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ctober might just be the month that marks a big change in my life. It seems things are moving at an incredibly fast pace, while in the present moment, being able to maintain a strange sense of calm. That was not the case last month as September was a realignment month for me... to take stock in what I was creating, and my “little devil voice” got just a bit too loud (throwing me into fear of the unknown); it was painful. I slowly pulled myself back into the present to feel my own strength and trust that the future would, as always, take care of itself, knowing that as long as I take care of the present, I’ll be more than fine. With focus and clarity, I’m reenergized once again. I’ve birthed an idea wherein I can serve our community and continue doing what I love to do— publish this magazine, connect with the advertisers and readers, and create ways to speak about my passion for the ground upon which we walk. I do recognize that it’s an inside job. Having launched my Global TRASHformation movement, the next step is finding a small group of dedicated individuals with whom to create and maintain a litter-free zone. I’d had talks with many small groups and individuals around Broward, and decided to talk to the residents within

my own condo building at a board meeting to see if they would be receptive to being in this conversation. The answer came back—a resounding yes from a few of the residents. That’s all it takes to begin the process. As we move forward and are able to demonstrate our success, more will come on-board and the process will evolve.

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goods we’ve created and resources we manage. You may also find it inspiring. Another article which I align with (pun intended) is the one on chiropractic care. Non-invasive chiropractic medicine tops the list for alternative healthcare options now being implemented into a plan of care. So many lives are improved by incorporating chiropractic services as part of a good wellness program—first getting better, then ongoing maintenance. This month’s Action Alert, Solar in the Sunshine State: Vote NO on #1 in November, is for us voting Floridians to take heed. Please review the information and take a stand. Amendment #1 this November is a prime example of what we can do as a collective in protecting our rights to have personal solar products in our future and reap the maximum benefits personally and globally, even giving back to the grid. I believe Voting NO on #1 is the better path to that end. Being informed and knowing what is going on behind the words are critical. Read; make up your own mind. Walk through this month and create warm October memories as we move into the cooler days here in Florida. Pace yourself; plan on it. SusieQ Wood Publishing Editor

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hen Nancy Duke and Nancy Livingston opened their doors at Divine L ove I n s t i t u t e nearly ten years ago, their focus was to teach, empowering others. As Reiki was their foundation, a Reiki circle was formed and a Reiki family evolved. As more and more people came, it was noted that not everyone practiced the same Reiki. For Duke and Livingston, it became their mission to discover the “original roots” of Reiki. Through the years, a long process of study and travel ensued. They have taken Reiki nine times in its entirety. They have studied with local Reiki Masters, teachers licensed with the ICRT, Hyakuten Inamoto, Komyo Reiki Kai-Japan, Arjava Petter, Jinkiden Reiki-Japan, and lastly with Hiroshi Doi, founder of Gendai Reiki Ho (original Japanese Dento Reiki) and an ac-


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cientists from the University of Colorado have determined that individuals older than 65 that run three times a week will likely burn oxygen at the same rate as a 20-year-old runner. Despite being more than four decades older, these runners spend a similar amount of metabolic energy as their younger counterparts. ublished in the American College of Sports Medicine journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the study tested 15 older and 15 younger runners. Each ran a minimum of three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time during the prior six months. The subjects were tested on a specialized treadmill that measured the force applied to the running belt. Each person ran for five minutes during each test at different speeds between 4.5 and 6.5 miles per hour. Regardless of running mechanics and technique, the older runners utilized their metabolic energy at a similar rate as the young runners at all speeds. “Our prior research suggests that the muscles themselves are becoming less efficient. I think of it as your body is like a car. Your body has its own fuel efficiency, and what we’ve seen is that the fuel efficiency in muscles is reduced in older adults that are sedentary or only walk occasionally,” says lead researcher and Professor of Kinesiology Justus Ortega.


new study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reports that preventable medical errors are killing far more people than previously thought. The research estimates that a quarter-million Americans die every year as a result of medical errors, constituting the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. This is a substantial increase from the 98,000 deaths from medical errors reported in a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine. Lead researcher and Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Dr. Martin Makary clarifies that medical errors include mistakes by doctors, along with systemic problems related to communication breakdowns when patients are passed between departments. “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive, rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” he observes. One of the problems highlighted is a lack of public reporting. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require hospital-error reporting in deaths, which makes it difficult to accumulate related statistics. “The CDC should update reporting requirements for vital statistics so that physicians report whether there was any error that led to a preventable death,” says Makary. “We all know how common it is and how infrequently it’s openly discussed.” Dr. Frederick van Pelt, with the healthcare consultancy Chartis Group, says that severe injuries resulting from medical errors are also often overlooked. “Some estimates would put this number at 40 times the death rate.” He indicates that this gets buried in the milieu of expected suffering and pain that care providers are daily exposed to following any surgical procedure. welcomia/



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Diabetics Improve Using Sesame and Rice Bran Oils esearch published in the American Journal of Medicine found that treating people with a blend of cold-pressed sesame oil and rice bran oil significantly normalizes blood glucose levels. Testing involved 400 men and women for eight weeks, including 300 that had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by replacing cooking oils in their diet with a blend of sesame and rice bran oil. The researchers, from Japan’s Fukuoka University and India’s Council of Medical Research, divided the patients into four groups. For two months, 100 healthy people and 100 Type 2 diabetes patients replaced their cooking oils with the sesame/rice bran blend, another 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with five milligrams per day of the diabetes drug glibenclamide (glynase in the U.S.) and the remaining 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with a combination of the same dosage of glibenclamide, along with consuming the sesame/rice bran oil blend over the two-month period. After four weeks and eight weeks, the researchers found the diabetes patients that consumed the oil blend had significant reductions in fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. They also had lower levels of glycated hemoglobin, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and improved high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). Those treated with the diabetes drug without consuming the oil blend showed none of the same improvements.


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esearch from Austria’s University of Graz has found that high-dose vitamin D significantly alters the gut’s microbiome for the better. The researchers tested 16 healthy people for eight weeks, giving them a dose of 980 international units (IU) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight. At this rate, a 150-pound person would take more than 66,000 IU per day. he scientists took samples from the stomach, small intestines, colon and stool before and after the testing period. They also tested for bacteria species using gene sequencing and measured T-cell counts. Afterward, the subjects showed reductions in diseaseproducing bacteria and increased diversity among their gut probiotics. The research also discovered that the high-dose vitamin D3 supplementation increased immunity in the gut. “Vitamin D3 modulates the gut microbiome of the upper gastrointestinal tract, which might explain its positive influence on gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or bacterial infections,” the researchers explain.


The Hand of the Almighty at Work by Dr. Yolanda Cintron


h e S a m a r i t a n ’s P u r s e International had a meeting for doctors involved in mission work around the world. A general surgeon who found out I was a dentist, approached me and shared this story. He was working in Uganda, Africa, and had treated five separate young pregnant women who had developed dental abscesses. Four out of the five women died after the delivery of their babies due to the spread of the infection. In a desperate attempt to save the fifth woman, he decided to completely remove her jaw. Now she is alive, but continues to live her life disfigured. This surgeon asked me if I would consider volunteering my time to help since they had no dentist. My heart was pierced; a seed of compassion was planted. We are so blessed here in America with our modern technologies, lasers, sedation, clean water, etc. Here in Fort Lauderdale, there is a dentist on every corner. It never crossed my mind to go to Africa—it sounded so far! My daughter was in high school at the time and, as a single parent, I knew I wanted to wait till I knew she didn’t need me home. Approximately four years ago I heard Don Campion talk about how he went back to Egbe, Nigeria, where he was born to missionary parents from Canada—one a surgeon and the other a nurse, who had spent 40 years serving, retired and their clinic shut down. Don’s heart was touched to get involved, and the Hand of God was involved, because you see only the Almighty can do what is happening. I asked if he needed a dentist to help on a mission trip for a few weeks and said that I would volunteer. He said, “We don’t have a dental clinic, Dr. Cintron, but I will take your card.” Three years passed when he presented the progress of the hospital revitalization at a meeting. I was beyond impressed, now 65 buildings

with modern equipment. I asked him, “Do you have a dental clinic yet?” He smiled and responded, not yet! As I walked away I was convinced. Who has built two offices from scratch? Who knows the equipment and instruments including protocol? Who is blessed? All fingers pointed at me! The Bible says that God has given us a Spirit of Courage and not of fear. Also, that when we are weak He is Strong. I had prayed for the Living God to use me, guide me and provide all that we needed according to His will and He is. I want to thank God along with all the people whom He has brought in touch in order to make all this possible. • The hundreds of women who gather at dawn to pray for a dental clinic • Lucie Santiago who has made countless phone calls and coordinated numerous meetings • Edwin Chaparro from Apronto Dental Equipment who provided four dental chairs, repaired them, wrapped them, and took them to

be shipped in a container to Africa and who has also been involved in directing the construction of the clinic • Trevor from Dental Fix who helped us get an autoclave • Don from Patterson brought us a used digital x-ray unit • A separate doctor gave us his draft plans from his dental office that helped with the electrical and plumbing specifics • Kevin Bielich with a compassionate heart and as territory manager for Coltene donated a brand new ultrasonic cleaner Our God keeps surprising us with generous hearts and gifts to take to serve His children in other parts of the world and our future generations’ world. We are all part of the same body and if one hurts we all hurt. I want to invite you to pray and check the website and see how you are touched by this exciting project. Be a part of something that will leave a legacy for your entire family forever. Visit See our ad page 37.

