distribution and storage; markets and consumption; waste and recycling; resources and supply; land and facilities; financial products and services; policies and outreach; charities; education; and human resources. Each component offers an opportunity for local businesses to join together as one system, supporting each other, and the community. Growing Broward’s goal is the development of a diverse group of stakeholders representing all the components and subcomponents of the food industry we all rely on. Meetings are every other Wednesday in locations that feature local food entrepreneurs, with next meeting February 19, 6:30pm, at Eucalyptus Gardens, Wilton Manors. For more information, email or

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gentle and unique to your individual needs. Treatments are tailored for those who have been suffering for years from all types of chronic pain and dysfunctions. Clients can typically expect results from the very first session. Their treatments promote fast recovery and long lasting relief. Physical Therapy Wellness Institute’s expert physical therapist has many years of experience helping clients to live their lives to the fullest. Treatment programs are designed to relieve pain, improve function and promote healing, while providing the ultimate in pain relief naturally, without medications, injections, or surgery. Discover a new way to feel well, and give yourself and your loved ones the unique and priceless gift of well-being. Physical Therapy Wellness Institute is located at 23 East Acre Drive, Plantation, 954–642–2444, (bilingual French/ English). See ad page 57.

From Bondage to Freedom


loria Ramirez, MBA, Certified Coach, Minister and Healer, will facilitate the “12 Steps to Mastery Coaching Program” at Bridges of Wellness Center in Fort Lauderdale, beginning Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. The 12 steps originally created by AA inspired this program, however, Ramirez’s 6-week series coaching program goes far beyond the original 12 steps, incorpo-

rating a more metaphysical approach with emphasis on creating a deeper consciousness in the participants. It is a “Rolls Royce” kind of program, and includes teachings on conscious living, the law of attraction and universal laws. Ramirez experienced such a profound transformation in her life as a result of the application of each step that she decided to create her own program to guide people to discover the “Glorious Being” that resides within each one of us. The benefits of the 12 Steps to Mastery Program include letting go of repeating limiting patterns, the removal of deep-rooted emotions from childhood, higher self-esteem and self-love, and a deeper connection to divine love. For more information and registration, call 954-530-6006 or 954-558-7327, and visit, Bridges of Wellness is located at 1881 Northeast 26th Street, Suite 244, Wilton Manors. See ad page 11.

Keiser Offers CareerFocused Degrees


ith 14 campuses throughout Florida plus online enrollment, Keiser University offers more than 90 careerfocused degrees strategically aligned with

statewide employment needs. Degrees range from associate through doctoral levels. Health care, nursing, information technology, criminal justice, homeland security, education, legal studies and culinary arts are among the many programs offered. Graduate degrees include business administration, nursing, education, criminal justice and physician’s assistants. As the labor market improves, the university is focused on providing the critical training skills and quality academics students need to directly enter the workforce. The university’s 1,000+ advisory board members statewide comprise industry and business leaders that allow each campus to know for which positions employers are currently hiring and upcoming needs. Keiser’s student-centered approach and convenient scheduling enable students to allot and manage time for parenting responsibilities, work and study. Small class sizes ensure personalized attention, a practical hands-on learning experience and accessibility to instructors. Support services provide a 24/7 exclusive online career center for students, free professional workshops, leadership development opportunities and job placement assistance that include resume writing, mock interviewing and networking events. For more information on available degrees and campus locations, visit

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Chemicals DIY Projects Keep Seniors Moving Harm Pets, Too T

he British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that a generally active daily life that includes do-ityourself activities and projects like gardening and car maintenance can cut the risks of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 30 percent and prolong life among adults 60 and over. These routine activities may be as beneficial as exercising for older adults because they decrease total sedentary time, the researchers say. Scientists in Stockholm, Sweden, tracked more than 4,000 men and women for an average of 12.5 years, starting at age 60. At the start of the study, regardless of exercise habits, high levels of other physical activity were associated with smaller waists and lower levels of potentially harmful blood fats in both sexes, and lower levels of glucose, insulin and clotting factor levels in men. Those with higher levels of other physical activity were also significantly less likely to experience metabolic syndrome, a first cardiovascular disease event, and early mortality from any cause. The same was true for individuals that undertook high levels of formal exercise, even if it wasn’t routine. Participants that both exercised regularly and were often physically active in their daily life had the lowest risk profile of all.


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he nationwide health epidemic of chronic diseases afflicting the human population is also showing up among companion animals. According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, pets, like a canary in a coal mine, may be the environmental sentinels that are now signaling a clear connection between disease and manmade chemicals. In a study that analyzed blood samples of dogs and cats, 48 of 70 industrial chemicals and pollutants were traced, many recording levels that were substantially higher than previously reported in national studies of humans. Dogs displayed double the concentration of perfluorochemicals (used in stain-proof and grease-proof coatings); cats evidenced 23 times the concentration of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) fire retardants and 5.4 times the amount of mercury. PBDE levels in hyperthyroid cats have been linked to eating canned cat food and to the increased use of PBDEs in consumer products during the past 30 years. In humans, high levels of flameretardant chemicals are implicated in endocrine disruption, Type 2 diabetes and thyroid disease. Suggestions for minimizing exposure include avoiding chemical-laden household cleaners, furnishings and carpet; drinking carbon-filtered water; steering clear of food and beverage containers made from or lined with plastic (including cans); and eating organic produce and free-range meat.


Coconut Oil Manages Cholesterol, Shrinks Waistlines


educed physical activity and increased consumption of carbohydrates and saturated fats fuel increased rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, plus abnormal lipid content in the blood. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, its chemical composition appears to prevent it from generating negative effects on lipid profiles, according to a growing body of research. In an earlier study published in Lipids, women that exhibited abdominal obesity consumed supplements of either coconut oil or soybean oil. Throughout the 12-week trial, both groups followed the same weight-loss diet. At the end, the coconut oil group presented a higher level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or protective cholesterol, and smaller waistlines, while the soybean oil group showed lower HDL levels and an increase in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) plus a less desirable LDL-to-HDL ratio. In a later study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of coconut oil was again associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women. Researchers that conducted a concurrent pilot study with male and female subjects found that men also experienced shrinking waistlines when supplementing with coconut oil. They explain that coconut oil contains mainly medium-chain fatty acids, which rapidly convert into energy, thereby circumventing the cycle that makes cholesterol and stores fat (Pharmacology).

Legumes Improve Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure


cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score for coronary heart disease (CHD). Body weight, waist circumference and fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels also decreased on the legume diet. Legumes appear to make dietary carbohydrates digest more slowly and with a lower glycemic index, which has been associated with reduced hypertension and fewer CHD events in prediabetic individuals.

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Superfoods Defend Against Radiation


wo superfoods show promise for protecting people from radiation damage—cruciferous vegetables and miso, a food paste made from fermented soybeans. Scientists have identified a specific chemical byproduct, 3,3’diindolylmethane (DIM), derived from the digestion of cruciferous vegetables and especially concentrated in broccoli, that is responsible for the defensive effect. The source of miso’s beneficial properties needs further investigation, but appears to stem from the fermentation process. Research led by Gary Firestone, Ph.D., of the University of CaliforniaBerkley, and physician Eliot Rosen, Ph.D., of Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., concluded that administering supplemental DIM before or immediately following lethal levels of radiation exposure protected rats from immediate death. If clinical trials with humans are successful, the compound could be used to minimize acute radiation sickness. A comprehensive research review published in the Journal of Toxicologic Pathology lends credence to miso’s shielding power. Mice that ate miso a week before irradiation appeared to be protected from radiation injury.

