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ctober seems a much busier month—people back from elsewhere and children back in school. I see my calendar full of wonderful things to do and projects to complete. Natural Awakenings is available at new locations throughout the county. The distribution route seems to constantly change. As all is in motion, and nothing stays the same, flexibility is the master word. Events and projects are all the result of someone’s imagination. The Kids Ecology Corps (KEC) event I participated with last month was very successful, with many contributors, including Jack Seiler, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, adding their hand to the mixed media artwork using a discarded bottle cap picked up from the beach area. See photo this page of the completed #ecolitterart. Please feel free to share what you think would be a great title for this piece. It was such great fun to see so many helping to clean up the beach of plastic, glass and other things that are not part of the natural habitat. We worked on one of the picnic benches on Fort Lauderdale Beach next to Bob Lieberman’s Beach Sweep. I heard there were several hundred volunteers overall that showed up to work, of which KEC had about 40. We’ll be doing it again. Beach Sweep will be held the second Saturday of each month. KEC will be there in October to create another mixed media artwork; we’d love to have you add a piece of plastic to the work. See calendar for when and where. This month is a focus on ways to naturally improve your mood. There are some interesting spins on this process from several of our local businesses. I’ve been on the “down” side and know it can be quite a complicated set of


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emotional components. The first step is simply recognizing the issue and the second is being open to change. My turnaround was not overnight. Now, I am grateful for the process; it has allowed me to be much more compassionate and understanding of those who are experiencing a rough time. The information in articles and conversations with advertisers I found through Natural Awakenings has assisted me in continuing that process—keeping me balanced and happy. It’s important for me to include “me” time. As a young mother, it was not much of a priority; I didn’t understand the value in taking care of myself as I do now. There’s a beautiful pool just below my office window, beckoning me to play in its waters. My body knows what it needs. It’s my job to pay attention and act accordingly. Notifications came in the mail the other day from the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation. The two nests I sponsored this summer protected 164 hatchlings. How cool. What might you be interested in getting involved with this fall? What has meaning for you? What gives you joy? What is in alignment with your core values? Within all of these activities, be kind to yourself and find time to share your joy with others. From that place of joy, one’s smile cannot be contained and its energy spreads much like the candlelight within a room. Be light; plan on it.

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newsbriefs Controlling Reality through Soul, Mind and Consciousness Seminar


ased on the knowledge of Russian academic, mental healer and clairvoyant, mathematician and physicist, Grigori Grabovoi, there will be a three-day seminar (Russian/ German with English translation), 10am-5pm, daily, October 23 to 25. Grabovoi, famous for his effective methods and number sequences of clairvoyance and healing in regeneration of organs in the physical body, such as gallbladder, thyroid, teeth, etc., is represented in the west by Dr. Svetlana Smirnova, neurologist, clairvoyant, and disciple of Grabovoi. The only seminar of its kind in the U.S. in 2015 and the first ever in South Florida, Smirnova the speaker/ presenter, will empower participants with practical skills for individual and independent work based on Grabovoi’s works. Cost: $520 Basic/Advanced Seminar. Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 180 SW 18th Ave., Dania. For more information, call Lana 305-409-0403 or visit (Hamburg, Germany). Registration and PayPal payment, call 954-594-6670 or email

Keiser University Hosts Scare Fair Open House


et an early start on Halloween while learning about educational options at the Keiser University campus in Fort Lauderdale. Their Scare Fair Open House, hosted by university faculty, staff and students, encourages attendees of all ages to don costumes and explore study opportunities and enjoy music, games, prizes and refreshments from 5-8pm, October 28. As an integral part of the local community, Keiser University strives to be more than an educational institution. Faculty and students are continually encouraged to engage in local events and charity fundraisers. The university staff takes pride in offering a quality education and hands-on approach to learning in more than 100 degree programs, including healthcare, business, culinary arts, information technology and legal studies. Its goal is to improve each community, one individual at a time, by providing education and helping students and graduates become productive members of their communities. Location: 1500 NW 49th Street. For more information, call 888-844-8404 or visit See ad, page 13.

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n October 10, Fort Lauderdale will host the 2015 Walk for Farm Animals, an annual event taking place in 15 cities across the U.S. and Canada to raise vital funds to support the lifesaving rescue, education and advocacy work of Farm Sanctuary, North America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. For more than 25 years, Farm Sanctuary has rescued and provided sanctuary for abused farm animals, educated the public about the routine cruelty they endure on factory farms, and advocated on their behalf. The walks bring together thousands of people to raise vital funds to support the organization’s life-saving work and promote kindness towards farm animals. The So. FL Walk for Farm Animals will take place at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale; check-in begins at 10am. The walk will feature free vegan food, music & a chance to win great prizes. For more information and registration, visit See ad page 41.

ive highly developed healers have joined forces to create the quality team at Rasa Sadhana: A Place for Spiritual Growth. The team includes Rev. Rina Lichtinger, Dr. Margot Gobetti, Kathy Keating-Kay, Carmelina Pena-Heminger and Amaru Li, offering classes and workshops to address the root cause of any dis-harmony at body, mind and soul levels. Through the use of energy and intuitive healing practices, the team supports clients wanting to explore their higher consciousness and spiritual essence, bringing out the wisdom and tools to overcome emotional, spiritual and physical challenges naturally and effectively. The team’s services also include homeopathic medicine, Tai Chi, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Reiki, shamanic healing, aromatherapy, yoga and more. It is their mission to assist their clients in the improvement of physical, emotional and spiritual health for ongoing wellbeing and peace. Hours of operation are 5-8pm, with classes held 6-8pm, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Select weekend hours; call for details. Location: 1531 NE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call Carmelina 954-803-0354 or email RasaSadhana@ Find Rasa Sadhana on Facebook. See ad page 51.

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Red/Purple Produce is Best for Our Weight and Heart


ew research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found the color of the fruits and vegetables we eat may affect our weight and heart health differently. The study followed 1,272 people over a three-year period, beginning in 2006 and 2008. The researchers compared their respective diets over both periods with levels of cholesterol, weight and waist circumference—all measures of obesity. The research grouped fruits and vegetables into red/purple, yellow, green, orange or white. Among women, greater consumption of red/purple fruits and vegetables was related to lower weight and abdominal fat, lower blood sugar and reduced total cholesterol. Meanwhile, greater consumption of yellow fruits and vegetables was linked to weight gain over the same period. Among men, the researchers found those that ate more red/ purple fruits and vegetables had reduced weight and waists compared to those that ate other-colored foods over the three-year period by an average of 13 and 14 percent, respectively. Greater yellow fruit consumption was linked to lower total cholesterol levels. Green and white fruits and vegetables were associated with reduced abdominal fat gain over the three-year period.


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Colon Cancer Linked to Gut Bacteria


study from the University of Minnesota has found that two strains of virulent bacteria in the gut significantly increase the incidence of colon cancer, and a change in microbiology of the gut often coincides with colon cancer. The study tested 88 people, of which half had colon tumors. The scientists sampled and analyzed gut bacteria within the subjects to assess their microbiomes. They found that colon cancers were linked to those with microbiomes that had increased levels of Fusobacteria and Providencia species of bacteria. The latter is considered more virulent and responsible for the production of certain enzymes that have been previously linked with colon cancer. These two species of bacteria have also been linked with higher rates of inflammation and infection in other research. Fusobacteria has been found prevalent among people with ulcerative colitis. Providencia species include E. coli and Klebsiella, both found among urinary tract infections, throat infections and others. Microbiological science over the past half a century has found that better food choices can bring about significant healthful changes in the body’s microbiome. These include incorporating prebiotic and fermented foods into one’s diet.