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mendment 1 on Florida’s November ballot is deceptive and anti-solar. Backed by monopoly utilities seeking to stifle solar power and keep Floridians captive power consumers, it is bankrolled by Florida’s big power companies and groups supporting fossil fuels. “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice may sound great for solar in Florida, but take heed. Amendment 1 will do the opposite of promoting solar,” says Susan Glickman, Florida director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. hy voters should say no to Amendment 1: The language of the amendment sounds appealing, but won’t grant Floridians any new rights. Floridians already have the right to own or lease solar equipment on their property to generate electricity for their own use. It will change the Florida Constitution to include a presumption that nonsolar customers somehow “subsidize” solar customers. No empirical evidence supports this. Power companies should not have constitutional protections to punish Florida residents with charges if they install solar.



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It will be used by power companies to attack Florida’s net metering rule, which currently allows customers to receive credit for generating solar power, as well as sending their excess energy back to the grid. This policy is key to making the economics of solar work. Power companies object because it allows Floridians to generate their own power and pay less on their electric bills.

“Take note that Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente called Amendment 1 a wolf in sheep’s clothing, masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative,” notes Glickman. What voters will see on the November ballot: Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice This amendment establishes a right under Florida’s constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do. “Vote no to this utility-backed solar petition and stop big monopoly utilities from choking off rooftop solar and keeping a stranglehold on customers by preventing them from generating their own power,” advises Glickman. For more information, visit or


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lorida’s November ballot gives voters the opportunity to join 25 other states in the decision to support the legalizing of medical cannabis for individuals with specific, debilitating diseases or comparable conditions as determined by a licensed physician. According to the Florida state constitution, in order to pass the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Amendment 2, a supermajority vote of 60 percent of individuals voting on the question is required. he legal language of Amendment 2 was written to explicitly to allow medical cannabis to be provided as a treatment for cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Amendment 2 would also allow licensed physicians to certify patients for medical marijuana use after diagnosing them with some “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated”. The Florida government enacted the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which became effective in January 2015. The program allowed for access to non-smoked, low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) marijuana for qualified patients. Scientific study of the genus Cannabis, or marijuana, plant belonging to



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the hemp family, led to the discovery of naturally occurring chemicals known as cannabinoids. While there are more than 100 cannabinoids in the plant, research has been directed at only two: THC and cannabidiol (CBD). THC, found in the resin secreted by the glands of the plant, produces most of the plant’s psychological effects by attaching to and activating specific receptors in the brain. CBD is the non-psychoactive constituent that blocks the euphoric state associated with THC, according to the National Center for Biotechnology information. Dr. Michael Uphues, a board certified family physician and certified medical cannabis expert, presents seminars on cannabinoid medicine that include information such as education about the major types of cannabis and their extensive clinical uses and applications , and also on the political propaganda campaign that has led to misinformation regarding its use as an effective and viable medicine. “Cannabis has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 5,000 years and in ayurvedic medicine for 2,000 years. From 1850 to 1941, it was sold over the counter in U.S. pharmacies,” says Uphues. “In today’s important research into determining the pharmacology of THC, numerous biological studies

show what traditional Chinese doctors and ayurvedic physicians may have understood—humans are born with cannabinoid receptor sites in the brain. Receptors are binding sites for chemicals in the brain that instruct brain cells to start, stop or otherwise regulate various brain and body functions. The chemicals which trigger receptors are known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitter chemicals enable brain cells (neurons) to communicate with each other by their release into the gap (synapse) between the neurons. These discoveries and their relevance to the understanding of the pharmacology of THC in the brain provide the basis for challenging the legitimacy of marijuana’s Schedule I status on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s controlled substance list. “The term marijuana is derogatory. The plant should be referred to by its scientific biological name, Cannabis, and should be respected for its healing properties,” advises Uphues. For more information, visit YouTube. com/watch?v=UY12KKVChwk and,_Amendment_2_(2016)


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Green Crisis

One in Five Plant Species May Face Extinction

Incandescent Lights Reinvented as Eco-Friendly

Older incandescent light bulbs have been phased out in many countries because they waste huge amounts of energy as heat, but scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported in Nature Nanotechnology that they are finding a way to recycle the waste energy and focus it back onto the filament, where it’s re-emitted as visible light. Their innovative structure is made from thin, stacked layers of a type of light-controlling crystal that allows visible wavelengths to pass through while reflecting infrared back to the filament as if striking a mirror. Traditional bulbs are banned in the European Union and Canada, and their manufacture and importation are being phased out in the U.S. They’ve been replaced by more expensive compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which are significantly more efficient. In theory, the crystal structures could boost the efficiency of incandescent bulbs to 40 percent, making them three times more efficient than the best available LED and CFL bulbs. Source: BBC


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A new report from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK, has issued the first comprehensive assessment of plant life, the inaugural State of the World’s Plants, and found that one in five plants may be at risk of extinction due to invasive species, dis-

ease and changing landscapes. Researchers also have determined that just 30,000 plant species have a documented use out of hundreds of thousands of known species. These are only the vascular plants that have specialized tissue for sucking up water through their systems. Over the years, different people and agencies have identified the same plant at both different times and locations, so they may have accumulated multiple names. The Kew researchers determined that each plant in the International Plant Names Index had, on average, 2.7 different species names. By cutting out the duplicates from more than a million different names, the Kew report was able to pare down the known species to 391,000. In the Arctic, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a doomsday bank buried in the side of a mountain, contains more than 800,000 samples representing 5,100 different crops and their relatives. Source: Wired

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Ari Jónsson, a 32-year-old student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, has invented an all-natural water bottle that holds its shape when full and decomposes when empty. He debuted his creation at the DesignMarch 2016 festival in Reykjavík, Iceland. The only two materials needed to create the bottle are agar, a gelatinous substance that comes from red algae, and water. “I just followed the path in what I was researching, trying to find new ways to use materials,” says Jónsson, who combined the two ingredients, heated the mixture, poured it into a mold, and then quickly cooled it. The H2O binds and thickens the agar when cooled, retaining the shape of the water bottle mold, explains Jónsson. When the finished bottle is empty, “It will rot like other foods.” The bottles can sustainably decompose in soil, although Jónsson has yet to determine exactly how long that process will take. A plastic water bottle takes more than 1,000 years to biodegrade, and in the U.S., more than 2 million tons of the containers are languishing in landfills. Source:

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The Non GMO Project is sponsoring National Non-GMO Month in October. Observed since 2010, the program seeks to increase education and awareness about the growing presence of unlabeled genetically modified (GM/GMO) food products and ingredients. People and organizations across North America are discovering the risks GMOs pose to our health, families and environment. Non-GMO Month provides a powerful opportunity to coordinate voices and actions around the country as brands, retailers and individuals stand up for the right to know what’s in our food and to choose to avoid GMOs. Protecting consumer choice and a non-GMO food supply requires a multifaceted approach with online and boots-on-the-ground teamwork. The Non GMO Project invites everyone to help create local events and spread the word in communities. Begin at 18

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Boo! To-Do

Join the Safer Halloween Movement Halloween can be safe, economical and eco-friendly fun. Crusader costumes remain popular this year, but with a tutu twist. Avoid long skirts or capes that can trip up children and instead recycle a princess tulle skirt from a thrift shop into a shorter frock. T-shirt tops with a superhero logo plus a painted cardboard headpiece transforms kids into do-gooders. Homemade natural face paints are another alternative (see Treats should also be ecofriendly. Equal Exchange offers fair trade, organic and kosher low-fat chocolates from crops grown by small farmers in the Dominican Republic and Peru, shipped in a quantity big enough to split the cost with friends ( Nutfree, homemade trail mix, wrapped in eco-friendly tissue paper or a square of cloth tied shut, provides a welcome change from sweets. In 2014, the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization launched the Teal Pumpkin Project. Place a downloadable sign in a window to announce that non-food, Earthfriendly treats are offered at the house for kids with allergies or food sensitivities ( TealHalloweenPumpkins).

