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eptember is a month where many are back in school, recreating community and sharing stories of summer activities. Incorporating lessons learned from previous years, may students create their best school year ever. This month we cover joint health and flexibility. We’ve included some insightful articles on the subject for you. Yoga and soft stretching are critical to keeping those joints in good shape and there are reminders of how “not to” overwork our joints for the greatest health. Of course, diet plays an important role in our health too. Having a potluck meal with friends and asking for healthy options is one way to open up and expand on finding enjoyable and nutritious foods to consume. The theme of flexibility holds true for eating choices too. This is a shout-out for a photo we can consider for the cover of our November issue. I’m looking for an image of healthy, happy people drinking water (hint: not from a plastic bottle). Along with the cover shot, we’ll offer 1/3 of a page where you can share who you are and what inspires you (submit

a total word count of 170-210). For full information on submitting, visit Speaking of water... the health of our oceans is so critical to all. My friend and I went on a tour of NSU’s Oceanographic Campus in Dania Beach. I was inspired by the activities surrounding our neighboring coral reef. Did you know, it’s the third largest in the world, spanning over 350 miles, and the only living barrier reef system of the continental U.S. I’m percolating thoughts around something I can do/create to bring more focus and support to that amazing ecosystem. Recognizing flexibility in the creative process is not only exciting but fruitful in

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creating outcomes that can be more amazing than what I could think of on my own. This flexibility in thought, setting aside ego and being open to receiving information from multiple sources is key. Tapping into the “greater mind” is not a set it and forget it process, but a set it, reset it, embracing more of the what and why, rather than the how. I have been asked to present a talk on creating and merging passion and the business of art at Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach. I do hope you’ll join me there at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, September 13. The title of my talk is “An Environmental Art Journey, Finding Purpose”. It should be a fun evening for all. It’s been one of my bucket list items to have an exhibit showing my decades of artwork. I can now cross that off the list as I’ve been honored with a one-woman art show at the Village Design Gallery and Atelier this month. You are invited to opening night, Saturday, September 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. The art exhibit will be up through September 27. At the same gallery, on Thursday, September 20, I hope you’ll join me at 6:30 p.m. for an inspiring slide show and presentation of my personal journey of defining and uncovering my passion for environmental art and social commentary, including my “meet Al Gore story”. I’ll have the original painting I did in his honor, “Live Earth in Concert”, at that evening’s event. See calendar, page 49 for details. May this issue continue to support you and your community. Find ways to give back that are in alignment with your core values. Flex life’s joints for the health of it; plan on it.

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Wellness Begins with You!


outh Florida Wellness Network (SFWN) is the only nonprofit peer-run agency in South Florida offering free services to those seeking long-term recovery from mental illness and/or substance use. Created four years ago as part of a federal grant to serve youth with mental illness, SFWN offers programs for youth, adults and families who are looking for resources, services and programs to better themselves and those they love. It is run by individuals who have lived with mental health and/or substance use challenges so they are able to offer a level of compassion and empathy rarely seen in traditional resources and clinical services. Evidence shows that individuals obtain better recovery results when they are connected with others with similar experiences. Collaborating with agencies and organizations in the community, individuals benefit from the myriad holistic resources available, including Street Workout, Yoga, Kayaking, Youth Empowerment and Leadership, Financial Literacy, art classes, dancing mindfulness and support groups, including individual and family, wellness coaching with adult peers supporting individuals and families. Services are gratis. Stop by to fill out the membership form at 2901 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Ste. 105, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-533-0585.


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Answers on Cancers Seminar in Fort Lauderdale


ave you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with cancer? Dr. Yolanda Cintron, of International Center for Dental Excellence, Fort Lauderdale and Dr. Linda Huxtable, Medicine People, Palm Coast, present the lecture series, Healing from the Inside Out, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on September 15. This free seminar is for anyone with cancer, including breast, prostate, leukemia, bone, liver, etc. Cintron and Huxtable will discuss the process of reclaiming health and share Breast Cancer: The Untold Story. Join the discussion and learn more about hidden dental issues and their role in chronic degenerative diseases. Learn of the latest technologies and discoveries in the biological medical community related to cancer and toxic loads in the mouth that could be harming your overall health. Cintron, a practicing dentist for 31 years, offers a holistic, biological, reconstructive and regenerative approach. Huxtable, a holistic medicine practitioner for more than 30 years, applies an integrated system of healing that includes nutrition, homeopathy, herbs, bodywork and energy medicine. Location: Westin Hotel, 400 Corporate Dr., Fort Lauderdale. For more information and to register for free tickets, call 954-938-4599, email or visit See ad pages 34 & 35.

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ith today’s busy, stressful lifestyle, the signs of aging are inevitable. And until recently, the only significant option was a surgical facelift. Thanks to new technology, men and women have a new option called thread lift. Thread lift is a safe, biocompatible, nonsurgical in-office procedure with minimal recovery and little discomfort. Designed to be less invasive, it is used to smooth and lift wrinkled or sagging skin for an immediately visible result. The procedure can take as little as an hour to perform with immediate lifting effects and without unnecessary risks or scarring. Thread lift works in two ways: building collagen through the body’s natural healing process and increasing blood flow which will tighten skin and improve texture. The thread is fully absorbed in about four to six months with results lasting up to 24 months. If you are looking for a safe, nonsurgical and cost-effective procedure to restore health and youthfulness to your appearance, you may be a candidate for PDO Thread Lift offered by Dr. Aurel Chebanu, of Integrated Dental Center. Location: 333 NW 70th Ave., Ste. 207, Plantation. For a free consultation, call 954-792-6266. For more information, visit See ad page 29.

Considering Thermography: The Top Three Questions To Ask


hermography is a medical infrared image of the body which can show the first signs of irregularities starting at the cellular level. If there is a variance of temperature outside the normal range for that region, it could be an indication there is dysregulation afoot. Thermography has been a controversial form of testing since the 1980s, with the main reason being there are many variables that can alter the results. Here are the top three questions you should ask when considering thermography: Pixel Resolution – Currently the top pixel resolution available in the US is 640x480. Some cameras are 320x240 then extrapolated to compress the image to try and create it similar to the higher pixel cameras. Testing Environment – For accurate results the room must be 68 to 72 degrees F. without any drafts from air vents or heat coming in from a window. These can alter skin temperature which will alter results. Interpretation – Who is doing the interpretation? Be sure to look up their experience and background. Darcie Barron, CTT offers her expertise in thermography at 3rd Eye Thermography Holistic Center. Location: 1451 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Ste. 300, Fort Lauderdale. For more information and appointments, call 954-204-5602. See ad page 43.

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Body-Mind-Spirit Event Comes to Port St. Lucie


he long-running Awaken Wellness Fair, New York’s best loved body, mind, spirit, green expo, comes to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on January 17, 2019. “The Awaken Fairs began in 2002 with just 42 holistic practitioners working on each other in a small office. Today it has grown to more than 1000 guests and 150 exhibitors participating in this quarterly party,” says event producer Paula Caracappa. “It has come to be called a party in recent years—it’s not a trade show, it’s a social event where like-minded people gather to support, educate and socialize with each other in an open, friendly atmosphere.” Exhibitor opportunities are available for individuals and companies who offer information, products and services that explore the many paths to healing, both ancient as well as the newest cutting-edge methods. Exhibitors are sought in four categories: Speakers, Healers, Vendors and Readers. Sign up now for Early Bird pricing as well as sponsorship opportunities. Attendee appointments with intuitive readers and holistic healers can be scheduled and discount appointments can be prebooked online. Location: 9221 SE Civic Center Pl., Port St. Lucie (at US 1 and Walton Rd.). For more information, visit See ad page 16.

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A Behind-the-Scenes View of Passion & Self-Discovery by Environmental Artist SusieQ Wood


he is known by many as the publisher of the Broward edition of Natural Awakenings. This September, experience another side of her as expressed through her environmental artwork and one-woman show at The Village Design Gallery and Atelier, 600 Breakers Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Opening night takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m., September 1. Meet this local artist for a conversation about her Global TRASHformation movement, publishing experience and, of course, her artwork. Wood will present a talk with slides, “Environmental Art Meets Ocean Conservancy”, at 6:30 p.m., on September 20, at the Gallery. SusieQ and the Gallery have partnered with the Surfrider Organization, pledging a portion of artwork sales to the local nonprofit chapter. Surfrider is promoting restaurants to rethink plastic straws and Styrofoam and has created a program whereby restaurants can be certified as “ocean-friendly”. The Wine Garden, a restaurant a few doors north of the Gallery, is planning to become ocean-friendly certified—something else to come out and celebrate. For more information call 954.302.2922. The evening will be informative and inspirational, plus attendees have the opportunity to add to a collaborative artwork using cleaned local plastic or metal litter. For more information, visit On September 13, at 6:30 p.m., Wood will present, “Exploring the Artist’s Mind, An Environmental Art Journey: Finding Purpose, a Path of Self-Discovery”, at Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach, followed by a Q&A session. “Unearthed” is the name of the show and other artists will be in attendance. For more information, visit See ad pages 4 & 49.

Meditation Improves Long-Term Cognition Cognitive gains that people experience from an intense meditation retreat can persist for at least seven years and slow agerelated cognitive decline, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of California at Davis followed up with 60 people that had participated in a three-month retreat in which they meditated in a group and alone for a total of about eight hours a day. Immediately afterwards, the meditators showed improvements in holding sustained attention— the ability to stay focused on a task or object—a key measure of cognitive function. Seven years later, researchers found that those significant gains were partly maintained, and that older participants that diligently practiced meditation didn’t showtypical patterns of age-related attention declines.

Cruciferous Veggies May Lower Stroke Risk Elderly women that eat lots of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage have less plaque on their carotid artery walls, reducing risk of strokes and heart attacks, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Western Australia surveyed 854 Australian women over the age of 70 to determine their vegetable intake, and then used sonograms to measure their carotid artery wall thickness to ascertain the severity of carotid plaque. Those eating the most cruciferous vegetables had a .05 millimeter lower carotid artery wall thickness compared to those with the lowest intake. “That is likely significant, because a 0.1 millimeter decrease in carotid wall thickness is associated with a 10 to 18 percent decrease in risk of stroke and heart attack,” says lead study author Lauren Blekkenhorst. Other vegetables, including leafy greens and alliums like onions, were not found to have the same protective effect.


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Asthma Less Likely to Afflict Breastfed Kids A University of Amsterdam study of 960 children from 4 to 12 years old taking asthma medication found that those breastfed as infants had a 45 percent lower incidence of asthma attacks.

People are frequently introduced to highly addictive opioid painkillers when using hospital emergency rooms. When University of Colorado and University of Massachusetts medical researchers surveyed 109 emergency medicine physicians at four hospitals, they found that 65 percent of them significantly underestimated how many opioids they were prescribing compared to their peers. In six- and 12-month follow-ups, the researchers consequently found that opioid orders by all the doctors surveyed dropped by 3.5 and 4.3 percent, respectively. Those shown that they had been overprescribing lowered their rates even more, by an additional 2.1 and 2.2 percent.


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Spanking Linked to Mental Health Problems Spanking—defined as using physical force to control a child’s behavior by inflicting pain, but not injury—can have profound effects on a child later in life, say University of Michigan researchers. Surveying records of 8,300 people that visited outpatient clinics for routine health problems, they found that the 55 percent of those that reported being spanked as children had higher incidences of depression, suicide attempts, drinking and drug use. The finding is in line with previous studies showing that childhood trauma, abuse and neglect can have long-term health effects.



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A naturally occurring compound found abundantly in wild blackcurrants, bilberries and lingonberries increases the body’s ability to prevent tumors, report researchers from the University of Eastern Finland. The colorproducing pigments known as anthocyanins were found to increase the cancer-fighting ability of sirtuin 6, part of a class of enzymes that regulate the expression of genes that control the function of cells via key signaling pathways. Aging causes changes in the function of sirtuins, which in turn contributes to the development of several diseases. Anthocyanins also color other berries, and earlier research from the UK University of East Anglia found that women eating blueberries and strawberries three or more times a week slashed their risk of heart attack by a third.