Non-Natural Painkillers Double Depression Risk

Brain-Lymphatic Discovery May Hasten Science



2015 study has found that larger opioid medication doses increase the incidence of depression in a Veterans Administration study of 355 pain patients. An opioid is a pharmaceutical compound, such as morphine, that produces an analgesic effect in the nervous system. The study, published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, followed patients with low-back pain for two years. The patients were taking varying doses of opioid pain killers, rated by their morphine-equivalent dose. The researchers found that higher doses resulted in a doubling of depression incidences. According to Dr. James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, natural herbal alternatives to painkiller drugs that are free of the side effect include meadowsweet, ginger, willow bark, clove, lavender, eucalyptus, red pepper and rosemary.

study at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has found that the brain is directly connected to the body’s immune system through a previously unknown set of lymphatic vessels. The discovery furthers the understanding for medical scientists of how the brain’s immune system works. While it’s been known for decades that lymphatic vessels transport immune cells through the rest of the body, confirming that this also occurs within the brain has been elusive. The discovery is attributed to Antoine Louveau, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. He says, “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied, but now we can ask mechanistic questions.” According to researchers, physicians can now examine the physical connection between the immune system and the brain instead of only studying how the brain responds to immune issues; it might also improve how diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and others are understood and treated.

U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Liquids


2015 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found that more than half of American children are dehydrated. The research analyzed data from the 20092012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for children 6 to 19 years old. The study also found that boys have a 76 percent greater likelihood of being dehydrated, and African-Americans were 34 percent more likely to not drink enough water compared with U.S. Caucasians. “Dehydration accounts for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year due to a number of illnesses that can lead to depletion of fluids and electrolytes from the body,” says Dr. Daniel Rauch, associate professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. It can be difficult for parents to gauge the level of hydration in children. Researchers from the University of Arkansas have determined that urine color provides a reliable indicator of hydration levels, with darker urine indicating increasing levels of dehydration.


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Music and Audio Books Help Kids Move Past Pain


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study published in Pediatric Surgery International has determined that children that listened to music or audio books experienced significantly less pain after undergoing major surgery than those that did not. Pain scores were monitored before and after treatments. Fifty-six children, ages 9 to 14, were divided into three groups—one heard 30 minutes of songs chosen by the children from a list of popular music, another listened to audio books and the third (control) wore noise-canceling headphones. Pain scores were monitored before and after treatments. Those that listened to the music or audio books experienced significant reductions in pain compared to the control group.

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Smell-Based Pheromones Offer Pesticide-Free Bug Control

Warnings Heeded

New York State Bans Fracking The Empire State has now officially banned fracking after a seven-year review process. New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens states, “After exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative. Highvolume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated.” A findings statement concludes, “There are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.” Two groups heavily involved in the campaign, New Yorkers Against Fracking and Americans Against Fracking, praised the decision. Industry groups have threatened to sue, but the attorneys at Earthjustice ( are confident that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s exhaustive review will withstand any legal challenges and the nonprofit pledges to stand alongside the state in case of such actions. Vermont outlawed the practice in 2012.

Semios, a Vancouver, Canada, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for the first aerosol pheromone-scent products shown effective in disrupting the mating of the codling moth and oriental fruit moth by attracting males to the females’ scent in spots devoid of mates. Pheromones are natural chemicals that many animals use to communicate within their species. Unlike pesticides that kill a wide variety of insects, each pheromone targets a single pest species, leaving beneficial pollinators like bees and predators such as ladybugs unconfused and unharmed. One dispenser is hung in each acre and nothing is sprayed directly on the fruit. Pheromones don’t affect any other organisms, including humans, and can be used by both organic and conventional growers. David Knight, owner of Knight’s Appleden Fruit, Ltd., in Colborne, Ontario, has used the Semios system for two seasons as part of a regulatory trial. He says, “I could see this technology becoming completely mainstream in our industry in the next five or six years.” Traditional insecticides are expensive to buy and time-consuming and laborintensive to apply. Because they’re toxic, workers can’t enter the orchard for a specified number of days after spraying. Knight adds that fruit growers that rely heavily on pollinators to produce their fruit are also keenly aware of the environmental risk posed by pesticides and welcome a natural and less costly alternative; only tiny amounts are needed. Kirk Hillier, Ph.D., a biologist at Canada’s Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, who studies how insects communicate with pheromones, confirms that such scents have also been shown to be effective in both controlling a wider variety of agricultural and household pests and monitoring insects destructive to forests. Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company

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Bright Future

EPA to Regulate Nanotechnology Pesticides

Upbeat Forecast for Long-Term Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to regulate new nanomaterial pesticides due to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS). In 2008, a coalition of nonprofits filed a legal petition requesting that the agency recognize the growing class of nanosilver consumer products and their risks, and regulate them as new pesticides. After the EPA failed to acknowledge the petition last December, the coalition sued the agency last March to force it to respond. Nanotechnology manipulates materials at the atomic and molecular levels; they are so tiny they cannot be seen with an ordinary microscope and possess extraordinary mobility and unique chemical and biological properties that increase the potential for biological interaction and toxicity. There are no labeling requirements for nanoscale products. The EPA has since agreed that nanosilver products intended to kill microorganisms qualify as pesticides, and that developers of such products must now seek EPA review and approval before the products are marketed. The agency has not committed, however, to undertake enforcement actions against currently commercialized products that haven’t undergone the EPA registration process, although it has taken action against some noncompliant manufacturers. Source:

New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that overall domestic energy consumption is slowing and isn’t expected to grow much over the next 25 years, despite a growing economy and population. Usage is forecast to rise 0.3 percent annually between now and 2040, or just half the expected population growth rate, and dramatically less than the 2.4 percent projections for economic growth through 2040. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels are expected to increase only 0.1 percent in the same period. Thanks to a public embrace of energy efficiency, residential fuel consumption may not grow at all over the next quarter-century. With more Americans driving electric and other energy-efficient vehicles, energy use in the transportation sector will decline slightly and gasoline consumption is expected to drop more than 20 percent by 2040. Industrial energy use is expected to grow at less than 1 percent. College students nationwide are supporting the reported progress by conducting divestment campaigns at universities, including Divest Harvard. At a recent event, alumni, including Bill McKibben, founder of, and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth, joined students in protesting any investment of the school’s huge endowment fund in fossil fuel companies. Source:


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Congress Fails to Respond to Centers for Disease Control Whistleblower On July 29, Congressman Bill Posey, a Republican representing Florida’s eighth district, took to the U.S. House floor to discuss possible changes in how the medical community views vaccines. According to documents cited in Posey’s testimony, Dr. William Thompson, a vaccine safety researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealed to Posey that he attended a meeting in which he was directed to destroy data in the CDC’s research that demonstrated a clear link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. Understanding the gravity of this directive, Thompson reported that he had retained copies of the documents, which he gave to Posey, along with other records that demonstrate fraud within the CDC’s vaccine safety research. Posey pleaded on the House floor, “Mr. Speaker, I believe it’s our duty to ensure that the documents Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored. Therefore, I will provide them to members of Congress and the House committees upon request. Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents, as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted.” As of press time, Congress had taken no action to address Posey’s testimony. To demand hearings, contact the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz, at 202-225-7751 or show/412270; or the Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee Chairman, Senator Ron Johnson, at 202-2245323 or Find local representatives at

Immediate Need Saving Lives in Crisis By now millions of people have been displaced by violence in countries like Syria and Iraq, leaving everything behind in search of safety. Many of them—including children— have died trying to find refuge; this year alone, some 2,500 people have died or disappeared trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to CNN. Meanwhile, Americans have been watching news of the crisis with a mixture of emotions: horror at the scope of the human tragedy unfolding before them, and frustration at their inability to help from half a world away. But it is possible for Americans to help. The best way, experts say, is to donate to one of the well-vetted charitable organizations directly providing food, shelter or medical aid to the people in crisis. CNN has compiled a list of reputable organizations. Visit to learn more.

