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eptember—school’s in full swing— students and teachers alike look for ways to shape the path for the new school year, filled with possibilities and meaning for the generations moving through the education system into the “real world”. I’d like to believe that given the right encouragement, students find ways to contribute to finding solutions for issues they are passionate about. I recently visited one of the alternative schools, have met homeschooled children, and am encouraged by what I see. For most of us, the concept of climate change is matter-offact; scientific research clearly indicates something has changed as a result of the widespread pollution we tolerate. An article in National Geographic on oceans cites how we may have missed the mark in naming our planet “Earth” since only 29 percent of the surface is covered with land mass. What’s the rest? It’s H2O, with 96.5 percent “salt water” home to aquatic life forms. The article suggests a better name that incorporates the value/life source of the oceans. Earth from space appears as a bright blue marble, attesting to the beauty and mystery of the oceans. With depths to 11,034 meters (6.86 miles) and an average depth of 4267 meters (2.65 miles-twice the height of Mount Everest), the oceans pack great volume. Even still, many of the oceans’ ecosystems are in jeopardy due to warming. An example of this is the “bleaching” of coral reefs due to as little as one degree increase in temperature. The remaining 3.5 percent of global water is found in the form of rain, fog, ice and groundwater in lakes and streams, creating land-based ecosystems. We know all too well about the extremes— desert areas and those that get an overabundance of rainfall. Education/scientific studies cover the recent phenomenon of the shift in balance between the wet and dry areas. An article in this issue, KitchenWise Water, is a good read. As Natural Awakenings now covers areas from the Dominican Republic to

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newsbriefs Juice On!


hris Lavin, a serial entrepreneur, lived a fast paced existence with a toxic infusion of processed foods, alcohol and a diet severely lacking in nutrition. In 2008, he had a decision to make: continue on this path to disease and a total breakdown of health or change his ways and lead a healthier lifestyle. With his wife Kerrie’s guidance and knowledge of a healthier way of living, the Lavins converted to a raw food diet and juicing. They frequented Josh’s Organic Produce in Hollywood and tuned into Dan McDonald on YouTube. Chris became fascinated with what the juices were doing for his body. In 2012, Chris invited McDonald to his office to prepare juice smoothies and raw vegan lunches. Chris noticed a huge difference that week in everyone’s attitude


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and how they looked and decided to make it permanent. Like a rocket ship, business and sales production shot up over 30 percent, along with happy faces and less sick days. In 2015, Chris opened Juice 2 U, producing 100 percent raw, organic cold pressed juices in glass bottles. No HPP (high pressure processing), only the densest nutrients delivered to you with amazing organic taste. Juice 2 U ships anywhere in the continental US next day air. Call 844-584-2328 or visit Juice On.

David Young and Soul Ascension


t the Soul Ascension Journey, most of the audience have strong spiritual experiences and many have visions of Ascended Masters. One can touch the energy in the room. The facilitator of the event is David Young, a two-time Grammy nominee for his inspiring flute music. Using his music, he leads guided spiritual journeying exercises which act as catalysts to bring people to states where they can

experience amazing things. In just over a year, Young has presented over 187 Soul Activation Journeys around the country, leading most participants at the events to what they report as the most profound spiritual experience of their lives. Over recent months, the energy at these events has increased and 80 percent share visions of, and meetings with, the greatest spiritual teachers through time—these visions being unrelated to the participants’ religious upbringing or current beliefs. Hundreds have reported visions and encounters with Jesus, Buddha, Mother Mary, Lao Tzu or Lady Kwan Yin. Experiences that people describe run the gamut from deep emotional healing and being shown the heavenly worlds, to encounters that are slightly humorous. Young will be performing in South Florida September 22 to 30. For details, visit

newsbriefs Broward CranioSacral Therapy at Body and Soul Retreat


ranioSacral Therapy (CST) evaluates and enhances the functioning of the craniosacral system which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The result is a central nervous system (which relates to and affects all other body systems) free of restrictions, leaving the mind calm and centered, and allowing the body to return to its greatest levels of performance. Because of this, it can often be an effective alternative in cases where other therapies have not provided relief. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used to alleviate many common stress-related disorders as well as being an effective preventive health measure. CST can help with natural pain management for Migraines and Headaches; Chronic Neck and Back Pain; Surgery and Injury Recovery; Side Effects of Chemotherapy; Chronic Fatigue; Fibromyalgia; Plantar Fasciitis; Vertigo; Emotional Difficulties; Stress-related Problems; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; TMJ; Symptoms related to Autism, ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities; many other conditions. Linda Saary, Broward CranioSacral Therapy, is located at Body and Soul Retreat, 953 N. University Dr., Coral Springs. For more information and appointments, call 954-226-7774 or email See ad page 46.


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Experience Deva Premal, Miten and Manose 2016


elebrated chant masters Deva Premal and Miten continue their ‘up-close and personal’ tour with a concert in Miami, 7:30pm, on September 17. Accompanied by Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose, and Danish percussionist Rishi, their unique, spiritually inspired evenings of mantra, song and chant bring solace and great music to thousands of kindred spirits. “Sanskrit mantras are ancient, primordial healing formulae that resonate at the very core of our being. By chanting communally, we access this profound depth of silence and inner peace, transcending all conflict—inner and outer,” Deva Premal explains. During their years together the duo have presented their music worldwide, proving that mantras transcend all traditional cultural and religious boundaries. “The music we make is born out of a committed spiritual practice. We meditate—we investigate—and our music is a result of that experience. It’s more a case of life and death than entertainment,” Miten shares. Their groundbreaking 2015 release Songs for the Sangha debuted at #1 on iTunes and Amazon World Charts. Location: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., downtown Miami. For information and tickets, call 305-374-2444 or visit For artists’ websites, visit and See ad page 12.

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ow TE Florida and Carolyn Zaumeyer, nurse practitioner, have expanded the rapidly growing practice to a beautiful, new space at 4540 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Zaumeyer is an accomplished nurse practitioner with a history of dedication for advancing patient care with the most natural and effective solutions. She is the first certified BioTE practitioner in Florida and currently sits on both the BioTE Medical Advisory Board as well as the advisory board for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellowship Program. Zaumeyer’s expanded practice in Fort

Lauderdale, Low TE Florida, uses exclusively BioTE hormone pellet therapy which utilizes plant-based hormones that are molecularly identical to the body’s natural hormones. This therapy helps patients regain energy and muscle strength, increase mental clarity and libido, feel younger and happier, and overall increase quality of life while preventing age-related illness. Zaumeyer also provides office gynecology services, including annual exams, menopause management, contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, weight loss, and treating women with other health issues. Office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Thursday; 9am-4pm Friday; varied Saturday hours. Information available at and To schedule an appointment, call 954-791-4498. See ad page 48.

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nisha Durve, D.O.M. joins the team at Thermae Retreat and Spa. Trained in China, Durve is a doctor of Oriental Medicine and acupuncturist with more than 16 years of clinical experience. Her unique style includes acupressure, energy work, chakra balancing, guided meditation/ visualization, breath work and affirmations. Her specialty is marma therapy—gentle

acupressure and aromatherapy for rejuvenation that redirects energy flow and enhances vitality throughout the body. She is co-author of Marma Points of Ayurveda with Dr. VasantLad. Durve also offers Ayurveda wellness consults that focus on constitutional body type, lifestyle strategies and daily rituals, nutrition and detoxification protocols. She teaches private sessions for yoga nidra guided meditation and other relaxation techniques for clarity, focus and spiritual alignment. Additional specialties include emotional balance, anxiety, depression, trauma, insomnia, ADHD, women’s health, chronic pain, headaches, digestion and chronic fatigue. Her focus is to assist clients with the spiritual transformation they are seeking. Call for introductory specials or take advantage of her free 10-minute phone consult. Visit or Thermae memberships include infrared sauna, custom massages, facials, scrubs, naturopathy and energy work. Location: 604 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-604-7930. See ad page 19.

