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What’s happening?

Recent news and upcoming events.






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Climate crisis: Hell on Earth

The harsh facts on climate change and our fossil fuel dependency.

Distance healing: Scam or science

Can an energy healer located in another city or country effectively heal you? If so, how?



Art as therapy

Paint away your problems; the power of art as therapy.


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The Quit Sugar 3 month challenge

The second part of our three-month low sugar challenge, our guinea pigs reveal what happened to their bodies.

Going gluten-free

The ‘why’ and ‘how’ of avoiding gluten in your diet.

Why raw is not always right

Being 100 per cent raw vegan isn’t ideal for everybody.


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Beauty products in your kitchen

Toxin-free, natural homemade skincare.


Tried and tested: Acupuncture facelift

Is going under the needle as effective as going under the knife?




Fast cars and the environment

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Green engineering in Formula 1 and the new all electric F1 series





Mental health and children

Even children suffer depression and anxiety.


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Detox retreat in Turkish paradise

The eight day Raw Food Detox at Turkey’s prime wellness centre, Sianji Wellbeing Resort.

Spa Review: De La Mer Day Spa

Aloe vera and cucumber wrap in a floatation bed.

Retail Therapy

Because shopping can be good for the soul.

Holistic vouchers

Discount vouchers for UAE healers.

UAE Holistic Listings

The A to Z of local holistic services.

Neanderthal Man goes new age

Diary of how life is changing for a 40-something caveman since he met the Tree Hugger. This issue, he does a detox.

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Your guide to holistic and healthy living in the UAE




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’m about to get on a plane to India to do a six-week yoga course. By the time you read this, I’ll be in Rishikesh doing sun salutations. I’ve been wanting to do this yoga retreat for about four years but it can be hard to fit a six-week break around life, work, partner, etc. But now the time has come and all I can say is, what on earth was I thinking? What utter madness ever possessed me to think that this was a good idea? Six weeks! It’s a lifetime! It’s going to hurt and they’ll make me get up really early! Don’t for a second think I’m some bendy, pretzel-like little yoga bunny, goodness me no. I’m about as bendy as a fork. People don’t look at me and think, ‘she does yoga’. They look at me and think, ‘she’s no stranger to a quiet night on the sofa with pizza and popcorn’. But there’s no backing out now. I’ve bought the plane ticket and got my visa. This is it. I’m off to the land of downward dogs. Happily, my husband is going to pop over half way through to do a week of yoga for beginners himself, that’s my lifeline. Anyway! Enough about my life story, let’s have a quick word about what you’ll find in this issue... there’s some good stuff. Distance healing (mindblowing), climate crisis (scary), the results of the three month Quit Sugar challenge (illuminating)... yes, it was me and my husband who did the low sugar challenge. I was hoping the kilos would melt from my body like ice-cream on a hot day but it was not to be. My body is seeemingly very attached to my fat stores and is not going to give them up without a fight. The whole anti-sugar bandwagon that’s now rolling is fascinating though suddenly the sugar industry is being compared to the tobacco industry and being blamed for turning the world obese. Read our summary of The Men Who Made Us Fat on page 23. I’ll let you know how the six weeks of yoga goes in the September-November issue of Awakenings.

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What’s happening in your town 5 June, World Environment Day

UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré are sending an SOS to the world. Their message in the bottle is: “We are all connected. So, every action we take to reduce waste and mitigate climate change counts. Join one of our teams and pledge to make a difference by taking action for WED.”Pick a celeb team and join the challenge at

EEG’s 17th Annual Awarding Ceremony

Emirates Environmental Group celebrates World Environment Day by recognising local efforts towards preserving our environment. This year, EEG will showcase the success of its waste management programme with an awards ceremony on 4 June 2014 for the top recycling collectors of aluminum cans, paper, plastic, toner, glass, mobile phones, and Tetrapak cartons. To be a part of the celebration, email