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Farm Relief FDA Wakens to Local Needs


America’s Best Community Garden Cities We don’t have to live in a rural area or even the suburbs to be a farmer these days. According to the Trust for Public Land, the 10 best cities for homegrown veggies from urban gardens are Seattle, Washington (a P-Patch program provides 68 gardens for residents throughout the city); Portland, Oregon (its Produce for People program donates fresh produce to local hunger agencies); Long Beach, California (growing anything from sugar cane and lemongrass to sunflowers and tomatoes); St. Paul, Minnesota (17 community gardens—half run by nonprofits and half open to rent); Honolulu, Hawaii (1,254 plots for public use); San Jose, California (19 community gardens on 35 acres); Baltimore, Maryland (community gardens cover 11 acres throughout the city); Washington, D.C. (a Master Peace Farm program tends area gardens and mentors budding veggie growers at an adjoining middle school); Anchorage, Alaska (a city goal is enabling residents to work together in harmony); and Louisville, Kentucky (Brightside’s community garden program, established 19 years ago, currently manages 10 of Louisville’s 16 gardens). These gardens not only extol the virtues of fresh, local and often organic foods, they also bring communities together. Some produce food for those in need, others have youth programs and some have even been credited with reducing local crime rates. Many community gardens accept new members in the fall; visit to find one nearby and reserve a space. Source:

Small farms, farmers’ markets, local food processors and community food banks have been given a reprieve, because on December 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take a second look at proposed new laws that would have put many of them out of business. The new rules, proposed under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), came under fire from consumers, farmers and others with voices that were heard. The FDA said its “thinking has evolved,” and “…significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms.” Source:

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Portland, Oregon, residents have rejected a plan to fluoridate city water for the fourth time since 1956, making it the largest city (pop. 900,000) in the United States without fluoride in its water supply. In the 1950s, cities throughout the U.S. championed water fluoridation as a way of fighting tooth decay, but the effort backfired when a condition called fluorosis emerged, which ironically is characterized by tooth enamel discoloration and erosion. Anti-fluoride forces say that water treatment is not the key to better dental health for children. Fluoride Action Network Executive Director Paul Connett, Ph.D., has a better idea. “We urge the legalization of dental therapists in Oregon who will treat the low-income children dentists refuse to treat.”

Entrepreneurs are creating novel ways to circumvent the commercial food system that ships food, in or out of season, for hundreds or thousands of miles at the cost of quality and too often, accountability. Re:farm Denver, in Colorado, for example, supplies families with everything they need for backyard gardens, from irrigation systems to seeds. In 2013, 200 families participated. Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy and other foods made in home kitchens. While specific restrictions vary, 42 states have some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz, who bakes sweets in her New Hampshire kitchen, says, “It gives me the option to be independent and selfemployed at 66.” At the Community Thanksgiving Potluck, in Laguna Beach, California, dinner is shared, not served. For 25 years, those with homes and without, single people, families, city council members and the jobless have gathered to share food and community for the holiday. “It’s a wonderful chaos,” says Dawn Price, executive director of the nonprofit Friendship Shelter. At Bottles Liquor, in West Oakland, California, a banner reads “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Here.” Bottles is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, an effort of the nonprofit Mandela Marketplace to bring pesticidefree produce to corner stores throughout the neighborhood.

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International Pact Could Lower Food Protections The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest global trade pact to be negotiated since the inception of the World Trade Organization. Many details remain a mystery and negotiations are being conducted in secret. Leaked drafts of its provisions indicate that the TPP would give multinational corporations the power to sue countries, states, counties or cities in order to negate laws specifically designed to protect citizens, such as bans on growing genetically modified organisms (GMO). Corporations would be allowed to resolve trade disputes in special international tribunals, effectively wiping out hundreds of domestic and international food sovereignty laws. The TPP would require countries to accept food that meets only the lowest safety standards of the collective participants. If enacted, consumers could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don’t meet basic U.S. food safety standards, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be powerless to stop imports of such unsafe foods or ingredients. Plus, the labeling of products as fair trade, organic, country-of-origin, animal welfare-approved or GMO-free could be challenged as barriers to trade. Opposition has grown, thanks to petitions by members of the Organic Consumers Association and other groups. More than 400 organizations, representing 15 million Americans, have petitioned Congress to do away with accelerated acceptance of the measure without full debate. For more information, visit and search TPP.

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Healthy Food at the Front Door A growing trend is the ringing of a doorbell heralding the arrival of healthy food. In addition to the convenience and time savings, having a grocery delivery van make roundtrips to and from multiple customers’ doorsteps generates far less emissions than traditional shopping. Home deliveries of local and organic fresh fruits and vegetables have customers clamoring for more. After serving most of the New York metro area for more than a decade, online grocer FreshDirect ( began delivering in the Philadelphia metro area in October 2012 and expanded to other parts of Pennsylvania, plus New Jersey and Delaware, last fall. “Our hyperlocal, farm-to-fork food systems result in healthy relationships between consumers, food and farmers,” says David McInerney, co-founder of FreshDirect. The company also supports hunger organizations and provides nutritional counseling.  Planet Organics (PlanetOrganics. com) serves the San Francisco Bay area. Beginning last fall, Instacart partnered with Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Costco to begin delivering food to homes in 13 neighborhoods in Chicago. Beginning in Colorado, where it’s based, Door to Door Organics ( now

provides its service in Michigan, plus metro areas of Kansas City, Chicago and New York. Green BEAN Delivery (, based in Indianapolis, now also delivers organic and sustainable foods in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; and most recently, St. Louis, Missouri. Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks (FreshPicks. com) taps into 100-plus farmers within a day’s drive of its Niles, Illinois, center, to serve the Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas. “We’re able to concentrate on reaching people of all incomes and get deep into the communities,” says coowner Shelly Herman. The eight-year-old company also partners with community groups, food pantries and schools. Going a step further, other companies are delivering prepared healthy meals. In one example, Power Supply ( recently partnered with Mindful Chef to foster this connection with 50 yoga and other fitness facilities, as well as other businesses in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, California, office. Dairy and wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, plus genetically modified ingredients. Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can cause long-term tissue damage, warns Sears, author of The NDD Book, which addresses what he calls nutrient deficit disorder without resorting to drugs. Increasingly, kids are developing formerly adult-onset diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says. If it seems that a child is having a dietary reaction, first look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess conditions and find solutions.

Spitting Up Suspects: Intolerance to casein—a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula—tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman.

Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) daily of probiotic bacteria, mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on food.

Chronic Diarrhea Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminating problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says. Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt, which have low lactose levels; cream dairy products may also test OK.

Chronic Ear Infections Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients. Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

Itchy Skin Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple. Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.


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Hyperactivity Suspects: Sensitivity to artificial colors or sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, including artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Action: When possible, buy organic foods certified to contain no artificial colors. Otherwise, scrutinize food labels for the nine petroleum-based synthetic dyes in U.S. foods: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup—all added sugars.