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October is Vegetarian Awareness Month

The Zen of Slow Cooking

Savor Your Autumn Harvest in One-Pot Dishes by Judith Fertig


utumn’s shorter days remind us how precious time is, especially when we can spend the hours with good friends and loved ones. That’s why Chicago mothers and bloggers Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay decided to try slow cooking with a Zen approach in creating family meals. With the time they save in food preparation—espe-


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cially when one recipe can yield an extra lunch or dinner—they free up moments for both family interaction and their own spiritual practices. “Slow cooking with the sacred intention of slowing down creates a sense of peace and calm after a full day of work and school,” says Barnhart. Once she transitioned to this kind of meal

planning and preparation on a regular basis, she realized that it allows her to be more attentive to her family’s needs while a healthy, tasty dinner basically cooks itself. With extra time for meditation and yoga in her daily life, she realizes increased clarity and focus for other interests and demands. McKay enjoys the creative challenge of making family-pleasing, whole food recipes and converting conventionally cooked recipes for use with a slow cooker. “I especially love the bounty of the autumn harvest, which includes seasonal picks from our family’s urban garden,” she says. She’s found that root vegetables, squash, pumpkin, leeks, mushrooms, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and nuts all translate well to lower temperature cooking for a longer period. Whether it’s a quick preparation that allows for other activities or a more contemplative, mindful endeavor that can be relaxing in itself, the recipes on the pair’s website, TheZenOf, are highly suited for busy people.

Slow Cooking 101 Slow cookers have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s. Today, they come in all shapes and sizes, with inserts, timers and a wide range of settings. Barnhart and McKay recommend the five-to-six-quart size with a removable insert as the most practical. Food cooks in the insert, which can be

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washed and dried separately, so there’s no need to put the entire slow cooker in the sink to clean up afterwards. Because the slow cooker’s low temperature is about 200° F and the heat is indirect, the appliance uses less liquid than conventional cooking. Many of Barnhart and McKay’s easier recipes simply require putting the ingredients in the slow cooker, selecting the temperature, replacing the lid and turning the appliance on. Fresh garnishes, such as the roasted pumpkin seeds or fried sage leaves for the Butternut Squash Soup, make a crisper contrast to the softer texture of slowcooked foods, notes McKay. Dishes like Sweet and Spicy Apples can be made the day before; leftovers taste delicious for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt. Barnhart and McKay make their own Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend, available on their website, with proceeds funding cooking classes for adults with developmental disabilities.

Butternut Squash Soup Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 5-10 minutes 5-6 cups butternut squash, diced ½ cup or 1 carrot, chopped 1 cup or 1 small bunch scallions or spring onions, chopped 8 whole sage leaves, fresh

Suggested toppings: Slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and cubed 1 /3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds 8 additional fresh sage leaves, fried 4 slices of lean bacon or tempeh, crispy and crumbled Place the squash, carrot, scallions, sage leaves, rosemary, chicken broth and milk into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Then, blend using an immersion blender until smooth and leave covered until ready to serve. Make the toppings available to sprinkle and stir.

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4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch slices Black pepper to taste Put the vegetables into the slow cooker with the garlic and stir in the olive oil and oregano. Layer the mushrooms on top of the vegetable mixture, followed by a layer of onions. Next, sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles on top. Pour the broth over the vegetables and cheese mixture, and lay the sliced potatoes on top. Season the potatoes with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours

Root Vegetable Gratin with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes 1 cup or 2 medium parsnips, diced to ½ inch 2 cups or 3 medium carrots, diced to ½ inch 1 cup or 2 medium turnips, diced to ½ inch 6 oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth 4 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup organic olive oil 1 Tbsp dried oregano 8 oz sliced Portobello mushrooms 1 large onion, sliced into half moons 6 oz blue cheese, crumbled, or vegan cheese

Millet and Miso Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sriracha Dressing Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut or organic olive oil 2 acorn squash, halved and deseeded 1 cup millet or quinoa ½ can garbanzo beans ½ cup raisins 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp black pepper 3 Tbsp fresh chives, snipped ¼ cup lemon juice 2 Tbsp white miso paste Olive oil 4 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted Dressing: 2 tsp Sriracha sauce 1 Tbsp lime juice ¼ cup plain or coconut milk yogurt Oil the insert of the slow cooker with coconut or olive oil. On a chopping board, halve the acorn squash and scoop out the seeds. In a separate bowl, add the millet,


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garbanzo beans, raisins, garlic powder, black pepper and 2 tablespoons of the chives. Mix the lemon juice, miso and 2/3 cup water in a cup and pour over the millet mixture. Stir well. Spoon the millet filling into the acorn squash. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Mix the ingredients for the Sriracha dressing in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Once cooked, remove from the slow cooker and sprinkle with the remaining snipped chives and toasted pine nuts. Serve with the Sriracha dressing alongside.

Sweet and Spicy Baked Apples Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut oil 5 medium or 4 large apples 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ cup soft brown, maple or date sugar ½ cup walnuts 1 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend or apple pie spice blend Ice cream topper to serve Oil the inside of the slow cooker insert with coconut oil. Halve and core the apples and sit them in the bottom of the slow cooker insert. Pour the lemon juice over the apples. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, walnuts and spice blend and press onto and into the apples. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. All recipes adapted from TheZenOf by Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay.




eaven is a state of mind, not a location, since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter. I personally do this by making an effort to look upon my world as if I were observing it through lenses that filter out the form and all of the material aspects of what I’m seeing, and I can only view the spiritual energy that allows what I’m noticing to exist. Try putting on these imaginary magical lenses and see how different everything appears. I now see spiritual energy in everyone I encounter. When I’m tempted to judge anyone, I remind myself to view them through my special lenses. When I can do so, all negative judgment dissolves. I feel more peaceful knowing that I’m not just this body that I’m destined to discard. I also feel the life-giving Spirit within me on a daily basis, and it’s exhilarating! Being more balanced spiritually and physically gives me the opportunity to be in a continual state of gratitude and awe. I see miracles everywhere. Try changing your view of the world to one of awe and wonder. Rather than looking for miracles, shift to seeing everything as miraculous. By being in a state of

awe, you won’t be able to mentally experience boredom or disappointment. Try seeing the invisible Divine flowing through and supporting everyone and everything. A rainstorm becomes a miraculous event, the lightning a fascinating display of electrical fireworks, the thunder a booming reminder of the invisible power of nature. Live the mystery by beginning to perceive what average eyes fail to notice. Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. {May 10, 1940 – Aug. 29, 2015}, affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans, was an internationally renowned author, speaker and pioneer in the field of selfdevelopment. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (including 21 New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. includes information on his new book, Memories of Heaven: Children’s Astounding Recollections of the Time Before They Came to Earth, released this month. natural awakenings