8 June, World Oceans Day

The global sea level has risen by about 10 to 25 cm (up to about 10 inches) over the last 100 years. Sea level rise is attributable to global warming. Humanity’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are leading to changes in climatic patterns. The most harmful GHG emitted by human activity - carbon dioxide accounts for 85 per cent of the increase in the Earth’s temperature in the past 10 years. When you save energy you reduce the use of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas - the greatest source of human carbon dioxide output. Simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint—like turning off lights and appliances when not in use, switching to compact fluorescents, carpooling or biking -- can help. Find out more about how to take action at “If we are to fully benefit from the oceans, we must reverse the degradation of the marine environment due to pollution, overexploitation and acidification.” UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon

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17 June, World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

The theme of this year’s WDCD is ecosystem-based adaptation. With the slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It’, the 2014 WDCD highlights the benefits of mainstreaming sustainable land management policies and practices into our collective response to climate change. For more information, go to

18 June to 9 July, Living into your own humanity

A Wednesday evening, five-week course to explore your individuality and work towards living your true self and purpose. Instructor: Dr Lanalle Dunn of Chiron Clinic. Times: Wednesdays from 18 June to 9 July, 7pm to 9.30pm Cost: AED 1100 Venue: The Chiron Clinic, villa 160, 2D Street, Al Bada’a, Jumeirah 1 Contacts: Call 04 349 7444 or email:

Art, yoga and Pilates at The Farm, Al Barari

Located in the lush, green surrounds of Al Barari, The Farm has introduced yoga, Pilates and art classes. Yoga and Pilates: Classes take place at The Farm every Monday and Wednesday at 8:15am. Follow the class with breakfast at The Farm. Healthier options include Fresh Bircher Muesli, Gluten-free Coconut Waffles and Pancakes and Vegan Tofu Scrambled. Art classes: Once a month, embrace your creative spirit and how to paint with watercolors or acrylics at Art at The Farm with local artist, Farah Khan. No previous experience required. The classes will take place on the last Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11:30am. Cost: A one-hour yoga or Pilates session is AED 50. A twohour art session is AED 100. Prices for breakfast and lunch vary as per the menu. Contact: For all enquiries, call 04 392 5660, or email info@ To register for an art day, contact Farah Khan on


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What’s happening in your town 6-7 June, Jin Shin Jyutsu (The Art Of Happiness) Self Help Course

A two-day workshop on the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese practice used to balance the body’s energy by using the fingers and hands to eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve pain and alleviate chronic and acute conditions. Cost: AED 1,800 including 3 self-help books. When: 6 -7 June 2014 from 9am to 6pm To book, contact the Holistic Institute, tel 04 450 3535 or email

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Hayley Cutler Kundalini Yoga

Try Kundalini Yoga with the UAE’s most expert instructor. From the Indian word ‘Kundal’ which means ‘lock of hair from the beloved’, Kundalini energy lies at the fourth vertebrae of the spine. The uncoiling of this hair is the awakening of that energy. Classes are at the following times and venues: s 3UNDAYSAND4UESDAYS AMTOAMAT%CO9OGA Sanctuary, Village Mall, Jumeirah 1 s 7EDNESDAY PMTOPMAT%CO9OGA3ANCTUARY 6ILLAGE-ALL *UMEIRAH s 4UESDAYS PMTOPMATTHEI&IT3TUDIO *UMEIRAH CORNEROF$UBAI:OO s 3ATURDAYS AMTOAM 3AFA0ARK GATE For more information, contact Hayley on 055 726 6970, email or go to the Facebook page at

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LOOKING AHEAD – UK DATES TO DIARY 5-7 September, Angel Intuitive Certification Course, London

For a professional spiritually-based career, Doreen Virtue’s Angel Intuitive certification course could be the first step. A two-day course with Doreen in London on conducting Angel Therapy healing sessions. Suitable for beginners; those already working professionally, or for personal growth. Course completers can become a licensed Angel Therapist and be listed on Doreen’s website for client referrals. Cost: 399 (AED 2,500) Book online at


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24-26 October, The Mind Body Soul Experience 2014, London

Covers complementary health, spiritual awareness and personal development, the Mind Body Soul Experience will be taking place from 24 to 26 October at Olympia Central, London. Go to

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The harsh truth:

We’re killing the planet

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If you think the world is making headway on climate change, think again. We’re on the fast track to creating a planet that’s uninhabitable and drastic change is needed now. The world needs to go on a low carbon diet.