Crankiness Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss. Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

Stunted Growth Suspects: Gluten sensitivity or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size—height or weight—is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” Dorfman advises. Zinc could be another factor; it normalizes appetite and through its relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are too low, growth will be abnormally stunted. In such cases, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater or complain that food smells or tastes funny, Dorfman says.

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erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra sinica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an array of medical properties, according to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to


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Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door. a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for

many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help

Herb: A plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food. ~ Merriam Webster fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including oftenfatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says Jan McBarron, a medical and naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian

study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memoryrobbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Primarily used for its considerable antiinflammatory properties, ginger makes a delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety

of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! The health benefits of these four vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements. Kathleen Barnes is the author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at Note: For referenced studies, check the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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icture a salad of mixed lettuces or romaine accented with microgreens and ripe, red tomatoes alongside an entrée of tilapia, complemented by a dessert of fresh strawberries—all organic, eco-friendly and freshly harvested, even in the middle of winter. The ingredients for this meal don’t have to travel many miles to reach the table—they can be found just several feet away, thanks to aquaponics. “Aquaculture is fish farming, hydroponics is soilless gardening,” explains Becca Self, executive director of educational nonprofit FoodChain, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. “Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial blend of the two. Our indoor aquaponics system produces about 150 pounds of fresh tilapia every month, plus nearly 200 pounds of lettuces, herbs and microgreens.” FoodChain, which shares production space in a former bread factory with Smithtown Seafood and West Sixth Brewing, hosted 2,000 guests and was the destination for 54 field trips last year by farmers, church groups, Rotary clubs and students of all grade levels. The seafood restaurant’s website notes, “We can step outside our back door into the farm for our superfood salad greens, herbs and tilapia.” FoodChain is also finding a way to use waste grain from the microbrewery as fish food. According to brewmaster Robin Sither, the grain is free of genetic

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chemists had identified solutions of 13 specific nutrients which, added to water, could entirely substitute for fertile soil. That’s when William F. Gericke, Ph.D., of the University of California-Berkeley, took the science of hydroponics into commercial production. “In today’s space-efficient, closed, recirculating aquaponic systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs, fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water for fish,” says Gina Cavaliero, owner of Green Acre Aquaponics, in Brooksville, Florida. The 2013 Aquaponics Association Conference, in Tucson, Arizona, reported that aquaponic plants grow faster and offer higher yields, plus the sustainable technology recycles 90 percent of the water. In Denver, JD Sawyer, president of Colorado Aquaponics, operates a 3,000-square-foot farm in a food desert neighborhood (without easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food). Koi, tilapia and hybrid striped bass fertilize romaine, bib lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, chives and strawberries. Other crops include tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash and root vegetables like beets and carrots.

Tilapia and bass sell to the community and restaurants; koi are used in livestock ponds. Sawyer remarks, “An aquaponics system can be indoors or out, depending on the climate, for commercial use or in the home. The basement, garage or a spare room is ideal for growing your own food.” Home garden sizes range from a 20-gallon aquarium to a 10-by-20-foot area. Avery Ellis, an ecological designer and permaculture specialist in Boulder, Colorado, builds dynamic, living, nonconventional systems. “The temperature in most homes is near 70 degrees, an ideal temperature for a tropical fish like tilapia,” he says. “A 50-gallon fish tank, a 50-gallon storage bin and a timer to feed the fish automatically and supply light can be a self-sustaining system.” Outdoors, a greenhouse or geodesic dome can house the system. “A harmonious balance maintains itself, and we enjoy maximum yields from little labor,” says Ellis. He reflects that the solutions for feeding the world exist if we just open our eyes to what needs to be done. For those that don’t care to harvest and clean fish,

decorative koi species work well. Erik Oberholtzer, founder and owner of Tender Greens restaurants, which sources from nearby southern California farms and is exploring ways to install an aquaponics system in each of its restaurants, explains, “The world is suffering from a loss of growing habitat, genetically modified seeds and global warming. Aquaponics enables growers to stay ahead of climate change, making it the future of sustainable farming. It’s an ethical way to make quality food healthy, affordable and profitable.” Aquaponics methods deliver fish free of mercury and genetically modified fish food, plus the freshest vegetables possible, all without the worry of weeds, rabbits, insects, suspect fertilizers, toxic herbicides and pesticides. A home aquaponics system can be one of the best green investments to make in 2014. According to Oberholtzer, “Eating this way should not be a luxury.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

Aquaponics Advantages 4 Enthusiasts can start small 4 No soil is needed 4 No fertilizer is needed (provided by the fish) 4 No toxic pesticides 4 Uses 90 percent less water than conventional methods 4 Plants help filter indoor air 4 Pests and diseases are easier to spot for treatment 4 Growing basil helps repel pests 4 Operator controls nutrition levels at less cost and waste 4 No nutrients pollute the larger environment 4 Stable, high yields of organic produce and safe-fed fish 4 Year-round production from indoor systems 4 Easy to harvest; fish harvesting is optional 4 Aesthetic enjoyment

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lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications as contributors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

Solutions at Work Jules Shepard, a mother of two in Washington, D.C., and author of Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy who also shares recipes at, remembers when going out for a glutenfree lunch was difficult. “The friendly lunch spots my coworkers and I used to

enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in the office. But it isolated me socially from my colleagues and deprived me of a much-needed midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts or lunches for office meetings also presented difficulties. Shepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites include fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car yearround, so I’m never bored with my choices.” “Gluten-free instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises Shepard. She never leaves

home without it, regardless of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling water. Be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats, because regular oats can be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a gluten-free diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

On the Road In Los Angeles, California, Kristine Kidd, former food editor at Bon Appétit, has recently returned to gluten-free eating. On her menu-planning and recipe blog,, and in her cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, she recommends whole, fresh foods from farmers’ markets that are naturally gluten-free. When she and her husband hike the Sierra Mountains, she carries homemade, high-fiber, gluten-free cookies to eat on the way up and packs gluten-free soups such as butternut squash and black bean, corn tortillas with fresh fillings, and fruit for a delicious lunch upon reaching the peak. Some gluten-free snacks can contain as many empty calories as other types of junk food, notes Registered Dietitian Katharine Tallmadge. “Many ‘gluten-free’ products are made with refined, unenriched grains and starches, which contain plenty of calories, but few vitamins or minerals.” She agrees with Kidd and others that choosing whole, natural, fresh foods, which are naturally gluten-free, makes for healthy eating wherever we go. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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What could be more entertaining and economical than searching for and gathering wild foods in their natural habitat? From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her

children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and even shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.”

However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at Wildman “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.

Fermentation Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.” Subsequently, Katz has become an international expert on the art and science of fermentation from wine to brine and beyond, collecting recipes and wisdom from past generations (WildFermentation. com). He observes, “Every single culture enjoys fermented foods.” Increasing respect and reverence for fermented foods and related communities of beneficial microorganisms is a new frontier in nutrition and medical sciences. For example, several researchers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting last fall in Houston, Texas, described the connections between the trillions

of bacteria living in the human gut, known as the “microbiota”, and mental and physical health. Kelly Tappenden, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explained that gut bacteria play a variety of roles, including assisting in the digestion and absorption of nutrients; influencing gene expression; supporting the immune system; and affecting body weight and susceptibility to chronic disease.