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Ground Rules for

RUNNERS A Guide for Running on All Terrains by April Thompson


any fitness-seekers run because it’s so simple and adaptable. Running can be done in groups, pairs or alone, with little equipment, skill or planning needed. Anyone can run virtually anytime, anywhere—an indoor treadmill, scenic trail, beach or sidewalk. But all surfaces are not created equal. Recently, opponents of running on hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt claim they are more apt to cause injuries or pain than dirt or grass. According to body-movement researcher Daniel Ferris, Ph.D., director of the Human Neuromechanics Laboratory


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at the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology, no evidence currently supports the theory that running on harder surfaces leads to more injuries. “However, we see a difference in the injury types,” he reports, noting that it’s likely related to differences in how people strike their feet on different surfaces, thus delivering a different stress load to the rest of the body. Running on hard surfaces is more often correlated with issues like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon injuries; softer surfaces are more often linked with soft-tissue injuries such as knee problems. According to Michael Sandler,

a running coach and author who has developed a variety of helpful resources on mindful running (MindfulRunning. org), being present is paramount to safer running on varied surfaces. “Enjoy music while running, but you have to be tuned in to your surroundings, too,” says Sandler, currently based near New York City. “Sometimes runners get injured when changing footwear or surfaces without being aware of how that affects their running. You’re more likely to move faster on cement, than on grass; each surface dictates a different stride.” Some softer surfaces such as

grass, trails and sand tend to be more uneven, which can lead to trips, falls and related injuries and require more exertion. In a recent University of Michigan study, walkers expended up to 25 percent more energy on an uneven surface than on a smooth one, while runners experienced no difference in exertion levels. This benefits those that may be walking for weight loss, accelerating calorie burn.

Helpful Change-Ups Ferris recommends that runners and walkers mix up terrains to recruit different muscle groups and make them work in new ways. As a result, a strong inland runner may struggle to complete a run on a beach, which draws more upon the calf muscles. Whether it’s a change of surface or training shoe, Ferris cautions to ease into it, rather than making an abrupt shift. Gail Fuller, a 10-time marathoner and certified running coach in Silver Spring, Maryland, believes that variety is the spice of running. “I love to switch it up; I get bored easily. I’ll run on trails one day, tracks the next,” says Fuller, an asthmatic who took up running 13

We are like water flowing downstream: Water moves differently when interacting with rock and sand. If we’re present when running on different surfaces, we can move more effortlessly and float along with the surface, rather than fight with it. ~Michael Sandler years ago to mitigate its effects. Fuller encourages new runners, even those with preexisting conditions, to consider different types of runs. “I recently coached a woman working toward her first 5K in Baltimore. She said she had bad knees and only felt comfortable running on a treadmill,” relates Fuller. “We’ve slowly worked in trail runs and hill work to the point where she now enjoys training on hills to get strong for a race.” However, Fuller ultimately tells

runners to follow their body’s intuition regarding training. “I dislike treadmills, so I don’t use them. If you don’t like something, even if another seasoned runner recommends it, don’t do it,” she counsels, recalling her own unhappy event runs on Venice Beach sand and a New Jersey boardwalk. “Your body will tell you what it needs.” Being conscious of the mind-body connection can deepen the benefits of running and other workouts—mentally, physically and spiritually—according to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, worldwide leader of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, nine-time marathoner and author of Running with the Mind of Meditation. “Instead of spacing out [during] exercise, say, ‘I’m going to be present and relate to my breathing and movement’,” he counsels. “That’s healthy for the mind and the body.” Whatever’s beneath their feet, mindful runners can discover the joys of physical and mental synchronization. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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How Depression Affects Your Body by Francine Kanter


epression is a brain disorder that can cause much emotional anguish. The brain, in many ways, acts like the boss of your body. Changes in brain chemistry can have a major effect on your body, which makes depression a physical disorder. It is no wonder that it contributes to a wide array of physical problems, affecting everything from heart to immune system. Not only does it cause physical symptoms, it can also increase the risk for certain physical illnesses or conditions. In turn, illness can trigger depression. Depression affects much more than moods. These are a few of the most common physical symptoms: Increased aches and pains (occurring in approximately two out of three people) Chronic fatigue Decreased interest in sex Decreased appetite Insomnia, lack of deep sleep, or oversleeping


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Depression increases your risk of disease and other negative conditions. One way it does this is by increasing levels of stress hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline. Depression can affect the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infection. Vaccinations are even less effective in people with depression. It has also been linked to heart disease and increased risk for substance abuse. Depression and medical illness is a vicious cycle. Many of the physical changes caused by depression, such as insomnia or a lack of deep sleep, further weaken the immune system. This can make existing illnesses worse. In turn, physical changes caused either by depression or chronic disease can trigger or worsen depression. All changes can lead to a vicious cycle that’s tough to break without treatment for both the depression as well as the other disease(s). Once you become ill, how does depression influence the course of disease? For one, it is more likely to develop complications. This may be because depression magnifies physical changes in the brain and body. If you already have heart disease, for example, higher levels of stress hormones may make it harder for

the body to do needed tissue repair. Depression may also make it more difficult to follow instructions, take medications or stick with other aspects of a treatment regimen. Pain, which is common with depression, can also complicate the treatment of same. This means people with chronic pain tend to have worse depression outcomes.

How to Treat Depression Naturally 1. Consider why you might feel depressed. Sometimes depression is a symptom of something circumstantial in your life rather than a biochemical imbalance. Does your job require you to sell out your integrity every day? Have you been unable to admit that you need to end your marriage? Are you feeling spiritually disconnected or sexually restless? Are you suffering from creative blocks? Is your body failing you? Are you facing financial ruin? Be honest with yourself about what might be off-kilter in your life, and make an effort to get to the root of why you might be feeling depressed. 2. Move your body. Exercise releases happy-making endorphins which act like natural antidepressants. 3. Never skip a meal. Keeping your blood sugar stable reduces mood swings. 4. Eat a serotonin-enhancing diet. Many antidepressants, like Prozac, act by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin by receptors in the brain, thereby increasing serotonin levels. But you can increase your brain’s serotonin levels by eating foods that boost levels naturally. Serotonin-enhancing foods include those high in omega-3 fatty acids (such as wild salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, turkey, and anchovies, which are even higher in omega-3s than other fish), nuts and seeds, coconut oil, tofu, pineapple, cheese, eggs. Eat a high protein diet, especially proteins high in tryptophan, like free range turkey. 5. Avoid caffeine which reduces serotonin levels. If you need an energy boost, supplement with L-Tyrosine (500-1000mg).