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ated among the 10 top yoga studios in Broward County, Yogi Plus is a body-positive studio that makes yoga accessible for everybody, caring less about the fancy poses but deeply about helping clients feel freedom in their own skin. Led by Paty Renda, The City Goddess Project, Belly Dancing Yoga Series, takes place from 1 to 3pm, beginning September 10. The series consists of four master classes of belly dancing techniques, yoga sequences, meditation and empowerment exercises, anti-stress techniques, the benefits of dance and yoga, and knowledge about one’s self. Open to all levels and ages. $100/series; $35/class. Join Licensed Medical Massage Therapist and RYT500 Danny Rossy, 4:30pm, every Wednesday, for Thera-Yoga, focusing on aches, pains and weaknesses. Using a combination of restorative and strengthening poses and acupressure points, this class empowers every student to find poses that are appropriate for their body, using chairs, bolsters, blocks and blankets to assist. New student specials: One month unlimited yoga/$45; 10 classes/$55; 20 classes/$99. Every Saturday, 10:15am, kids 5 to 8 join Shauna for Kids Yoga. Developmentally appropriate yoga poses are incorporated to stretch, strengthen and improve the balance of young, growing bodies and minds. Location: 6329 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. Details and registration, 754-235-3353, See ad page 50.


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Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep One-Year Anniversary


n September 10, Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep will celebrate its oneyear anniversary, including participation in the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup. The nonprofit beach cleanup group is concerned not only with the environmental effects of litter on our beaches but with the economic impact as well. Upon Beach Sweep’s first anniversary, more than 1,250 volunteers, including students, environmentalists and beach lovers, will have joined forces to give back to their community. Local nonprofits, employer-based programs, alumni associations and students of any age seeking community service hours are all welcome to participate. Beach Sweep has enlisted the help of environmental education group Kids Ecology Corps. (KEC) to teach how actions on land impact the health of our oceans and wildlife. Local publisher and eco litter artist SusieQ often participates by combing through collected trash to make art (on display at Fort Lauderdale City Hall and Broward County Main Library). Volunteers, arrive any time after 7am, second Saturday every month, collect litter for one hour or all four. Cleanup ends 11am. Buckets, grabbers and gloves provided. Register at The Hub, 300 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Limited volunteer parking at Las Olas South Intracoastal Lot, 40 Las Olas Circle. For more information, visit

How Dentistry and BEMER helped a Patient Who For 25 Years has had Lyme Disease


his month on our dental awareness corner we are sharing the success story of one of our patients with whom we are celebrating God’s goodness. R.T. came to us with the spirit of a warrior, not giving in or up to labels of diagnosis. She was told her infected mouth and root canaled teeth needed to be corrected. In wonder, she followed our recommendations which led her to find that in the biopsied teeth, toxic bacteria was debilitating the immune system. The combination of removal and detox with BEMER electromagnetic field therapy (EMF) and with a heart of hope for God’s promises of healing gives us an attitude of gratitude and Him all the glory. We have integrated the BEMER in our practice as an adjunct modality to help our patients heal after surgery and their testimonies reveal God’s grace. The BEMER uses fields that affect how the nerves fire and quiets them down. It enhances general blood flow on a capillary level which is where 74% of the body’s circulation occurs. The BEMER has many modalities and treatments to accommodate for different medical conditions, including diabetes, poor circulation, clots, black legs and cold hands and feet. After a couple of months of usage, 75% of the pain has been eliminated for R.T. When using the BEMER she felt a sense of renewal and well-being that she had lacked for many years. She had been living for 25 years with Lyme Disease. “I am truly amazed at how much energy I have had since using the BEMER. I would recommend anyone who has chronic pain to get themselves a BEMER and lay back and see the difference that it will cause to your everyday life!” Dr. Yolanda Cintron’s practice is offering the first 10 patients who buy a BEMER through their office a credit of $500 toward dental work. For more information and/or consultation, please call 954-9384599 or visit See ad page 23.

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oing green has never been this fun! Mark the calendar to attend the Everyday Green Expo, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 12, at Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach. Green Happenings include Rock The Water canoe race; Farmers Market, Create-an-Eco-Mural with SusieQ; Kids’ Corner and Crafts; Season-to-BeGreen Holiday Market; Performances by Earthman; Pet Expo and Parade; Wildlife Releases; Go Green Home Exploration; Giveaways and Raffle Prizes. Volunteer opportunities available; sign-up at bit. ly/2aJOKXh (case sensitive) or email Cost: Free to the public. $1.50/per person (ages 6 and up) weekend park gate entry fee in effect. Location: 401 S. Powerline Rd., Corporate Shelter #10, Deerfield Beach. For more information, call 954-357-5100, email GreenExpo@Broward. org or visit Facebook.

Ascended Master Turyan with Cristovao Brilho


n October 9, back by popular demand, Cristovao Brilho, Brazilian paranormal, metaphysician and incredibly gifted healer, will be offering once again the unique opportunity to receive the blessings of Ascended Master Turyan, a being of light with unparalleled energetic strength and power, who can help transform your life. Brilho, named “One of the World’s Top 4 Healers,” will end the session by providing each attendee with a crystal, energized and blessed just for them. His work, essentially spiritual, is to bring physical and emotional balance as well as spiritual protection. “Crystals harmonize mankind, mankind harmonizes the planet,” Brilho explains. He also offers healing sessions monthly in Miami and West Palm Beach, completely free and open to the public of every age. In these sessions, he channels Dr. Fyeer, his spiritual doctor, a being of light who brings the use of new healing technologies to human beings. Cost: $16/session. Location: Instituto Cristovao Brilho & Crystals for Life, 2811 Coral Way, Miami. Continuous sessions start every hour from 10am to 7pm. For more information, call 786-295-8665 or visit See ad page 12.

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Vegan Diet Benefits Kids’ Heart Health

Black Raspberries R Bolster Heart Health


esearch from Korea University Anam Hospital, in Seoul, South Korea, has found that black raspberries significantly decrease artery stiffness and increase hearthealthy endothelial progenitor cells (EPC), which assist in repairing damaged blood vessels. The study tested 51 patients that met at least three criteria for metabolic syndrome, including waist circumference measurements, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and/or symptoms of glucose intolerance. The subjects were split into two groups; one received 750 milligrams per day of black raspberry extract for 12 weeks, while the other group received a placebo. The researchers assessed the radial artery augmentation index, a measure for blood vessel wall stiffness, and values for this measurement decreased by 5 percent in the black raspberry group. The placebo group’s levels increased by 3 percent. In addition, EPC counts increased in the black raspberry group by 19 microliters, versus a drop of 28 microliters in the placebo group. Black raspberries contain a number of hearthealthy compounds, including phenolic acids, resveratrol, flavonoids and tannins.