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Why Ancestral Diets Boost Health by Judith Fertig


n The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan surmised that we’d be healthier if we ate the way our great-grandparents did. It would mean sticking to regularly scheduled meals instead of impulsive snacking, having a meat or protein item comprise only a quarter of our plate, adding fresh vegetables and eliminating junk food. We must look further back than our immediate ancestors, counters Jo Robinson, a food journalist who surveyed more than 6,000 scientific research studies before writing her bestselling Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. She has also co-authored several other books, including The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete.

Narrowed Field of Foods “Many believe we have dumbed down the nutrition in our food over the past 100 years,” says Robinson, who lives and gardens on Vashon Island, Washington. “Research shows we have been breeding out proteins and minerals and most importantly, antioxidants, for much longer.” She points out that the hunter-gatherer diet encompassed many wild foods that tasted more bitter, astringent, sour and earthy than the sweet blandness in today’s fruits and vegetables. Wild foods offered a wider variety of phytonutrients, but came at a cost—the time required to hunt and gather enough food for a day, let alone a season. “Then, 12,000 years ago, we had a better idea—gardening,” says Robinson. “We evolved to 20 varieties in a garden versus 150 in wild plants.” First, farmers chose sweet, starchy, mild-tasting, oil-rich foods such as figs, dates and olives. “We’re hard-wired to choose high-calorie foods because they’re directly connected to the pleasure centers of the brain,” she adds. 20

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Find Jo Robinson’s free Wild Side Shopping Guide at WildSideProduceList. After that, the trend to grow sweeter-tasting, less nutritious plants snowballed. Robinson cites research that found adding one Golden Delicious apple to the daily diet of a small group of overweight men led to higher levels of undesirable low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides due to its high-fructose content and low levels of antioxidants (International Journal of Preventive Medicine).

Wilder Options Even organic farming methods, in which the soil is naturally enriched, can’t return all those lost nutrients to our food. Rather than advocate that we return to eating wild foods, Robinson suggests finding wild equivalents. Even those that follow a paleo diet—presumably eaten by early humans and consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, excluding dairy, grain products and commercially processed items—could use further refinements in the produce they choose. She recommends specific varieties of fruits and vegetables and explains the benefits of “wild” foods such as meat, eggs and dairy from livestock and poultry fed on grass on her website, We can make smarter choices, seeking wilder-type varieties of foods at the grocery store, farmers’ market and garden seed companies. In general, they are more vividly colored, especially from red to purple, and less sweet. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables indicate a botanical sunscreen the plant produces to protect itself from ultraviolet light and other external threats, notes Robinson; it’s an indication of a higher antioxidant activity. “Find as many purple foods as possible because they have anthocyanins, known to fight cancer and inflammation,” suggests Robinson. “The original carrot from Afghanistan is purple. It’s only been orange for the past 400 years when it was bred to salute the royal House of Orange, in the Netherlands.” According to Robinson, we can also prepare our foods in ways that maximize their phytonutrient content. Eat fresh-picked asparagus and broccoli immediately or their natural sugars and antioxidants disappear. Let chopped or pressed garlic sit for 10 minutes before using so its pungent allicin—the healthy compound that benefits our health—will increase. Tear fresh lettuce the day before eating and keep it fresh in a plastic bag with poked holes, to allow the stillliving lettuce to rally its healthy compounds as if its battered leaves were repelling an insect attack. This emerging science of polyphenols, the technical term for phytonutrients in our food, will be explosive, predicts this pioneering research-based author. “There’s a new study just about every month,” she finds. It can all lead toward breeding and growing more nutritious foods that are more readily accessible to everyone. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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he old way of thinking about fruits and vegetables is ‘the more, the better,’ regardless of what you choose,” says wild food expert Jo Robinson. “Unfortunately, the most popular ones are the least nutritious, like Golden Delicious apples and supersweet corn.” Eating on the Wild Side, Robinson cites considerable research that shows we can make better choices within each food category by simply selecting varieties closer to their wild ancestors. Generally, the most phytonutrientrich options include kale, spinach, lettuces, asparagus and artichokes. Here are other top tips from the literature.



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Research studies reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing science Explore have found chiropractic beneficial in treating connective tissue abnormalities, infant lactose intolerance and even autism.

Chiropractic to the Rescue It Helps IBD, ADHD, PMS and Other Conditions by Edward Group


hiropractic care corrects spinal alignment abnormalities as a means of treating a wide range of health problems. Addressing skeletal and muscular disorders and relieving pain are just the beginning. Research studies reported in


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the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing science Explore have found chiropractic beneficial in treating connective tissue abnormalities, infant lactose intolerance and even autism.

More than $13 billion is spent annually on chiropractic health services, making it the largest alternative health practice in the U.S. Science supports its usefulness in addressing a wide range of conditions. Bell’s Palsy. Recovery varies among patients as chiropractors create patientcentric treatment programs designed to improve facial motion and hearing, relieve pain and address other nerverelated issues (Archives of Internal Medicine; Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A Canadian survey of chiropractors has reported success in using spinal manipulation to relieve IBD, colitis and other bowel disorders (Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology). Cancer. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine publishes numerous studies of therapies supporting cancer patients suffering the side effects of conventional treatment. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that chiropractic care rates as one of the leading alternative medical treatments for pain management, among other related benefits. Chiropractic offers economical and effective strategies that may help quality of life, as discussed in Seminars in Oncology Nursing. High Blood Pressure. While many relevant studies can’t yet generalize results, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics documents success by chiropractors treating hypertension without the downside of medical drugs that can include the risk of stroke (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Chronic Sinusitis. Patients with nasal and sinus passages that don’t drain properly due to physical or

nerve-related causes may find relief through chiropractic care. A study cited in the same journal showed that patients experienced relief of all related symptoms after a single adjustment. Arthritis. A study published in a journal from the the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies notes that arthritis patients obtaining chiropractic care enjoyed better health and quality of life than those that did not. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In clinical studies, combining manual spinal adjustment with soft tissue therapy has been found to relieve PMS discomfort. In one study, two groups of women were tested, switching off in receiving chiropractic adjustments or a placebo alternative. Each time, the group receiving chiropractic adjustments reported the greatest improvements (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A study published in Explore suggests that chiropractic care combined with other holistic elements such as appropriate nutrition may provide a more gentle, yet effective approach than conventional psychotropic drugs. It employed chiropractic treatment for boys 9 to 13 years old diagnosed with ADHD. Spinal manipulation with nutritional supplementation was reported to improve hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness and behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. Headaches. Based on recent studies, spinal manipulation has proven effective against migraines and headaches originating from the neck. Manual therapy of the spine, along with neck exercises, promotes improvement in patients with neckrelated headaches. Side effects are rare and minor (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Dr. Edward Group is CEO and cofounder of the Global Healing Center, in Houston, TX (GlobalHealingCenter. com). He is a doctor of chiropractic trained in naturopathy, herbals and clinical nutrition; author of The Green Body Cleanse; and a diplomate of the American Board of Functional Medicine. natural awakenings

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WALKING MEDITATION The Calming and Centering Effects of Labyrinths by Gina McGalliard

While many of us like to meditate, some can’t sit still. Walking a labyrinth provides an enticing alternative.


n archetypal labyrinth gently leads us in a circular path inward toward a center and then back out again. Found in ancient cultures from African, Celtic and


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Greek to Native American, they became especially popular fixtures in Medieval European churches; one of the most renowned is in France’s Chartres Cathedral.

Depictions of labyrinths have been included in paintings, pottery, tapestries and in Hopi baskets as a sacred symbol of Mother Earth. Several American tribes saw the pattern as a medicine wheel. Celts may have regarded it as a never-ending knot or circle. While some of the oldest known labyrinths decorate cave walls in Spain, today they grace diverse locations ranging from spas and wellness centers to parks, gardens, university campuses and even prisons. “Labyrinths can be outdoors or indoors. Permanent labyrinths may be made of stones, rocks, bricks or inlaid stones. Temporary labyrinths can be painted on grass or made with all sorts of things for a particular purpose or appropriate to a specific cause,” explains Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., resource vice president and research chair of the Labyrinth Society, in Trumansburg, New York. “Walking a labyrinth is useful for those that sometimes have a hard time being outwardly still and drawing themselves inward. You must move your body, and because you’re focused on the path while you’re walking it, it’s easier to drop wholly into the journey and let go of all else,” says Anne Bull, of Veriditas, a Petaluma, California, nonprofit that supports new labyrinth designs to suit the spiritual needs of hospitals, schools and retreat centers. The group also sponsors a worldwide directory at

At its core, the experience is about listening to our truest self, away from the cacophony of modern life.