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Farms Test Low-Tech Pesticide Alternative To make sure more beneficial bugs come to their crops to feed on pests, farmers are planting flowers in the middle of their fields. On a farm near the town of Buckingham, England, a crop of oilseed rape is planted amidst rows of wildflowers. It’s one of 14 sites in a study testing the wildflowers’ efficacy in attracting pest-eating bugs, and how well they would perform in replacing toxic pesticides. The study also includes the use of borders of wildflowers around each field, a technique farmers in the area have used for the past two decades to promote general biodiversity, though not specifically for pest control. Researchers Ben Woodcock and Richard Pywell, of the UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology, write, “The crop protection ‘toolbox’ is becoming smaller and more vulnerable, so now is a good time to rethink our future crop protection strategies to consider the use of alternative pest control measures alongside conventional pesticides.” Pesticide use probably won’t be eliminated completely, they say. However, by attracting pest-eating bugs—along with other techniques like breeding plants to better resist pests, using technology to better diagnose and forecast pest behavior and application systems that can apply tiny amounts of pesticide more precisely—pesticide use could be dramatically reduced. Harsh chemicals can then serve as a last line of defense, rather than the first thing farmers reach for.

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Animals Gain Some Protection in New Budget

The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the government affairs affiliate of the Humane Society of the U.S., worked with animal protection champions in both chambers and with other stakeholders to secure success on several fronts in the 2018 federal budget. Victories include preventing the slaughter of wild horses and burros, preserving protections for carnivores on National Park Service lands in Alaska, preserving Endangered Species Act protections for Great Lakes wolves and urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to restore inspection reports and enforcement records for horse shows, puppy mills, roadside zoos, laboratories and other facilities that were purged from the agency’s website in early 2017. The budget also adds another $2 million for USDA enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and $5 million to train and provide therapeutic service dogs for veterans and soldiers. It holds the line against cuts on many other vital fronts affecting animals, such as the Marine Mammal Commission and development of alternatives to live animal testing. Harmful provisions still reflected in the budget include exempting concentrated animal-feeding operations from reporting toxic air emissions and maintaining a prohibition on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate toxic lead content in ammunition and fishing tackle that poison and kill wildlife.

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global briefs

Animal Safety Measures Delay Tree Cutting The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied a request by Dominion Energy, the lead builder of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, for more time to cut trees along the route. The company had to stop cutting by the end of March in order to protect migratory birds and endangered bats in the path of the project, planned to run from West Virginia to terminals in Virginia and North Carolina. Opposing the controversial natural gas pipeline from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic coast, Jamshid Bakhtiari, Virginia field coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, says the FERC decision will delay, but not stop the project. Yet he states, “It’s a good thing. We should shoot to have more things like this happen in terms of delaying the pipeline. But it’s not a final nail, by any means, in the coffin.” The pipeline is one of two conduits up to 42 inches in diameter for transporting fracked gas that developers want to build through the central Appalachians. It’s across terrain that critics say is both scenic and poorly suited to heavy infrastructure. Bakhtiari’s group is part of a broad coalition of organizations, including the Sierra Club, that has mobilized to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The denial means tree clearing has to halt at least until September, and at some points on the route, until November.

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New Eco-Packaging Options Underway Frito-Lay, Campbell Soup and other major U.S. players in the food and beauty industries are talking more about sustainability these days. The result is adoption of innovative materials. Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of recycler TerraCycle, advises, “Bioplastics are meant to be a solution for the world’s plastic waste problem. However, in most cases, biodegradable bioplastics will only break down in a high-temperature industrial composting facility, not in your average household compost bin. Plus, these are not recyclable. A better solution might be to place the focus on durable bioplastics that are made from plant materials, but can still be recycled,” Entrepreneurs like Daphna Nissenbaum are taking action. As an Israeli mom, she chided her teenage son for trashing rather than recycling plastic water bottles. Yet then, she says, “I realized plastic bottles weren’t the main issue,” when she saw flexible packaging such as chip bags, candy wrappers and go-to containers crammed into the trash. Nissenbaum learned that most flexible packaging isn’t recycled and ends up in landfills, oceans and other places. Once an orange peel is discarded, it disintegrates biologically and turns to compost, she saw, and committed to engineering packaging to do the same. A graduate of the Israeli Army’s elite software engineering program and with a marketing MBA, her Tipa Corporation has patented bioplastic that acts like plastic. “When composted, the material naturally breaks down in 180 days or less,” she says. Tipa now makes zippered bags, stand-up pouches and packaging for coffee, snacks and produce. 14

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New Solar Capacity Outpaced Other Fuel Sources A United Nations-backed report, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018, reveals that the world invested more in solar power than any other single energy technology in 2017 and installed more new solar capacity than all other energy sources combined, including fossil fuels. The report tally saw investors committing $279.8 billion to renewable energy overall, excluding large dams, and $160.8 billion to solar specifically. United Nations Energy Programme head Erik Solheim explains, “The extraordinary surge in solar investment shows how the global energy map is changing and more importantly, what the economic benefits are, including the creation of more better-paying, higher-quality jobs.” China, the leader in solar and renewable investment, was responsible for more than half of the 98 gigawatts of solar capacity added last year and 45 percent of the dollars invested in renewables overall. The U.S. was second, investing $40.5 billion in renewable energy. Mexico, Australia and Sweden increased their commitments by substantial amounts—810 percent, 147 percent and 127 percent, respectively—with all three countries ranked in the top 10.

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Migratory Birds Threatened by Rule Change A coalition of national environmental groups led by the National Audubon Society filed a lawsuit in May against the U.S. Department of the Interior challenging the federal administration’s move last December to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors and songbirds under the 100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The intent is to weaken enforcement on businesses, municipalities and individuals to prevent “incidental” deaths of birds, which would lessen requirements for their protection from electrical power lines, towers, buildings and other hazards. The risk of liability under the MBTA has provided incentives for the oil and gas industry, wind energy development companies and power transmission line operators to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize bird deaths. The new policy eliminates these incentives to reduce and mitigate foreseeable impacts of operations on migratory birds. “One of the first conservation laws, the MBTA sparked 100 years of conservation leadership in this country,” says Sarah Greenberger, Audubon’s senior vice president of conservation policy. “It defies all facts for the Department of the Interior to suggest that this law is somehow broken when we have a century of evidence that says otherwise.” Urge senators and other representatives to uphold the MBTA via an easy form and single click under the Take Action tab at

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Being Sustainable Down to Our Soles Following an environmentally friendly lifestyle can be felt right down to our toes. Increase the life of footwear by being properly fitted in high-quality shoes, performing ongoing maintenance and patronizing cobblers. Pay extra attention to waterproofing shoes in winter and rainy seasons. Also, vegan alternatives to leather are available. Shoe repairs annually keep nearly 1 million pairs of shoes out of landfills and save about 1 billion animals, according to My Shoe Hospital (, in Austin, Texas, which express-mails shoe repair services. The company reports that total global footwear manufacturing produces nearly 1.5 million tons of waste leather per year. Much of it can be avoided. n Proper maintenance starts with using a leather cleaner and conditioner, followed by applying polishes and waxes to renew color, cover scuff marks and soften the surface. A natural weatherproofing agent, like lanolin, seed oils or beeswax helps to further seal the surface to prevent water seepage. n In addition to resoling shoes to extend their lifespan, some repair shops offer stretching services and fitting aids to improve comfort or preserve desired shape. Shop locators are part of the Shoe Service Institute of America ( and Society of Master Shoe Repairers ( websites. n Conventional shoe leather not only involves killing animals, but also treating animal skins with toxic chemicals like mineral salts, lead, cyanide and formaldehyde. Materials like linen, cotton, cork, wood, imitation leathers and recycled faux suede are used in Olsenhaus’ vegan shoe line ( n Many sustainable shoe brands belong to the Better Shoes Foundation ( Members include Lyf Shoes ( of Raleigh, North Carolina, custommade of 100 percent recyclable materials; Osborn footwear (, featuring fair trade production and eco-friendly materials; and Verdura Shoes (, made from recycled fishing nets and other eco-friendly sources. 16

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Winning Combination for Lower Extremity Joint Health with Customized Orthotics and Natural Anti-inflammatories


by Doc Rick Rimler hen it comes to joint health in the lower extremity, the first thing to do is look at the foundation for your mobility: your feet. Once you get your foot type determined, a “customized orthotic” (prescription arch support) can be placed in your shoes. This will balance and support your feet with an appropriate material, promoting less motion and more efficient ambulation. In turn, you will have fewer problems with your feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back. The trick with orthotics is to use shoes that can accommodate them. For casual use for men and women, sneakers/ walking shoes with removable inner soles are recommended. Just swap out the inner soles for your orthotics. For ladies dress, it is better to use ankle-high boots rather than loafers/slides because the orthotics have a better chance of fitting inside without causing too much tightness or heel slippage. Inevitably, aches and pains are going to happen. Between normal wear and tear, exercise, prior injuries or arthritis, it is important to use safe and effective anti-inflammatories. Some of the ones I prescribe are flaxseed oil, garlic, celery extract, curcumin, NAC, probiotics and Boswellia. These products are also much safer than both prescription and overthe-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as Advil, Aleve and Motrin/ibuprofen. The main medical alert is that some of these should not be used if you are taking a blood thinning medication such as aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix, etc. The same precaution exists for the prescription and over-the-counter products. Check with your holistic physician to help guide you as to the ones that are safe to take if you are on a blood thinning medication.

The safety profiles of natural antiinflammatories are far superior to the traditional alternatives. If dosed correctly, they also happen to be very effective in reducing pain quickly. That is why it’s recommended that you see a physician well versed in holistic treatments before starting your treatment. I believe it is a good idea to take a daily maintenance dose of one or two of the above to keep inflammation to a minimum. In conclusion, when looking for a

winning combination for lower extremity joint health, start with a pair of customized orthotics (to lay a good foundation) and then add some natural anti-inflammatories for pain relief or maintenance therapy. These will enable you to keep on walking and running, strong! Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM (Doc Rick) is one of a few holistic podiatrists in the country. His office is in Hollywood, Florida. For more information, visit See ad page 50.

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WHY OUR BODY LOVES YOGA Gentle Poses Foster Flexibility


by Marlaina Donato lthough media coverage of yoga often highlights advanced yoga poses, the practice is not reserved solely for super-flexible folks. Benefits are available to everyone of any age or physical type. “Many people assume that yoga requires the ability to be a contortionist. Yoga is an internal process and can meet

us wherever we are,” says yoga therapist Kimberly Carson, of Mindful Yoga Works, in Portland, Oregon. Springing from the theory that half of our capacity to become more flexible lies less in the muscles than in the nervous system, this calming practice helps the body release tension and achieve a suppler state.

Yoga poses don’t need to be intense to have a significant effect. Gentle, regular practice can improve range of motion, increase muscle strength and promote circulation of the synovial fluid surrounding joints that supplies oxygen and nutrients to cartilage. “Basic yoga is just as beneficial as more advanced ideas of yoga, especially in terms of body awareness,” says Piper Abbott, an integrative yoga therapist and teacher who owns Burlington Yoga, in Burlington, Vermont. “Where our attention goes, energy flows. When we’re holding a posture and directing this focused awareness into the sensation of a stretch, we’re learning to read our body.” Agility is usually associated with muscles and joints, but underlying flexibility goes deep to further enhance wellness. Stiff muscles often go hand-inhand with stiff arteries, for example, but appropriate exercise can have a positive effect there, too. According to studies by physical therapist Miriam Cortez-Cooper, Ph.D., and her colleagues during her tenure at the University of Texas at Austin, stretching exercises performed for 11 weeks improved flexibility of the carotid artery—the main vessel that transports blood to the brain—by 23 percent. Such an increase did not result from aerobic exercise or strength training.