Feed Matters The popular adage, “We are what we eat,” applies to animals, as well. New research from Washington State University shows that organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows contains 62 percent higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally requires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time cows spend on high-quality pasture, which includes grass, legumes and hay, the more beneficial the fats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed to graze on pasture, are fed a steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and meat contain less beneficial fat.

According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, American diets have become deficient in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. Coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines provide excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, dairy and meat from animals raised on pasture can improve our intake, as well.

Faith How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water

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and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality

with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.” Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities— Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.

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fter four decades teaching selfdevelopment and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.

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understand their own lives? My biggest lesson was that our whole life is like a checkerboard. When I looked back on my life, I began to realize this and gained an awareness of the fact that there’s something else moving all of the pieces around. The key to attracting this mystical guidance into your life is to start with awareness that all things are possible and to forget about yourself. When you get your ego out of the picture, your inner mantra isn’t, “What’s in it for me? and “How much more can I get?” Instead, when your inner mantra is, “How may I serve or what may I do for you?” and you practice

consistently living this way, you attract this mystical guidance. I have found that the more I do this, the more these miracles show up. There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.

You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes? I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.

“Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.” -Wayne Dyer

What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.

What has your life taught you about prayer? I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.”

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The Mastery of Balance How Do You Juggle a Life? by Howard Cohen, LMHC


recently posed this question to a life coaching class, asking the participants how they create balance in their own lives. One of the class members said, “It starts with yourself.” I thought that was a fairly profound and simple answer as it does require you to get in touch with your own stability and self-awareness. I also asked, “What does the word “balance” mean to you?” One person said it meant “equilibrium,” and I then asked, what does that word mean to you? The reply was “an even amount of attention given to something.” I thought that was a great explanation of the concept of equilibrium. I went a little further and found that * defines it as “a condition in which all acting influences are canceled by others, resulting in a stable, balanced, or unchanging system or mental or emotional balance; poise.” This was exactly what I was looking for as a definition; we need a steady, emotional balance. It is the key in achieving the status of a “master juggler” in life! Most of us are familiar with the term “multitasker” and how we have to bounce and manage many items on any given day. We also know that when we multitask, we don’t always take tasks to completion or handle them in a detailed or orderly way. It would be a wise idea to prioritize our responsibilities in order of their importance and necessity. The class felt we should identify do-able steps that were easy and reliable to work with to finish our goals. They were being SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable,

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One of the most important things mentioned during the discussion was the need to find the “right tools”. Like a carpenter would use a level to draw a straight line or a chemist would use the proper ingredients to create a stable element, we must have the appropriate methods to deal with a topsy-turvy lifestyle. Someone said that having too much stress was a lopsided way of living. We agreed that eating healthy, getting enough sleep, physical activity, taking prescribed medications and talking to a good friend or therapist were some effective tools. Taking a step back from what’s bothering you, looking at the reality of your individual situation, and developing a plan for action were other good ways to tackle an out of balance state of being. Confronting fears was the best course of action to get into solution mode. Our toolbox was really filling up for the unforeseeable future! I also added that more times than not, we need to develop a better rapport with ourselves that will provide a more positive inner viewpoint. We need to talk calmingly to ourselves—I call it “self-talk”, and it needs to be kind and soothing. It’s not just muttering to yourself (that’s a whole other issue), but praising, thanking and supporting thoughts that reward and guide you through tough times. When you become overwhelmed about something, think, “I might be making this worse than it really is!” and re-think, “I can really do this!” It’s fairly simple; if you are nicer to yourself, you’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish! Try it on for size and see if you can be your own friend. Here are some other great tools for you to use: 1. Be more patient and eventually things will come more your way 2. Develop a gratitude list for what you are grateful for to offset negative thinking 3. Develop stronger relationships with positive minded family and friends 4. Create more personal rituals and add more structure and discipline in your life 5. Find some hobbies to do in your off times 6. Feed your soul by doing activities that you are passionate about a. Take a cooking or dance class b. Sing with a choir or learn to paint better 7. Start new projects that you’d like to

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Tweet those Fitness Goals Online Friends Help Us Stay on Track by Tamara Grand

Studies published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Obesity demonstrate that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise with more pounds shed and kept off over the long term. Researchers believe that in addition to the motivation and accountability supporters provide, benefits are also enhanced by learning through observing; changing our behavior through watching the actions and outcomes of others’ behavior. If we don’t have physical access to a local support group, we can access one online or create our own, using one of the following social media platforms.

Facebook The leading social networking website includes thousands of community and group pages devoted to weight loss, exercise and healthy living. Its search function helps find one that fits our needs. Make an introduction and join the discussion. Participating in a special challenge helps everyone stay motivated.



umans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with colleagues, friends and family. People that spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits—sometimes for the better,

but often for the worse. At least one positive side to wishing to conform socially is unexpected. Finding the right circle of friends—our own personal support group—can make sticking to an exercise schedule or diet easier. It’s a key factor in the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes.

This micro-blogging site is informal and fast-paced, providing nearly instantaneous feedback. Use Twitter to identify friends with similar health and fitness goals. Follow links to motivational photos, low-calorie recipes and at-home workouts. Tweeting when feeling the urge to eat virtually guarantees that we’ll receive a helpful response in a minute or two. Twitter chats are also

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Pinterest A visual smorgasbord of clean-eating recipes, at-home workouts and inspirational photos keeps spirits up. Pinterest accesses photos throughout the Internet that we can grab and “pin” to a personal online vision board. It’s also possible to create a visual cookbook, pinning recipes to, for example, clean eating, Paleo, pumpkin and oatmeal themed boards. It’s fun to connect with our favorite healthy living peeps and start following their boards for continuous injections of inspiration and motivation.

Instagram Love to take photos using a smartphone? Instagram provides a platform for sharing snippets of our day via pictures. Fitness fans regularly “Instagram” their meals and workouts, in part to remain accountable to their online followers, but also to help motivate themselves and others to make healthy choices each day.

YouTube Our go-to resource for music videos is also home to hundreds of healthy living “channels”. Want to follow someone’s 100-pound weight-loss journey, learn how to cook quinoa or follow along with free, at-home workout videos? This is the place. Watch, share and comment on a favorite YouTube video to become part of its online community. The key to using social media to improve our health and fitness is inherent in the name. It’s a friendly way to interact, participate and engage with others. Tamara Grand, Ph.D., is a certified personal trainer and a group fitness and indoor cycling instructor in Port Moody, British Columbia, in Canada. Her new book is Ultimate Booty Workouts. She contributes to and blogs at

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A 21st Century Definition of Bitchiness by Susan Sheppard


ver since I was a young woman, I have always said thank you when someone called me a bitch. It wasn't an insult to me. Perhaps it was because I have always known on some level that the following definition of bitch is the truth. The True Definition of a Bitch When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a bitch. When I stand up for those I love,