Individual Approaches A labyrinth walk typically involves three stages. The first is for releasing extraneous thoughts on the way to the center. Upon arriving in the stillness of that point, the participant opens heart and mind to receive whatever message or wisdom is intended for them. The return path is the integration phase, to make a fresh insight our own. Participants should approach their walk in different ways: One may have a specific question or intention in mind; another may be open to whatever occurs during their meditation; yet another may repeat a meditative mantra. One might even choose to bypass the path entirely in order to sit contemplatively at its center. Unlike a maze, it’s impossible to lose our way with the circular path serving as a simple and reliable guide. Although scientific research on labyrinth meditation has been limited to participant questionnaires, future studies may incorporate the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to measure brain activity and record what individuals experience. Labyrinths located in settings like hospitals and prisons lend themselves to such research, says Rudebock. As a Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, she conducts workshops and observes, “Walks are unique to each individual and may not produce uniform or replicable results.” At its core, the experience is about listening to our truest self, away from the cacophony of modern life. “I believe that the world needs places where our souls can be quiet,” remarks Jean Richardson, director of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, which includes a seven-circuit labyrinth. “Retreat centers and labyrinths are places where we can listen to our inner heart, feel our inner calling and tap into our own divine nature. I think deep listening is not always valued in a world where we are rewarded for being busy and keeping our schedules full.”

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Nearby Opportunities Today, labyrinths—indoor, outdoor, natural, urban, secular and religious—are found in or near many communities. Following the lead of California’s Golden Door Spa, in Escondido, which pioneered the use of a labyrinth in a spa setting, many spas now incorporate them in their wellness or mindfulness programs. Labyrinthine invitations to a mindfulness practice are open to everyone. “A labyrinth can bridge all beliefs, faiths, religions and walks of life,” says Bull. “You can walk a labyrinth no matter what you believe. Benefits come in walking it with an open mind and open heart.” Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at natural awakenings

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out the San Francisco Bay area. What she calls the “right thing to do” fed more than 41,000 people that day. Named one of Toyota’s 2016 Mothers of Invention, Ahmad uses the company’s $50,000 grant to boost Copia’s services throughout the U.S. Recently, German and Austrian government officials expressed interest in expanding the service to help feed Syrian refugees in their countries. Friends Margot McNeeley and Janet Boscarino, in Memphis, Tennessee, looked around for local problems they could fix and took acMargot McNeeley tion starting in 2008.


“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire

world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts, or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good,” says Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., a world-renowned author and Jungian psychoanalyst specializing in post-trauma counsel. Thousands of people each day choose to see a world radiating with hope and light, despite ever-present conflict and strife. Their talents and gifts, alliances and collaborations are inspiring a new story that ripples outward into our communities and beyond. In The Ten Gifts: Find the Personal Peace You’ve Always Wanted Through the Ten Gifts You’ve Always Had, author Robin L. Silverman affirms that everyone can reach within, even in the worst of circumstances, for treasures that can be used to improve the lives of others. She concludes, “We are not meant to use our gifts simply to survive,


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but to satisfy our souls and inspire others to do the same.”

Meeting Basic Needs Komal Ahmad was unaware that her single act of kindness in simply offering to share her lunch with a homeless veteran in 2011 while she was attending the UniKomal Ahmad versity of California, Berkeley, would lead to a multiplying mission to feed America’s hungry. His heartfelt expression of gratitude for his first meal in three days sparked an epiphany: Her school was regularly throwing away thousands of pounds of food while neighbors were going hungry. Today, Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, an app that matches nonprofits serving in-need veterans, children, women and others with companies that have leftover gourmet food. Following the 2016 Super Bowl, she used Copia’s technology to organize food pickups through-

A former retail entrepreneur, McNeeley didn’t want food to go to waste and created the Project Green Fork certification program after learning that 95 percent of restaurant Janet Boscarino waste can be diverted from landfills. Her nonprofit helps restaurants to conserve water and energy, develop recycling and composting systems and switch to biodegradable containers and environmentally friendly cleaning operations. Boscarino’s experience in business development and sales, combined with her disdain for litter, led her to found the nonprofit Clean Memphis, which began in 2008 with volunteer crews picking up litter. In recent years, the initiative’s community-wide strategy has expanded to involve local governments, businesses, neighborhoods, faith-based organizations and 20 local “sustainable schools”. In 2017, Project Green Fork will become a part of Clean Memphis. Throughout two decades of educational activism, John G. Heim’s passion John G. Heim

for clean water as a human right has not waned. The founder and leader of The SWFL Clean Water Movement, headquartered in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, persisted even when many business owners considered him a nuisance, driving off tourists. As infestations of blue-green algae blooms have reached emergency levels, Heim’s ongoing grassroots campaign to increase awareness of water quality issues that’s backed by social media recently brought him to Washington, D.C., to make his case before Congress. The nonprofit’s 18,000 members have succeeded in bringing national attention to the thick muck now plaguing both Florida coasts. They’re working to alter nutrient-laden discharges from Lake Okeechobee that send agricultural toxins and rain overflow down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and out into vital estuaries. Scott Bunn’s Seneca Treehouse Project, launched in 2010, grew from his building background in a family of entrepreneurs to encomScott Bunn pass design/build services and education in eco-housing and ethical living. Bunn’s original Seneca, South Carolina, homestead and acreage includes apprentice learning programs teaching practical skills in cultivating permaculture, growing food, building structures, working with tools and living in an intentional community. “For the next six years, our goal is to annually train 50 people that will train 50 more people. Continuing this exponential growth pattern means the potential for 312 million more people living more compatibly and lightly upon the Earth. We’ve already established collaborations with six other cities around the U.S. that can potentially duplicate our efforts,” says Bunn.

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We are a community of possibilities, not a community of problems. Community exists for the sake of belonging, and takes its identity from the gifts, generosity and accountability of its citizens. We currently have all the resources required to create an alternative future. ~Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging in America. Educating listeners for 19 years, she served as president of the National Nutritional Foods Association during crucial phases of the 1992 to 1994 fight to successfully pass the Dietary Martie Whittiken Supplement Health and Education Act to preserve consumer choices. The author of The Probiotic Cure also helped found the Texas Health Freedom Coalition to protect citizens’ rights to choose alternative medical treatment in her state. Whittiken says, “My work is a labor of love. I have no interest in becoming famous or well known unless it contributes to getting the job done.” On a 2006 medical mission to Haiti, Gigi Pomerantz, a licensed nurse practitioner at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center, in Milwaukee, discovered the impact of a lack of clean water and sanitation as her fourGigi Pomerantz person team treated 1,400 patients for worms, stomach problems, diarrhea and poor appetite. Two years later, she founded Youthaiti, where she serves as executive director. The nonprofit helps rural Haitians

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build composting toilets and develop organic gardens using recycled waste as fertilizer. It also provides community hygiene education and reforestation. Everything is aimed at breaking Haiti’s widespread cycle of contamination and disease, and safely convert human waste into agricultural fertilizer that’s increasing crop productivity and the availability of healthy food. Psychotherapist Jacqui Bishop and Integrative Nutritionist Lisa Feiner, co-founders of Sharp Again Naturally, in White Plains, New York, believe that dementia is reversible, and no case should be considJacqui Bishop ered hopeless until all causative factors have been tested and ruled out. Their resolve for eliminating causes of disease rather than managing symptoms is based on University Lisa Feiner of California, Los Angeles, research studies and sources quoted in a Health Advocates Worldwide documentary. Project Yoga Richmond,


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established in 2010, makes yoga accessible to everyone in the city’s metro region. Thirty yoga teachers lead pay-what-you-can studio classes that help fund 22 outreach programs for underserved communities. Healing programs are designed for needs related to autism, recovery, seniors, special students and youths in the court system. “We also provide continuing instructor education, visiting teachers, workshops and other special events that deepen yoga practice in our community,” says co-founder Dana Walters, who serves as the board of directors vice president.