he human race is speeding down the road to an uninhabitable planet, with temperatures too hot to live in; too high to grow food. In 2013, the world reached 400 parts per million of C02 in the atmosphere. This is the highest level in three million years on this planet and flies in the face of the ‘carbon budget’, that is, the amount of C02 the atmosphere can absorb without having devastating effects on the world. Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Sustainable World Global Leaders’ Summit on 20 January 2014, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director Earth Institute, Columbia University, plainly outlined the dire situation the planet faced unless humans got real and serious about reducing fossil fuel usage. Sachs said that the problem is that our fossil fuel-based energy system is leading to global scale change that is unprecedented in the geologic history of the planet. It threatens the fundamental survival of at least hundreds of millions of people this century.


“We’ve already increased the temperature on the planet by nearly one degree; one more degree and we reach tipping points that are extraordinarily dangerous for our children but we’re not on the path of two degrees, we’re on the path of four degrees right now. “Even the mainstream report of the International Energy Agency, which is the leading organisation for keeping this data, is a four degree centigrade world. You can’t even imagine how dangerous that could be, where’s the food going to come from? What is the quality of life going to be? We’re still playing games. We have nice projects but nice projects do not solve the problem

and we know scientifically what it would take, we’re emitting about 35 billion tonnes of C02 this year. By 2050, in a much larger world economy, we have to be emitting less than 15 billion tonnes,” Sachs said. “If you do the carbon arithmetic, we need to get from 35 billion tonnes per year to about 12 or 13 billion tonnes a year by mid-century. In per person terms, right now there are seven billion people on the planet so we’re about five tonnes per person. There will be nine billion people by mid-century so we need to get to about 1.6 tonnes per person, in a global growing economy. “So the world economy is going to grow by three times but we have to cut back by more than half our carbon emissions, what does that mean? It means we need to keep the coal under the ground; it means changing to electric


the oil industry that by 2030 our vehicle fleets must be electric powered, they cannot be internal combustion engine if we’re serious about this problem. So far we’re not serious about the problem, I pity our children and I’m scared for them because we’re not facing the honest carbon budgets of the planet.”


The reality is that, if not one more drop of oil was pulled out of the ground, there is already enough oil and coal in reserve to meet the carbon budget. Use this up over the next 40 years, says Sachs, stop spending billions on exploration to find more and use that money to make the transition to renewable energy – which is critical for the survival of the planet. “Instead of investing tens of billions of dollars in new oil and gas [exploration] when we have enough already, we would be investing that same money in the energy transition worldwide? “Our politicians have a short term time horizon and the short term is continue to produce fossil fuel, that’s how we’ve grown up and that’s what the engineers know by and large and that’s how the world continues

In 2013, the world reached 400 parts per million of C02 in the atmosphere. This is the highest level in three million years on this planet. vehicles, it means radically different building codes, it means facing the fact that when we produce power, our energy has to be emitting about 100 grams of C02 rather than the 700 grams per kilowatt hour [of electricity generated] that is now emitted when we produce electricity. This is straight forward arithmetic but our political systems do not want to face straight forward arithmetic because it means making choices. It means telling the coal industry that unless you have carbon capture and sequestration, the coal must stay under the ground. It means saying to

to grow. You look at how many new coal-fired power plants, more than 1000 are in construction or been approved for development right now. We are increasing the number of internal combustion engines by hundreds of millions in the next 20 years. What are we doing!? It’s not so hard to do a spreadsheet to show how we are moving to a dangerous planet but we don’t hear any of that in these discussions, we only hear the good news, we don’t hear the bad news and that’s the problem. We have to get real about a different direction, which is a different kind of energy system. One that cont. overleaf


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is low carbon. The only low carbon sources are nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal or carbon capture and sequestration. There is no low carbon vehicle system except if we move to fuel cells and to battery. This is straight forward, so we have to make those choices and that’s what global agreements should be doing.”