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what this says. If all the women I touch in my work could learn to internalize this concept and be nice doing it, the world would be a better place for both men and women. Does being a nice bitch sound like a contradiction? I don't think so. It just means treating others openly, honestly and with respect. It means saying what you mean and meaning what you say. It means telling the truth and being vulnerable, as well as standing up for what you believe. I have listened to other relationship gurus and read many books, and what I find is many complicated formulas and hundreds of steps to take to improve a relationship. The strategy that I recommend is very simple. Women: Acknowledge and approve of your man. (Be Nice) Know exactly what you want and ask for it. (Express Your Appetite) Appreciate what you get. (Acknowledge Movement) Men: Give your woman what she asks for. My strategy is pretty simple. Men want to produce results, and because they don't know what women want, they can really produce more if they are given direction. Women must give up being mean, angry and vengeful about anything and spend most of their time defining what they want so they can express their appetite. Basically, that's all it takes to have a hot relationship. Of course, there are many variations and subtexts and agendas that can be applied, but it all boils down to the very basic premise that it is the woman's job to express her appetite clearly so that her man can produce what she wants. Recognize that men are different than women. Accept the fact that sex is part of the foundation of love and intimacy. Although it's only a small part of a total relationship, when sex is not good, it becomes a major problem and can lead to the complete destruction of love. Believe in each other. Women, where do you start? By taking care of yourself. Making sure you get your needs met. If there is no man in your life giving you nurturing, give it to yourself. In order to attract a good man,

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ardening is not about having or taking; it’s about giving,” says Connecticut psychotherapist Gunilla Norris, author of A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul. “And in giving, the garden gives back to you.” She deems the art of practicing gratitude in the garden as an intentional path for cultivating spirituality.“Every day, go out and thank the ground. Life is burgeoning all around us, all the time,” she continues. “If we can just appreciate that, it’s a big deal.” It’s hard not to be humbled and awed by the miracle of life when we see a seedling push its tiny green head above ground, lean toward the sun and unfurl its first set of leaves. Each bit of plant life is simply fulfilling its mission to grow and be. “Gardening enhances our relationship to the Earth. Through gardening, we are helping to heal the planet, which is part of the work we are all called to do,” remarks Al Fritsch, a Jesuit priest in Ravenna, Kentucky, and author of the e-book, Spiritual Growth Through Domestic Gardening (free at Over his lifetime, Fritsch has helped turn a parking lot, a section of church lawn, and overgrown bottomland all into thriving gardens. In his view, “It gives us a sense of home, roots us in place.”

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Let your Soul Shine

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Empowering Quotes “The Universe (including ourselves) is made up of ENERGY—Important to keep it POSITIVE! Be as wonderful as the world you want to live in!” ~ Anon “When we make an effort to set an intention, no matter how trivial it may appear, we are taking the time to choose what we want for ourselves. And clearly, this is essential for our growth to actively, thoughtfully choose what we want for ourselves. By becoming a conscious choice-maker, you begin to generate actions that are evolutionary for you.” ~ Deepak Chopra “If you expect the best, you will be the best. Learn to use one of the most powerful laws in the world; change your mental habits to belief instead of disbelief. Learn to expect, not to doubt, in so doing, you bring everything into the realm of possibility.” ~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

My Intention For Us We draw to us what we expect. A very potent statement in designing our attitude for each day. Another way of looking at that is how powerful our minds are in “seeing what we believe”, and the absolute truth of “what we focus on expands”. A simple example to show instant results is to decide one day that we are going to see red cars; we ‘expect’ to see a lot of red cars today. Well, you know the answer, we are going to see more red cars than we have ever seen in our life. Did they all of a sudden bring a fleet of red cars to our city? No. We just tuned our focus to that intention or expectation and our perception is now shifted to the abundance of red cars.


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We can apply this same thinking to anything we want to “see more of” in our lives. What we think about is what we get, and it is important for us to be aware if we have been thinking about what we want, or what we don’t want. Being in the mindset of positive expectation opens our minds to receiving our best solutions. There is a fantastic quote from Lazaris that fits this inspiration perfectly: “Thought in the form of expectation has impact—is a determining factor in the reality created.” Such a powerful statement! I would like to invite you in this moment to stop what you are doing and take a deep breath; breathe in the powerful belief of how worthy you are. You deserve to have everything you desire, and to be happy and fulfilled. Let go of any past story that is in your mind and limiting you in any way. Expectation is the ‘vibrational decision’ that you want something. Focus your mind on the here and now and what you want to see and create. Expect miracles and YESes to all of your efforts. Reminding you that you are manifesting and creating your life on a daily basis. Look forward to, allow, and be excited about the flow of abundance. You truly do deserve the very best. YOU make today GREAT! Love, Love, Love, Diana Email to sign up for daily inspiration list. Find her on Facebook at Let Your Soul Shine Now.


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Dear Karen Kaye, There are times that I ache from the emptiness inside. What is happening to me and how can I deal with it? Rob


Dear Rob, The mind has the ability to get sick, but the mind also has the ability to get well when sent in the right direction. If you are not able to feed your own soul, then good quality professional help might send you in the right direction for healing. The emptiness inside a person usually comes from not having much of a relationship with yourself, losing faith in others as well as whatever higher power you believe in. When a part of an individual is empty, the norm is to fill up with something or someone else (i.e. drugs, another person or a job). People make the mistake of hiding behind the part of their lives that makes them look or feel good from the outside but… this

is temporary. Food for thought: what happens when you have a fight with the other person or you lose the job? In my private practice, I ask my clients to take an inventory of themselves on their worst days or at their worst moments because there is not only an opportunity to grow, but it is likely that those negative moments will happen again and I want them to be prepared. The way individuals handle their worst moments will predict if they will be moments or years. Buddhists look forward to being empty as a “being” state, where they are taught to be at “one” with their thoughts and feelings, which puts a different twist on the idea of being empty.

Rob, every time you do something that feeds your soul or yourself, the less you need others. I believe one way to become safe with yourself is to honor your emptiness and become “one” with your thoughts and feelings. I suggest meditation, yoga, prayer, journaling, and being in nature as some options. These methods allow a person to be with themselves and others, as opposed to running away which collects karma and fall out. Sincerely, Karen Kaye, LMHC Karen Kaye has been in private practice for 28 years working with couples and individuals. To speak with her, call 954-384-1217. See ad page 55.

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NoBe Arts District ArtWalk - Free and open to the public. 7-11pm. The First Saturday of every month, join us for arts and crafts vendors, over 10 open galleries, sidewalk cafes, live music and more. 1 block north of Oakland Park Blvd, just off A1A in the North Beach Shoppes & Restaurants area. Barry Gross Gallery - Free and open to the public. 7-11pm. The First Saturday of every month, join us for the art of legendary painter Barry Gross. 3335 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. RED - An exhibit of the Broward Art Guild. Free and open to the public. 7-11pm. Exhibiting works from artists with the theme of red. Red attire requested. 3280 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.

Monday, March 3

Truly Heal Cancer - Free lecture 6 to 8:30pm, lecture will show you how the most successful doctors around the world prevent and reverse cancer and many other degenerative diseases with non toxic treatments and natural remedies that have no other side effect than to increase the quality of your life. Post Haste Pharmacy, 4401 Sheridan Street, #2, Hollywood, FL. More info, Trish 954.989.6524.

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Goddess T.O.U.C.H at NEWLIFE Expo - 10am5pm. Booth #32 (and March 9) Empath, psychic/ medium, channel. Presentation Saturday, 1 pm, Room 305: Soul Mates & Sacred Marriage. Broward Convention Center (Ft Lauderdale), Carole A. Ramsay, Private sessions - 10 min/ $20: 954-655-5490.