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“Yoga is truly for any and every body. Flexibility or a lack thereof can be found in anatomies of any shape. Many options for poses exist to help you find the version that works best for you. Yoga props such as blocks and straps can provide support to encourage experimenting while ensuring a safe approach,” says Anna Guest-Jelley, CEO of Curvy Yoga, in Portland, Oregon. She loves sharing the value of yoga with people of all sizes. “What’s important is working wherever you are within your current range of motion, so your body can open to new movements appropriately.” 18

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Maintaining a regular practice offers an opportunity for individuals living with chronic pain or undergoing cancer treatment to feel more at ease. “Even in cases of severe fibromyalgia, some movement is better than none, and can foster better sleep. Restorative sleep can help to heal microtears in muscles, which can be common. Non-goal-oriented yoga also offers layers of benefits for cancer patients, both supporting physical function, as well as offering a way to practice kindness towards the body/mind during tough times,” says Carson. For seniors, yoga is an excellent way to foster better flexibility, even in the presence of osteoarthritis. Studies conducted by Dr. Sharon Kolasinski, of the University of Pennsylvania, found that Iyengar yoga reduced joint stiffness and pain reduction during an eight-week period in people with knee osteoarthritis. Chair yoga, though popular with seniors, can introduce unnecessary risk if not tailored appropriately for those with osteoporosis, Carson cautions. “It’s important for older adults to find classes taught by appropriately trained instructors. Inappropriate chair sitting itself can compromise bone health, so teachers trained in spinal health and planes of action are recommended.” No matter the level of an individual’s agility, improved flexibility is a boon, especially when it goes beyond the physical to embrace mental and spiritual aspects. Abbott remarks, “Yoga has taught me not only how to move and relate to my body, but how

Where to Learn More Yoga for Every Body: Basics for Alignment and Flexibility, Diane Finlayson DVD, Curvy Yoga YouTube videos, include 15-minute morning wake-ups with Anna Guest-Jelley, CurvyYoga/featured Power Yoga for Flexibility, Rodney Yee DVD, rodney-yee Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility and Pain Relief¸ a book by Kimberly Carson,

to gracefully adjust to change and the challenges of life.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer and authors books related to the fields of alternative health and spirituality. Connect at September 2018


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by Michael A. Singer

n 1972, I experienced a profound spiritual awakening and went into seclusion to focus on my inner growth. This awakening helped me see that I’m not my mind—I am the observer of my mind. I watched this chattering mind creating an obstacle to selfrealization and true happiness. I also came to realize another clear truth: The outside world isn’t personal. It’s unfolding according to all the forces that have taken place from the beginning of creation. Call it science or the will of God—it doesn’t matter. What matters is we didn’t do it, and it isn’t supposed to match what we want. When we see this, we can transcend the limited mind and embrace the true nature of our being. We’ve each developed personal likes and dislikes resulting from life experiences that have left good or unfavorable impressions within us. These impressions determine how we view the world, and they limit our ability to enjoy life. We can begin learning how to release these impressions by letting go of the little things that irritate us for no reason—like the weather or someone’s attitude. We have a tendency to resist uncomfortable feelings, so we try to fix and control our environment. A commitment to yoga demands that we let go

of our personal reactions and use each experience in life to go beyond our comfort zone. The science of yoga is centered on realizing the essential self—the one within who is simply aware. It comes from thousands of years of enlightened beings devoting their lives to the questions: “Who am I? Why do my thoughts and emotions change so much?” This inquiry helps us find the true self inside, the self beyond personality and the mind’s fears and opinions. Progress happens through cultivating awareness. The simplest approach is to ask: “Who is in here looking through these eyes and experiencing this world?” Don’t try to answer. Just relax back into the essence of your being—the one who sees—and experience life from this place of awareness. When we’re clear and comfortable with who we are inside, life becomes beautiful— regardless of what is going on around us. We can then help raise the world for the better. There is freedom and peace in that. Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, is founder of the Temple of the Universe yoga and meditation center, in Alachua, Florida. See

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Top Yoga Trends Fusion Styles Offer Fresh Choices by Marlaina Donato


hile interest in traditional yoga remains strong, a groundswell of new styles looks to accommodate our changing times. With approaches ranging from yoga designed for curvy women to paddle board yoga, there is something for everyone. “I can see a definite trend of mixing yoga with all sorts of new activities and passions,” says Sophie Parienti, founder of Yogi Times magazine and website, in Los Angeles. “I always keep an open mind. Whether it is acro yoga or art yoga, if it becomes a way to commit to a personal practice, why not?” Innovative styles are on the upswing, including yoga blended with Pilates, resistance training and dance forms like ballet. “Yoga has been evolving since its origins and these variations on the traditional practice show exciting creativity and invite in people that are new to

yoga. In particular, we’re excited to see yoga offerings that increase inclusion and accessibility to a wider and more diverse student base. Practitioners can only benefit from this direction,” notes Kerry Maiorca, chair of the Yoga Alliance and founder of Bloom Yoga Studio, in Chicago. Newer forms of yoga are affirming that bodies of all shapes, sizes and ages can reap benefits. Moms-to-be can enjoy prenatal yoga designed to strengthen the body for childbirth, and aqua yoga—especially in a heated indoor pool—is helpful for those with physical challenges. Chair yoga is popular in corporate settings and senior centers. A decade ago, high-energy styles like power yoga were taking center stage; the current trend is toward gentler forms like restorative and yin. Instructors are prioritizing the safety and comfort of students. “There is an emphasis now on the quieter styles of yoga, the introspective meditative forms. Many teachers are being trained to modify poses,” says Maiorca. “A big focus right now is trauma sensitivity—and how and if to use touch as an instructor, underscoring the message that we are safe on the yoga mat.” The future of yoga is inspiring given the coexistence of tradition and modernization. “Yogis by nature are seekers and love exploring the new and original as part of the journey,” advises Parienti. “Focus on feeling good, whatever form it takes or whatever name it carries.” Marlaina Donato, a freelance writer and multimedia artist, also authors books on spirituality and alternative health. Connect at

Yogi Times Top 10 Styles Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram and Hot, Hatha, Kundalini, Iyengar, Tantra, Ayurveda, Yin, Restorative

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oga, a holistic art and practice that originated some 5,000 years ago in India, aims to integrate mind, body and spirit. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or unite, and refers to the joining of body with mind and mind with soul to achieve health, balance, tranquility and enlightenment. Individuals of every age and physical condition can benefit from the regular practice of yoga, which has been proven to enhance flexibility, strength, stamina and concentration. Using a combination of asanas, or postures, and breathing techniques, yoga works to induce deep relaxation and reduce stress, tone the body and organs, increase vitality, and improve circulation and energy flow. Uplifting and meditative, yoga can be applied as a spiritual practice, as well. Although many schools, or styles, of yoga exist, most differences derive from the primary focus of the practitioner’s attention: precise alignment of the body; holding of the asanas; flow between the postures; breath and movement coordination; or inner awareness and meditation. No particular style is better than another, and many students practice more than one.

Aerial: Originated in California and now in several countries. Sometimes branded as AntiGravity Yoga, aerial incorporates traditional yoga asanas with the use of a hammock or sling and combines elements of Pilates and dance. This style is said to deliver benefits on emotional and psychological levels and has a fun component. 22

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Ananda: A form of gentle hatha yoga

with an emphasis on meditation. Ananda combines classic yoga postures with breathing and silent affirmations to attune with higher levels of body sense, energy and silent inner awareness. As an inner-directed practice, it has less appeal to those desiring a more athletic or aerobic experience.

Anusara: Anusara means “go with the

flow,” and blends spirituality with inner/ outer alignment and balanced energetic actions. Developed by John Friend in 1997, this style urges students to think of poses as artistic expressions of the heart. Individual abilities and limitations are deeply respected and honored, so Anusara yoga can be helpful for everyone and is good for beginners.

Aqua: Also known as water or pool yoga. Aqua yoga is practiced in water— a warm indoor pool or natural body of water. Asanas are adapted to work with the buoyancy provided by water and have a positive effect on joints. This form is a viable option for older individuals or anyone else with physical conditions that prevent them from practicing land yoga. Its benefits include lymphatic stimulation and improved range of motion.

Chair: Practiced sitting or standing, it

uses a chair as a support/prop. Asanas are adapted from traditional hatha yoga. It benefits older individuals and those that are body-challenged. Flexibility is enhanced, as well as mind-body awareness.

Hatha: Hatha yoga is the foundational discipline on which nearly all other styles are based. In Sanskrit, ha represents the sun and tha, the moon—hence, the practice is designed to bring the yin and yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine aspects and polarities into balance. Essentially, hatha yoga brings all aspects of life together. A class described as hatha will likely include slow-paced stretching,

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Ashtanga: A physically demanding style that is light on meditation, ashtanga yoga employs a fast-paced series of flowing poses to build strength, flexibility and stamina. Developed by Indian yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, ashtanga’s progressively difficult postures are synchronized with a loud breath (called ujyaii breath in Sanskrit) and are designed to produce intense internal heat and purifying sweat in order to detoxify muscles and organs. The room is usually heated to warm muscles and increase flexibility. Preferred by many athletes, this style is too intense and demanding for most beginners.


asanas, or postures, that are not too difficult, simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. Hatha yoga classes provide a good starting point for beginners to learn basic poses and relaxation techniques.

Hot Yoga: Hot yoga is performed in a heated room using

varying temperatures and yoga poses. A Bikram yoga room is set at a minimum of 105° Fahrenheit with about 40 percent humidity, performing 26 prescribed asanas. Both forms of heated yoga help to speed up metabolism and improve circulation.

Integral: A gentle style of yoga brought to this country in 1966 by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Classes are structured to balance physical effort with relaxation, and include breathing practices, chanting and both guided and silent meditation. Integral yoga is suitable for beginners and helpful for more advanced students that wish to deepen their physical and spiritual awareness.

Iyengar: Noted for precise alignment and symmetry of pos-

tures, the development of balance and the use of props such as blocks, balls and belts, the Iyengar style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, based on his exceptional understanding of how the body works. Poses are held longer than usual. Iyengar is a good style for beginners, but can challenge seasoned practitioners, as well.

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Kundalini: A powerful, enlightening style that incorporates mantras (chanting), meditation, visualization, breathing and guided relaxation with precise postures. According to Hindu philosophy, kundalini is a concentrated form of prana, or life force, represented by a coiled, sleeping serpent said to reside at the base of the spine. When breath and movement awaken the serpent (energy), it moves up the spine through each of the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body, bringing energy and bliss. Once a closely guarded secret in India, kundalini yoga was first brought to the West in 1969, and has been known to help with addictions and releasing endorphins in the body. Kundalini will not appeal to everyone and should be practiced under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

Prenatal: This yoga style is

specifically tailored for pregnant

women during all stages of pregnancy. Its combination of stretching, focus and breathwork make it ideal for improving strength and decreasing stress levels in preparation for childbirth. It might also alleviate pregnancy-related headaches, nausea and back pain.

Restorative: Distinguished by the use of props, this

form of yoga aims to relax the muscles, calm the mind and open up the body through slow movements and passive stretching. Maintaining balance and holding gentle stretches for up to 20 minutes is made easier through the use of blocks, bolsters and blankets that support deep relaxation.

SUP: An acronym for stand up paddleboard, SUP yoga can

be practiced on a lake or other calm body of water. Hatha and vinyasa asanas are employed with the intention of challenging the practitioner to distribute their weight to maintain balance. Benefits include improved core strength, circulation and balance.