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esearch from the Cleveland Clinic has found that a plant-based diet could be more effective than even the American Heart Association’s recommended fivefood-groups diet for reducing childhood heart disease. The research, led by Cleveland Clinic pediatrician Michael Macknin, tested 28 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18 that had high cholesterol levels. For four weeks, 14 of the children ate the American Heart Association diet, while the other half ate a vegan, plant-based diet. Children on the plant-based diet were found to have significantly lower weight, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol numbers, and improved mid-arm circumference, body mass index and level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. They also had lower levels of insulin and two heart disease markers, myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein—all indicating improvements in their cardiovascular health. By comparison, children on the American Heart Association diet saw significantly lower weight, waist circumference, mid-arm circumference and myeloperoxidase levels, indicating enhanced immunity, but did not exhibit the other improvements. “As the number of obese children with [unhealthy] high cholesterol continues to grow, we need to have effective lifestyle modifications to help them reverse their risk factors for heart disease,” says Macknin. “Cardiovascular disease begins in childhood. If we can see such significant improvements in a four-week study, imagine the potential for improving long-term health into adulthood if a whole population of children began to eat these diets regularly.”

MS Patients Improve with High-Tone Electrotherapy



esearch from Poland’s Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, in Lodz, has determined that a pulsed-frequency electrotherapy treatment can significantly improve the functional abilities of multiple sclerosis patients. The researchers tested 20 multiple sclerosis patients randomly divided into two groups. For 60 minutes, one group was given the frequency therapy and the other underwent exercise therapy. The frequency therapy group showed improvement in nine of 10 different evaluation tests of each patient. The patented High Tone Frequency technique was developed by Dr. Hans-Ulrich May, a professor of medical engineering from Germany’s University of Karlsruhe.

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Vitamin C-Rich Produce Breast Milk Guards Against Cataracts Supports Preemies’ R Developing Brains esearch from King’s College, in London, shows that dietary vitamin C reduces the development of cataracts that interfere with vision by obscuring the lens of the eye, keeping light from striking the retina. The researchers followed 324 pairs of female twins for 10 years. Food questionnaires were administered to each pair to determine their intake of dietary nutrients. The researchers also examined each of the twins’ eyes for the development of cataracts. The scientists found those that consumed the most foods with vitamin C had fewer cataracts than those that ate foods with less of the vitamin. These findings did not apply to supplemental vitamin C, helping researchers better understand the superior nature of natural vitamin C. Natural vitamin C contains multiple bioflavonoids, rutin and several co-factors, such as factors J, K and P, tyrosinase and ascorbinogen. Senior study author and eye surgeon Dr. Chris Hammond says, “The findings could have significant impact, particularly for the aging population, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts.”


study from the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri, has found that premature babies that receive at least 50 percent of their diet from breast milk in their first month have significantly better brain development than babies that consume less breast milk. The researchers tested 77 infants born an average of 14 weeks before their full nine-month term—referred to as preterm or preemie. The brain scans of the infants were compared with how much breast milk they received while in the natal intensive care unit. Mother’s breast milk was not distinguished from breast milk provided by others. Senior researcher, physician and child psychiatry professor Cynthia Rogers explains, “With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development.” Preterm birth has been linked with neurological and psychiatric problems later in life, and the researchers plan to continue to study the children. “We want to see whether this difference in brain size has an effect on any of these developmental milestones,” says Rogers. natural awakenings

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Lying Labels

New Term Disguises High-Fructose Corn Syrup The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has resorted to creating a new label for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by calling it “fructose syrup” or just “fructose” because numerous scientific studies have linked it to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and autism. HFCS is a highly processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods, including breads, cookies, candy, condiments and soft drinks. It extends the shelf life of products and is often cheaper than sugar, the primary reasons manufacturers use it. Standard HFCS contains from 42 to 55 percent fructose. The new term is being used when foods contain HFCS-90, which has “just” 90 percent fructose. Identifying HFCS-90 as an ingredient bizarrely gives food makers a green light to use statements such as “Contains no high-fructose corn syrup” or “No HFCS” on the product label, thus misleading buyers. Bart Hoebel, a psychology professor at Princeton University, reports, “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese; every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” Source:

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Educators at Charleston County schools, in South Carolina, know that more movement and exercise makes kids better learners, even as the amount of time devoted to physical education (PE) and recess has been declining sharply in the U.S. “If you ask anyone in education if they prefer PE or class instruction, they say instruction every time,” says David Spurlock, coordinator of health, wellness and physical education for the Charleston County school district. “Yet, what we’re trying to show is that more movement equals better grades, behavior and bodies.” Charles Pinckney Elementary School, in Charleston, employs Active Brains, a program that uses 15 stations through which students rotate during the class. Each station has a unique exercise component such as a mini-basketball hoop or an exercise bike, and is focused on a different academic task such as spelling or math flashcards. This is the first classroom in the U.S. equipped with only kinesthetic desks. The program has been in operation for three years and has a waiting list of students excited to try the new approach. 20

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Healing Recipe Cooking May Be the Future of Medicine

In 2010, chronic disease accounted for 86 percent of all healthcare spending; four years later, the cost of treating heart disease alone totaled $315.4 billion, including medication and hospital care. At the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, medical students are learning cooking skills to better advise patients on regaining and maintaining their health through nutrition. By getting them to approach healthful food preparation with ease and awareness, this next generation of doctors is striving to provide building blocks for long-term health management. “When we see healthier eating, we see more disease prevention and fewer hospital stays, which means less money spent on health care,” says Chef Leah Sarrris, program director. Since 2012, 20 medical schools have adopted Tulane’s program, including the University of California-Los Angeles Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Illinois-Chicago and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in a partnership with the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. Students complete eight classes of three hours each, and fourth-year students can choose from seminars that focus on different clinical interests, including nutritional support for those coping with celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, diabetes or pregnancy. Students also teach free public cooking classes. This integrative understanding of health care may change the way the medical system operates. Source: Yes magazine

Nuclear Advancement Aerospace Giant Closes in on Superior Fusion Power

Lockheed Martin scientists have made a breakthrough in developing a nuclearfusionbased power source, and estimates that the first commercial reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be available within 10 years. “We can make a big difference on the energy front,” says project head Tom McGuire. The company has been working for 60 years to find a way to make a power source based on nuclear fusion as a safer and more efficient alternative to the fission reactors in use since the Cold War era. Nuclear power plants produce dangerous radiation as a byproduct and leave behind toxic nuclear waste that can endure for centuries. By contrast, fusion, which powers the stars, occurs when small, light atoms such as hydrogen smash together to form heavier atoms, releasing enormous amounts of energy. To date, scientists have been unable to initiate fusion reactions on Earth without using more energy than the reaction produces. Preliminary work suggests that it will be feasible to build a 100 megawatt reactor 10 times smaller than traditional fission reactors. That’s enough power to light up a city of 80,000 homes. Lockheed Martin is now seeking government and industry partners to build a prototype. Source: Reuters