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1st Annual RescueFest - 10am - 4pm. Free event at TY Park, Hollywood, FL. Featuring animal adoption rescues and a wide variety of pet vendors, raffle prizes and events for the whole family. Coastal Boxer Rescue of Florida. For more info, call Cecilia Mich coordinator for the event at 954.559.4463.

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Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bipolar disorders or phobias? ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is inviting you to have a free consultation and acupuncture treatment at our DAOM clinic. Patients will be seen by Licensed Acupuncturists (DAOM students) who will be supervised by an expert in that field. All treatments are observed by the class. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301. Appointments: 954-763-9840 ext. 214. Screening of Acclaimed Yoga Documentary -46:30pm, Suggested $10 Love Offering, Yoga Unveiled – Deepak Chopra, M.D. describes the movie as “…a one of a kind documentary film that covers the most comprehensive overview of the yoga tradition in its true essence. An artistic and inspirational triumph, it should be viewed by all!” Q&A session with Producer Gita Desai,Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954-349-6868.

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BODY, MIND & WELLNESS EXPO - 10am-5pm. Empath, psychic/medium & channel to present: Soul Mates & Sacred Marriage. Receive accurate guidance - private reading 10 min./$20. Call to reserve. Goddess T.O.U.C.H., La Quinta Inn (Coral Springs), Carole A. Ramsay, 954-655-5490.

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Unity of Pompano, A beacon of inspiration & joy! 9:30am Power Hour meditation and discussion. 11am Sunday Service – Live music, inspiration, community! 11am Youth Ed K-8, 261 SE 13 Ave, Pompano Beach, FL 954.946.0857 Interfaith Worship Services – 10am (3rd Sun ea mo) Rev. Dr. Lori Cardona. See the image of God in yourself & in everyone around you. 1164 E Oakland Pk Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.632.0605 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

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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.

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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – 11am– 12pm, ­Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, MultiPurpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433.

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.

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.

Hathaflow Yoga – 6:30pm. Poses are modified to suit students at every level, (Tue Yin Yang; Wed Gentle; Thu Flexible Strength; Fri Donation 7:15pm), Yoga Dynamics, 4996 N Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill, 954.803.3313.

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. 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.

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Taiji-Qigong Health On Beach -Evenings 6:30­7:45pm. 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. GNOSIS - 7-­8pm. Free. Awakening our Consciousness, overcome the Mind (Doubts & Fears). Classes: Meditation, Tarot, Astral travel, Kabbalah. Gnostic Association (call for directions), Fort Lauderdale, Jean & Dan, 941.228.9208. Living Effectively: An Anger Management Group – 7–8pm $25. Develop healthy ways to respond to difficult situations. The Community, LLC, downtown Ft Lauderdale. Directions: 954.533.9818. Ho’oponopono Meditation - 7-8:30pm. $Love. 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.



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.

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.

Consider a different kind of education for your child – 3–5pm, Free, (2nd Sun ea mo), Self Initiated learning in a democratic setting. Sunset Sudbury School, 4200 N 66th Ave, Davie 954.404.7785.

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Tai Chi Classes - 9–10:30am (Wed 6:30–8pm, Sat 10:30am–12pm). First class free. Several classes in the Taoist Tai Chi internal arts of health available. Taoist Tai Chi Society, Sage Plaza, 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, 954.455.2474.

Community Acupuncture with Guided Meditation - 2-3pm. $25.00 Treatment options for weight loss, smoking cessation, detox, boost energy, improve sleep, wellness, stress Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy, Suite #4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Lisa, 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

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Meditations 4 Moderns, Peaceful Mind, Open Heart. Non-denominational 7:30pm (2nd & 4th Mondays), 2500 S Federal Hwy, Suite 303, Ft Lauderdale. 954.232.5782. Self Mastery Groups - 7:30-9pm. Fee Based. 17 Weekly groups using mixed modalities. Self Esteem Building • Master Your Emotions w/ EFT • Burn Your Bridge to Obesity • Hypnosis for Personal Power. Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy #4, Pompano Beach. Gary, 954.707.8992. 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.

tuesday Tai Chi/Taoist Chi Kung Meditation –10am (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7–8:30pm (Mon & Wed). For health & longevity in the tradition of masters. A journey of knowledge and refinement. Sifu Andrew Chung. 2831 E Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954.224.9940. Free Bible Study and Soup - Come Break Bread and Enjoy a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ. 10am–noon, and 6–8pm, Boca Raton, RSVP 561.929.4316. 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. 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.) Terri, 954.572.0222. Reiki on the beach, mindfultime - be present 5—6pm. $20. Experience chakra healing in a tropical paradise setting. Find your calm. weather permitting. YogabyAna, South Ocean Dr and Magnolia St, Hollywood 33019, Ana, 914.393.6850. American Holistic Nurse’s Assn – 7pm, (2nd Tue) Speakers on Holistic topics, Open to the public, Holy Cross Hospital, 4700 N Federal Hwy, Radiation Oncology Conference Rm / Cancer Center, Ft Lauderdale. 954.494.2849. 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. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400.

Shamanic Healing Circle – 7pm–8:30pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays). Donation $10. A Native Caribbean American-Indian Circle honoring the healing energies and elements of mother earth. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, Rev. Tehsonte, 954.530.6006. Soul Focused Healing Circle – 7pm-8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tuesdays). Donation $10. Align & Harmonize Chakras of the Body, Mind & Soul. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, Rev. Elizabeth Lucey, 954.348.2652.

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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.

Wilton Executive Suites, 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Call him at 954-980-9628 or e-mail:

Transformational Wellness Workshops - 8-10pm, last Tues ea. month, $5 Donation. Connect though meditation and somatic responses. Explore your journey in holistic wellness soul/mind/body Registration required, limited spots. Pvt. residence, Cooper City FL. Matthew 954.205.9470. Refreshments provided.

Meditation Classes - 6pm, $15/person or two for $25, Guided Imagery for all levels. Pathway’s Conference Room, 9381 W Sample Rd, Ste 200, Coral Springs FL 33065. RSVP required @ 754.484.4492. Refreshments provided.

Wiccan/Pagan Discussion Group - 8-10pm, 2nd Tues ea. month, $5 Donation. Like-minded people welcomed. We honor the seasons, the moon/sun and cyclical nature of all things, internal as well as external Pvt. Residence, Cooper City. Matthew 754.229.9216. Refreshments provided.

Firehouse Yoga - 6-7:30pm, Free, donation optional to help support the Fort Lauderdale Fire Museum, an unorthodox setting for a hour and half of Hatha Yoga. Instructor Pranava is a Marine Corps veteran and Firefighter who takes a slightly different approach to the yoga practice. Unified Worldwide, 1022 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Nathan Morris, 954.663.2081.


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

Laughter Circle – 8:45am. Free. Playful, breathing, stretching & laughing for health & happiness. By Pavilion 4, TY Park, 3100 N Park Rd, Hollywood 954.989.3774. Yoga & Mediation on the Beach: 9.30-10.30am (& Saturdays) $12 donation. Vinyasa Flow, relax the mind open & detox the body. South Ocean Dr and Magnolia St behind The Wave building, Hollywood, Fl Public Parking. Ana, 914.393.6850. Yoga Basics – 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 9:45–10:45am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Law of Attraction Meetup Group - 10am-Noon (1st Wed. only ). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954 205 4343.