Enriching Lives As an Emmy Award-winning trumpeter, composer, educator and co-founder, conductor and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), Orbert Davis is dedicated to multigenre projects. His collaborative research in 2012 while in Cuba on a people-to-people exchange accompanied by fellow musicians and River North Dance Chicago’s Artistic Director Frank Chaves (now retired) proved to be a multifaceted boon. It generated the philharmonic’s Havana Blue live performance in 2013 and ignited a weeklong cultural exchange with Cuba’s Universidad

Ciudad de las Artes (ISA) during his return trip for the Havana International Jazz Festival in Orbert Davis 2014. President Barak Obama’s announcement of the normalization of Cuban/U.S. diplomatic relations opened up the possibility for a continuing CJP/ISA relationship, as well as their 2015 landmark partnered event when 37 ISA students traveled to Chicago to perform Scenes from Life: Cuba at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. Davis promises more such events to come. All of these individuals represent a small percentage of the game-changers actively moving to create an alternative future. Estés observes, “What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts; adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group that will not give up during the first, second or hundredth gale.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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How Trees Care for Each Other by Melissa Breyer


rom learning to communicate to physically caring for each other, the secret lives of trees are wildly deep and complex. “They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the ‘wood wide web’; and keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots,” reveals Peter Wohlleben, a German forest ranger and author of The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate— Discoveries from a Secret World, released in September. Upon seeing two soaring beeches in the forest, Wohlleben observes, “These trees are friends. See how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light. Sometimes, pairs are so interconnected at the roots that when one tree dies, the other one dies, too.” Wohlleben is rekindling a re-imagination of trees even as many people consider their role is only to supply us with oxygen and wood. Using a mix of scientific research and his own observations from studying forestry and working in the forest since 1987, the man who speaks for the trees does so in decidedly

anthropomorphic terms. “Scientific language removes all the emotion, and people don’t understand it anymore. I use a human language. When I say, ‘Trees suckle their children,’ everyone

knows immediately what I mean,” he says. After years of working for the state forestry administration in RhinelandPalatinate, and then as a forester managing 3,000 acres of woods near Cologne, he began to understand that contemporary practices were not serving the trees or those that depend on them very well. Artificially spacing out trees ensures that trees get more sunlight and grow faster, but naturalists report that trees exist less like individuals and more as communal beings. By working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resistance to potentially damaging influences. After researching alternative approaches, Wohlleben began implementing some revolutionary concepts. He replaced heavy machinery with horses, stopped using insecticides and let the woods become wilder. The pilot German forest plot went from losing money to posting a profit in two years. As Dr. Seuss’ tree-loving Lorax says, “I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” Melissa Breyer, of Brooklyn, NY,

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Chandrakant Hiester’s Deepening Yoga Practice by Sandy Pukel


handrakant Hiester, a senior teacher and seminar leader at the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, develops and presents student and training programs worldwide. For the last 10 years, he has specialized in the Integrated Amrit Method (I AM), including Amrit yoga, yoga nidra and stressreduction. As a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation with pioneering yogi Amrit Desai for 40 years, Hiester has learned to nurture and encourage positive changes in his and others behavior, understanding and practice in order to more fully realize the original purpose of yoga.

What are the benefits of having a regular yoga practice? It’s important to understand the purpose behind any regular practice. Yoga practice in America popularly encompasses releasing physical tensions, developing muscular strength, increasing balance and flexibility, reducing stress and mental anxiety, and promoting mental clarity and relaxation. The original purpose of yoga is described as “evenness of mind” cultivated through developing “skill in action.” The I AM method is a series of techniques designed to reveal an inner attunement to the innate intelligence of the universal vital life force, or prana. This attunement can transform everyday life into a meditation in motion.

How does a yoga nidra practice further enhance this? Albert Einstein realized that the mind that creates the problem doesn’t see the solution. Yogic philosophy, along with modern psychology, enumerates three basic types of tension responsible for all of the problems of modern life: muscular, emotional and mental. Yoga nidra is a systematic, guided meditation method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation, in which long-held limiting life patterns can be resolved through experiencing a profound change of mind. Living with less tension is the single greatest contributor to personal, family and community well-being. People going through divorce might use yoga nidra techniques three times a day to short-circuit the mental and emotional whirlwind consuming them, while others might employ it once a day to cleanse their minds of stress. The fullest benefits are realized when we’re so familiar with what a deep state of physical, mental and emotional ease feels like that we’re able to return to it without needing to revisit the learned techniques.

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Edward Humes on the High Cost of Transportation Small Consumer Choices Have Big Impacts by Randy Kambic


dward Humes investigates the origins and impacts of the expensive and complex process that brings us everyday products and items in his new book Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation. His latest work, which also covers our love affair with cars, is popularizing the eco-conscious term, “transportation footprint”. Aligned with this, he recommends a move to driverless cars to save lives and fuel. In an earlier book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Southern California journalist examined the causes and effects of waste. Solutions are showcased by how institutions and families are consciously reducing their wasteful ways.

What are some everyday impacts of the “door-to-door machine” you write about? Transportation is embedded in our lives, both in our personal things and our travel. It can take 30,000 miles to get our morning coffee to the kitchen, with another 165,000 miles attached to all the components of the coffee pot, water, energy and packaging—a worldwide mix involving trains, planes, boats and trucks. Unprecedented amounts of transportation are embedded in everything we do and touch, with many hidden costs to our environment, economy and traffic. Take the world of online retailing. That 32

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Which transportation footprint surprised you the most in researching Door to Door? The smartphone is a paradox, in that it has reduced our transportation footprint in some ways because of all the separate devices it has replaced, from navigation in cars to calculators to cameras. Phones also empower a transportationfree option for online banking and bill paying, eliminating all sorts of trips in the physical world. On the flip side, making and assembling smartphone components requires a lot of back-and-forth transport between many countries because no one can make the whole “widget”. With its many raw materials, rare earth minerals and manufactured components, we’re talking about an overall transportation footprint for one phone that’s equivalent to a round trip to the moon; a phone that users will trade in for a newer model in just a few years.

What’s a particularly negative impact of the huge distances involved in today’s movement of goods? Cargo container ships create immense

amounts of pollution. About 6,000 container ships worldwide ship 90 percent of consumer goods. Natural Resources Defense Council data show that the smog and particulate emissions from just 160 of these vessels equal that of all of the cars in the world. If the cargo fleet were a country, its carbon emissions would exceed Germany’s, the world’s fourth-largest economy, according to the European Commission. Cargo ship carbon emissions are projected to rise to about 18 percent of the global total in the next 25 years if our appetite for goods continues to grow at current rates.

What are the consequences of the U.S. ranking 16th worldwide in infrastructure quality?

Americans are under the illusion that we pay high taxes to build and maintain roads, bridges and rails. However, as a portion of our gross domestic product, we invest about one-fifth of what China does and the poor results are apparent. We have a $3.6 trillion backlog in needed modernization. This drags down the economy and increases harmful emissions through shipping delays and rush-hour jams, as well as raising road safety concerns.

How can we each lessen our “transportation footprint”? We have power as individuals, families and communities to make a difference. Americans walk less than almost any other people on Earth. A Los Angeles study showed that half of its residents’ daily trips are less than three miles,

with many under one mile, which is crazy. Using alternative transportation for just 10 percent of those trips would have major positive impacts. Far fewer children walk or bike to school than in the recent past, even as we face a youth obesity crisis. We can also adjust when and how we drive; half the cars on the road during rush hour are not job-related. Driving at other times would ease traffic for everyone and reduce traffic jams, emissions and crashes. All of this is something we could easily change—and that many other countries have changed—with substantial health, economic and traffic benefits. Randy Kambic is a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, and a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have. ~Margaret Mead



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Cat-astrophe How to Slim a Fat Feline

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lmost 60 percent of America’s pet cats are overweight, according to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Feline obesity can lead to joint pain, hinder self-grooming and make it harder to use the litter box, all resulting in fat cats being left at shelters by frustrated owners. hubby kitties also are more prone to osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, respiratory problems and non-allergic skin conditions. “Potential health problems make overweight cats harder to adopt,” says Deanna Schmidt, with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in Pittsburgh. “On Fat Cat Tuesdays, we waive the adoption fee for cats 14 pounds and over. We counsel adoptive families and follow up so that ongoing healthy eating and exercise continues to melt away the pounds.” Experts advise that a house cat should maintain the sleek, fluid motion of a jungle cat. Viewed from above, healthy cats have a distinct waistline, an inward curve between the rib cage and hips. Pick it up and step on the scale. The pet’s weight should comprise between six to 10 pounds of the total.



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“The first time I saw healthy cats, I thought they looked small because I’d become used to seeing fat cats,” recalls Traci Pichette, founder of Pumeli tea and gift boxes, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She’s not alone in her assessment.