Svaroopa: A style that helps each student discover their bliss. The Sanskrit word svaroopa means “the true nature of being”, and Svaroopa yoga is sometimes called the yoga of alignment and compassion. Attention to alignment in specifically chosen poses helps to soften the body’s connective tissues and ease spinal tension. Blocks and bolsters may be used to allow for deeper muscle release. The style is suitable for beginners and useful for those recovering from injury. Viniyoga: A transformative, slower and more individualized form of yoga that emphasizes gentle flow and coordinated breath with movement, Viniyoga is holistic in its approach and teaches the student how to apply the yoga tools of poses, chanting, breathing and meditation. Function is stressed over form in this style. Viniyoga is recommended for beginners and seniors, as well as those in chronic pain or healing from injury or disease. Vinyasa: A challenging style that matches breath to movement. Vinyasa yoga poses incorporate alignment principles and are woven together in a flowing practice that is both intense and dancelike. Translated from Sanskrit, Vinyasa means “without obstacle”. The style is best suited to energetic, physically fit students. Yin: Developed by yoga teachers Paulie Zink and Paul Grilley to improve joint mobility and flexibility through holding asanas for up to five minutes or longer, yin yoga complements more intense practices such as Bikram, increases circulation in connective tissue and fosters inner stillness.

Please note: The contents of this Yoga Glossary are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified practitioner to conduct a selected treatment. September 2018



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n manufacturing, a zero waste policy means designing products so that all resources are used or reused. It’s a concept Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, embraced for her family a decade ago in Mill Valley, California. “My goal was to simplify our lives,” she says. “We found a zero waste lifestyle isn’t what we expected; it’s better. It’s good for the environment and for our family.” Johnson reports achieving 40 percent savings in annual household costs. “Voluntary simplicity has also changed our daily routines. Simple living focuses on experiences versus things, and we find we have more free time,” she says. “Our minimalist wardrobes now fit into carry-on bags for travel.”

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“Don’t expect to reach zero. Go for zero-ish,” counsels Celia Ristow, a freelance writer who blogs at In 2017, Ristow and two friends, Moira Kelley and Bailey Warren, started a grassroots group called Zero Waste Chicago to raise awareness and connect locals with needed resources to reduce trash. “We speak at grocery stores, community events, schools, colleges and to employees on their lunch hour. We love how responding readers send suggestions and outlets for reusing items,” says Ristow. Local efforts can take off when people find like-minded others through using hash tags like #zerowastechicago on Instagram, search for a local blogger or host a mini-meet-up in a grocery that sells in bulk or at a coffee shop that uses ceramic cups or no plastic stirrers. Similar grassroots organizations are active in Colorado ( and Seattle ( “Zero waste seems difficult to imagine in the U.S. People think change is costly and time-consuming,” Johnson says. “My vocation is to shatter these misconceptions. Follow the 5 R’s: refuse what you don’t need, reduce what you need, reuse, recycle and rot. Refuse single-use plastics and junk mail, reduce the volume of clothing items and sports equipment, buy used, recycle the unwanted and compost (rot) food waste, lint, hair and floor sweepings. It’s not that complicated.” Due to her experience, Johnson can now store a year’s worth of waste in a pint-sized Mason jar. “Inside is deteriorated foam from headphones, a dental retainer, silicone caulk from the sink, fruit and veggie stickers, clothing labels, plastic mini-bumpers from cabinet corners I replaced with felt and a plastic-coated spike from the dishwasher,” she says. “I’m still amazed when people have a use for something I don’t want or need. Start by saying no to flyers, freebies, party favors, business cards, plastics, excessive packaging and junk mail. Accepting them creates more. Refusing such clutter is the first rule to a less wasteful lifestyle.” Kathryn Kellogg, the Vallejo, California, author of the Going Zero Waste blog and a content creator for Pela Case, a Canadian eco-friendly smartphone case maker, offers many zero waste swaps. “I use silicone cupcake liners instead of paper, bar soap in lieu of plastic-packaged body wash and make my own lip balm.” She also has alternatives for sponges, plastic wrap, cooking pans and toothbrushes. Consider her 31-day


Fun Places to Start *With the PaperKarma junk mail app, take a picture to unsubscribe from receiving bulky catalogs, credit card offers and unwanted paper mail ( *Nike recycles worn-out sneakers, submitted pre-washed for odor removal, into Nike Grind, a material used to create athletic and playground surfaces and more ( ReuseShoesFAQs). *Students in K-12 schools across the continental U.S. and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose all brands of plastic markers, including dry-erase and highlighters. A minimum of 100 markers and up to 40 pounds is the suggested package. Crayola’s Colorcycle program provides prepaid FedEx shipping labels via *Rubber bands can be donated to local schools or to the post office for mail carriers’ use. *Donate old cell phones to charities. Because it reduces the need for coltan, an African ore mined in endangered gorilla habitat, zoos in San Diego, Oklahoma City, Oakland and Cincinnati are among those collecting cell phones for recycling. Check and savingspecies/recycle-your-cell-phone. * takes the guesswork out of gift giving. A user

can select a date night at a favorite spot, a donation to charity or any item. It’s not limited to a particular store or occasion. Avoid unwanted gifts and the guilt of regifting.

*Use to swap children’s clothing and keep clothes out of landfills. The most Earth-conscious option is to reduce, re-use, then recycle or donate to charities.

challenge at She notes, “Since I started working toward zero waste, I have more confidence, am able to speak up about less waste and am mindful when I shop.”

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In May, Johnson toured 16 countries in 17 days giving presentations. “Surprisingly, we often had to open another room because interest was higher than expected. In Russia, they broadcasted my talk to 17 cities,” she says. Johnson learned that many countries have no waste collection or recycling programs. Plastic bottles, bags and trash litter many landscapes. “Life in the United States is different. Here, we have bigger houses, need more and create more waste. Elsewhere, grocery shopping is done daily instead of weekly, produce is local, seasonal and sustainable instead of imported,” she observes. “In a way, it’s easier to go zero waste there because they’re using just what they need. Everyone deserves a place to live and life’s necessities. Past that comfort level, it’s excess.” Johnson sees rapid changes underway in consumer thinking and is hopeful looking forward. “I don’t want to tell others how to live. I just want to share our experiences. The United States’ example has a huge impact worldwide. Zero waste is the necessary lifestyle of the future, and it begins at home.” Connect with the freelance writer via September 2018


and knee replacements performed twice as often now as in 2000. Although conventional medicine maintains that drugs, surgery and reduced activity are inevitable, a new generation of clinicians disagree. They’ve seen how by losing weight, fighting inflammation with wholesome food and supplements, exercising smart and exploring science-backed integrative therapies, patients can manage the root causes of joint pain and find relief. “We have many tools at our disposal to halt or slow the progression of arthritis so most people never have to have surgery,” says Doctor of Naturopathy Casey Seenauth, a staff physician at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Pain Relief Center, in Tempe, Arizona.

The term “arthritis” can conjure images of aging cartilage worn thin by years of overuse. Yet this common type, known as osteoarthritis, is just one of many joint pain culprits. Rheumatoid arthritis, which manifests in swelling and pain

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hirty-seven percent of American adults 18 and older suffer from arthritis—a catch-all term for a dozen varieties of joint disease—according to the nonprofit Arthritis Foundation. One in two men and two in three women 65 or older may have it, estimates a recent Boston University study. Due to increasing obesity rates and autoimmune disorders, it’s also impacting 8 million Millennials, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I’m seeing higher rates, more severe 26

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cases and more of them in younger people. It’s an epidemic no one is talking about,” says Dr. Susan Blum, a Rye Brook, New York, physician and author of Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally. About 65 percent of patients try to treat joint pain with daily anti-inflammatory drugs that can damage the stomach and kidneys. Many work and exercise less due to pain, making arthritis the leading cause of disability. More than 1 million undergo expensive, risky surgeries annually, with hip

in the hands, wrists, feet or toes, arises when the body’s immune system attacks itself, destroying tissue around the joints. Spondyloarthritis inflames the spine and sometimes the eyes and gut. Infections like Lyme disease, parvovirus and hepatitis B can also ignite arthritic joint pain. Inflammation may exacerbate them all, so an anti-inflammatory program can typically provide relief, says Blum. Serious forms might require more aggressive treatments; a visit with an integrative clinician is an important first step.

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About one-third of obese people have arthritis, and research shows that with every pound lost, joint pain diminishes— the lighter the load, the less the pressure on joints. A Wake Forest University study


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of knee osteoarthritis patients showed that with each 10 pounds lost, 40 pounds of pressure is lifted from the knee. “But it’s not simply about the load on the joints,” says Blum. Fat cells release compounds called inflammatory cytokines, which can boost inflammation and pain. And new research from the University of Rochester, in New York, suggests that obesity may also impair the gut microbiome (beneficial bacteria lining the gastrointestinal tract), further exacerbating arthritis. “There is no doubt that the gut bacteria are involved in the onset and

perpetuation of inflammation and pain in arthritis,” says Blum. When researchers fed mice the equivalent of a “cheeseburger and milkshake” diet for 12 weeks, doubling their body fat, they found more pro-inflammatory bacteria in their colon, more cartilage deterioration than in lean mice and more inflammation in their knees.

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Blum explains that dysbiosis, an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract, can damage its fragile lining, allowing bits of bacteria to enter the bloodstream and

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by Lisa Marshall Curcumin: Derived from turmeric (Curcuma longa), this bright yellow culinary spice has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent in Asia for centuries. Today, it’s used as an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which can wreak havoc on the stomach and kidneys if taken long term, according to Naturopath Casey Seenauth. One industry-sponsored review concluded that 1,000 milligrams (mg) per day of curcumin can rival a NSAID like Advil for relief of pain and inflammation. Collagen or gelatin: Integrative medicine practitioners have long prescribed gelatin powder made from animal connective tissue to provide the nutrients required for joint regeneration. Supplement makers have developed arthritis-specific collagen supplements in which the gelatin is broken down for better absorption. A Chinese study of 500 rheumatoid arthritis patients found that collagen derived from chicken cartilage improved symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling in joints. Plant-based options are available. Glucosamine: This classic tissue-building block has been shown in multiple studies to slow cartilage loss associated with osteoarthritis. Taken long enough, it can also ease pain, says Seenauth. “People often take it, don’t feel anything right away and quit. Give it time.” He recommends 2,000 mg per day for at least six to eight weeks. Fish oil: Omega-3 fatty acids like eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are established anti-inflammatories. A Korean University review of 10 trials involving nearly 400 rheumatoid arthritis patients found that those taking more than three grams per day of omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduced their reliance on NSAIDs and had less pain. Probiotics: While their impact on pain reduction isn’t clearly known, many studies show that certain strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium can boost immune function, repair damaged gut lining and reduce system-aggravating inflammation, says Dr. Susan Blum. She recommends products containing a mixed blend of 20 billion to 30 billion colony-forming units (CFU) per capsule.

ignite an autoimmune response. Dysbiosis can be kick-started by antibiotics, drugs like proton pump inhibitors, bad diet or stress, says Blum, who battled autoimmune arthritis after her son had a traumatic accident. For curbing arthritis through the gut microbiome, the science is young. A few small human studies conducted in China and Finland suggest that ingesting specific strains of Lactobacillus (including casei, acidophilus, reuteri and rhamnosus) and Bifidobacterium (bifidum and infantis) may decrease inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. In the University of Rochester study, overweight mice fed prebiotics (indigestible fibers that good bacteria feed on) had less arthritis progression. Blum recommends taking antimicrobial herbs like oregano oil to heal a gut overgrown with bad bacteria and a high-quality probiotic supplement to replenish good bacteria. She also suggests ditching processed food and products with refined sugar, along with known allergens like gluten, soy and dairy, which can September 2018


spawn inflammation. Avoid nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, which anecdotally have been suggested to aggravate joint pain. Overall, strive for a plant-based diet high in fiber, colorful, antioxidant-rich vegetables and “good” fats. One recent Michigan State University study found that when osteoarthritis patients switched to a plant-based diet for six weeks, they experienced less pain than those in the meat-eating control group.