Wisdom Through Action – 7–8:30pm. An Esoteric School teaching the Work of inner development in the tradition of G.I. Gurdjieff & P.D. Ouspensky is now enrolling students for classes in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Online classes also available. Se habla Español. Call Kay to find out how to start at 888.889.9588 or visit our website. Reiki Circle 7:30–8:30pm, $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278. Healing/Praying Circle - 7–8:15pm. $10 Donation, Meditation included. Walking in Love Ministry, 8150 NW 10th Street, Pembroke Pines, 33024, Rey Mercado, 954.559.8435. Restorative Yoga Class – 8–9pm, $Love. practice with pranayama, stretches, restorative poses & guided meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Cir, Ste 400, Weston, 954.349.6868.

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.

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thursday 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. A Course in Miracles Study Group, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, 10am–Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Markus 954.471.3300/Ken 954.816.8090. Reiki on the beach, mindfultime - be present. - 5 to 6pm. $20. Experience chakra healing in a tropical paradise setting. Find your calm. weather permitting. YogabyAna, South Ocean Dr and Magnolia St, Hollywood 33019, Ana, 914.393.6850. Course in Miracles Evening 7-8:30pm. Ongoing and innovative study with rotating facilitators. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St. Suite 244, Wilton Manors, 954.530.6006.

Fun ballroom dancing, group classes ~ 7pm $10/ person. Singles and couples welcome. Learn the latest and most popular dances. Morales Dance World at World Fitness Association, 2747 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, by reservation 954.551.5790.

Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries – 10:30-11:30am weekly at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30-11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447.

Healing Circle, with Guided Meditation & Personal Channeled Message – 7 - 8pm - $10 (4th Friday ea. mo). Join us in the sacred space. Effective guided meditation followed with Reiki and other high frequency modalities allowing you to relax deeply and heal. A channeled message may also be given. 4301 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano 33064. Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.

Tai Chi & Chi Kung/Qigong Meetup: 10am-2pm: 10am practice Qigong; 11:15am practice Tai Chi; 12:30pm lunch. Classes taught by Master Jennifer Yu. Classes $15. Lunch about $15-$17. Yu School, S. Palm Beach and N. Broward area. 561.866.0852 reserve or details.

Law of Attraction Meetup Group - 7-9pm (2nd Fri. of the month). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343. Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400.

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.

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.



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.

Meditation Classes - 7am, $15/person or two for $25. Guided Imagery for all levels. Pathway’s Conference Room, 9381 W Sample Rd, Ste 200, Coral Springs FL 33065. RSVP required @ 754.484.4492. Refreshments provided.

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. Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message - 7–8pm. $10. 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. 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.


Broward County, Florida

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. Group Quantum Entrainment Session - Includes mental training & group healing at conclusion. (4th Sat. ea. mo) 10–11:30am. Must pre-register & prepay. Limited spots available. RSVP, call Vondette 954.226.3612.

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. 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. 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. Mission of Maitreya – 4–5pm, These sessions are to further explain & clarify the teachings. http://www. 954.629.4873. Reiki/Meditation/Discussions – 6pm (+ other topics M-F), Pine Island & I-595 in Broward, directions/ info 954.654.3010. 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). Donation $10. Inspired Cinema selections, enlivening spiritual discussion, popcorn & drinks. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Rev. Kandi Haggerty, 954.530.6006.

classifieds Classifieds are $4.50 per word for each three month series ($45 minimum charge). EXAMPLE: 10 words = $45 for all three months: Jan., Feb. and March. Submit online at Due date is the 10th of the month. Ads are organized alphabetically within categories. FREE ~ HELP WANTED ads*: Have a 20 hour or more a week job offer? Place your classified ad FREE for the first three months (Submit your LOCAL job offer with a maximum of 10 words. Pay only $4.50 per word over 10 words.) *Restrictions apply. Environmental protection from excessive electromagnetic fields. Call Joseph 954.295.8999,

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ballroom dance

Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Clinic II

Morales Dance World

Juan Morales 954- 551- 5790

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 3.

Teaching couple style dancing to singles and couples. Beginners through Advanced welcomed. Offering over 25% discounted private lessons by appointment only. It’s Fun. Please Call.

2323 NE 26 Ave, #109, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 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

angelic readings MARIA SCOZZARI, Angel Therapy PractitionerÂŽ certified by Doreen Virtue Ph.D.

Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

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.

Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c. 2045 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322 954-742-0332

Celestial Readings in person, via Skype or by phone. Chakra Clearings, Past Life regressions, Angels Courses and Certifications.

Broward County, Florida

Discover the upper cervical difference. We provide a gentle upper neck adjustment, restoring balance and health throughout the body. Call 954.369.1212 for special consultation rate.

Dr. Russ Tannenbaum, D.C. 5800 Colonial Drive, Suite 305 Margate FL 33063 954.979.2333 954.868.8468

I have been practicing in South Florida since 1982. I practice chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition using an asyra and applied kinesiology. I have a massage therapist on staff.

COLON therapy

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Dr. Justin Brown, NUCCA Chiropractor 954-369-1212, Coral Springs

Russ Tannenbaum, D.C., P.A. CHIROPRACTIC physician

Dr. Wei Sheen Chong 6115 Stirling Rd, Suite 205, Davie, FL 33314 954-604-5384

Elizabeth Nelson LAc, LMT

Friends and Family Spinal Care

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

Physical Health Complex

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

counseling/therapy Cohen Counseling

Howard M. Cohen MS PA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Wilton Executive Suites, 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-980-9628 Our approach is collaborative; the counselor and client work together as a team to uncover new ways to effect change. This positive and reinforcing experience creates a healthy life balance. Individual, couple and family counseling is available. See ad page 51.

Healing Hearts Center

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 27.

Heart Centered Family Medicine

Rachel Greenberg, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, ACHT 8320 W. Sunrise Blvd. Plantation, FL 33322 954-797-3887 Individual and Family Counseling, Healing for Substance Abuse, Addictions, Sexual Abuse, Depression. Trim-Life Trainer, We i g h t R e l e a s e , S m o k i n g Cessation, Stress Management, Clinical Hypnosis.

KAREN KAYE, LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR 2625 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33331 954-384-1217

Ready for your 30,000 mile “check-in?” As a Holistic Counselor of 28 years, I use clinical and spiritual methods with my clients (individuals & couples) to explore their core beliefs, resulting in a more gratifying life.

dental health

Energy Therapy

Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry

Ralph Flores, Certified Reconnective Healing Practitioner™

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.

Dental Spa

Dr. Gregory Gertsen, D.D.S. 3640-7 N Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-7778

Experience healing beyond anything you’ve read, thought, or dreamt about! Reconnective Healing® is non-touch, comprehensive, and different from other healing methods. Helps eliminate physical, emotional, and mental dis-orders or dis-eases. Call for more information and appointment.

Fine art SusieQ Wood

Let your smile be a sign of happiness and great health. An attractive, younger smile can be yours today. State-of-the-art dental office. Many treatment options. Make informed, good choices about your oral health.