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Action Needed to Protect U.S. Drinking Water Supplies The dangerous practice of fracking (hydraulic fracturing), which combines volumes of toxic chemicals and fresh water to bore for natural gas, has spread to 21 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, as well as Colorado, Texas and California. A particularly intensive drilling area is the Marcellus Shale region, a 600-mile-long bedrock layer up to a mile below the Earth’s surface that includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Citizens in these and surrounding states are sounding alarms. The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center is on the battle’s front lines and their efforts can serve as a blueprint and inspiration in trying to curtail fracking and protect the health and safety of people and the planet. The nonprofit has taken issue with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft study dated late last year that concluded fracking has no widespread impact on drinking water, demanding that the agency conduct further research. While Pennsylvania’s Department of the Environment tallied 271 cases of water contamination from fracking in 40 counties, the nonprofit Public Herald reports 2,309 overall fracking complaints for 17 of the counties, and concludes that water-related cases are repeatedly understated. Recent research by Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences found, “Companies are fracking directly into shallow freshwater aquifers,” according to Professor of Earth System Science Robert Jackson. “In no [other] industry would you be allowed to inject chemicals into a source of drinking-quality water.” PennEnvironment recently galvanized more than 1,000 state health experts’ demands to Governor Tom Wolf’s administration that include establishing a registry to report impacts from fracking and other natural gas activities; instituting special training for health professionals; removing exemptions for the fracking industry from environmental laws; and requiring that all fracking operations be at least one mile from schools and healthcare facilities. “With every day of inaction, our elected leaders continue to subject their constituents to severe and widespread health impacts,” advises PennEnvironment fracking campaign organizer Allie DiTucci. Maryland poses another looming battleground—it currently prohibits the practice and is drafting new fracking regulations as the gas industry knocks on its door. Meanwhile, communities around the country are voting to ban fracking from their districts. Join local environmental and conservation organizations in protesting against fracking and lobbying local and state officials to regulate and ban it. Primary sources:, InsideClimate News

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Eczema: Inflammatory Skin Response to Internal Toxins by Harry Hong, PhD, L.Ac.


om was a six-month-old boy when his mom brought him to me. His mom had food and environmental sensitivities and Tom was born with a highly sensitive body. When I first saw Tom, his little body was full of red eczema, especially around the month, under the chin, on top of the skull, inside the elbows and behind the knees. He didn’t have much hair and looked almost bald. His mom outfitted him with small gloves to prevent him from scratching his itchy skin. However, some of the eczema areas had already been scratched and were bleeding with yellowish fluid. Cortisone cream was used frequently but the skin rash remained. Tom didn’t sleep well at night. During the day, he looked miserable and was very cranky. Many children are born with sensitivities. Initial trigger for newborn’s eczema is often cow’s milk, but they can be sensitive to many other things around them, including mother’s milk. Tom was sensitive to both cow’s and mother’s


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milk. His mom even mentioned that her diet dramatically affected his skin condition. If she ate certain sensitive foods, Tom’s skin flared up after drinking her milk. From electrodermal testing, I found that Tom was sensitive to many foods as well as necessary nutrients and environmental factors. I started him with a special dietary plan and desensitization treatment called Immune System Reprograming, a non-invasive back tapping technique to reduce sensitivities. Changing his diet to non-dairy formula with daily food rotation and desensitization therapy helped. His skin rash reduced but frequent outbreaks persisted. Clearly, sensitivity is only a trigger and eczema has a deeper root issue—the toxins and malfunction of the digestive system and liver detox function. There are two major routes for the body to excrete toxins: the intestines and bladder. If the toxicity increases a lot inside the body, the toxins can be expelled through other minor detox routes such as breathing from the lungs and sweating via skin. For those with highly sensitive body, their nerve endings on the skin are very sensitive, especially to toxin-containing sweats. Neurogenic inflammation occurs in skin areas often exposed to toxic sweats. This is perhaps the reason why eczema often occurs in the areas that easily sweat. Addressing internal toxins in the body resolves the root issue for eczema. Based on ancient Chinese medicine, eczema is caused by Dampness and Heat, the two factors of modern interpretation as likely the intestinal toxin and inflammation, respectively. The biggest toxin source inside the body is the digestive tract where hundreds of thousands of microbes reside. Common digestive problem is called dysbiosis which refers

to a condition of microbial imbalances such as yeast overgrowth (Candidiasis) and the decline of beneficial bacteria. Over-production of mycotoxin from the yeast, Candida albicans, is the cause of many inflammatory symptoms including various pain symptoms, brain fog, skin rashes, indigestion and sleep issues. High inflammation level greatly increases neurogenic sensitivity of the body. All symptoms due to neurogenic sensitivity including eczema get worse during Candida outbreak in the body. Liver is the number one detox organ in the body. High toxicity always stresses the liver the most. Liver stress and resultant detoxification blockage cause high inflammation and sleeping issues. Supporting liver detox function with supplementation is equally important to cleansing Candida and other harmful microbial in gut. Many supplements including herbs, homeopathic and nutritional remedies can be used for this purpose. Tom’s supplements were all in liquid form and easy to take. After six months of detox and desensitization, his skin cleared up, his hair grew back like a normal kid, and he slept through the night like a healthy baby. Harry Hong is a licensed acupuncturist specializing in holistic healing for the highly sensitive. He teaches highly sensitive people to listen to their body and take charge of their own health. With his own systematic IBMT protocol that includes Chinese medicine, modern homeopathy, energetic testing and allergy desensitization, Dr. Hong helps highly sensitive people gain back their immune strength and their life. He has offices in both South Florida and Chicago. For more information, email and/or visit See ad page 25.

The Advantages of Natural Anti-Inflammatories by Dr. Richard Rimler


uring our journey through life, it is inevitable that something is going to “hurt” from either overuse or an injury. Most people don’t think twice about popping Advil, Aleve or a prescription anti-inflammatory. But did you know that they all have some serious side effects such as potentially causing a stomach ulcer, raising blood pressure and causing kidney damage after long-term use? They even increase your chances of having a stroke or heart attack. The “holistic” model of care will treat the same ache or pain without the side effects. For instance, celery seed extract not only targets the same antiinflammatory pathways as Advil or Aleve, but also targets an additional pathway that they do not. Curcumin/turmeric—the spice used in curry—is also a terrific natural antiinflammatory. It even has extra benefits being preventive against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. You should take these

under a doctor’s supervision though, since having a history of a stomach ulcer would eliminate either supplement as a treatment option. A few other natural anti-inflammatories are flaxseed oil, garlic extract, bromelain (pineapple extract), white willow bark and Boswellia. These also need to be taken under a doctor’s supervision

due to interactions with blood-thinning medications. In closing, inflammation is the cause of all pain and disease. We are constantly being bombarded with external sources of inflammation via the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Our feet and lower extremities also absorb much impact during daily living activities and exercise which leads to inflammation too. Stress leads to an internal cause of inflammation. It makes more sense to fight this constant siege with natural antiinflammatories—they have been around a lot longer than synthetic medications and also have a much better safety profile. Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM is one of the few “holistic” podiatrists in the country. He is the founder of and has two offices conveniently located at 4401 Sheridan St., Hollywood, 954-989-6524 and 1931 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, 954-456-8100. See ad page 48.

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WATER-WISE KITCHEN A Few Small Steps Can Make the Difference by Avery Mack

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he United Nations warns that water use is outpacing population growth two to one. At this rate, two-thirds of the world will face water stress by 2025, meaning fewer crops and jobs and higher food prices. “Globally, 3 million people, mostly children, die each year due to water-related issues,” says Sister Dorothy Maxwell, of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, in New York. “Water is a precious commodity. Every drop in supply should increase awareness.”

Smarter Shopping For significant savings, use ingredients with a lower water footprint. “Be conscientious about food purchases,” advises Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary, in Watkins Glen, New York, and Orland and Los Angeles, California. “Choosing plant foods instead of animal products can make a huge difference. Estimates show that one person switching to a vegan diet can save at least 1,000 gallons of water every day.”