Sachs said that one way to make the energy transition is to give the production rights to those who have the reserves right now. “Run down the reserves, let the market price be very high, that would be good for the Middle East and good for the oil companies, I don’t care about that, that’s fine, but don’t produce more reserves. “Let’s understand that we’re on a dropping diet of fossil fuel and we’re on a rising diet of low carbon energy. Current

shareholders would do just fine but companies wouldn’t waste their money with tens of billions of dollars of finding reserves of things that can’t be used safely in the world. This is the big mistake and it comes because our financial markets are even more short-sighted than our politicians. It used to be that great banks financed great industry, they’d invest in a 20 or 30 year forward industry but you look at our great banks right now, they’re all short-term traders, they don’t even know how to finance an industry an

CLIMATE CHANGE FAQS Is there any harmless energy system? “There is no energy system that is completely harmless so we have to make choices. The problem is that our fossil fuel-based energy system is the most dangerous of all because it is leading to global scale change that is unprecedented in the geologic history of the planet. It threatens the fundamental survival of at least hundreds of millions of people this century so I personally support nuclear energy for example, not because it’s perfectly safe but because it’s safer than a fossil fuel energy system. I support wind and solar power, not because it’s perfect, they use land, they threaten the local environment but they don’t threaten the global environment in the same way. So we have to make serious choices but we should understand it. In China, you cannot breathe the air, your eyes water and you can’t even see. The last time I flew into Beijing, I had to circle for an hour because there was no visibility

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more, all they know is quarterly returns so all they want to do is trade existing securities, they don’t know how to finance a new energy sector for the world. So that’s my challenge for Wall Street or the city of London, stop being traders, start being investors again and that means creating a new energy industry not simply trading the shares of the existing energy industry, which is what they do because all of these companies are led by traders right now, not by industry builders. We need new industry.”

Professor JEFFREY D. SACHS is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011).

to land at the airport. That’s the problem with coal, China has to move beyond coal because it’s damaging, it’s killing people, it’s leading to disease and it’s also the number one cause of greenhouse gas changes now. So there is no perfect system but it’s the relative problem that needs to be fixed.” What do we all need to do? “By mid-century we need to get to about 1.6 tonnes of C02 per person (we’re now at about five tonnes per person), in a global growing economy. In order to do that, you need plans. Governments need plans. You have to do everything; you have to go to electric vehicles, you have to go to clean, low carbon electricity systems, you have to go to very well insulated, air-locked buildings that use about one fifth of the energy, you have to go to smart grids. You have to do everything because it requires very radical transformation that means operating on many different fronts, not one magic bullet. And that will require 30 or 40 years of change with concerted effort globally, global co-operation on all these new technologies. We’re not serious about this yet, we’re just telling ourselves nice stories.”


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Distance healing: Scam or Science? Einstein described it as ‘spooky action at a distance’. Can someone heal someone despite not being in the same room – or even in the same country? Economist turned healer and author Evelyn Brodie investigates distance healing.

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t is common these days to find energy healers advertising distance healing to people that are unable to attend a therapist in person. Skeptics have frequently been dismissed such claims as impossible and hence fraudulent. Even those making them could only ask for clients’ trust, without being able to provide any logical or scientific explanation. In the last few years however, new discoveries from quantum mechanics have validated the existence of ‘non-locality’ as it’s called at the microcosmic level and a plethora of scientific analyses of distance healing have verified its veracity at the macrocosmic level.


One of the reasons that these discoveries are not better known is that the maths is hard and the conclusions fly in the face of our everyday experience of ‘reality’. Professor Richard Feynman, a pioneer of quantum mechanics who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, is quoted as stating, ‘I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.’ Even Albert Einstein, the father of general relativity theory, denounced quantum physics as a flawed theory in 1935, saying it inferred bizarre and nonsensical concepts such as ‘spooky action at a distance’, whereby particles could somehow ‘communicate’ instantaneously with each other over vast distances. This seemed to contradict Einstein’s theory that nothing could travel faster than light; hence he concluded that quantum physics had to be wrong. In the last few decades however, some of the most modern and technologically advanced experiments conducted in linear accelerators have proved Einstein wrong and quantum physics correct. Simplistically, if you split a particle and put one part say in the Stanford