Suggested Solutions While free-feeding dry food is easier for owners and allows a cat to snack at will, some take advantage and overeat, often from boredom. To help the transition from always-available dry food to mealtime wet food, use kibble as a special treat. Food puzzles, widely available online or in pet supply stores, will keep Kitty busy during the day. Homemade feeding puzzles work, too; put a small amount of kibble in a cardboard tube or small box, tape the end shut and randomly cut small holes in the sides. Kitty will have to roll the tube or fit a paw inside to retrieve a treat. “Free-feeding dry food is comparable to a constant supply of Fritos on our desk,” says Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy. “As far as the myth that dry food cleans teeth, I ask, do you floss with Melba toast? Dry food leaves plaque. A grain-free, wet food adds needed moisture and fat to their diet. A cat’s teeth are

designed to rip and tear, not crunch.” “Changing my cat’s food to an all-wet diet slimmed her down to a healthy weight. I hated the smell, but it made sense to me that dry food was just carbs,” says Pichette. “At first, she whined at not having food all the time, but got used to it, and now she can eat treats in moderation. The cool thing is we’re all enjoying her increased energy and playfulness.” Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their natural diet comprises 90 percent meat and 10 percent vegetable matter. A roaming cat’s native routine is to search for food, hunt, catch and eat, groom and nap. Because each catch is small, they eat frequently. “There’s still an ancestor cat inside domesticated felines, a ‘raw’ cat that wants to hunt for its food,” explains Galaxy. “We need to play into that thinking and feed at intervals; ideally, every five hours or so, or at least in the morning, after work and about an hourand-a-half before bedtime.” While the family’s morning and evening schedules mean just a quick scoop of food in the bowl, the third meal should be an interactive one. “A battery-operated toy or waving a laser light around is not play,” says Galaxy. “Interactive play is not texting with one hand and wiggling the fishing pole toy with the other. You have to get up and move to let the cat search for the toy, watch and wait, then pounce. It engages the animal mentally and physically and brings the raw cat to the surface. When you reach the point of diminishing returns, the pet is tired and it’s time for a meal.” His foundation improves lives of shelter animals, teaching staff to clicker train, entertain and exercise their cats to make them more adoptable. After an active day, the cat will be ready for bed, syncing its rhythm with the rest of the household. “A full play session satisfies natural instincts and prevents the cat from hunting your ankles as you sleep,” advises Galaxy. “It’s not a luxury to have a variety of toys; it’s a necessity for having a quality relationship with a healthy cat.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Nine Practices to Create a Joyful Mind By Kathryn Templeton, AP, MA, RDT/MT, E-500 RYT


n yoga philosophy, we speak about consciousness. We refer to yogic texts that offer practices to help us raise our awareness and become more present. So why isn’t everyone feeling the bliss on the awareness-raising, higher-consciousness train of joy? Our minds need to buy into the whole operation. The yoga and Ayurvedic texts tell us that our nature is sattva, or clarity and balance; our mind is essentially joy. This can be a challenging concept. After all, it may not feel like your mind’s nature is joy. The biological model tells us that our brain’s number one job is to keep the organism (that’s you) alive. Often the behaviors we engage in to survive feel less than joyful. Sometimes the desire for happiness and the need to stay alive feel at odds. This is where we begin to sacrifice our need for joy and

focus more of our precious energy and attention on staying alive. These two agendas do not have to be separated. Through our yoga practices, we can develop support for our survival, building adaptability and resilience while establishing an awareness of our essential joy. In Ayurvedic practices, the daily routine (dinacharya) offers us a way to start each day with the same self-supporting practices: rising with gratitude, tongue scraping, drinking warm water with lemon, belly breathing practices, and body oiling before bathing. This daily routine provides an anchor of support, helping us to develop adaptability and resilience by decreasing decision fatigue as we know what to expect. This provides a solid foundation on which to build every morning, allowing us to approach each day with less stress and more joy! Creating a morning routine will go far to support steadiness and ease without the decision fatigue that results from the “wake-up chaos” many of us call “morning time.” Try including a few of these easy-to-implement suggestions into a morning routine that will work for your life.

Nine Simple Practices to Create Healthful Mind Patterns 1. Get up at dawn. 2. Establish a daily cleansing and nurturing routine (dinacharya). 3. Allow yourself the time needed to evacuate wastes fully every morning. Rushing hinders the process.

4. Eat nourishing meals, cooked with nourishing oils, three times a day. 5. Practice deep relaxation or meditation, or walk quietly in nature. 6. Go to bed at the same time almost every night (preferably between 10 and 11 p.m.). 7. Move your body enough to break a light sweat every day. 8. Offer gratitude to something greater than yourself—for your life and for the people and things that are most important to you. 9. Become aware of your heart’s desire and your innate passion, and explore those impulses. As we build mental impressions (samskaras) around these daily actions, we bring more prana (life force), tejas (discrimination), and ojas (deep vitality) to our lives. We start to create new neural grooves or patterns in our brains which will feed our minds in moving slowly and steadily toward clarity and balance—and, ultimately, toward joy. Kathryn Templeton, AP, MA, RDT/ MT, E-RYT 500, is a NAMA Certified Ayurvedic practitioner and faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. She will be conducting the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (HIAYS) training program at Weston Yoga, beginning November 10. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Cir., Ste. 400, Weston. For more information, call 954-349-6868 or visit See ad page 50.

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QIGONG FOR VETERANS Why do they Love Getting High? by Todd Nichols


odd Nichols has actively shared Qigong and Power Breathing at veteran facilities for five years with outstanding results. Anger and alcoholism are the norm for veterans and Nichols is breaking through by getting them high, naturally. Additionally, he shares Qigong at several


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drug rehab centers and even with Bakeracted patients. His insights as a heroic qigong teacher are profound. o mistake in life has troubled me more than not serving in the military. Missing that opportunity, I am sharing qigong at Veterans Hospitals. The biggest


challenge in teaching veterans qigong is to gain their trust. An individual who never wore their uniform cannot understand what they endured. Veterans immediately want to know if you’re one of them. In the beginning, this was unnerving. Veterans’ facilities are tough. I’ll never forget my first time teaching, being let in the locked door, and it quickly shutting behind me. One vet in a wheel chair was trying to escape. Chairs were full of sand so they couldn’t be thrown. Doctors and social workers were coming in during my class and interrupting. Many veterans were medicated and dealing with obvious challenges. Some appeared physically fine but their mind waged an emotional war inside. One large man was sitting in a state of shock and staring straight ahead making a low pitched sound. Direct exposure to the mental health struggles of veterans has enlightened me. Most Americans are unaware that 22 U.S. vets commit suicide each day. I hope my experiences help tutor other qigong instructors. “One of the best things to happen to me was to be sentenced to a six-month

drug rehab center where Mr. Todd literally was breathing new life into us.” - Timothy Stewart, U.S. Veteran When vets do qigong breathing in a group, trust issues and whether I’m a vet or not become less important. Old mind patterns are temporarily bypassed as the feeling of qi is so strong that it gives a natural high. Many vets report this has been invaluable to replace harmful addictions. My VA teacher’s position actually came from a referral from Westcare of St. Petersburg, Florida, a 98-bed mental health and substance abuse center. Some vets I met at the VA also ended up in drug rehab and therefore they saw me at both places. “For four years running, Todd’s Qigong program has uplifted the spirit of many.” - Robert Neri, Chief Clinical Officer, Westcare Rehab Recovering heroin addicts need a powerful approach and I quickly realized I needed to wow them immediately with qigong to make a memorable, quick and powerful statement. My grand slam includes the Breath-Empowerment and the 9-Breath Method exercises as this group

momentarily silent, then smiles and scattered giggles. I love to see students’ resistance turn to wonder. They tell me, “Wow, I feel electricity and my body is warm and tingling.” Without the breathing tools many would give up before benefiting from the immense healing rewards. Teaching qigong at the VA was not very respected in the beginning. Now, it has grown from a single class to two classes each week. The doctors, nurses and social workers now respect the group and no longer disturb our class. Qigong at Westcare has been received so well that it has grown from one to three classes per week and is now a part of their curriculum. There is no doubt in my mind that the need for more instructors in this field of qigong is a must.

of people is challenging to gain trust. They are guarded and apprehensive. I draw them in and challenge them to take huge breaths, swallow them and hold them in their belly. A crammed room becomes

November 18 to 20, 2016 Qi Revolution comes to Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. $99 for 2.5 Days Qigong Training! Open to the public. Fire, Police and Military Service admitted free. For details, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad back cover.

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hether it’s a sideline or full time, flourishing small businesses stimulate the economy. The U.S. Small Business Association found that between 2009 and 2013, companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 60 percent of net new jobs. Technology allows new commercial ventures to be launched from home, yielding huge savings in startup costs. Owners have found ways to fulfill needs by leveraging their past job experiences and personal interests.