Before landing on a plate, an eight-ounce steak will have necessitated 850 gallons of water, including growing and processing the animal’s food grain. The amount of water needed to produce a quarter-pound hamburger equals that of 30 average showers. “Dietary choices have environmental and ethical impacts,” agrees Michael Schwarz, founder of Hudson Valley Treeline Cheese, in Kingston, New York. “The carbon and water footprints of conventional dairy products are also enormous.” His company’s vegan cheeses are basically cashews, probiotic cultures and salt. Unlike American’s 10 million dairy cows, cashews aren’t injected with growth hormones, don’t emit methane and produce no waste runoff to pollute waterways.

Smarter Storage The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that Americans annually discard more than 35 million tons of uneaten food that costs local governments $1.5 billion annually in clean up and landfill maintenance. Food waste contributes to climate change through the use of huge quantities of water, fertilizer, land and fuel to process, refrigerate and transport it. Plus, it emits methane gas as it decomposes. Reducing food waste can have a farreaching impact. Applying simple household tips will help minimize waste: Protect all meat, poultry and fish along with dairy products like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese from bacteria by storing them in the original packaging until used; seal any leftovers in airtight containers. Wrap hard cheese in foil or waxed paper after opening. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and don’t wash before refrigerating to forestall mold. Activated oxygen, like that used in the small refrigerator appliance BerryBreeze, neutralizes bacteria and mold to keep stored foods fresh longer.

Smarter Cooking Maxwell’s guidance for savvy water use includes: Don’t pre-rinse dishes.

As whole potatoes simmer, set a steamer basket over them to cook other veggies and conserve water. Fewer pots mean less dishwashing, and leftover potato water adds extra flavor to homemade potato dinner rolls. Run the dishwasher only when full. Use less soap when washing up and make sure it’s biodegradable. Water-wise experts also offer these cooking tips. Use a single pot of water to blanch several kinds of vegetables before freezing. Start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, especially odorous veggies like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. “Unless it’s greasy, cooking and drinking water can be reused to nourish plants,” explains Diane MacEachern, founder and publisher of “I cool egg and veggie cooking water to pour on herbs and flowers.” As whole potatoes simmer, set a steamer basket over them to cook other veggies and conserve water. Fewer pots mean less dishwashing, and leftover potato water adds extra flavor to homemade potato dinner rolls. Cook shorter shapes of dry pasta in less water, first placing them in cold water and lowering the heat to a simmer once it hits a boil, also saving energy ( ColdWaterPastaMethod). Directions for hard-boiled eggs call for enough cold water to cover before boiling, followed by the mandatory icewater bath, using goodly amounts of water and energy. Steam eggs instead; find instructions at For a large quantity of eggs, try baking them ( Freezer jam contains more fruit, much less sugar and needs no water bath for canning jars; recipes are available online. Eat watermelon as is or in salads, compost the peel and pickle the rind using only one cup of water with minimal boiling time ( Rather than waste warm water to defrost frozen foods, simply move them overnight to the refrigerator. Composting is far more eco-wise than running a garbage disposal and sink water. More than 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water, but only .007 percent—like a single drop in a fivegallon bucket—is usable for hydrating its 6.8 billion people and all plants and animals. We must be creative to protect that drop by kicking it up a notch in the kitchen.

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Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart.


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Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.

Pioneering Practitioners From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing

properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing, Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are

lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”

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Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British researchers published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience confirms that simply listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively helped drummers (skilled and unskilled) suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “um-hum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study

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In Nigeria, we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. ~Babatunde Olatunji, drummer and social activist found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with short-term pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.

How It Works “Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai,


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India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says. Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into

the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.

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to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.

The calming sounds of rushing water and gentle breezes are well known; science is now confirming the therapeutic effects of singing birds. Belgian researchers confirmed that bird song helps drown out the stressful effects of traffic noise, and Korean scientists found it makes people feel less crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that it can even help regulate participants’ circadian rhythms, contributing to restful sleep and overall wellness.

The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and super-predictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely crucial in launching us into transcendental awareness. For the true, deep seeker, sound and vibration and the memory of music can serve as a powerful engine to help direct us in the spiritual realms.”

musical talent are able to experience the same benefits as virtuosos, based on their degree of engagement with music. Anyone can hum, and most research confirms that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Group singing has become increasingly popular, especially following the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier. The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend

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Inside the Chant with Krishna Das

Kirtan Music Transports Listeners to a Deeper Place

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His 1996 debut album, One Track Heart, focused on updated chants from the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga, followed in 1998 by Pilgrim Heart, with a guest appearance by Sting. Since then, a steady stream of 14 albums and DVDs produced on his own label have provided the soundtrack for yoga classes everywhere; the soothing rhythmic chants performed in a deep, rich timbre complements instruction in the spiritual element of the exercise. Das’ specialty, kirtan, updates an

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nfluential spiritual leader Ram Dass has described Krishna Das (Jeffrey Kagel) as an example of someone whose “heartsongs” open channels to God. The Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, long considered yoga’s rock star, consistently plays to sold-out crowds worldwide. The Long Island native’s journey has gone from being a member of a popular rock band to going to India, where as a student of spiritual leader Neem Karoli Baba, the trajectory of his life and music shifted and expanded.

ancient tradition of devotional chanting as meditation accompanied by instruments. A kirtan concert invites audience members to join in the experience through chanting, clapping and dancing and is characterized as a journey into the self that also connects us with each other.

Across the country and around the world, yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God in tongues including Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi and English. They’re taking kirtan music out of the temples and the yoga studios and into dance halls, universities, cathedrals and other unexpected places. In the last decade, India’s traditional call-and-response form of chanting has been reinvented by modern devotional artists blending traditional kirtan with modern genres such as rock, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and electronica—breathing new life and devotion into yoga’s sacred chants.

What does kirtan mean to you? For me, kirtan is all about the music. The more ways I practice sustainable health, balance, love and music and immerse myself in a spiritual life, the more I realize that all issues distill down to

simple facts. Everyone wants to be loved and happy, and to avoid suffering and being judged. Looking at our lives, we start to see how we hurt ourselves and others and how what happens to us in daily life can be difficult to deal with. We recognize that we must find deep inner strength so we don’t get destroyed by the waves that come and try to toss us around. Little by little, all of our awakening practices work to transform our life. They move us from being externally oriented and reactive to being established within and quietly responsive. We come to have a wider view that life can effectively contain and envelop the different facets of ourselves and the world.

Why do many consider a kirtan event a transcendent experience far beyond the music? There are two things: the music and where the music is carrying us. In this case, it’s the names of God, of divinity, that are real and inside us. We can call this higher sense anything we like and aim in that direction according to how we identify with it. If we want peace in the world, then every individual needs to find peace within. We can’t create peace or happiness with anger and selfishness in our heart and mind. We can release ourselves from a limiting storyline, whatever it is, and touch a deeper place for a while. Then, when we return to our day, we are standing on slightly different ground because we have trained ourselves to let go a little bit. It’s a gradual process that takes time and effort, but it’s a joyful practice.

Do you see a shift in thinking echoing that of the 1960s that positions us to do better this time? In the 1960s, everyone thought they were going to change the external world, but they forgot they have to change themselves, too, and little work was done inside. Today, while most people keep trying to first rearrange the outside world, more are now doing the necessary inside work, as well. The key is to understand what’s truly possible. If we don’t understand how we can be happy and at peace in the middle of a burning fire, we won’t recognize the tools available to create that kind of light for ourselves and others. Robin Fillmore is the publisher of the Natural Awakenings of Washington, D.C, edition.