Exercise Smart

When joint pain begins to flare up, a carefully chosen workout may be exactly what’s needed for relief. A.J. Gregg, a chiropractor in Flagstaff, Arizona, says, “There is an element of ‘use-it-or-lose it’.” The proper exercise depends partly on which joints are affected. He notes that properly executed strength training exercises like lifting weights can stabilize muscles around joints, easing strain and preventing arthritis from accelerating. Low-impact aerobic exercises like cycling or swimming can fuel the production and flushing of fluids through the joints without overloading them. Tai chi can improve range of motion. Even running, long falsely maligned as a precursor to arthritis, can help prompt cartilage cells to divide and replenish faster, research suggests. A study of 75,000 runners by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California, found that they were less likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee than less active people. A subsequent paper by University of Illinois researchers found that while each running step levels more force on joints than a walking step, the foot hits the ground less often, so when it comes to wear and tear, it approximates the effect of walking. “Running doesn’t set people up for earlier development of osteoarthritis, and can in fact be protective,” says Gregg, stressing that proper form, a soft running surface and moderation are all important.

Regenerative Injections

For more advanced cases of osteoarthritis, Seenauth recommends regenerative injections such as prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. For PRP, doctors draw some of the patient’s blood and spin it down with a centrifuge to isolate platelets loaded with growthpromoting compounds. Then, they inject the platelets into the joint. A study of 78 patients with knee osteoarthritis published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that those receiving one or two PRP injections had significantly less pain and better function six months later, while the placebo group worsened. In prolotherapy, doctors inject natural substances like dextrose and saline into the joint two to three times for six to eight weeks to promote production of collagen and other tissue-regenerating compounds. “Rather than inject a steroid, which provides a short-term fix by suppressing the immune response, we inject a concentrated 28

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solution that ignites the body’s natural healing response,” says Seenauth.

A Mind-Body Approach

Natural joint pain remedies also encompass acupuncture and meditation. In the UK, a University of York meta-review of 114 studies exploring 22 integrative or complementary therapies for arthritis, including strength and aerobic exercise training, found acupuncture to have the most studies completed and the most promising results. “Acupuncture can be considered as one of the more effective physical treatments for alleviating osteoarthritis knee pain in the short term,” concluded the authors. University of Auckland researchers, in New Zealand, recruited 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients and assigned half to a program of mindfulness-based stress reduction, described by researchers as

“the cultivation of nonjudgmental attention to unwanted thoughts, feelings and bodily experiences via meditation.” While the meditation group saw no change in levels of inflammatory markers in the blood or the number of swollen joints, they did report significantly less morning stiffness, tenderness and pain. The patients, in essence, trained themselves to experience their symptoms differently. “Pain is not just about nerves detecting a noxious stimulant and sending the signal to your brain. The brain has a whole system for processing these signals, and is also informed by your experiences, emotions and cognition,” says Seenauth, who recommends mindfulness meditation to all of his patients. “With the right nutrition, therapies and state of mind,” he says, “you can significantly reduce the impact joint pain has on your life.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

3 Common Nutrients Vital to Immune Function


by Gloria Moreira y now you may know that vitamin D is an important nutrient for bone health, but did you know that it is also just as critical for good immune system health? And it’s not the only one. Your immune system also requires a range of B vitamins, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E, so it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet to get enough of all the nutrients you need. Vitamin D, iron and zinc are three common deficiencies in the population. Just one of these will impair immune function, but when compounded by all three deficiencies, immune function can really suffer. These people present with many immunerelated symptoms, including allergies, inflammation, rashes and frequent infections. The less obvious symptoms that can signal an

immune system going awry are cold hands, dry eyes, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, patchy hair loss, tingling or numbness in hands and feet, trouble swallowing and changes in bowel movements (diarrhea/constipation). Other red flags indicating impaired immune function are chronic sinus infection, coming down with more than four ear infections in a year (for anyone over the age of four) or having pneumonia more than once. A few important blood tests your physician can order to determine if you have one of these common deficiencies are: a comprehensive metabolic panel; 25-OHD, vitamin D3; and ferritin, total iron and total iron-binding capacity (TIBC). In the comprehensive metabolic panel, a zinc-dependent metalloenzyme called alkaline phosphatase is of special interest. This enzyme when high doesn’t point to an excess of zinc but rather an inflammatory process in the body, so is not clinically significant for zinc deficiency. If this is the case, a red blood cell (RBC) zinc test might then be ordered to rule out zinc deficiency. However, when alkaline phosphatase is low (less than 70), it points to a zinc deficiency or insufficiency. Zinc also plays a

vital role in wound healing, white blood cell formation, maintaining sense of smell and taste and division of cells. Iron is necessary for immune cells’ proliferation and development, particularly white blood cells which are associated with the generation of a specific response to an infection. When these vital nutrient deficiencies are corrected (especially if all three are present), it’s amazing how overall health improves and people get quality of life back. There are other factors contributing to a poorly functioning immune system but these three are key players and, if low, chances are you will have one or more of the symptoms and signs mentioned. Another important contributor to immune function is gastrointestinal health as 75 percent of the immune system is in the gut— but that’s for another article. Gloria Moreira, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., ABAAHP holds a master’s degrees from USF Morsani School of Medicine, in Metabolic Nutrition and Regenerative Medicine. She practices at Pembroke Holistic Center, 1806 N. Flamingo Rd., Ste. 105, Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954-501-2208 and/or visit See ad pages 39 & 49.

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How Sound Deepens Meditation by Dudley Evenson


hen life is stressful, we know we need to relax. The question is how. Many wonderful ways involve combining music with a meditation practice. Although we can’t always control our surroundings, we can learn to control

how we react to and internalize what happens around us. On the value of meditation and mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, observes, “When we do studies of this, we find we can change our brains. We can change our relationship to our emotions. We can change our relationship to the actuality of things in ways that are healing. The immune system responds.” Because sound affects us on all levels—emotional, mental and physical—combining musical processes with our meditation

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practice can be highly effective in easing stress. Cultures worldwide have long used music to lift the spirit and enhance meditation and healing.

Choosing Meditation Music

Choose recorded music that helps calm mental chatter. Here are some criteria. 4 Slow rhythms. These entrain bodily systems, including the heartbeat, pulse, digestion, respiration and muscle functioning, to a more natural rhythm. 4 Natural sounds. They give a sense of peace. 4 Nurturing tones. Typically, these are clear, warm and gentle.
 4 Uplifting, not gloomy. The music should give rise to a sense of joy and beauty.
 4 Absence of hooks and refrains; avoid repetition and familiarity that engage the analytical mind. 4 Flowing. It is soothing and feels akin to nature. 4 Sub-audio frequencies. The presence of these is an optional way to entrain brainwaves to an alpha or theta state that allows relaxation and healing to occur. 4 Intention. It’s important for both the musician and listener. Here are several self-generated ways to further enhance meditation.

Controlling Breath

We can live without food for weeks and water for days, but breath for only minutes. A simple way to begin breath work is by taking a fast, full inhalation, followed by a long, slow exhalation. With practice, both breath control and stress levels will improve.

Vocal Toning

This uses the human voice to produce elongated vowel tones or humming sounds that can empower meditation. It also slows and lengthens our exhalation by putting a brake on the breath. Begin by taking a deep breath and then, with the mouth open, make a simple vowel tone such as ahh or ohh. With the exhalation pushing out a sound, the tone follows naturally.

Mantra and Chant

Mantras can keep the demons of our monkey mind from distracting us. The word means “mind protection” in Sanskrit. A mantra is characterized by a short sound or phrase that carries a vibration and frequency that extends beyond the simple meaning of the words. Using mantras can help overcome mental chatter, de-stress and set us up for an expansion of consciousness. Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, documented a phenomenon he named “the relaxation response”. His research discovered that those that repeated mantras for even 10 minutes a day experienced physiological changes—a reduced heart rate, slower metabolism and lower stress levels, all of which allow the body to return to a more natural state of wellness.

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Singing Affirmations

Research led by Carnegie Mellon University’s David Creswell found that people using self-affirmation also can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving performance. An affirmation is a positive statement spoken in the present tense asserting that a desired goal is already achieved. With sufficient repetition and focused intention, declaration becomes reality. Adding a melody to our affirmation and singing it repeatedly enhances its power. Mind-body expert Dr. Deepak Chopra agrees, stating, “Music helps to take the affirmations to a deeper level of the mind so that a process of emotional and spiritual transformation can start.” We are constantly affirming in our mind what we believe. With perseverance, repetition and steadfast belief in them, the words of our affirmations become a part of us. Before long, we notice we are achieving what we may have previously thought was impossible. Accessing the rich array of music and sound modalities available can help deepen meditation, decrease stress and allow us to benefit from a higher and much improved quality of life. Dudley Evenson and her husband, Dean, are sound healing pioneers who have produced award-winning music since 1979 through their label, Soundings of the Planet. Their new book is Quieting the Monkey Mind: How to Meditate with Music. Learn more at September 2018


Shingles and Homeopathic Treatment

by Dr. Iqbal Nazir


hingles or herpes zoster occurs when the dormant chickenpox virus, varicella-zoster, is reactivated in nerve tissues. The rash can be accompanied by itching, burning and/or deep pain. Early signs of shingles include tingling and localized pain. The rash quickly develops fluid filled blisters similar to chicken pox, most common on the torso and face. Shingles itself is not contagious, however varicella-zoster virus will remain in the nerve tissue for the rest of one’s life in an inactive state. If the person’s immune system can’t contain the virus, the virus could then activate again years later. This could cause the person to develop shingles. According to the manufacturer of the shingles vaccine, the following are its side effects: n Postherpetic neuralgia (the burning that continues long after the shingles rash clears) n Nerve pain n Vision loss n Retinitis (nerve damage to the retina) n Hearing loss n Vertigo and inner ear nerve damage n Cardiovascular injuries n Heart attack n Stroke n Neurological infections

Meningitis Encephalitis n Disseminated varicella (when the shingles virus spreads to other organs) n Secondary bacterial infections from the shingles rash n Death n n

Homeopathic Treatment

In contrast to the conventional approach of suppressive antiviral medications, homeopathy offers a quicker and more effective approach to treating shingles. A weakened immune system is more prone

to herpes infections such as shingles as well as other illnesses. Homeopathic medicines act from within and positively influence the immune system and enhance the body’s own healing capacity. When the body is empowered with the energetic boost of the homeopathic medicine, the pain, discomfort, progress and spread of shingles are effectively neutralized. Additionally, with the homeopathic approach, the recurrence of the illness is also diminished. One homeopathic remedy worth mentioning, as it tends to be helpful in a large number of shingles cases, is rhus toxicodendron (made from poison ivy). This remedy clearly demonstrates the main homeopathic principle of “like cures like”. If you are sensitive to poison ivy and have ever brushed against it, you are familiar with the painful blistering rash it can cause. This rash remarkably resembles the shingles rash. If poison ivy can cause this type of rash, it can also cure the same when made into homeopathic dilution. Homeopathy can help at every stage of shingles as well as its complications. For greater pain relief, quicker recovery from shingles and a healthy boost to your immune system, consult Dr. Nazir, specialist homeopath. Homeopathic remedies are also excellent for curing many skin conditions and symptoms, including psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. Dr. Nazir’s office is located in Pembroke Pines. For a free consultation, call 954-2263652. See ad page 50 You should not use this information as a means of diagnosing a health problem or disease, or as a means of determining treatment, or as a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult your licensed health care provider for any individual medical advice.