6. Expose yourself to sunlight which can boost mood and increase Vitamin D levels. If you live somewhere that gets little sun, invest in a therapeutic light box. 7. Try mood-enhancing supplements: 5-HTP 50-300mg, up to three times/day; start at 50mg in the morning. Converts directly into serotonin. If you are taking too much, you will feel sleepy or have runny stools. Also, may help with anxiety, although sometimes it can paradoxically cause anxiety. Must use with great caution if you’re taking an antidepressant. St. John’s Wort 300mg, three times/ day. If you don’t feel better within a week, slowly increase dose to a max of 600mg three times/day. May decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. SAMe 200mg on an empty stomach, twice/day. Increase your dose every two weeks to a maximum dose of 600mg, twice daily. This can be a very effective antidepressant, but it can also be expensive. Side effects at higher doses include GI upset, nausea, agitation and insomnia. L-Theanine 100-600mg daily. Reduce if you feel sleepy. Found in green tea. Fish oil (DHA/EPA) 1-3g/day with food. (Disclaimer: Although you can get these supplements over the counter, I recommend doing this under the care of a physician since supplements can have side effects and risks and can interact with other medications.) 8. Meditate or try guided imagery.

Meditation’s effects on mood are well documented. Settling your mind can lift your mood, in addition to a whole host of other health benefits. 9. Get your hormones balanced. If your thyroid, adrenal or sex hormones are out of whack, your mood can get all wonky. See a good integrative medicine doctor and ask them to order and interpret the following tests: Thyroid gland tests—TSH, free T4, free T3, total T3, thyroid antibodies Adrenal gland tests—cortisol, DHEA-S, pregnenolone Sex hormone tests—estradiol, progesterone, free and total testosterone 10. Make efforts to bolster your mental health by being more authentic in all aspects of your life. Too often, we walk around wearing masks, pretending to be something we’re not. We fake it at the schoolyard, in the boardroom, in the bedroom, at church—and then wonder why we wind up depressed. Practice letting your freak flag fly and watch how your mood lifts. 11. Talk it out. See a therapist, psychiatrist or life coach and express how you feel. Sometimes, just finding someone you trust, who will help you work through your feelings, can make all the difference in the universe. Sometimes, you can do everything right, but your imbalance is biochemical, so you still may need the drugs. But don’t forget to nurture the rest of you too. Depression, like most physical and

mental illnesses, is multifactorial and requires a global investigation of your complete health—not just your mind and body, but your relationships, your work, your financial picture, how you express yourself creatively, how you satisfy yourself sexually. Treating depression, improving health. By now, we know and understand that physical and mental health perform a delicate dance, greatly affecting each other. Always discuss both with your health care professional. The symptoms of depression and diseases may overlap, so make sure that your mental health professional coordinates depression treatment with your other health care providers. Now, for additional good news: Depression treatment is often a two-fer— by treating the depression, you not only relieve it, but also may be improving your overall health. There are different alternative medicine modalities to treat depression, one of which is homeopathy, used successfully for a hundred years. Homeopathy treats the mind and the body as a whole and, in turn, lifts depression and improves physical symptoms along the way. Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHOM (NA), Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner, has helped countless adults and children in their return to health. For more information and to make an appointment, call 754-484-7988 (office), 808-652-2001 (cell), email FRKanter@ or visit See ad page 49.

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Toxic Soup

EARLY PUBERTY The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes

21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers.


any American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic decrease between 1997 and 2011. A pivotal 2011 study from the University of Cincinnati showed that U.S. Caucasian girls on average entered puberty at 9.7 years old, three to four months younger than the average age reported by University of North Carolina scientists 14 years earlier and much younger than data from the 1960s. Girls of other ethnicities

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are also entering puberty at earlier ages, but at less dramatic rates. A 2009 Danish study also showed that their country’s girls were developing breasts a full year earlier than those born 15 years earlier.

Burgers, Fries and Sodas to Blame The rise in childhood obesity is the major culprit in today’s lower ages of puberty, according to the 2011 study’s lead researcher, Dr. Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He explains, “Body mass index [BMI] is the overwhelmingly predominant factor in the age at which a girl reaches puberty. It’s become more important than race or ethnicity. Heavy white girls and heavy black girls are all maturing earlier.” Science has long shown that fat tissue produces hormones, including estrogen, that can accelerate the process of puberty, especially early breast development, according to Dr. Louise Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., authors of The New Puberty. Greenspan specializes in pediatric endocrinology at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Deardorff is a clinical psychologist researching pubertal development at the University of California, Berkeley. They cite one foundational study from the 1980s that showed for every BMI point increase, the age of first menstruation dropped by about one month.

Ubiquitous hormone-disrupting chemicals are undoubtedly a culprit in the early puberty epidemic, says Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, who publishes widely on the topic of natural medicine. Endocrine disruptors that trigger the body to produce excess amounts of estrogen include chemicals in clothing, especially children’s sleepwear, furniture and carpets, anything plastic, personal care products, cleaning solvents, glues, dry cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and non-organic meat and milk. Collectively, they trigger puberty before its natural time. “There’s certainly a link between these persistent pollutants and obesity,” Murray observes. Antibiotics contained in commercial meat and dairy products may be a greater risk than the added hormones, says Greenspan. “Chronic, low-dose antibiotic exposure could affect the body’s microbiome [the microorganism colony in the digestive tract], which can lead to obesity and may also influence puberty.”

The Stress Monster “Considerable research now supports the notion that excessive stress early in life can affect the timing of puberty,” says Greenspan. Stressors can range from sexual or child abuse to stressful family relationships, low emotional investment on the part of parents or a depressed mother. “Girls that grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to experience early menarche as girls that grow up with both parents,” advises Deardorff. Biro points out that stress is associated with higher levels of cortisol and obesity. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been directly related to belly fat in numerous studies.

Added Risks “Early puberty also increases social risks,” says Deardorff. “Girls that develop ahead of their peers have more anxiety, a higher incidence of depression, poorer body image and more eating disorders.” Research from St. Thomas’ Hospital, in London, reports that reaching puberty early may also increase risks for diabetes and breast cancer later in life, says Biro, the latter “possibly due to greater lifetime

12 Foods to Buy Organic The Environmental Working Group reports that these foods are the most heavily contaminated with pesticides,

so look for organic versions and prioritize them on the family grocery list. 1. Apples 2. Peaches 3. Nectarines 4. Strawberries 5. Grapes

6. Celery 7. Spinach 8. Sweet bell peppers 9. Cucumbers 10. Cherry tomatoes 11. Snap peas (imported) 12. Potatoes

exposure to female hormones and the susceptibility of rapidly developing breast tissue to environmental toxins.” Framingham Heart Study results published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism support earlier studies that found menstruating before age 12 may contribute to a 23 percent greater risk of developing heart disease and 28 percent higher risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.

Parental Strategies These experts all agree that a clean diet is one of the most powerful strategies to protect young girls. Murray recommends reviewing the Environmental Working Group’s list at He says, “If you buy these foods organic, you’ll both avoid hormone-disrupting pesticides and herbicides and give children the protection of antioxidants that can help protect against other toxins.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

Signs to Watch for in Boys Scant information exists charting puberty trends in boys, although medical researcher Dr. Frank Biro’s findings show that unlike overweight girls, some obese boys tend to reach puberty later than average. Professionals at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, suggest talking with a doctor if a boy starts experiencing any of the following before reaching age 9: 4 Growth of testicles or penis 4 Growth of pubic, underarm or facial hair 4 Rapid height changes 4 Voice deepening 4 Acne 4 Adult body odor natural awakenings

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for the Game Changer Intensive; Joshua Gorman, founder of Generation Waking Up; and Cole Kleitsch, founder and director of Walking Civics, warrant widespread attention and support.