In Healing Beyond the Body, he reports the results of many meta analyses of Era III medicines Linear Accelerator and the other part in the CERN facility, then when you change the direction of spin on one part of the particle, the other part also, simultaneously, changes direction. That is the demonstrated fact of non-locality. But how does the one half know what its other half is doing? The answer seems to be some sort of energetic entanglement at the quantum level with an omniscient and omnipresent field of information which is ‘just there’. A metaphor that was coined by Professor David Bohm is that of the ‘holographic universe’. If a hologram is smashed into millions of pieces, each piece contains the whole picture but from a different perspective. This holographic universe or entangled field of information is now being given many names by different branches of science

and medicine, such as the knowing field, the info-realm, the collective consciousness, the Akashic field. Metaphysically it has traditionally been called God or Brahman or Allah. Non-locality finally starts to explain how each one of us as a piece of the holographic universe is capable of accessing all the information that exists ‘out there’ so long as our brains can ‘tune in’ at the right frequency, just as you need a light source vibrating at the right frequency to read a hologram.


Dr. Larry Dossey in the USA describes three eras of healing. Era I is the now old-fashioned Western model which believes the body is simply a mechanism and the only solutions are physical or pharmacological. Era II, which is gradually becoming the accepted norm, derives from the work of psycho-neuroimmunologists and neuroscientists and admits there is memory in cells throughout the body, not just in the brain. It accepts the psychosomatic effects of one’s own consciousness on one’s own cont. overleaf


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body. This allows us to have a highly significant influence over our physical and emotional health through our thoughts and beliefs. Era III is where the mind is described as ‘non-local’ and unconfined by either space or time. It recognises that our non-local mind may affect healing both within and between people. Non-contact and distance healing become possible with non-local mind, as do healings backwards and forwards in time (for instance working with past lives or the ancestors).


Just as linear accelerators have proven the existence of non-locality at the quantum level, Dossey and others have been working to collect the evidence that proves the existence of nonlocality at the mind level. In Healing Beyond the Body, he reports the results of many meta analyses of Era III medicines. For instance, studies conducted over two decades at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory show that non-local awareness operates through time as well as through space, showing odds against chance of one hundred billion to one that mentally sent images chosen at random from a computer data bank, are actually perceived by the ‘receiver’ precognitively up to several days before being sent and before being selected by the computer. The Soul Medicine Institute has set up the first international database of energy psychology case histories. It is peer reviewed and conforms to the Consort Standards and the Standards of the National Institutes of Health. In a book based on the results reported to the Institute, Dawson Church and Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. document over one hundred scientific studies, and dozens of medically verified ‘miraculous’ cures, that demonstrate the power of thought, prayer and belief.

Era II, which is gradually becoming the accepted norm, derives from the work of psychoneuroimmunologists and neuroscientists and admits there is memory in cells throughout the body, not just in the brain Hundreds more similar reports are now available and the bibliography to my book [see author box out] lists a number of useful sources of this research.


For most people, accessing the inforealm is most easily achieved through experiences such as meditation or plant medicines. And access brings us new ways of healing ourselves, physically and emotionally, giving us much greater control over our own health and destinies than many of us have been conditioned to believe. Many healers are also able to access the info-realm and this work outside conventional space and time is what the traditional shamans have been doing for centuries. One interesting observation that emerged from the work of Robert Beck as far back as the 1960s, is that healers’ brains appear to operate in a particular electromagnetic frequency range which is in alignment with the frequency of the Earth’s magnetic field. Church reports Beck’s work as follows. ‘The Earth resonates

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at an average frequency of 7.8Hz, while the dominant brainwave frequency of sensitives, such as shamans and healers, comes close to 7.83Hz, and may, at times, beat in phase with the Earth’s signal, thereby causing harmonic resonance... They appear to be tapping into a universal frequency that is implicated in healing, and is effective regardless of the belief structure of the healer.’ So distance healing seems to involve the healer entering into an altered state of consciousness that allows access to the info-realm and connection or entanglement with the client through that universal energy field. Just because distance healing can work of course doesn’t imply it always will work. As with attending a healer in person it is essential to pick someone that you resonate with. Neuroscience tells us that mirroring the neuronal pathways of a grounded and empathic therapist is one of the keys to helping traumatised clients, so the clienttherapist relationship is crucial whether in person or at a distance – but that is a topic for another time!