House and Garden When the economy faltered in 2008, Dave Marciniak, owner and lead designer at Revolutionary Gardens, in Culpeper, Virginia, offered eco-friendly services. “I focus on a few key points and design to make the outdoors a place where people want to be,” he says. Even for urbanites, fresh garden herbs are available thanks to ecopreneurs like Andy Avramenko, who created TrendyThing, in New York City. “The edible plants our bike messengers distribute come from local farmers,”

he explains. Basil, parsley, dill, lettuce and other herbs and greens are available for all five boroughs; potted plants arrive fresh weekly via subscription. In addition to cleaning homes, Debbie Sardone, owner of Speed Cleaning, in Lewisville, Texas, saw an opportunity to manufacture her own green cleaning products. They’re part of a full-line online catalog. Ryan Riley and his wife, Ashley Spitz, of Los Angeles, own and operate Biz Bagz, dog waste bags made in America from bio-based resins and recycled plastics. He notes the genesis of their idea: “Landfills are anaerobic, so biodegradable bags don’t get the oxygen required to break down. Compostable bags are available, but few places provide composting services. We offer a cleaner alternative.” Another pet-inspired idea was spawned when Kevin Li, of Manhattan, New York, left his puppy home alone for the first time. He invented an app-operated remote control ball with a camera called PlayDate ( RemoteBallApp). found a stylish, eco-friendly, lightweight and durable tote bag designed by Natalie Therése. The vegan cork tote is made in Boxford, Massachusetts. Shavings from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in Portugal are transformed into ultrathin sheets to produce cork fabric; the certified organic cotton lining is produced in Korea and China in certified Global Organic Textile Standard and fair trade facilities.

Personal Care People- and planet-friendly personal care products address other ongoing customer needs. Nitya Gulati, founder of Sugarloom Cosmetics, in Ashburn, Virginia, specializes in Americanmade, vegan, cruelty- and toxin-free nail polish. She advises, “Look for ‘five-free’ on the label, which means no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin. Watch out for guanine, made from fish scales, found in glittery polishes. Oleic acid, a thickener, is animal fat. Vibrant reds may contain carmine, made from boiled, crushed beetles.” She warns that products tested by a third party can obscure animal testing during product development. Amelia Swaggert and Elizabeth Ripps, co-founders of California Scrub Company, in Los Angeles, upcycle coffee grounds into a natural facial scrub. They’ve eliminated plastic at every step of production from sourcing to packaging. They’re also helping to keep the world’s oceans from becoming plastic soup by supporting the Beat

the Microbead campaign. ( Maintaining a professional look while living green can be a challenge. found a stylish, eco-friendly, lightweight and durable tote bag designed by Natalie Therése. The vegan cork tote is made in Boxford, Massachusetts. Shavings from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in Portugal are transformed into ultrathin sheets to produce cork fabric; the certified organic cotton lining is produced in Korea and China in certified Global Organic Textile Standard and fair trade facilities.

Out and About Mya Zeronis saw a need for healthy food and stepped out of her comfort zone to fulfill it through her extra VEGANza Pgh restaurant and its catering arm, Lean Chef en Route, recognized by Sustainable Pittsburgh. “We source locally, compost produce scraps, serve meat- and dairy-free menu options, practice food waste management with root-to-stem preparation and maintain energy conserva-

tion,” she says. Customers are encouraged to bike to the restaurant; there’s even a bicycle air pump and flat tire repair kit on the premises if emergencies arise. Shared bikes are a welcome addition at colleges for budgetminded and time-strapped students. Rented by the hour or day, they’re a convenient, healthy and non-polluting way to get around campus. New York University at Buffalo students can remotely locate, rent and unlock GPS-enabled bikes. At Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Purple Bike Coalition provides free use of bikes and a staffed repair station; a cargo bike helps transport larger objects. Entrepreneurs are creative by nature; seeing a need and asking, “What if?” Eco-friendly, green-minded entrepreneurs take ideas a step farther, working to ensure the health of consumers and the planet. They succeed as they serve and inspire us all. Connect with the freelance writer via

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askthetherapist Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC

The Authentic Self


Dear Karen Kaye How does one find their authentic self? Thanks, John


Dear John, It is probably easier to begin with defining the “inauthentic self.”

The Inauthentic Self: Cares a lot about image n Cares a lot about fitting in n Cares a lot about approval (especially to those close or in power) n Follows instead of leads n Pretends to know more than they actually know n Sometimes needs to be the center of attention and does not care who they affect n Is usually impulsive because they have to fit the vibe of the moment n Has trouble making decisions n Has difficulty standing in their decisions n Usually goes with the popular vote or what is “in’ for the moment n

The Authentic Self: n Goes within and must remain true to their thought-out beliefs and standards for themselves n Can go against the ‘grain’ but does not do so to be argumentative n Cares what others think and feel towards them, but in the end, remains true to themselves n They are often misunderstood and viewed as arrogant by the people who are not authentic n Knows all sides of themselves well n Has no trouble telling the truth n Knows how to find their center, especially, in challenging times n Holds inner authority over themselves n Makes decisions and can handle fallout that comes with a decision (especially an unpopular decision) n Is concerned about how others are affected by them, but will not change their moral code to fit in

Holds their own power, but does not want power over others n Is in charge of their own spirit n Perseveres and struggles to get to a place of knowing n Is able to deal with sorrow, joy, loss and gratitude n Can handle diverse opinions and attitudes of others n

Basically, the authentic self type of people can trust themselves, but also know when they cannot and are willing to seek help…not approval. Sincerely, Karen Kaye, MS, LMHC Karen L. Kaye has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217. See ad page 46.

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Sunday, October 2

Multidimensional Consciential Derepression Course – 10am-1pm. $35 in advance. How can we manifest ourselves in a derepressed way? Which processes can interfere in our freewill? How to manage our internal mechanism to achieve spiritual balance? Reaprendentia, 2001 W Sample Road, Suite 412, Carla, 954-547-1550.

FRIDAY, October 14

Free Tao Calligraphy Art & Demonstration– presented by Master Sha’s Certified Tao Calligraphy Teacher. 7-9pm Join Master Henderson to witness the creation of Tao Calligraphy. Learn how to invoke Tao Calligraphies for your healing and transformation. Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach. Center and East Gallery. 386-341-6260.

Sunday, October 23

Intro to Meditation – 10-11:30am. $25. Learn all about meditation and how to have a successful practice - even if you think you can’t meditate. Experience 2-3 different meditation techniques. Call for details and registration, Gyanpriya, 915 NE 20th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33304, 954.317.9336.

If you suffer from any Neuro-degenerative Diseases – Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine’s (ATOM) Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program invites you for a “free consultation & acupuncture treatment” (herbs not included). Patients seen by Licensed Acupuncturists & supervised by expert in that field. Treatments observed by the class. ATOM, 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale. Appointments: 954-763-9840 ext. 201.

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Everyday Green Expo - 10am-2pm, $1.50/per person (ages 6+) weekend gate entry fee. Sustainable living • holiday gift shop • Pet Expo • meet organizations with a sustainable vision • Kids’ Corner • farm-to-table demos, special events. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Corporate Shelter #10, Deerfield Beach.

Explore the Benefits of Ayurveda ~ Open House

Thurs. Oct 6, 6:30–8pm. Light snacks included Sat. Oct. 8: Morning Session 10am–1pm Afternoon Session 2–5pm Sessions include: meet & greet, Dinacharya (self-care), yoga for doshas, and recipes.

The Healing & Wellness Spa 1732 NE 26th St, Suite 202, Wilton Manors Pre-registration requested: 954.564.6573

markyourcalendar FREE Tao Calligraphy Art and Demonstration

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Friday, October 14, 7-9pm Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1st St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Center and East Gallery

ongoingevents sunday Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary — 9am– 5pm. Classes for Interfaith Ministry Ordination. A Healing Space, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Yoga on the Beach — 9:30–10:30am, $10 Donation. Classes held daily weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity of Pompano – Join us at 9:30am: Power Hour discussion on spiritual topics/books led by Cynthia Roberts, L.U.T. 11am: Celebration Service-Inspirational Message-Live Music; 11am Youth Classes K-12; Fellowship Hour following service. 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857.

Buddhist Meditation Class — 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191. Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, 954.566.2868. Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. ECK Worship Service — 11am–12pm, Free. First Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.

The Kabbalah Centre of Boca Raton invites you to Spiritual Sunday. 11am. Donation Based. Get inspired every Sunday for an uplifting consciousness-elevating seminar and meditation using ancient Kabbalistic tools. Everyone’s welcome. 8411 West Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, 33433. 561.488.8826. Tai Chi — 11:30am–1pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st & 3rd Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Violet Flame Meditation - Second Sunday of each month: 1:30pm-2:30pm. Donation $20

Sound Healing and Peacefulness Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy #2, Lorene, 954.218.7300.

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Spiritual Oasis Event - 1:30 to 6:00pm, third Sunday of each month. $20, Psychic and Healing Special Event, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, Florida 33334, Robert, 954.696.6389. Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 2–4pm, 4th Sunday monthly, (Dec: 3rd Sun.) $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, Room 2, 954.865.1329. Community HU Chant — 6–6:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681. Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) — 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting call-and-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

monday Gentle Yoga & Meditation — 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868.

tuesday Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–12noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-of-body or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 210, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Unity of Pompano —7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857. Free Usui Reiki Circle — 7–8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP.