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VEGAN LUNCHBOX Plant-Based Choices Provide Midday Boost by Judith Fertig


e all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day—lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-tomake and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road. “Vegan food offers so much variety, especially at lunch,” says

Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, who recently hosted the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit. “A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy.” She and her two children operate Johanna’s Raw Foods, which makes vegan fast food such as veggie burger bites and carrot crackers, available at health food stores.

Laura Theodore, the vegan chef and recording artist who presents The Jazzy Vegetarian PBS television program, lives and works in the New York City area. After a childhood dominated by bologna sandwiches for lunch, she gradually changed to vegan dishes. “I began to notice a difference when I ate mostly plants,” she says. “I could do more and think better.” Theodore favors colorful and delicious vegan foods that travel well in a lunchbox with a cold pack, so she can take them to rehearsals or wherever else she goes. She creates her zucchini fettuccine with a vegetable slicer and loves to end a meal with something naturally sweet, like her mapleraisin-date truffles. Such experimenting in the kitchen led to her newest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Brandi Rollins, Ph.D., a researcher at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania, found that switching her lunch habits to plantbased dishes made her feel better. The author of Raw Foods on a Budget determined that one of her favorites is a quick raw vegan pizza. She first marinates ingredients for 20 minutes: three medium mushrooms, thinly sliced, with one-and-a-half tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon of olive oil, one minced clove of garlic and a big pinch of Italian herb seasoning. Then she spreads half of a mashed avocado on a four-by-four-inch flax cracker and tops it with the marinated

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mushrooms, plus chopped tomato, peppers or other favorite options. Rollins advises, “You can pack all of the components individually, and then assemble the pizza at work.” Health Foods Chef Catherine Blake, in Maui, Hawaii, studied with renowned plant-based nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. She urges her culinary students to ask, “What can I do to sparkle a little bit more tomorrow?” The author of Healthy Recipes for Friends, answers the question in her online presentation, Cooking for Brain Power, at Blake’s favorite brain-power luncheon booster is a wrap with antioxidant-rich fillings, accompanied by homemade almond milk, sunflower seeds or walnuts for vitamin E and some favorite blue berries or purple grapes. She makes fresh almond milk by grinding raw almonds in a nut grinder, and then adding them plus an equal amount of filtered water to a high-speed blender. After processing and straining out the solids, the resulting nut milk is perfect for smoothies. Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference, as our vegan lunchbox experts have, while we ramp up our taste for healthier eating.

Yields: 4 servings Accented with the tangy taste of fresh lemon juice and a bit of heat from the chili powder, this is an easy, readymade sandwich spread for a lunchbox. 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp filtered or spring water, plus more as needed 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp sesame tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp chili powder, plus more for garnish ¼ tsp sea salt Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Transfer the hummus to a decorated bowl and sprinkle

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa Yields: 4 servings This raw side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare and cool fare on a hot summer day. The zucchini strips look and taste a lot like fresh pasta. 2 medium zucchini 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 10 to 14 leaves fresh basil, minced 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 /8 to ¼ tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste

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Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa until coated and place on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Shave the zucchini lengthwise with a vegetable peeler to make the “noodles”. Put them in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic. Toss gently until thoroughly combined.

Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, truffles will keep up to three days.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Serve immediately.

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Maple-Raisin-DateTruffles Perfect Purple Smoothie Yields: 10 to 12 truffles

Yields: 2 servings

These truffles make an inviting healthy dessert or snack to satisfy a sweet tooth. They’ll impress guests at any dinner party.

Homemade almond milk is the base and cayenne powder gives it a spicy punch that intensifies the rest of the flavors. Drink one serving for lunch and chill the other for a fast and easy mid-afternoon reviver.

9 large Medjool dates, pitted 1 /8 cup raisins ¼ cup raw shredded unsweetened dried coconut 1 Tbsp maple syrup 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Place the dates, raisins, coconut and maple syrup in a high-performance blender and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium-sized bowl. Using a cookie scoop, spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the date mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue until all the dough is in balls. 34

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12 oz acai juice 6 oz almond milk 1 Tbsp soy creamer 1 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries 1 frozen banana ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 Tbsp whole ground flaxseed meal (blueberry variety if available; try Trader Joe’s) 1 cup coconut water ice cubes 1 Tbsp macro greens or other vegan, non-GMO greens powder ½ tsp apple cider vinegar 1 to 3 dashes cayenne powder Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Store in two insulated cups and keep chilled until ready to serve.



The Secret of Sublime Living


Savoring Perfect Present Moments by Carl Greer


ife has many sublime pleasures: watching the sun rise over the horizon and observing the changing colors of the clouds; laughing with a best friend; or simply feeling the grass, dirt or sand under bare feet. The Japanese have a term, mono no aware, for that sublime moment of perfection just before it fades. Sometimes it translates as sensitivity or awareness of impermanent things. It could, for instance, refer to the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom; the cherry trees will blossom again next year, but we do not always have a chance to see them again. Everyday distractions can cause us to forget to slow down to enjoy moments. The secret to sublime living is to pay close attention to the sweet pleasures of life, no matter how small, and savor them before they pass. There is no way to know which weather-perfect day will be the last before the season shifts. Enjoying such a fleeting, sublime moment may mean discarding the day’s plans, but the delights of life do not always come around again. How easy it is to let the mind wander and forget to focus on the pleasure of an experience and the joys that life offers. We’re in danger of missing out on sublime living when we constantly prioritize what “has to be

done” instead of that which is most valued. Soon, it may seem as if the stories of our lives are being written by someone else. We forget our power to be our own storyteller and to mindfully engage in how we spend every hour. Dissatisfying tales can be replaced when we live according to a new story we write each day, called, “My life is an extraordinary adventure,” or “I relish being with my children,” or “I express love through sharing my music,” or “I am being true to myself, and that enables me to help others heal.” The more we focus on what brings us happiness, revitalization, purpose or meaning, the easier it will be to upgrade priorities and discard any plot lines and events that seem scripted by someone else. We can then make a new commitment to writing and living a more satisfying story for ourselves. We can pause to contemplate our power to be the storyteller and to always remain fully present and conscious of the sublime moments. Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner. He teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. Connect at

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Relax and Unwind Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing by Meredith Montgomery


n classical yoga, teachers often sequence instruction toward reaching a pinnacle pose such as an inversion or arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose is savasana—in which the practitioner fully relaxes while resting flat on their back. Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This passive asana practice turns down the


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branch of the nervous system that keeps us in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the system allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like a massage for the nervous system and encourages self-inquiry, reflection and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual benefits are similar to those of active yoga, but because poses are held longer and supported by props such as bolsters,

blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no stress on the tissue and joints. Each pose gifts us with longer-lasting benefits, including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and better able to act in the world afterward,” explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, California, and a research scientist studying the physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms. He attests that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally felt the need for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications— backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes—therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful

of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this

approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against

relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

Yoga Props 101 Yoga props can help new students maintain alignment and reduce strain while allowing veterans to more deeply explore the intricacies of their practice. Always adjust the dimensions and placement of props to ensure comfort via soft curves in the body instead of sharp angles, especially in the spine. Body weight must be distributed equally throughout the pose; key places to check for tension are the lower back, abdomen, neck and jaw muscles. Here are some basic tools. Yoga mats should have a non-skid surface and not exceed three-sixteenths of an inch in thickness. They cushion the body, serve as a blanket or a base for props or can roll up into a bolster. Blankets and towels pad hard areas and warm the body. Different ways of folding and rolling transform them into many firm and comfortable shapes with wide-ranging applications. Blocks in various sizes and materials can be laid flat, placed on edge or stood