Hearts Afire

AWAKENING THE GLOBAL HEART Compassionate Activists Unite to Write Earth’s New Story by Linda Sechrist


s individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to


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powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities. Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, and support social justice, community wealth building, independent media, sound health care and clean food and water are frequently missing from mainstream media. Pioneering efforts by activists such as Mario Tigueros, Pachamama Alliance program manager

When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and creating a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power. It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital

People have the power, when we choose to use it, to act on it, to dedicate ourselves to change. ~Rebecca Solnit Generation, all names for the Millennials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out

If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we own our stories of struggle, we can write our own new endings.

of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

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~Brené Brown, Rising Strong of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways. “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change. A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

Hearts Joining Hearts At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in acting

as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law professor and author of Nature’s Trust. Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts. Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected— extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust. “At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving in the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs

James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders. After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show, he developed this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction. “With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technology changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cuttingedge clinical Functional Forum to date. Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easyto-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments.

Corralling Ocean Plastics Boyan Slat, 21, of the Netherlands, has devoted his youth to founding and forwarding The Ocean Cleanup, a system in which plastics in our oceans, driven by currents, would amass in accessible zones, reducing cleanup time from theoretical millennia to a manageable period. Leading a team of 100 scientists and engineers for one year, they turned the concept into a potentially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. Crowdfunding will launch the pilot phase in Japanese waters in 2016. Slat has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth. The Ocean Cleanup is a recognized Design of the Year by the London Design Museum.

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Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same way for the same thing,” says Brandeis, who enjoys the meaningfulness of this collective contribution. Gery Juleff, of Hopewell, New Jersey, reinvented himself and his career to serve a greater good. Seeking to inspire change through intelligent discussion on environmental issues he founded and hosts the Green Radio Hour broadcast on He was formerly a member of the British Foreign Service, serving for 25 years as a diplomat, mostly in Africa and Brazil. In Juleff’s last London foreign office assignment, he dealt with policies on climate change, renewable energy technology and energy security. “My love of Africa, the continent likely to be affected the most by climate change, quickened my sense of needing to do whatever I could to limit any negative effects,” he says. Even though he was innocent about the scope of such an undertaking, “When the station owner suggested I use my knowledge to host a radio show, I said yes.” In What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, economist and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative Gar Alperovitz provides many examples of successful community wealth building. He’s been part of a team partnering with others in cities that include Cleveland, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Rochester, New York; and Washington, D.C. As co-chair of The Next System Project, he’s dealing with the bigger picture of long-term systemic change. “The economics of sustainability focus on partnerships with local assets like universities, hospitals and cultural institutions to facilitate broad-based economic security for the entire community,” says Alperovitz. He’s deeply committed to the concept of an ecologically sustainable society, where problem-solving activities nurture democracy.

Waking Up This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s direc-

tives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love. James O’Dea, author of The Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own shadow and true progress.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

Join the Heartbeat of Change Common Dreams Conscious Elders Network Democracy Collaborative Democracy Now! Functional Forum Generation Waking Up Green Hour Radio Images and Voices of Hope James O’Dea Naomi Klein Nature’s Trust/The Children’s Climate Crusade Pachamama Alliance The Next System Project Transition United States Walking Civics


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adness darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal diagnosis, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated 30 million Americans take prescription antidepressant drugs for premenstrual discomfort, chronic pain and anxiety, as well as depression, according to Dr. James Gordon, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He founded and directs the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and is the renowned author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. While conventional medicine offers a smorgasbord of antidepressants, many are ineffective or produce harmful side effects. One University of Pennsylvania study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found scant evidence that they benefit people with mild to moderate depression because the drugs work no better than a placebo in at least 80 percent of cases. Side effects of traditional antidepressants included nausea, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, agitation, irritability, anxiety and even violent behavior and suicidal thoughts, according to the University of Colorado research involving more than 40,000 patients. It further showed that nearly 70 percent of patients stop taking the prescription drugs within three months, largely because of intolerable reactions. Some safer and healthier alternatives exist. “We know that depression is more a symptom than a diagnosis,” says Dr. Hyla Cass, author of numerous related books, including Natural Highs. “It’s a sign of imbalance in biochemistry, caused by any number 32

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Curcumin, the rhizome of the turmeric plant that gives curry powder its distinctive yellow color, addresses both the symptoms of depression and its underlying causes, says Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Center for Gastrointestinal Research, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A recent study by Goel in Phytotherapy Research showed that this natural spice helps generate new, properly functioning brain cells that manufacture mood-elevating neurotransmitters. Along with being as effective as Prozac (fluoxetine) without the side effects, curcumin can neutralize the suicidal thoughts and violent behavior sometimes displayed in people with major depression taking prescription antidepressants. “We also know that prescription antidepressants become less effective the longer you take them,” says Goel. “Curcumin doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time.” Rhodiola rosea, the well-researched root of an Arctic plant, has brought relief even to some of Cass’ severely depressed patients. Cass points to its ability to help balance stress hormones and stimulate production of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, much like the claims of prescription drugs, but without any known side effects. A new study published in Phytomedicine confirms that rhodiola is at least as effective as the prescription antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) in fighting major depression. Cass also recommends 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), an extract of the seeds of an African shrub that produces the critical serotonin with no negative side effects. A recent Indian study from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences comparing the effects of 5-HTP and Prozac confirms that “5-HTP definitely has antidepressant effects in patients with depression.”

A Holistic Approach An integrative approach that emphasizes physical activity and a meditation or other spiritual practice can be highly effective in treating all levels of depression, according to Gordon. “It’s a way to get unstuck, to help us move through and beyond depression and other difficulties in our lives,” he says. Exercise triggers rises in mood at least equal to those generated by antidepressant prescription drugs, according to new Duke University research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People that are depressed often don’t want to move, Gordon comments. “Start with what you can do. Walking a couple of blocks a day is a good beginning.” He notes, “I teach specific meditation techniques such as slow, deep, soft-belly breathing and mindful walking and eating. All have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress, enhance mood and optimism, and promote greater emotional stability and more reliable judgment.” A healthful diet emphasizing vegetables, fruit and healthy fats; strong support from friends and family; creative activities; and connecting with a higher power comprise Gordon’s integrative prescription for a happy life. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at

GMOs Link to Depression How to Step Away from Antidepressants by Hyla Cass


ever stop taking prescription antidepressants cold turkey. Intense depression and other dangerous side effects might result. It can cause severe depression, anxiety, intense agitation and even suicidal thinking. As suggested in my book, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, it’s best to slowly wean off the medication with the help of a qualified prescribing healthcare practitioner. The process may take several months, but it’s time well spent and safer. n Consistently eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and clean protein. n To help create a firm nutritional base, add a basic supplementation program with a good multivitamin, vitamin C, optimal amounts of B vitamins and omega-3 fats like those found in clean fish oil. n Consider supplementing with curcumin, rhodiola or 5-HTP to ease the transition.