EVELYN BRODIE works in London, UK, as a shaman, a Reiki Master and a craniosacral therapist, helping clients to release trauma, stress, depression, physical illness and limiting beliefs. Previously she was an economist, financial broadcast journalist working for the BBC, Sky News, CNBC and Bloomberg, and executive communications consultant. She tells the full story of this u-turn in her beliefs and way of living in her book, ‘Corporate Bitch to Shaman - A journey uncovering the links between 21st century science, consciousness and the ancient healing practices’.


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Paint away your problems: The power of art as therapy Creative expression has the power to change your life, writes Jan D’Sa, a molecular biologist-turnedartist who discovered this for herself after picking up her paintbrush saved her life and sanity.


reative expression is a powerful tool for healing, meditation and de-stressing. With more people opting for alternative paths to health, wellness and happiness, expressing yourself creatively – be this anything from art, to woodwork, dance, cooking or making model aeroplanes – is an effective tool for rebalancing and releasing stress or pent-up emotion. Yet, increasingly creative expression is taking a back seat to social media. The technology available at our fingertips makes it difficult to tune out the

Facebook feeds, Twitter alerts or photo galleries on Pinterest. As creative beings, we need outlets to express ourselves and nurture our inner selves. It does us no good to choke the pipelines of our creative souls by letting distractions of the outer world take over our lives. Living life without creative expression leaves us feeling repressed and robotic. From here, the inner darkness can manifest as illness and the depression that destroys relationships with ourselves and with others. I know this from personal experience.

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For years, I repressed my creativity to the point of disowning it completely. As an adult third culture kid, I was faced with the perennial ‘I don’t fit in because I do not belong anywhere’ imbroglio. Added to that was the criticism from business peers who couldn’t understand how a molecular biologist like me could also be artistic. So I shut down my creative side to survive in the corporate world of engineering and medicine. My shackled creative being, relegated to the dark corners of the universe, kept calling for attention


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and expression but I refused to listen. For 10 years, I blocked my creativity and denied my emotions. As a result I hit rock bottom and this was the impetus I needed to resurrect the imprisoned creative self. That’s when I bought some art paper and pastels, sat on the floor, and started to paint. This was three years ago and I’ve never looked back.


Since the beginning of time, mankind has used the arts in a cultural setting for building strong community bonds. This has included painting, sculpting, drama, dance, music, poetry and singing. It was only in the 20th Century that the arts was used formally as a field called ‘art therapy’ when doctors observed mental health patients expressing their feelings through painting. Since then, hospitals and health institutions around the world use art in conjunction with traditional medications to help improve the patient’s state of mind. When art is used alongside psychotherapy and psychiatry, the patient is helped by both the doctors and the art therapists to deal with emotions and fears that are bottled up. According to a research paper by Stuckey and Nobel1, patients prefer art therapy to verbal communication because the art modalities help them express how they feel where words cannot. Visual art therapy has many facets to it: painting in various media, sketching, doodling, clay work, sculptures, art journaling, and all forms of handcrafting (such as crochet, knitting, embroidery, textiles making or jewelry making). Art therapy has been used with prisoners, with sexually abused children, with terminally ill cancer patients, with those who suffer from chronic depression, and with those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. With cardiovascular diseases and diabetes being the number one killer diseases in the UAE, it is possible to use creative activities to help decrease stress that can be the underlying causes of such chronic diseases. cont. overleaf


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Not only is painting used in therapy, it can be used in daily life. You do not have to be an artist to be able to creatively express yourself. It’s not about learning a particular painting technique or taking a formal art study program. That means that excuses such as, ‘I am not a writer, I am not a musician, I am not a dancer, I am not an artist,’ etc don’t hold true. Art offers a safe place for us to be just as we are without any judgement. It is a sanctuary in the midst of our chaotic life. It’s about allowing us to awaken the deep desires we once had. Art opens endless possibilities in our imagination to find creative methods of expressing anything we want to. For many, it has a calming effect, which then decreases stress. For those of us who reach out for food or other unhealthy substances when we want to stuff down emotions, art gives us a chance to find better and healthier coping strategies.