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

2715 N. Ocean Blvd # 17D, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-873-4038

954-630-1610 Discover the world of SusieQ Art, colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment. See ad page 47.

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phases of dentistry for

optimum health.

• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Biocompatible materials • Biocompatible 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

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

Gluten-Free Bakery Joey’s Home Bakery – Gluten Free

1532 SW 8th Street, Boynton Beach, FL 561-202-4004

A Dedicated Fresh Baked, Gluten Free bakery. We Bake Fresh Artisan Breads and Bake Goods Daily. + Vegan, Dairy Free and Paleo. Hours: 8am till 6pm Tues-Friday; 5pm Saturdays and 4pm Sundays. We and ovens rest on Monday.

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White Crane Healing Arts


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


1637 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-3344

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.

South Florida’s first 100% gluten-free 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.

Health educator

Women’s Awareness

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 4540 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale 954-791-4475 Gynecology Exams Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies Menopause Evaluation & Treatment Family Planning & Birth Control STD Testing & Treatment


“Vitality and beauty are gifts of nature for those who live according to its laws.” ~ Leonardo DaVinci. My responsibility is to teach you those Universal Laws. Your responsibility is to apply them to your Life and to those who depend on you. One hour private consultation is all you need.

Weight Loss Programs Most insurance plans accepted



Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

9895 NW 48th Ct., Coral Springs FL 33076 754-484-7988

Lisa’s Healing Center 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.

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.

Pamela Shenk, C.Ht. 4800 Northeast 20th Terrace, Suite 401, Ft Lauderdale 954-771-6226

Hypnosis can help with stress, fears, weight, smoking, confidence, sports, test anxiety, substance abuse, sexual problems, pain management and much more. See ad page 48.

Prestege Wellness & Aesthetics

Eve Marie Preste 3077 E Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale FL 33308 954-263-9555 954-491-6200 Eve is a life coach, hypnotist, reiki practitioner, author of “My Journey Through Breast Cancer” and public speaker. By her deep spiritual nature, she is able to connect with clients in a profound manner.

ReIntegrative Hypnosis & Coaching

Harriet Sharaf 301 NW 84th Ave., Plantation, FL 33324 954-562-3910 Supporting you through Life’s Transitions. Let go of what no longer serves and create the life that’s calling to be lived. Free Phone Consultation

Positive Nutrition of So. Florida

Wendy Pacella, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner 954-263-3259 Offering Individual Counseling, Detox & Weight Loss Plans, Grocery Shopping Tours, Hair M i n e r a l A n a l y s i s Te s t i n g , Homeopathy & Herbology. We also have ongoing Holistic Events!

Broward County, Florida

Center for Holistic Options, Inc.

Thierry Browers, Founder of Nuage Cafe




intuitive healer Deirdre Abrami

6th Generation Psychic Healer, Speaker & Coach Delray Beach, FL 561-READING (732-3464) Deirdre offers in-person & telephone private psychic intuitive r e a d i n g s , We e k l y P s y c h i c Development Class Series, Certified Angel & Mediumship Workshops & Mind, Body & Soul Conferences. Visit her site for details

LYMPHATIC Therapy Kristen Tyler, CLT

Bayview and Commercial area 305-613-6974 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 23.

meditation T’ai Chi Chih

Stu Goldman 954-296-2495 A moving meditation improving health, serenity, creativity and productivity. Adapted to American lifestyles. 20 easy-to-learn movements can be done by anyone regardless of age or physical ability. Daily practice takes 45 minutes. Learn in 10 sessions. NOT a martial art.

Dr. Susan Mendelsohn, Clinical Psychologist

Photon Light energy sauna

954-294-7036, Fort Lauderdale, 33308 Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, relationship counseling, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, mood & anxiety disorders. Providing individual and group therapies.

natural acupuncture

Photon Light Spa, LLC

at Body Shop Medi-Spa 12505 Orange Drive, Ste 906 Davie, FL 33330 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 therapy offered.

Shudong Wang, M.D. (China) A.P. 4522 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-772-9696

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

28 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and herbs. Professor and clinic Director at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. See ad page 3.

optometric Physicians

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

Natural Eyes of Weston

relationship coaching

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

Getting What You Want

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 14.

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 41.

pain management Physical Therapy Wellness Institute

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Ave, Maltz Building Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 954-262-5730 A t N S U ’s P s y c h o l o g y Services Center and Family Therapy Clinic, we offer therapy and testing services to children, adolescents, couples and adults. Make a choice for complete wellness, call for an appointment. See ad page 19.

23 East Acre Drive, Plantation FL 33317 954-642-2444 Revolutionary Pain Treatment. No drugs, surgery or needles. Relief for Chronic Pain: Headaches, Shoulder, Back, Neck, Hip, Pelvic, Knee, Foot, Exercise injuries. Hands-on techniques for Fast Recovery and Long Lasting Relief. Nous parlons Francais.

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

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

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Stephen Anthony, abch

Spiritual Counselor

2331 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors 954-564-2323

Angel Workshop, Inc.

Feng Shui hairstyle consultations, American Board Certified Haircolorist, No ammonia / thio haircolor and perming, Hawaiian Keratin Treatment: FormaldehydeFree, environmentally safe. 20% off first visit.

Veronica Bedford 954-586-0425

Psychic Readings with Spiritual Love


Master Andrew Chung 40 years experience and 30 years teaching Authentic Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Chi Kung Meditation, Tao Yin Yoga, Tui Na & Herbal Nutrition. For Health, Longevity and Rejuvenation.

spiritual healing

2370 Hammock Boulevard, Coconut Creek, FL 33063 954-330-3561

Julia George

An Organic, Green, Classical and Christian School! Pre-K2-8th grade. An Advanced Curriculum, private, non-profit, educational institution nurturing children in the art of learning. 10-acre campus, No-Voc paint, green carpets, organic edible gardening!

Luminary ~ Teacher ~ Seer 561-750-9292 Emotional Healing at a Soul Level Conflict Resolution Shadow Work Commit, Transform, and Heal, through the journey within.

Summit—Questa Montessori School

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

Spiritual Life Coaching Sirus Ra

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.

954-274-7089 Spiritual Guidance, Laying on of the Hands, Guidance on Meditation and Ascension, Spiritual Life Coaching. We are all here on a Journey to Oneness. Let me help you find your Path of Freedom to God.

smoking cessation quit smoking now with laser therapy

Eva Bueno Johnston 2544 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 954-566-1119 Quit smoking now with Laser Therapy at The Physical Health Complex. No drugs, gum or patches. Painless and highly effective.

Broward County, Florida

Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu

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

Get answers to all your personal issues. Find out how to live happy as you walk your spiritual path. Parties for all occasions. See ad page 5.



tai chi / QiGong

Core Energy Institute

706 NE 3rd Ave Downtown Ft. Lauderdale 33304 954.298.3369 The Rolf Method of Structural Integration. Your body’s language tells everyone who listens a story of who you are. If you’re trying to change old habits, old pains, old injuries, old age, old beliefs and want to look and feel good mentally and physically, Structural Integration can give your body a brand new language. Change the way you hold your body and y o u r m i n d w i l l f o l l o w. # ma 3 8 0 9 2 . See ad page 17.

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