Monsanto’s genetically modified organisms (GMO) go hand-inhand with the company’s patented Roundup-ready crops, and therein lie the seeds of depression, says Jeffrey Smith, founding executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and producer of the award-winning documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Several studies—beginning with one published by German researchers in 1980 and most recently reinforced by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists—show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, ingested with our food, disrupts the shikimate pathway. “Monsanto has bragged for years that the shikimate pathway is why Roundup kills plants, but has no impact in humans, since we don’t have the shikimate pathway,” says Smith. But our gut bacteria do use this pathway to produce the amino acid building blocks for mood-lifting brain chemicals. “Since glyphosate blocks the shikimate pathway, it can impair the ability of intestinal bacteria to produce the ingredients for the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, melotonin and dopamine. Their deficiencies are linked to depression and other serious health problems,” he explains. Consumers need to understand that Roundup is sprayed on nearly all GMO crops to control weeds, and the doses continue to increase; it’s further used on wheat, rye, rice, lentils, barley and numerous other non-organic crops just before harvest to accelerate drying. Glyphosate has been widely found in water, rain and air samples, plus in breast milk, blood and urine, meaning virtually everyone has been exposed to this toxic chemical.




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Alternatives for Healing Depression by Loli Jane Heimberg, MS, RD


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Depression develops from alterations in brain chemistry from biochemical changes, genetics, hormones (menopause, childbirth, thyroid problems), nutritional deficiencies, imbalanced gut flora, medication side effects, substance abuse, and environmental stress, including the bombardment of unhealthy electromagnetic fields. In addition, stress from trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), conflict, sadness, grief, social isolation, serious illness, loss, financial troubles, or unexpected change can have a big impact on brain chemistry. A major cause of depression is imbalanced neurotransmitters—serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine—which communicate across circuits that connect different brain regions affecting pleasure centers. Antidepressants work to balance these neurotransmitters, especially serotonin. Chronic exposure to unhealthy, extremely low frequency (ELF) electric or magnetic fields, power lines, cell phones, Wi-Fi and electrical devices can disrupt normal circadian rhythms in the pineal gland, alter serotonin and melatonin concentrations and contribute to depression and depression-related suicide. Studies show that depressed individuals have a smaller hippocampus region in the brain, which may be due to the toxic effects of excess cortisol (seen in depressed people) which “shrinks” the hippocampus and reduces serotonin receptors. A smaller hippocampus may be related to genetics and one is more likely to suffer from depression if there are family members who also have depression. Another contributing factor is trauma or PTSD as diagnosed in soldiers returning from war, childhood trauma, abuse, accidents or life-threatening conditions. Depression has been exhibited in adults who suffered childhood physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Many people rely on medications or substances to mask symptoms. Nearly 30 percent of people with substance

abuse problems also have major or clinical depression. Also, medications such as Accutane (acne), interferonalpha (anti-viral) and corticosteroids can cause depression. Environmental changes like seasonal affective disorder (SAD) present during winter months are more common in those who spend much of their time indoors, causing lethargy, tiredness, and a loss of interest in everyday tasks.

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Dr. Neal Barnard on Diet, Lifestyle & Brain Health by Sandy Pukel


r. Neal Barnard is the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of 17 books on nutrition and health. An adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., he has led research studies in diabetes, obesity and other serious health issues. Barnard’s latest interest in brain health is the focus of his book Power Foods for the Brain.

How has your family history influenced your interest in brain health? All of my grandparents suffered from various kinds of dementia, as did my father and, to a lesser extent, my mother. It’s an epidemic. Alzheimer’s disease now attacks about half of Americans by their mid-80s, according to

the Alzheimer’s Association, which publishes an annual Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.

If both parents have had Alzheimer’s, is a child destined to have it, too? There are genes, particularly as the APOE e4 allele, that increase Alzheimer’s risk. But genes are not destiny. A recent Scandinavian study is among those suggesting that people that follow healthful diets can dramatically improve their odds of retaining brain health—even if they carry this gene (International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry).

Can those with signs of mild cognitive impairment see improvement by following your recommendations? Scientists from leading institutions including the University of Cincinnati and the University of Oxford have tested a number of different approaches, using grape juice, blueberry juice, a B-vitamin combination (B6, B12 and folate) and other nutritional supports, and have found overall that dietary changes can help. To keep it simple, I would suggest following a low-fat, plant-based diet rich in fruits and vegetables, along with a vitamin B12 supplement.

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Lace up your sneakers. University of Illinois researchers found that a brisk, 40-minute walk three times a week reversed brain shrinkage and improved memory. It also pays to get adequate sleep; when the clock strikes 10 p.m., turn out the light.

What’s the most vital dietary change we can make to ensure cognitive abilities in later life? Throw out the animal products and build your menu from vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. This simple step eliminates animal fats, cuts cholesterol and boosts antioxidant intake, all of which are likely good for the brain according to neurology studies published by the American Medical Association. And be sure take vitamin B12; this is important for anyone over 50, and essential for people on vegan diets. The adult recommended daily allowance is 2.4 micrograms, and all common supplements contain more than that.

What effect do dietary fats and metals have on the development of Alzheimer’s? The Chicago Health and Aging Project showed that saturated fats (think chicken fat, cheese and bacon grease) and trans fats (think doughnuts) increase Alzheimer’s risk, probably because of their cholesterol-raising effect. Excess copper (in shellfish and liver) and iron (in meat and liver) are linked to Alzheimer’s, too, according to American Medical Association publications. Aluminum is more controversial, but I recommend avoiding it. You’ll find it in some antacids, baking powder, some processed cheeses, pizzas and of course, aluminum cookware and antiperspirants. It pays to read labels and choose aluminum-free alternatives.

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What Children of Divorced Parents Need by Karen Kaye

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Dear Karen Kaye, Please guide me in how I should care for my children emotionally while I am going through a divorce. Thank you, Melissa

Dear Melissa, The following are the most pertinent points for parents both during and after a divorce. Children need: • To be taken out of the middle; they are not the ones getting divorced. • All decisions are made for the emotional, mental, physical health and well-being of the child (proper professional(s), like a therapist or lawyer, need to be consulted for these decisions). • Keep the child’s life structured and, if possible, the child’s environment intact. • Prepare children for the changes that will occur and how they will be handled, using age appropriate, truthful wording. • Do not speak poorly of the other parent—that puts children in the middle. • Do not use your children as your support system; you are there to support them. • Handle your emotions and anger with a trained professional. Know that how you react will directly affect how your children will react. They will look to you as a role model. It is okay to show emotions. How long it takes you to progress is pertinent. (Although this is a journey, some emotional movement should take place within three to six months.)

• Allow your children their feelings, which may be different from yours. • A child deserves at least one stable parent and a grounded home environment. • Keep in mind this is your child’s only chance for a childhood. Shield them when possible, but do not lie or fib to them. This is a life-changing event for you as well as your children. Some children may need professional help—an adult in their life who is unbiased, while mom and dad may not be emotionally available. I suggest that children over the age of 8 years be physically present in the counseling. Younger children need not attend therapy. Instead, their parents need to be in counseling to acquire the proper skills to help them. Sincerely, Karen L. Kaye Divorce, marriage, and parenting are all specialties of the practice of Karen Kaye, licensed mental health counselor. She has written a book (awaiting publication) for children of divorce. Call her for specifics at 954-384-1217. See ad page 47.