YOUR ‘GET ARTY’ KICK START To get your creative juices flowing, buy a set of coloured crayons, pastels or acrylic paints and a paper pad then take 20 minutes to draw, paint, doodle… whatever comes up when you ask yourself the question, ‘Who am I?’ Find 20 minutes of alone time. Turn off all mobile phones, TV and other distractions. Close your eyes, take three long breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Breathe from your stomach. Meditate for a minimum of one minute up to five minutes (optional) Ignore the chattering mind and thoughts that may attack in droves. When you find that this is happening, simply draw your attention back to breathing from the depths of your stomach. Now, gently bring to mind the topic of ‘Who am I?’ into your awareness. Go deep in your body and feel this question in your body. What is it saying to you? When you feel that question, what colour, smells or fragrances come to mind? Pick the colour crayons of choice and start to draw whatever you feel like. Do not draw from your mind, but engage from your being. Your deeper self knows it all. Use music if that helps. Refrain from any sort of judgement or critical voices that may come up. Take 15 minutes to paint away and find a way to close this exercise, perhaps with three deep breaths. Enjoy your piece of art!

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If you already practice prayer and meditation, great. In my case, I found that creative expression paved the way to daily prayer and meditation, as well as mindful eating, exercising and clearing the clutter. Of course, life didn’t change the minute I applied acrylics to canvas. Being creatively blocked for a very long time meant that I had to take baby steps. In time, painting helped defrost major writing blocks. More recently, painting has become my way of delving deeper into my third culture and cross-cultural identity. Art has truly become the perfect point of alchemy, where life becomes whole. 1Stuckey, HL and Nobel, J. The Connection between

Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature. Am J Public Health. 2010 February; 100(2): 254–263

WORKShOP TITlE: REClAIm YOUR CREATIvE POWERS Jan D’Sa is running an art therapy workshop for anyone who’s curious about using art as a tool to explore their creative side, increase productivity and relieve stress. Particularly good for technical professionals (you could be a scientist, physicist, doctor, pharmacist…) looking for a way to rest the logical side of their brain while giving the right hemisphere a chance to light up. About the workshop: The workshop is a creative exploration into identifying your authentic voice. This will be done through painting, painting and more painting, in a freeform spontaneous manner. The deeper we allow ourselves to journey inwards, the more resilient we become towards challenges we may face balancing our pure scientific, logical minds with our innate, intuitive creative sense. Held at: ReMade DXB, Al Quoz, opposite Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai. Prior booking required. For more information, email Jan at Limited to 10 spaces per workshop. Group bookings and corporate bookings welcome.


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The three month

‘Quit Sugar’ challenge

Is sugar the sweet poison that some claim? A married couple go low-sugar for three months to see what happens to their bodies and moods... words by Tamara Pitelen.


s the amount of processed sugar in the modern diet responsible for everything from diabetes and obesity to cancer? How difficult is it to cut refined sugar out of your life and what happens if you do? That’s what my husband Adrian and I are aiming to find out with a three-month low sugar diet. You may have read part one in the previous issue of Awakenings where we wrote about doing a two-month challenge… we decided to add a month. This story takes up where we left off at the end of the last story. To recap, we’ve adjusted our normal eating to avoid any food with more than five grams of sugar per 100 gms and any beverage with more than zero grams of sugar per 100 gms (except milk – Adrian is still drinking milk and I’m drinking unsweetened almond milk). To give an example of how this has changed things, Adrian now eats a whole new breakfast – no more branflakes (20gms of sugar per

100gms), low-fat yogurt (10gms of sugar per 100gms) and orange juice (basically all sugar); instead our usual breakfast is now two free range eggs and smoked salmon – the sugar went down but the price went way up. Along the way, we’ve discovered that there are a number of approaches to the low-sugar lifestyle. Some people simply cut out refined, added sugars like sugar in tea, cake, biscuits, fizzy drinks, etc. Other people go even further and avoid all foods that the body processes as sugar – this is everything from honey and agave syrup to bread, pasta, potato, fruit, rice, and so on. The approach we were initially following is recommended by anti-sugar author David Gillespie, an Australian man who lost 40kgs apparently effortlessly by going low sugar and then wrote a best-selling book about it called Sweet Poison: How sugar makes you fat.