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Stretching for Healthy Joints M by Louise Goldberg any individuals are drawn to yoga because of their natural flexibility. Encouraged to stretch to their limits and beyond, they enjoy the sense of freedom they experience in postures. The urge to push through every pose and overcome the body’s efforts at resistance can be intoxicating. Continuing in this type of intense stretching practice, however, sometimes has consequences. Many students begin to complain about joint distress—sometimes with a nagging pain in the lower back or intermittent stiffness in their neck, hips or knees. It is often the case that practitioners do those forms of exercise they most enjoy while omitting those that they most need. A well-trained yoga teacher will guide her/his students to take responsibility for their own bodies. This means creating a balanced practice that includes strengthening components and not overdoing stretching. When the limbs are stretched, the body responds with resistance—a feeling most yoga students recognize. This serves a purpose. It’s the body’s mechanism to protect the joints from becoming unstable and the muscles from injury. This is the “stretch reflex” as explained by yoga anatomist Mel Robin in his Handbook for Yogasana Teachers (2009). With deep stretching, the muscle (spindle) fibers that attach to the tendons within the muscle send a warning to the brain. This message registers as discomfort or resistance. If the movement is forceful, the muscles will contract even more rather than stretch—the opposite of what one hopes to accomplish. That’s why bouncing or pushing through a painful stretch may result in injury. If, however, the practice is gentle and mindful—with slow, moderate stretching— the results differ. This allows the (Golgi) organ within the tendon to have time to “sense” the stretch and release the muscle fibers, resetting the tension in the stretch

reflex, according to Robin. When someone raises the thermostat on the A/C unit to a warmer temperature, it takes longer before the unit kicks on to cool the room. In a similar way, the more the muscle relaxes into the

stretch, the more the resistance in the joint decreases, and the less likely pain or injury will occur. In addition to learning how to stretch safely, it’s also important to understand the

anatomy of movement within the body. Simply put, bones support the weight of the body, joints provide flexibility within the skeleton and muscles pull on bones to enable movement. Orthopedic surgeon and yoga therapist Ray Long describes the factors influencing the mobility and stability of joints in Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine (2014). These include the shape of the bone, the stability of the soft tissue surrounding the joint and the stability of the muscles that facilitate the movement of the joint. Some joints, such as hips, are highly mobile “ball and socket” type. The head of the long thigh bone (femur) fits into the indentation (acetabulum) within the three bones that form the hip. This joint has a much greater range of motion than the knee, for example, which is a hinge joint. Its movement is more like a door which can open and close but lacks the circular motion afforded the hip. Understanding the type of motion that a joint is capable of helps practitioners use them in the most beneficial ways. The soft tissues include the ligaments that connect bones, the capsule of the joint and its lining. Ligaments are stabilizers and do not have the same elasticity as muscles. That’s why it’s essential to recognize the natural limitations that the shape of the joints sets for joint motion and never force joints into painful positions.

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The muscles that attach at the joint pull on the bones making movement (articulation) possible. At every joint, there are muscles that contract (agonists) to move the bones and muscles that resist that movement (antagonists) to protect the joint. The reason that this is important is because of the tendency to focus on the stretch while working a joint in yoga. The stretching muscle is the place of resistance. Remember, forcing a stretch puts the joints and muscles at risk, so it’s imperative to heed the resistance as one would a yellow light in traffic: Proceed with caution! Now that it’s clear why not to force the stretch, how to safely deepen the pose? This is where the muscles that contract (agonists) become one’s allies. To stretch the hamstrings while lying on the back, for example, it’s tempting to force the torso closer to the thighs or pull the thigh in the direction of the head. This type of motion activates resistance to inhibit the motion and puts the knee joint


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and hamstrings at risk of injury. To perform this stretch safely, instead enlist the aid of the quadriceps in the front of the thighs. By consciously contracting these muscles—drawing them back toward the femur bone and up toward the hip—stability is created to protect the knee joint. While tightening the muscles in front of the thigh, maintain awareness of the hamstrings and invite them to lengthen. Using steady, rhythmic breathing, allow, rather than force, these muscles to slowly and comfortably release. If the hamstring is really tight, it may help to fluctuate between small moves that bend and then straighten the knee throughout this hold. By alternating effort and relaxation of the muscle that is being stretched, the fibers have time to adjust to the lengthening process and gain a safe and lasting stretch without putting the joint at risk. To summarize, here are tools for protecting joints in yoga: n Never force movement. n Become educated about how the

joints are meant to move. n Use the muscles whose job it is to pull the bone while simultaneously allowing the opposing muscle to ease into the stretch. n Develop a practice that includes a balance of strengthening and stretching in all parts of the body. n Attend to all warning signs to avoid injury. n Honor and respect the body. Hopefully, it will last a long, long time!

Louise Goldberg, MA, C-IAYT, RYT500 is the owner/director of the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach and the anatomy instructor for the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. She is the author of Classroom Yoga Breaks and Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs. The center is located at 827 SE 9th St., Deerfield Beach. For more information, call 954-427-2353, email and/or visit See ad pages 42 & 44.

Breast Cancer:

10 Steps – Before, During & After by Dr. Yolanda Cintron


hy cancer? Why me? Why now? Associated with intimacy, with our sensuality and feeding our offspring, it can define us and devastate us. In the last few months, I have met a few young women in their early 30s with stage 4 cancer. The toxic loads that we are exposing ourselves to in our society are overwhelming to our immune systems. We are not bouncing back because we are not allowing our bodies to rest, detoxify and regenerate. Why should a body that was created by God to heal itself perfectly be malfunctioning at the early age of 30? As a dentist for 31 years my philosophy has evolved into an integrative, holistic, biological, reconstructive and regenerative approach—this was my choice. I never saw people as parts. I was intrigued on how a tooth infection could give my patient an infected heart and die. Every time, no matter how often I see it, I am blown away when my breast cancer patients have had root canals on teeth on a breast meridian. Every month I see younger people devastated with news of cancer and other degenerative diseases. We need to take a stand and change our choices because the two most frequent regulatory blockages are dental heavy metal burdening and incorrect colonization of the gut with intestinal disorders arising from the impact of the toxicity in the gut. A great alternative doctor will have a protocol to first address the oral toxicity and infections and send patients that are battling cancer to a biological dentist. Often in my office I have seen toxic loads caused by toxic metals and bacterial overgrowth, bone infections changing the gut flora causing illnesses. A recent toxic load that we are becoming

aware of is metal fillings or mercury fillings. If you have a mercury filling and are using a cell phone, beware. The cell phone is a microwave that is driving the mercury into the jawbone, into the cells. Being that it is electrical and a toxin, it changes the electricity of the cells and has an impact on the brain and mercury changes the gut flora and the biofilm. Do not place a cell phone in your bra either. We pray that you have a revelation; do not wait, take action NOW! Here are some steps to heal from the inside out: 1. Get empowered, educate yourself and implement what you learn. 2. Stop blaming; make a decision to take control of your health, your life is dependent on it. 3. If what you are doing got you sick, it is not working. Be willing to change. Let’s find out the root causes and eradicate them NOW! (toxic loads in your mouth) 4. Take into consideration what habits you need to replace. For example, instead of sitting on the couch, change that behavior to working out. 5. Love your bed; you need 8 hours of regenerative sleep. 6. Turn WiFi off in your house when you sleep or go all the way and get grounded Ethernet wires and a landline instead of wireless. 7. NEVER do chelation therapy before metal removal. Remove toxins first. Chelation therapy will pull toxic metals like mercury and lead out of your oral restorations and push them into your gut, nervous system, kidneys, brain, etc. 8. Get involved in the community and become accountable with your health journey! Join our new discussion group on Facebook: Dr. Yolie

Reclaiming Health Group. We want to hear your questions, concerns and knowledge to share with the community about these issues. Let’s create a movement of people who are proactive and will say no to cancer and other illnesses. Ask questions, be opened minded, become creative. 9. Get even more educated. Subscribe to our Dr. Yolie newsletter at D r Yolie . com . T his mont h we will feature an inter view with Jonathan Landsman, founder of, which will focus on the root causes of different illnesses. Also, for detailed scientific information on the connection between oral health and overall health, go to to hear dozens of health experts uncovering these truths. 10. The most important one of all is your connection with the living God, because He weaved you inside your mother’s womb, and knows how many hairs you have in your head. He knows us perfectly and he is the One that truly heals us. Love, Dr. Yolie This month, join us in our free lecture series “Reclaiming Health” as we are honored to have Dr. Linda Huxtable discuss “Breast Cancer and Other Degenerative Diseases, How It Shows in the Mouth, and the Latest Alternative Treatments & Tools to Heal the Body.” Come meet the doctors and get your questions answered. When: 9am-3pm, Saturday, September 15. Where: The Westin, Fort Lauderdale. RSVP Info@ or call 954-938-4599.

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Lessons from a 10-Pound Yogi


by Lori Cardona s I sat down to write this article, I wanted to honor the teachers and teachings that led me to a dedicated path of interfaith spirituality. As the co-founder of Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary, in Fort Lauderdale, I am charged with the task of expanding the minds and hearts of seminarians who are newly exposed to information that requires flexibility of consciousness and possibly a change of preconceived religious notions. However, while I was considering who and what to write about, my little 15-year-old dog/guru Wilson began a steady and rapid decline of health. On the morning of July 26, he asked to go outside, sat in the grass a while, then came back in and took his last breath. I held him in my arms and said goodbye to the physical presence of one of my greatest spiritual teachers. Wilson was my 10-pound yogi, a true minister to me and to all who were blessed by his relentless love. Every religion asks for our humility, our surrender, our willingness to strive for the release of ego’s strong grip so that we can rise above pettiness and learn to love steadily, forgive readily. Even in the worst of times we have a sacred choice. We can angrily fight the tides of circumstance or we can stand strong in our inner knowing that divine order is moving us in the direction of our spiritual growth. For Wilson, this knowing seemed to be innate and second nature, with no signs of distraction from his commitment to a life of inner peace. He withstood my clumsy parenting when I got soap in his pretty eyes at bath time, or when my frequent missteps landed my foot on his little paw, causing us both to make yelping sounds and, for a moment, leap away from each other. He always bounced back, came


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quickly to me without reprimand, simply stretching like a yogi then snuggling close. He brought me quiet lessons in humility, love, tolerance, patience and forgiveness. This “knowing” and easy love so apparent in Wilson is a capability we all have. Deep within our hearts, we all know that our difficult experiences are temporary and somewhat less significant than the tremendous and often excess energy we put into them. It is our soul’s journey, our life of sacred contracts that land us in experiences we sometimes don’t understand. In our confusion and angst, we forget to handle our challenges with a willingness to learn and be led by spirit’s whisper. We forget to surrender to the lessons with an open heart and an open mind, to ask only for the direction of The Divine. And yet, every time, after we are done kicking and screaming about “why me”, we find an answer that has blessings disguised, doors opened and comforts waiting. As we grow more in spiritual intentions and dedications, we begin to take another look at the importance of our inner world, the light within, the wisdom within, and ultimately, the ever-present peace within. Just like little Wilson, we surrender to the simple truth of our spiritual self, our sacred self of service and love. We get in touch with our divine nature. We pray, we praise, we forgive, we love. And then again, like Wilson, we snuggle in close and rest. Reverend Lori Cardona is founder and spiritual leader of LMC Interfaith Ministries. She teaches an interfaith perspective on A Course in Miracles, at 7 p.m., every Thursday, at Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy., Bay 2, Oakland Park. She is also cofounder and dean of Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary. For more information, email See ad page 7 & 50.



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eart disease and chronic illnesses like diabetes, Alzheimer’s and inflammatory bowel disease are reaching alarming rates in this country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 71 percent of all healthcare spending in the U.S. goes toward treating people with multiple chronic conditions.


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Plant-dominant diets have a profound and universal effect on disease prevention, and often pose the potential for reversal. Enlightened institutions like the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in Loma Linda, California, are now offering resident physicians specialized studies in lifestyle medicine based on therapeutic applications of diet. Founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, international speaker and bestselling author Dr. Michael Greger, whose How Not to Die book now has a companion cookbook, is at the forefront of the growing conscious eating for wellness movement. The conclusions he’s drawn from his own practice are supported by the largest study to date on disease risk factors, the Global Burden of Disease, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “The number one cause of death and cause of disability in the United States is our diet. Genetics loads the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. Genes are not our destiny,” Greger says.