on end. They can add height or length to the body, access core stability and provide leverage. A stack of hardback books or phone books tied together can work in a pinch. Belts stabilize joints, support inflexible body parts and create traction and space. Typically two inches wide, soft belts with a D-ring locking system are easily adjusted; two soft, wide neckties or scarves tied together are suitable. Avoid material that cuts into the skin. Bolsters, typically cylindrical or rectangular cushions, provide good supports that are long-lasting, if sometimes costly. Combining folded blankets and rolled mats may be suitable alternatives. Walls provide leverage, vertical support and a structure to rest upon. A closed door or large piece of furniture such as a bookcase or refrigerator works; a room corner simultaneously supports both sides of the body. Chairs are versatile props for any

practice and make yoga accessible to those unable to get down onto the floor. Backless folding chairs are typically used in studios, but any sturdy chair that doesn’t roll is suitable. Sandbags, strategically positioned, encourage overworked areas to release. Their weight also provides resistance and stability. Homemade versions can be made by loosely filling a smooth cloth bag with coarse sand, pea gravel or rice. Retail bags of beans, rice or sugar are other options. Eye pillows block out light during resting poses, can gently weight the forehead or hands or support the back of the neck. Typically made of silk or soft cotton, they’re filled with a mixture of flax seeds or rice and soothing herbs such as lavender, peppermint or chamomile. Sources: Restorative Yoga Therapy, by Leeann Carey; Relax and Renew, by Judith Hanson Lasater

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resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three R’s of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school years can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits.

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A 2015 study by the National Association for Music Education (nafme. org) shows that youngsters harboring an early appreciation for music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers. The research also revealed that schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to others averaging 72.9 and 84.9 percent, respectively. A recent study by the Children’s Music Workshop (ChildrensMusic, which provides instructional programming for more than 25 Los Angeles-area public and private schools, cites a host of additional benefits. These highlight music education’s role

in developing the part of the brain that processes language; improving spatial intelligence; thinking creatively; gaining empathy for people of other cultures; encouraging self-expression and teamwork through playing as a group; and achieving higher grades both in high school and on standardized tests. Higher institutes of learning are equally involved. Boston’s Berklee College of Music ( offers majors in making it as a music professional, performance music and music therapy, plus postgraduate degrees. Its annual five-week summer performance program in “Beantown” furthers the skills of 1,000 U.S. and international children 12 years old and up. In addition to musical skills, “We see improvement in young people’s confidence and persona,” says Oisin McAuley, director of summer programs. “It’s a truly formative experience.” In addition, The Berklee City Music online program serves high schools nationwide, assisted by alumni in some cities. It also awards scholarships for participation in the summer performance activities in Boston. The nonprofit Young Americans

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( organization, launched in 1992, operates its own college of performing arts in Corona, California, that fosters artistic, intellectual and personal growth for those working toward becoming performers or arts educators. Its International Music Outreach Tours have brought workshops to K through 12th grade students in nearly all 50 American states and 15 countries in Europe and Asia.

Singing, keyboards and percussion instruments are other tools she uses. “Many parents want their child to become accustomed to social settings. Because their child loves music, they’ll often seek a group music forum,” notes Blumenthal. Family Music Time (, in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of 2,500 affiliated centers nationwide and in 40 countries that follows music CDs provided by Princeton, New Jersey-based Music Together ( Drumming and singing sessions with parents and children up to 5 years old help them gain a music appetite and early group music-making experience, according to Director LouAnne Dunfee. At her studio, local professional musicians also conduct private lessons in piano, guitar and trumpet for children ages 6 and up. Children playing instruments can mean much more than just music to our ears. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor based in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Starting Out “Don’t force children to play music. It’s better when they want to do it on their own. Having instruments around the house can make it easier,” suggests Dayna Martin, a life coach and author of Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, near North Conway, New Hampshire. Learning music can also decrease math phobia, similar to the way in which children that love to cook and follow recipes learn math, she points out, because math and music are undeniably interconnected. As part of a self-taught passion for medieval history, her 17-year-old son Devin is building a replica of a Viking-era log house on the family’s property and has made several stringed instruments steeped in the historical period using mathematical principles. “When children apply math to further their interest in music, it makes more sense to them than when it’s some problems in a workbook, and they pick it up more readily, which instills a lifelong appreciation of mathematics as an essential tool,” she observes. Jamie Blumenthal, a board-certified music therapist and owner of Family Music Therapy Connection: North Bay Music Therapy Services (, in Santa Rosa, California, works predominantly with special needs children. “Autistic children love music, and playing wind instruments like flutes and whistles helps work the muscles around the mouth, assisting with speech development,” she says.

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The Modern Shaman Ancient Practices Heal Body and Soul by Linda Sechrist


o longer shrouded in mystery, the ancient spiritual practice of shamanism is attracting the interest of psychologists, registered nurses and medical doctors that study its guiding principles to use personally and benefit others. They train one-on-one and in small groups with indigenous shamans in the U.S. and around the world and enroll in programs offered by established schools such as the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and The Four Winds Society. Both offer workshops and expeditions for participants to meet the specific shaman that teaches congruent philosophy, practices and principles. Since 1986, The Four Winds Society, with international headquarters in Miami, Florida, has graduated more than 10,000 practitioners. It teaches a genuine respect for the sacredness of metaphysical forces existing in all natural beings and objects and the connection between the material world and spiritual plane. Dr. Daniel Rieders, a physician specializing in cardiac electrophysiology and interventional cardiology, completed the society’s basic curriculum in 2014. Having matriculated to advanced master classes, he uses shamanic understanding, tools and skills for personal use and in his complementary medical practices, Life Rhythm Therapies and Jain Ayurveda for Optimum Health, in Palm Coast, Florida. He notes that medical procedures and prescriptions aren’t always the answer to problems. 40

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“I’ve studied various areas of medicine and found them devoid of tools and methods that empower patients to make changes that lead to better health. Studying shamanism means being on my own healing path of cleansing body, mind and spirit. It’s necessary for any empowered healer that aspires to inspire and generate confidence and assertiveness in others, enabling them to do what is needed to live out their life purpose,” he says. Rieders found shamanism to be an effective complementary therapy for strengthening the body and building resilience. One of his patients was unhappy with his job, feeling it only served to support a costly family lifestyle. Upon discerning his true desire was to own a gym and teach people how to get healthy, he took action. “A heart procedure was no longer necessary. Stored anger can create heart disease, as well as cancer,” he remarks. Seti Gershberg’s life changed dramatically while studying shamanism in the remote Peruvian Andes, where he lived with the indigenous Q’ero people for two years. Taking a break from a career in international investment banking, he set out to learn about a shaman’s relationship to energy, consciousness and the supernatural, with an eye to creating a system of universal reciprocity, balance and harmony. He was

also interested in indigenous people’s views of the relationship of the physical world with self, consciousness and multi-dimensional space-time as a single interwoven idea; a continuum. “Today, I’m an executive producer and creative director in Phoenix, Arizona, working on a video series, TV commercials and films, including two documentaries on shamanic rituals and ceremonies, as well as the Q’ero culture,” says Gershberg. He practices the Q’ero shaman’s gift of Ayni, giving of our self first without asking for anything in return. His website, ThePathOfTheSun. com, offers a “pay what you can afford” option. Sean Wei Mah, a Native American Cree, grew up on a reservation in Alberta, Canada, around tribal medicine men that practiced smudging, ceremony and ritual. “Smudging, by burning fine powders, considered sacred medicine, is significant to any shaman as holy medicine to cleanse the body. It’s part of Native American life and the foundation of how we communicate, give thanks to and ask for help and guidance from the Creator. Ceremony is our church and smudging is how we purify it,” says the shaman, artist and actor known as “The Rattlemaker”. Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, a shaman, healer, storyteller and carrier of the Qilaut (wind drum), is an elder from the Kalaaleq tribe, in Greenland. His family belongs to the traditional healers from Kalallit Nunaat. Endearingly known as Uncle, he has traveled to 67 countries to conduct ceremonies including healing circles, sacred sweat lodge purification and Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man intensives, where he teaches the spiritual significance of climate change. He advises, “A shaman’s responsibility is to guide you on your inner path and support you in recognizing your beauty so that you can love yourself and know who you truly are. A shaman guides you to a new level of consciousness through teachings, storytelling and ceremonies, which my grandmother taught me were the key. All of this helps you rely on your own inner guidance.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