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Friday, October 16

Sound Bowl Meditation and Shamanic Energy Healing, 7:00-9:30pm, $30 for 6 & 12 Month Members, $35 Non-Members.”Healing starts at the vibrational level.” Greenmonkey, 1445 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. 954.533.6782.

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Tuesday, October 20

Yoga for Runners, 6:30-8:00pm, $30 for 6 & 12 Month Members, $35 Non-Members. Learn the right combination of yoga poses to stretch and loosen up after your runs, keeping your muscles and joints healthy and preventing tightness. Greenmonkey, 1445 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, 954.533.6782.

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Codependents Anonymous Support Group: Do you wish for a more balanced, loving and healthy relationship with yourself and others? Come share or just listen. Every Friday 11am to 12:15pm. $2 donation suggested. Dunkin Donuts meeting room, 9170 W. SR 84, Davie. For more info call 954.439.0943.

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monday Hatha Yoga - employs a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, cleansing processes, uniting mind, body, & spirit. Ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon. 9-10:15am and 10:30-11:45am, (plus Friday) $15. All Levels. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 954.785.6333. 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. Non-Impact Creative Movement Body-MindSpirit Fitness Aerobics – 6:30–7:30pm, $12, 2nd class free, fusion of Jazz, Modern, Duncan Dance, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Free Style, Nia/Kai systems, Herb Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano, David Merritt, 954.933.7391.

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“Your Awakening -Past Lives Revealed!” 7-8pm. Last Monday/Month, $11. Carole Ramsay and past-life artist, Sally Barnard ~ through guided visualizations, high frequency vortex clearings and Sally’s artwork, dimensions of YOU will unlock for healing. Duncan Center 15820 Military, Delray Beach. Carole 954.655.5490. Tai Chi-Qigong Health – Newcomers & experienced. 7–8pm Mon. thru Thurs; Tues OFF. Plus - Thurs thru Sun 7:30–8:30am. Locations depend on weather. Call /Google web for details: Raven Cohan, Hollywood Beach 35 years certified Inst. Phone hours: 10am–10pm 954.927.2836. 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. Reiki Circle/Meditation – 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Women’s Support Group: Wonderful Women of Awareness – 7:30–9:30pm. $20/ session, ongoing group–be more aware & committed to your own vision through re-education & support. Karen Kaye, LMHC 954.384.1217.

tuesday Raja Yoga Meditation – 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga - 10:30am $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Non-Impact Creative Movement Body-MindSpirit Fitness Aerobics – 11:30am–12:30pm, $12, 2nd class free, fusion: Jazz, Modern, Duncan Dance, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Free Style, Nia/Kai systems, Emma Lou Olson Center, 1801 NE 6th St, Pompano, David Merritt, 954.933.7391.


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Tibetan/Indian yoga – 7–7:50 pm. $10. Women’s class. Excellent health only. Flowing, focus on naval chakra. Amrita Saraswati, The Train Station, west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors, 786.390.2919. 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. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-ofbody or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400. Unity of Pompano – 7-9pm. Ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts: 12 Powers in You, Oct/Nov; Metaphysics of Christmas, Dec. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857. Free Usui Reiki Circle – 7–8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP. Yoga for the Higher Power (12-Step) – 7:30– 8:45pm. First class free then $12. Based on 12Step language and recovery. The Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach. Kattie Maffeo 954.427.2353.

wednesday Yoga Basics – 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Reiki Circle – 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.

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 – 10am– Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Adam: 954.684.7007. 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. Tarot for Intuition Development - 6:30-8:30pm, $10. Tools and strategies to tap in your inner psychic ability, to open your third eye or intuitive ability. Panera Bread, 3720 W Hillsboro Blvd and Powerline, Deerfield Beach. 561.252.3707. Buddhist Meditation Class – 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191.

friday Fat Village Art Walk – 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./ mo) Free. Free parking lot & trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation - 6-7:15pm. $15. Learn Krya Yoga (teachings of Pramahansa Yogananda), relaxation, & guided imagery, based upon selfrealization fellowship teachings. Everybody is welcome. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 954.785.6333. Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale – 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Community Night – every first Friday, 6pm. Check website for this month’s theme. Greenmonkey,1445 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954.533.6782.

Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex – 7– 9pm. $5.00. Dynamic discussions of various Abraham Hicks quotes/processes. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, Patti Blankenship, 305.546.2526. Spiritual Evolution Study Group – 7–8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. Reiki Circle/Meditation – Hosted by Reiki Masters Mayra & Rose, 7:30pm, $Love, Essentials Complementary Wellness Center, 2104 N Federal Hwy, Ste A, Hollywood. 954.921.7808. Reiki Circle/Meditation – 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Community HU Chant – 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Expand your awareness, Experience divine love, Heal a broken heart. Release your inner tensions, gain insight, peace, and comfort. Dunkin Donuts, Cappuccino Room, 9170 W. State Rd 84, Davie, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

saturday Tai Chi/Qigong Basics – 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252. Women’s Tai Chi and Meditation – 10-10:55am, $10. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, text please 786.390.2919. Free Reiki Circle – 10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. 7 Steps into Enlightenment – Vedanta - Philosophy - Meditation. 1st and 3rd Saturday, 10am sharp. Meditation for people who have illness, cancer, pain, lack, headache, depression, insomnia. Required: cushion, notebook, textbook. Hollywood Beach area. Registration and details call 754.703.4815.

The Sistrunk Farmers Market – 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries – 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30–11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447. Mommy & Me Yoga – 11am–12pm. $20. Start your weekend with amazing class of Mommy & Me Yoga. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6239 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Florida 33319, Shauna, 754.235.3353. Community Acupuncture – 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair – (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Non-Impact Creative Movement Body-MindSpirit Fitness Aerobics – 12:30–1:30pm, $12, 2nd Class Free. blends Jazz, Modern, Duncan Dance, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Free Style, Nia/ Kai systems, Emma Lou Olson Center, 1801 NE 6th St, Pompano, David Merritt, 954.933.7391. Yin Yoga - 2-3:15pm, $15. Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing. Postures are held passively to expand the motion in the joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Finalizing with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach 954.785.6333. Yoga and TRX – 6:30pm–7:45pm. $10-$13. plus: Monday Hatha; Tuesday Yin. Wednesday Gentle & Vinyasa flow. Donation: Friday 6pm, Monday 8pm. Yoga Dynamics, 4996 N. Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill, FL 33025, Anju, 954.376.5782. Rock Kirtan – Sacred Devotional Singing – bi-weekly 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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Dr. Wendy H. Weiner, Principal 5850 South Pine Island Rd, Plantation FL 954-680-5808 Celebrating our 10th Year ~ A progressive, middle and high school where you can be yourself. We feature Edluministic learning, the integration of the performing and visual arts with problem-based learning. Our school is designed to meet the needs of bright, creative students who are not meeting their potential in a traditional school setting.

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

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We deliver a powerful practice that elevates the quality life, not only for our students but for the communities beyond our studio walls. See ad page 5.

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Weston Yoga Lorena Rosario - Spiritual/ Life Coach 1421 SE 4th Ave Suite B Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 786-837-6567

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

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