Suicide Survivors Group — for people who have lost children or family members. 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of the month. 7:30pm. Free. Medical Library, Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital, 6401 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information call Carol at 201.927.1017. Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278. Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. Mindfulness on the Mat w/Gyanpriya E-RYT 500 - 8-9:15am. $120/mo. Semi-private practice sessions described as “the yoga you didn’t know you were looking for”. Free consultation. Victoria Park. Phone to register - 954.317.9336.

thursday Meditation/Relaxation Class — 5:45–6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733. Carole’s Circle – Meditate & Manifest! Guided Meditation, Healing, Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $20. 1st & 3rd Thursdays. Tired of being sick and tired? Reservations and directions: Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490. 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.

The Meditation Habit - 7-7:45pm. $12. Experience a variety of meditation techniques for relaxation, to manage the mind or to create deep peace. Gyanpriya, 915 NE 20th Ave, Ft Lauderdale 33304, 954.317.9336.

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.

Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.

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


Vinyasa Yoga — 7–8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591.

Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475.

The Meditation Habit w/Gyanpriya. 7-7:45pm. $12. Experience a variety of meditation techniques for relaxation, to manage the mind or to create deep peace. 915 NE 20th Ave, Ft Lauderdale 33304, 954.317.9336.

Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062. 954.785.6333.

Yoga Slow and Gentle w/Gyanpriya E-RYT 500. 8-9:15am. $120/mo. Semi-private practice sessions personalized to suit you. Free consultation. Victoria Park. Phone to register - 954.317.9336. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness – 8–10pm. $20 per session. Designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)


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

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. Kundalini Yoga — 7:15pm, First Class $8. Using postures, mudras, breathing techniques and meditation, the practice of Kundalini Yoga balances and strengthens the nervous system, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Blvd, 754.235.3353 Reiki Circle/Meditation —7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. 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 Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep - Volunteers Wanted — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), help keep beaches litter-free. 300 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Limited free parking for volunteers, Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (south of east ramp of Las Olas Bridge). Vinyasa Yoga — 9:30–10:30am. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Free Reiki Circle —10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Kid’s Yoga, Ages 5-8 - 10:15am. Developmentally appropriate yoga poses are incorporated to stretch, strengthen, and improve balance. Yoga and mindfulness-based activities. Yoga mudras, breath work, and relaxation techniques. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Blvd, 754-235-3353.

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Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Libraries — 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30– 11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. each month. Enjoy the peace within. Info, Roz 954.962.7447. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Yin Yoga — 2–3:15pm, $15. (+Wed, 6pm) Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing are held passively to expand motion in joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Concludes with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 2–4 pm, 4th Saturday monthly, (Dec: 3rd Sat.) $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, Room 2, 954.865.1329. 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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Soles Foot Lounge in Pompano Beach hiring therapists for foot massage/reflexology. Call Lauren 954.993.2397.

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CAM therapies Eric Wood

A Colon Care Center

2544 N Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-616-8150 954-769-1977

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

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

Providing cutting-edge, natural health & wellness support, focusing in the areas of: holistic cancer approaches, tick-borne illnesses, adrenal/hormonal exhaustion, mold & environmental toxicities and more! See ad page 23.

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Physical Health Complex CHIROPRACTIC physician

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. See ad page 23.

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

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

DR. MENDEL E. BROOKNER, D.C., P.A. 7442 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, FL 33067 954-755-4066

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


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counseling/therapy KAREN KAYE, Holistic Psychotherapist, LMHC

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

CranioSacral Therapy Broward CranioSacral Therapy Linda Saary Inside Body and Soul Retreat 953 N University Dr Coral Springs, FL 33071 954-796-0005

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) frees the central nervous system of restrictions, naturally relieving the body of pain and stress and leaving the mind calm and centered. MA54528

Culinary Schools The Raw Oasis: 21 Day Raw Cleanse Program

5221 W. Broward Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33317 1-844-729-5433

A 21 Day Raw Cleanse online program with raw detox dietary g u i d e l i n e s, 8 c la s s s e r ie s , unlimited certified coaching, and more. Experience a complete health and body transformation from heart disease, autoimmune, diabetes, weight issues, thyroid disorders and more. Go beyond your health expectations and achieve your greatest health transformation.

Day Retreats THERMAE Stillness RETREAT 604 S. Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301 954-604-7930

Thermae Retreat An organic serene Daily Retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared Saunas, Massage, Skincare, Body Scrubs and Masques, Holistic Healing, Energy Therapy. Yoga, Meditation, Hydrotherapy. See ad page 18..

communityresourceguide (crg) dental health Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry 2467 E. Commercial Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-771-5300

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

Dental Spa

Gregory Gertsen, DDS Michael Gertsen, DMD, MS 3640-7 N Federal Highway Venetian Isles Plaza Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-7778 Remove the uncertainty from your dental health! At the Dental Spa we are privileged to have the most up to date t e c h n o l o g y, i n c l u d i n g biocompatible same day crowns! We focus on creating optimal oral health and emphasize patient education and prevention. Let your smile be a sign of your health and happiness!

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

We follow strict amalgam removal protocols incorporating nutritional supplements for safe mercury detoxification ~ IAOMT member. To promote better healing, our hygiene care incorporates ozone and essential oils for gum treatments. Only Mercury-free biocompatible crowns and dental materials used. Free holistic toothpaste recipe.

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

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• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Bio-compatible materials • Bio-compatible Testing • Laser Dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/Ceramic Implants • Natural bone augmentation with Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad on page 11 and 37.

Fine art SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Visit our website for more information on taking the Global Trashformation pledge. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad pages 6 and 15.

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


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

HEALING ARTS Lisa’s Healing Center

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

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!

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Wellness Starts With Your Feet

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

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Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 4540 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-791-4498

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

Meditation Breathe

Gyanpriya, e-ryt 500 954-317-9336 If you can breathe, you can meditate! Experience a variety of meditation techniques and 3 keys to an easy and enjoyable practice. Group classes, private instruction and workshops offered. I’ll also bring meditation to your business or event.

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies, Testosterone Treatment for Men, Menopause Treatment, Botox, Weight Loss, Gynecology. See ad page 27. .

Offering long distance “customized orthotics” on website online store.


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homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH 754-484-7988

Angel Light Holistic Healing

Gary James Greenleaf Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 520-591-8282

Linda Geer, LMT, RMT 954-558-0419

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.

Professional scientific and bioenergetic EMF analysis of your home or office. Featuring GeoSafe-E EMF neutralizing technology that works. Sleep in peace and feel real rejuvenation today!

Massage therapy, energy healing work, aura cleansing, aromatherapy and chakra balancing for deep relaxation and healing. MA 79609

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

To keep the body in good health is a duty...

otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~Buddha 48

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communityresourceguide (crg) Pain Management Scott Irwin, PhD, CTTS

at Healing & Wellness Spa 1732 NE 26th St, Suite 202 Wilton Manors, FL 33305 305-942-6378

K•Laser® Advanced Pain Relief Now Available! Non Surgical, Drug free treatment for: Sciatica, Tendinosis, Carpal Tunnel, Neck, Back, Shoulder & Knee Pain, Sprains, Gout, Arthritis, Shingles, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, Auto, Sports & Work Related Injuries.



Aveda Salon & Spa Macy’s Galleria, 4th Floor

Daniel Vroman 2314 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale FL 954-537-2281 Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make, to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world. We Offer Retail products, Cut, Color, Massage, Facials. Great atmosphere of relaxing and loving others.


Summit—Questa Montessori School

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

A Healing Space

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

Debbie Caruso

1421 S Andrews Ave, Ft Lauderdale 33316 954-609-2616 Formerly Capella Salon now Stephen Julian Salon. Debbie Caruso, stylist, is still providing the best organic line available — OWAY from Italy. Complementary consult by request.

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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 39.

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

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

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

tai chi Oneness Tai CHI International

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

92 E. McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-394-4342

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

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. ~Dalai Lama

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Dr. Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi, DNM, Ph.D 6974 Griffin Rd, Davie, FL 33314 954-873-8413 Using the power of nature to heal: Allergies, Autism, ADHD, Detoxification, Gastrointestinal Health, Immune System Support, Customized Nutrition, Mood Disorders, Insomnia. “Health plan for the whole family.”

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Weston Yoga

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


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

The Healing and Wellness SPA Bernadette Mosquera, A. P. 1732 NE 26th St, Suite 202 Wilton Manors FL 33305 954.564.6573

We love treating our clients with TLC. We promote and facilitate their healing and wellness through one on one integrative therapies and education. Acupuncture, Massage, Facials, B-12 Injections, Cupping. MM#33424.


Yogi Plus Yoga

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

Namasté Yoga Salon

421 South Federal Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33062 954-785-6333 We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana. See ad page 32.

“Toothbrush Flashmob” Now on sale at Frame ‘n Art, 229A Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308

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