The Benefits of a “Friends First” Romance Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC


Dear Karen Kaye Please describe to me the benefits of being “friends first” in a relationship. Thank you so much, Gwen


Dear Gwen, Friendship is based on knowing each other, safety, honesty and having each other’s back. There are no agendas, fantasies, expectations or outcomes to achieve. Time is spent being one’s self and is accepted for that—nothing to hide or prove. These aspects are a basis for a foundation in both the good and the bad times in order to withstand time. Most relationships begin similar to a house being built without a blueprint. One person places a door here; another partner places a window here. Without communication and continuity, eventually the house falls down. There is not a substantial foundation. By the time couples reach my office, their relationship

looks and feels like a house that has burned down and no one stopped it… until it was too late. Love and romance (or the “high”) of a relationship ebb and flow through life’s challenges, but as with any “high,” it is hard to maintain. Ultimately, as a relationship ebbs or is in breakdown, liking that person and their character will maintain some balance during the curve balls of life. In any long-term relationship, there are times to be close and times to be distant. How the distance is handled determines the success of that relationship. The peculiarity of a “friends first romance” is that usually once the relationship goes to romance, the friendship disappears.

Instead, the friendship or “best friend” aspect of a relationship needs to be properly established…and that takes time and patience. Oftentimes, friends are more respectful of each other. I remind you of the phrase, “You wouldn’t do that to a friend. Would you?” Sincerely, Karen L. 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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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

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Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air


A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid

Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

What to Do The easy solution is taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage to rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the whole body.


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Wednesday, September 7

Free Lecture on the Out-of-Body Experiences and More - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Ever had a dream that you were flying or felt a falling sensation prior to sleep? Feel there is more to life and want to verify this yourself? Learn more at IAC. IAC, 4011 W Flagler St, Suite 303, Ashley, 305.668.4668.

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5th Annual Suits, Stilettos & Lipstick Conference - September 9-10th at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. Dream it! Live it! Be it! Join 1,000 women (and smart men) for the Sassy revolution! A portion of proceeds go to benefit the United Way Mission United.

Saturday, September 17 Naked Feet 5K Run/Walk - 8–10am. 30$.Run in the SAND, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. Incorporates sustainability and No plastic bottles! Bring your own bottle to refill at cooler or water fountain. Provide service hours for kids, and ensure safety by cleaning up beach with us prior to

race with Kids Ecology Corps. SwimBikusRun, Sandy Bikus, 402.218.6966.

Sunday, September 18

The Fundamentals of Ascension - 2-6 pm. $25 per class. This 8 week class will train you in Ascension mechanics. Master your energy, heal yourself, others, planet. LOVE Healing Ministries, Wilton Manors, FL 33306, Jessie Keener, 512-212-0422. Ocean Conservancy Sponsored Annual Beach Cleanups - Hallandale to Deerfield. 3rd Sat in September (the 17th this year). Research for more info. Be a part of the solution.

Sunday, September 25

If you suffer from Kidney Disease - by appointment. ATOM’s 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. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), 100 E.

Awaken Your Heart! 7:30 PM, $25 door, $20 pre-event. Join Us: Hear angelic vocals of Italian Mezzo Soprano Daniela de Mari and Breath of Life quartz bowls, flutes, cello, piano & ethnic percussion in concert. Unity of Pompano, 261 SE 13 Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954946-0857.

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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.

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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.

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. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service, 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Catholic Mass — 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–1:30pm. 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. 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.

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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.

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. Therapy Support Group for Women experiencing Marriage/Couple relationship issues. 1-2pm, $25/session. To be held in Lighthouse Point, FL. Contact Camie Vincent, L.M.H.C. for details 954.991.2037. 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.

Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278. Tai Chi — 7:30–9:30pm 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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)

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.


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Yoga Basics — 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Vinyasa Yoga — 7–8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. 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. 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.

friday Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062. 954.785.6333. Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale —6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. 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. 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. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Libraries — 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach [note: no meditation @ Dania Beach during Jun, Jul, Aug] 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. Psychic Fair — (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. 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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Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

Physical Health Complex

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

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

2045 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322 954-742-0332

Healing Hearts Center

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.

Sarah DiPerna, Psy.D., C.Ht., IKYTA 1937 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 106 Pompano Beach, FL, 33060 954-560-7629 My approach to healing engages the strengths we each already possess in Mind, Body and Spirit to create lasting happiness, freedom and fulfillment. See ad page 22.

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”.

Colon therapy A Colon Care Center

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

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.

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. MM18325, MA0007506.

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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.


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CranioSacral Therapy

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 19.

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 15 and 23.

Fine art SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available for collaborative projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thought-provoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Visit our website for more information on taking the Trashformation pledge. Make a difference. Call for an appointment or home visit.


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.

gardening The Garden Gate

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!

Holistic Podiatrist Wellness Starts With Your Feet Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM The Wellness Center at Post Haste, 4401 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 954-989-6524

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

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Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH


Scott Irwin, PhD, CTTS


Gyanpriya, e-ryt 500 954-317-9336

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.

Pain Management

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.

at Healing & Wellness Spa 1732 NE Wilton Drive, 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.





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

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

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

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.


Organizer Life Organized by Bonnie, LLC 954-849-1023

massage therapy Angel Light Holistic Healing Linda Geer, LMT, RMT 954-558-0419

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

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.

relationship coaching getting what you want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 14.

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

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

schools Conservatory Prep Schools Dr. Wendy H. Weiner, Principal 5850 South Pine Island Rd Davie, Florida 33328 954-680-5808

Celebrating our 10th Year ~ A progressive, middle and high school where you can be yourself. We feature Edluministic learning, the integration of the performing and visual arts with problem-based learning. Our school is designed to meet the needs of twiceexceptional, gifted and creative students who are not meeting their potential in a traditional school setting.

tai chi

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.

Oneness Tai CHI International 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.



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

Cuba Gateway Connection

Sharry Veil 888-798-0540 We p r o v i d e c o m p l e t e packaged tours from Miami to Havana for the adventurous and healthminded individuals. Renew your spirit amidst Cuba’s breathtaking scenery. Small guided groups. Cuba Gateway Connection Florida Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST40353. See ad page 30.

Lorena Evans - Spiritual/Life Coach 1421 SE 4th Ave Suite B Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-278-9474

Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon

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

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 34.

Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice,

we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness ~Indra Devi natural awakenings

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Yogi Plus Yoga

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.

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.

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868

6329 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac, FL 33319 754-235-3353

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