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Eating superfoods slows inflammation, a major factor in myriad health conditions, and fosters an internal environment that opposes cancer cells. According to Greger, 38

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incorporating nutrient-dense foods into our daily diet need not feel like a chore or sacrifice. “If you eat junk, not only are you feeding your precious body crummy fuel, but you’re missing out on choices that are health-promoting,” says Greger, whose free Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen phone app helps make the switch easy and intriguing. “I’m a fan of techniques for getting more plants on our plates,” says Greger. “Try using meat as more of a condiment or flavoring. Find entrées you already like and make them more plant-friendly. For instance, try replacing the taco meat with lentils spiced with traditional taco seasonings.” Other helpful tips include tapping a family member, friend or colleague eager to support healthy choices. It can be difficult to be the only one eating healthfully in any group, but having a support system can help make the transition easier.

Superfoods as Allies

According to Jennifer Di Noia, Ph.D., of William Paterson University of New Jersey, in Wayne, superfoods have 17 nutrients in common that are critical to the prevention of chronic disease, based on findings of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Institute of Medicine. Phytochemicals are the body’s best source of antioxidants to help fortify

cells against cancer and premature aging, as well as reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of dementia. Leafy greens such as collards, beet tops and certain lettuces, along with cruciferous vegetables, pack the most punch. Surprisingly, popular kale came in at number 15 on the CDC list of 41 superfoods, scoring only 49 out of 100 points for phytonutrient value. Results of an in vitro study published by the journal Nutrition Research spotlight the cholesterolreducing benefits of steamed collard

Today’s 26 Top Superfoods watercress Chinese cabbage chard beet greens spinach (cooked) chicory leaf lettuce

parsley Romaine lettuce collard greens turnip greens mustard greens endive chive

kale dandelion greens red pepper arugula broccoli pumpkin Brussels sprouts

scallion kohlrabi cauliflower cabbage carrot

Source: Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach, a study led by Jennifer De Noia, Ph.D., in Preventing Chronic Disease, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit Dr. Michael Greger’s nonprofit website for free diet information.

greens and their ability to boost the body’s natural cholesterol blockers by 13 percent more than the pharmaceutical drug Cholestyramine.

Results as Reward

Greger reminds us that changing our diet can be initially daunting, but better health is worth the effort, as exemplified by one of his leading cases. “I met with an obese, middleaged man with Type 2 diabetes in the beginning stages of diabetic neuropathy. After a month of being on a plant-based diet, he had reversed his diabetes and his nerve pain disappeared. Within three months, he no longer needed medications for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Two decades later, he remains vigorous and free of chronic disease.” Greger’s greatest reward is seeing people enjoying better health. His joy is evident when he confides, “Stories of people regaining health charge my batteries and make me jump out of bed in the morning.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer and author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at

Yoga is an art and science of living. ~Indra Devi September 2018


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Living with Cat Allergies Simple Home Solutions that Help by Karen Shaw Becker


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n estimated 10 percent of Americans are allergic to household pets, withsensitivities to cats twice as common as to dogs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Most people with cat allergies react to Fel d 1, a protein found on cat skin, although other cat allergens are found on the fur, in saliva and even in their urine, reports a study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The tiny Fel d 1 protein attached to a piece of airborne cat hair or skin can linger in the air for hours—much longer than a similarly released dog allergen. It’s also sticky, readily attaching to human skin and clothing, and can even easily transfer to cat-free public locations such as a classroom. Male cats tend to produce more of this allergenic protein than females, especially if they’re not neutered. However, all cats produce the Fel d 1 protein, and it’s unrelated to the amount of feline dander or shedding. Thus, no truly hypoallergenic cat breed exists, yet some breeds may be better for allergic pet lovers, say Austrian researchers in a study published in the journal Clinical and Translational Allergy. Many people are able to build up tolerance to their kitty over time. Before starting a relationship, first ensure the allergy is not severe. If allergy symptoms are more of a nuisance than a serious health threat, some options can help minimize the problem at home:

4 Consider making the bedroom of any affected family member a cat-free zone. 4 Purchase a high-quality air purifier to clean the air of allergens and other pollutants. 4 To prevent a buildup of allergens indoors, replace carpeting with hard flooring and drapes and curtains with non-fabric window coverings and if possible, avoid upholstered furniture. 4 Clean the house often and thoroughly, including any surfaces that trap pet hair and dander like couch covers, pillows, bedding and pet beds. 4 Wash bed linens at least weekly in hot water. 4 Wash hands after handling the cat. After snuggling together, consider taking a shower and shampoo before retiring in order to avoid bringing kitty allergens to bed. 4 Feed kitty an anti-inflammatory (grainfree), balanced and species-appropriate diet. Reducing or eliminating the allergenic and genetically modified (GMO) foods a cat eats reduces the allergenic quality of their saliva. 4 Ensure optimal levels of essential fatty acids in their diet to reduce shedding and dander. 4 Bathe the cat regularly, taking care to use only a safe, non-drying, herbal animal shampoo. Karen Shaw Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (




Sometimes called the “longhaired Siamese” for its luxurious coat, Balinese cats nevertheless produce less of the Fel d 1 protein than other breeds.


Russian Blue

Despite a short, double coat that is silky and plush to the touch, this cat also produces less Fel d 1 protein. They’re known for their loyalty and playful personality.



Bengals’ uniquely fine fur requires less grooming than many others. Because they spend less time licking their fur, it contains less saliva and their dander is less likely to spread.


Devon Rex

The soft, short and curly coat of this playful breed—known for remaining “kittens at heart”—may normally include bare, furless patches. They shed less than many others.


Oriental Shorthair

The Oriental Shorthair encompasses more than 300 different colors and patterns, all with short, fine coats for minimal shedding. Regular grooming helps control dander.


Cornish Rex

Similar to the Devon Rex, but with a curly fur coat, the Cornish Rex has only a soft undercoat of down hair, compared with a typical three layers, including an undercoat, middle “awn” hair and outer guard hair, so they shed less.

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A hairless cat, the Sphynx has no fur to trap allergens from their saliva. However, the Fel d 1 protein will still be present.



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Creating a Positive School Year Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC


Dear Karen Kaye, How can I help my son make this a more positive and productive school year? He often waits until the last minute to do his homework which leads to stress and family conflict. Please give me guidance.

Thanks, Julie


Dear Julie, Many of the parents and children that I work with currently, as well as over the course of 37 years in practice, have the same or similar complaints. It is important, Julie, to “nip this in the bud” since this will cloud your child’s experience and memories of school, his selfconfidence and your relationship with him. This isn’t the kind of problem that your son will outgrow; it will most likely worsen with time My advice is to start where you have the most power… over yourself (your actions and your reactions). Have you created a well thought-out plan of action for your son’s homework? Are you or another appropriate adult checking over his work? If you don’t have this routine in place, create one as it will help the problems subside. Discipline as well as

learning self-discipline (for your son) is crucial for establishing a healthy routine and positive self-esteem. If your son is not compliant, you may need professional help to return the power back to its rightful owner—you! In addition, how much of this argument comes from you? Does your son perceive you as critical or perfectionistic? If so, you need to tone down your expectations. Speak to him in a more child-appropriate, positive tone in order to get his attention. If you get angry, try to find some compassion for how he is feeling. If that doesn’t work, leave the room and take a moment to calm down, returning later to show your son you are trying to work it out with him—but not to the point where he can take over. To help build your son’s self-esteem, allow him to make and meet measurable, realistic,

age-appropriate tasks and provide him with praise, praise, praise. Teach him to stretch to the next step, without breaking him. Always believe in him. That belief will raise his selfworth and encourage him to believe in himself which is more important than any school assignment. [Note: These suggestions are not meant to replace quality counseling with me or another qualified professional.] Many thanks, Karen L. Kaye, LMHC Karen L. Kaye, licensed mental health counselor, has been in private practice for more than 35 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. Reach her at 954-384-1217 and/or visit See ad page 48.

September 2018


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Saturday, September 1 Special SusieQ Art Exhibit Opening Night — 6-10pm. A major retrospective, more than 30 pieces. Exhibit runs Sept 1-27. Free. The Village Design Gallery and Atelier, 600 Breakers Ave, Ft Lauderdale 33304. For appointment/tour with the artist at the gallery, call 954.630.1610. For gallery hours, call 954.302.2922.

Thursday, September 13 An Environmental Art Journey, Finding Purpose ~ A Path of Self-Discovery & Q/A with SusieQ Wood — 6:30-8:30pm. In tandem with local artists-in-residence, the show called Unearthed (runs Sept 7-Oct 26). Free. Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 NE 1st St, Pompano Beach 33060. 954.786.7824.

Saturday, September 15 Reclaiming Health: Breast Cancer the Untold Story — 9am–4pm. Health lecture series featuring Doctors Yolanda Cintron and Linda Huxtable. Learn of the latest technologies in the biological medical community. Free.


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mark your calendar Yoga Center Deerfield Beach 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Westin Hotel, 400 Corporate Dr, Ft Lauderdale 33334. Tickets & registration, 954.938.4599..

JoAnn Evans leads the class, complying with Yoga Alliance standards for 200-hour teacher certification.

Thursday, September 20

Classes begin October 7, 2018 Meets Sundays 8am–5pm through April 28, 2019

SusieQ Wood’s Environmental Art Meets Ocean Conservancy— 6:30-8:30pm. Free. A retrospective with slides, Q&A following, sharing the natural awakening of passion through art. Show includes private works of the artist for this evening only. Portion of proceeds benefit Surfrider. The Village Design Gallery and Atelier, 600 Breakers Ave, Ft Lauderdale 33304. 954.302.2922.

Sunday, September 30 Kidney Problems? — Free consultation/treatment, by appointment (herbs not included), with ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine clinic. Treatments observed by the class. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, 100 E Broward Blvd, Ste 100, Ft Lauderdale. Appointments 954.763.9840 ext. 201.

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upcoming events Sunday, January 17, 2019 Awaken Wellness Fair — 10am-5pm. Exhibitor opportunities available for products and services that explore the many paths to healing. Exhibitors sought in four categories: Speakers, Healers, Vendors, Readers. Sign-up now for Early Bird prices as well as sponsorship opportunities. Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Pl (US 1 & Walton Rd), Port St Lucie.

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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. 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.

Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 11am–noon, Free. The 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), Ft Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. Tai Chi — 11am–1:30pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., at Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrew Ave. Oakland Park 954.394.4342. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st 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.

Free Meditation Class—10:15–10:45am. Tools For Happiness – 11am–12:30pm, donation, Buddhists techniques for understanding the mind for a more peaceful life. Website: details for classes. Thubten Kunga Ling Buddhist Center, 201 SE 15th Ter, Suite 206, Deerfield Beach, 954.421.6224.

Spiritual Oasis, a Psychic and Healing Event and Metaphysical Marketplace — 1:30–6pm, third Sunday of each month (except June) $10, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, 33334, Jack, 754.214.1066.

\Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, staffed by Franciscan friars. 2300 NW 9th Ave (Powerline Rd), Wilton Manors, FL 33311, 954.731.8173.

Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 6–7pm. 4th Sunday each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm. Spiritual conversation following chant. Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681.

Elevate your Life! — 11am with Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes. Fuel your week, Enriching Hearts through Timeless Spiritual Principles! Bridges of Wellness, Wilton Plaza, 1881 NE 26th St, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, Call 954.530.6006.

Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) — 7–8:30pm. Meditation followed by uplifting calland-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

Interfaith Sacred Celebrations of Spirit — Weekly on Sunday evenings 6:30–7:30pm at Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution at a Healing Space,1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750.

monday Free Vital Life Force Energy Treatment — every Monday at 10am, total 4 days in a row. Treatment for all ailments, pain or emotional disorders. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy., Bay 2, Oakland Park 33334. Information: 754.214.1066. Meditation Healing Circle — 6:30–7:30pm. $5–$20Love. Expand your vision and heart through Tibetan Palm Healing, Reiki, Crystals, Sound and Meditation. Lisa’s Healing Center, 3170 N Federal Highway, Ste #211K, Lighthouse Point FL 33064, Martha, 954.609.4570. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:30pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Mindful Meditation Monday — 8–9pm. $10. Promote peaceful Body, Mind, and Spirit with Guided Meditation and Reiki. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Suite B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878.

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Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $25 per session. Designed for men and women to learn from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (landline)


wednesday Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Awakened Living Group — 7–8pm Free. Practical spirituality for your journey of spiritual transformation/self discovery. Center For Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334, David, 305.746.0881.

Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–noon. $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. Natural Dental Consultations — 2–4pm. Free. Wondering how your oral health is connected to your body? Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in Natural and Biological Dentistry. Advanced Dental Wellness Center, 104 SE 1st St, Fort Lauderdale, 33301, 954.525.5662. Revitalizing Tuesdays — Holistic Psychic Fair 3–7pm. Free entry, $1 minute sessions. A Day of self-care for body mind and spirit & Evening of Bliss in a Candlelight Sound Healing Meditation 7:30–8:45pm, $17. Yoga Source, 6601 NW 14th St, #11, Plantation, 33313, 786.419.1389 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. Tai Chi — 6:45–8:45pm (and Thurs) Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., @ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park, 954.394.4342. 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. Carole’s Sacred Circles! — 7:30–8:30pm. $15. 1st Tuesday: Reiki & Message; 2nd Tuesday: John Of GOD Circle; 3rd Tuesday: Meditate to Manifest. Jade Wellness, 2717 E Oakland Park Blvd #201 Oakland Park FL. Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.

thursday Meditation/Relaxation Class — 5:45–6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733. Art Stroll 4th Thursdays — 6–9pm, free. Come Stroll the Promenade of Green Turtle Plaza and enjoy an evening of Art and Entertainment. 2 blocks west of A1A, North side of Commercial, Lauderdale by the Sea. info: 954.909.2200. A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30– 7:30pm. Free. Co-Facilitated by Rev. Margarita and Rev. Dr. Nancy, graduate of Dr. Jon Mundy’s All Faiths Seminary International. Sunshine Cathedral, 2nd floor classroom, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 734.395.5857. Third Thursdays Plant-Based Cooking Classes — 6:30–8:30pm. free, 3rd Thursday/month. Demonstration-style class led by plant-based chef Nina Kauder. Each session will take you on a journey to a different part of the world through food. Registration Required. Space is limited. Yello! Creative Arts & Events Center, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Tai Chi — 6:45–8:45pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., @ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park 954.394.4342. Ayurvedic Detoxification — 7–9pm. A focus on maintaining a state of balance and rejuvenation, using ancient wisdom and modern application, traditional detoxification protocols using herbs and other natural methods. Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.580.5973. Reiki Circles for Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Well-being — 7pm, $10. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St, Ste 237, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Rev. Scott Friedman 954.854.7937 for info. Spiritual Evolution Study Group — 7–8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.


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Reiki Circle Meditation — 7:30–9pm (2nd & 4th Thurs/each month) $10. Reiki healing circle, guided meditation lead by Julia and Marguerite. Healing Essence Studio 3081 East Commercial Blvd, Ste. 103 (inside breezeway), Ft. Lauderdale, 954.868.3505.

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, 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, 2709 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Free. Chanting HU can help you feel more relaxed and at peace. HU chant 20 minutes; contemplation for 5 minutes. Dunkin’ Donuts, Espresso Room, 9170 W St Rd 84, Davie, FL 33324. 954.693.5681. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:30pm. $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.

saturday Volunteer ~ Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep / Kids Ecology Corp — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), SusieQ’s available for a 9am “Talkin’ Trash” presentation (sometimes they do a flash art project in the sand with the collected trash). Help save lives and keep beaches litter-free. 300 S Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, (Las Olas & the Beach). Earn community hours. Reiki Healing Circle — 9–10am, Free. Usui Reiki Circle. All are welcome. Love & Light Spiritual Emporium, 1419 E Commercial Blvd. Ste B, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, 954.261.3878. 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.

Integrative Painting Workshops — 10am–4pm, 3rd Thursday and Saturday each month. Groups or one-on-one. Come and experience this deeply fulfilling inner journey facilitated through meditation, painting and the interpretation of colors and symbols. Call for more info: 954.775.5062, Fort Lauderdale. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries — 10:30–11:30am weekly at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30–11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447.

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 — Every 4th Saturday of the month. Noon–5pm with a monthly rotation of vendors. Healing Essence Studio, 3081 E Commercial Blvd, Ste. 103 (inside breezeway), Ft. Lauderdale, 954.868.3505. 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.

Broward Art Guild, Monthly Art Reception — 6:30–9pm, 1st Sat./month. Free, meet and support local artists during the Juried Art Exhibit. Participate in the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Enjoy munchies from Bokampers. Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 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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community resource guide (crg) Throughout the year Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources available for natural health, nutrition, personal growth, green living, fitness and creative expression.

Physical Health Complex


Sandra Herrington, OMD, RN, LMT, CT 2544 No. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-0444


138 NE 1st Ave. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 786-343-7066

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.

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CranioSacral Therapy Perfecting Touch

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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 31.

dental health Advanced Dental Wellness Center

Boris Lipovetskiy, DMD 104 SE 1st St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-525-5662

Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in natural, biological, and cosmetic dentistry offering latest in technology in our relaxing environment. We provide mercury safe dentistry, metal-free braces, and biocompatible metal-free zirconia implants. He specializes in TMJ and sleep apnea. See ad page 19.

community resource guide 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.

FREDDA ROSENBAUM, D.D.S. 2925 Aventura Blvd. #201 Aventura, FL 33180 305-933-3350

Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch. General, Cosmetic, Holistic & Sedation. See ad, page 9.

Dr. Yani Holistic and Healing Dentistry Yani Dixon, DMD 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. See ad page 21.

Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 East Commercial Blvd., Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 A ll


Confidential and compassionate Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediators with legal and mental health backgrounds. Available for divorce, parenting disputes, child support, paternity, alimony and equitable distribution.

phases of dentistry for

optimum health , holistic , bio compatible dentistry.

• Sedation dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with bio-compatible materials • Laser dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/ ceramic implants • Natural bone augmentation / Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad pages 34 and 35.

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. ~Vincent Van Gogh

Gloria Moreira, MMSc, L.Ac.

1806 N. Flamingo Rd. #105 Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 954-501-2208

Get to the cause of symptoms with functional testing. Discover imbalances and obstacles to vitality and receive a comprehensive personalized health improvement plan. Call today! See ad page 39.

gardening The Garden Gate

915 Middle River Drive, Suite 204 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304 1-800-234-7112

The International Center For Dental Excellence


Fine art SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 Artist, Advocate and Speaker. SusieQ creates art with feeling and purpose. She is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones or to hear an inspirational presentation on using art to discover purpose and passion. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Visit her website for more information on taking the Global TRASHformation pledge. Beautiful trashformation jewelry also available using found objects. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad page 4.

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-1189 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!


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.


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.

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community resource guide Holistic Podiatrist Start With Your Feet

Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM The Wellness Center at Post Haste 4401 Sheridan St. Hollywood, FL 33021 954-526-5800 One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation. Offering long distance “customized orthotics” on website online store. #StartWithYourFeet.


2866 E. Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 333061 954-832-1280 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and more, offered by qualified and caring medical staff in a new facility, operating two Perry Baromedical Sigma 36 Chambers. See ad page 8.

KAVA BAR shells kava bar

4646 N University Drive Lauderhill FL 33351 954-769-1226 What’s Kava? Lauderhill’s Relaxation Destination has the finest 100% natural South Pacific Root just for you! Come on down to Shells and have a few! See ad page 42.

homeopathy Homeopathy Cure

Dr. Iqbal Nazir, M.S, D.Pharm, D.H.S. Licensed Lab Medicine Practitioner 954-226-3652

NUTRITION Wellness Living and Nutrition

Sheila Schlegel, MS, RDN, LDN 561-289-5682

Experience health and healing through integrative and functional nutrition approaches. Memberships include comprehensive wellness programs centered around both mental and physical health.

PRONUNCIATION COACH Perfect Your American Accent

Professor Alice Wujciak / woo-jack / 954-963-7661 Upgrade your accent and speak English confidently. “Quick fixes to language issues.”

Natural cure in homeopathy of

the most diseases and symptoms.

massage therapy

No side effects.

Call Dr. Iqbal Nazir, Homeopathic Specialist, for an appointment.

Hyperbaric therapy

Body Shop Massage, LLC

Chris ElKhal, LMT 120 E Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 104 Wilton Manors, FL 33334 954-552-8840 Over 10 years of professionalism and satisfaction specializing in Swedish and Deep Tissue with a hint of Shiatsu, stretching and energy work. Reward yourself! Schedule today. MM38072

hyperbaricsrx llc

Laura H. Betts, ANDI IT, HCO, CHT 4654 North University Drive Lauderhill FL 33351 954-749-9998 Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): We exclusively provide HBOT utilizing hospital grade hyperbaric chambers in a compassionate, professional environment.

Broward County edition

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.

HEALING TOUCH Massage Rema 954-290-7116 Laura 305-793-9052, Broward

Your Home or Office. Neuromuscular bodywork, trigger point. We bring healing therapies tailored to your needs! Nutrition/skin care. Blue Cross/PI provider. Lic # MA12603



REIKI Reiki For You

Rev. Scott Friedman 1881 NE 26th St., Suite 237 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-854-7937 Reiki Circle, Thursdays 7pm Certification Classes all 3 Levels, Private Reiki Tr e a t m e n t s , S p i r i t u a l C o u n s e l i n g & Ye a r l y Burning Bow Ceremony.

community resource guide 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 & jet rejuvenation. Variety of ecofriendly, vegan hair colors like henna. Formaldehyde free keratin & botox.

spiritual centers Bridges of Wellness

1881 NE 26th St #244 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-530-6006

Fuel your week – Heart Gatherings - Sundays @11am. Workshops, Reiki, classes for personal and community enrichment, Accredited Emerson Theological Institute classes, providing practitioner and ministerial training.

tai chi

women’s health

Oneness Tai CHI International

Nourishing Women/ Conscious Feminine Medicine

@ Kimlings Martial Arts Academy, 3550 N Andrews Ave, Oakland Park FL 32209 954-394-4342

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

Wellness Center Natural Health Power Works Dr. Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi, DNM, Ph.D 6974 Griffin Rd., Weston FL 33314 305-720-9099

A l l e rg i e s , a u t i s m , A D H D , detoxification, gastrointestinal health, immune system support, customized nutrition, mood disorders, insomnia. DISCLAIMER: Natural Medicine is complementary healthcare and unintended for diagnosis, prescription or treatment of disease and is not licensed in Florida nor a substitute for medical care.

Dr. Leonor Murciano, PhD, IMD, AP 1806 N. Flamingo Road, Suite 105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 954-450-4548

Integrative Medicine Women O N LY. I n f e r t i l i t y, P M S , Menstrual, Menopause, Immune, Thyroid, Depression, Anxiety, more. Address emotional and mental issues causing dysfunction. Acupuncture, Soma Presencing, Bloodwork, Saliva.

Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon 407 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 10.


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

Spiritual Organization

Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center

2495 East Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale FL 33308 954-491-1591

Yello! is a dynamic, creative arts facility that offers classes in ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, break dance, belly dance and more! In addition to its contribution to the arts, Yello! is a health and wellness advocate. Through workshops and cooking classes in collaboration with Food for Health Foundation, Yello! also offers education to the public on the power of plant-based nutrition.

One World Family Interfaith Council

Dedicated to contributing to stronger communities through a focus on our commonalities regardless of religious tradition. Offering opportunities for self growth through community building events.

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