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It’s been exactly two months since we went low-sugar. For the last 10 days, we’ve upped the ante and also gone gluten-free, caffeine-free and dairy-free as well because we bought a book by Dr Mark Hyman called The Blood Solution 10 Day Detox Diet. Hyman says we’re all sugar addicts and the $1 trillion industrial food system is the biggest drug dealer around, contributing to tens of millions of deaths every year. He writes: “You are hooked - a junkie mainlining some of the worst, deadliest drugs on the planet: sugar and anything that turns to sugar in your body.” So we’ve been following Hyman’s suggestions and both Adrian and I are starting to notice some changes. My cholesterol has gone from a “worryingly high” 206 mg/dl [the medical assistant at LifeLine Medical Centre who tested


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me a while back] to a safe-zone 120 mg/dl. Measuring cholesterol is a bit confusing though. We bought one of those home test kits so we could test ourselves once a week. For no reason we can figure out yet, the results can swing wildly from week to week.


I’ve just come out of a five-day cellular detox crisis that felt like something between having the flu and falling off a wall. I felt battered. At first, I didn’t realise it could be a detox reaction. I woke up feeling like I’d been hit by a bus so I called in sick at work and dragged myself off to the doctors. It felt like a bad cold or flu was kicking in, you know, when you’re aching all over and a bit emotional. I felt exhausted and just craved being allowed to sleep for about two days. I’m embarrassed to say I even cried in the doctor’s office out of selfpity, it’s a surprise she didn’t prescribe me anti-depressants. Much to my consternation though, the doctors and nurses couldn’t find anything wrong with me. They took my temperature, did blood and urine tests as well as

whatever else they test with their stethoscopes and thermometers but I was absolutely fine as far as they were concerned. So why on earth did I feel so utterly, indescribably awful? I asked the doctor, getting all teary again. She didn’t know and told me to come back in a few days if I hadn’t improved. For the next two days, I didn’t leave the house, the aches and pains in my hips and lower back were so bad I took painkillers at night and slept in our spare bedroom so my thrashing about and moaning didn’t wake up Adrian. Looking for answers, I re-read a book called The Body Talks: Heal Your Weight by Judy Cole. She describes the difference between a regular digestive detox, which lasts a few days or a week or two, and a deeper, cellular detox. Here’s what she says about a cellular detox: “We are detoxing the residues of foods our bodies have not properly eliminated from the blood and then have stored in the cells over many years. It takes the body at least two months to flush the accumulated food intolerance residue out of the cells, during which time you will have ups and downs of feeling great and terrible! A


commitment to an initial strict avoidance of your foods for two months is a must on the long road to completely healing your weight… try and avoid them for four months in order to allow a deeper healing to take place in your cells. If for example food has been the cause of irritable bowel symptoms such as bloating, pain and gas, these foods will have left your gut inflamed. This damage can take as long as five months to repair…” According to Coles, symptoms of a cellular detox include: r %FFQGBUJHVFBOETMFFQJOFTT r Emotional outburst r Worsening of some disorders r Cravings r Nausea r Headaches above the eyes r Cold or flu-like symptoms r Strange aches and pains in the body r Skin reactions such as acne, rashes, cracked lips r Changes in the menstrual cycle, which will rebalance in three to four months So, did I experience a cellular detox? Maybe. After five days, all the symptoms had vanished. According to Cole, a really deep detox can take six months to a year. As the body feels safe to release some of the gunk stored in your cells into your blood stream for removal from the body, you’re going to feel terrible. It will pass, you’ll feel ok again and then if the body still feels safe (ie, you haven’t consumed anything that causes intolerant reactions), it will dump another load of gunk from the cells to the blood stream, and so on.


A couple of unexpected changes have been to my fingernails, tongue and menstrual cycle – apologies if some of the details to come are a little ‘too much information’ for the more squeamish reader but I’m going to be reasonably forthright in case my experience helps someone reading this – maybe you. cont. overleaf


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For the last few years, I’d been unable to grow my nails longer than the fingertips. My nails would crack, break, or split and cuticles were dried out and ragged. They’re still hardly ready for any hand modeling jobs but for the first time in many years, my nails are now getting some length. Another thing is that, in the past for as long as I can remember, I always had a vaguely unpleasant thick white coating on the back of my tongue. It’s now noticeably decreased, almost gone at times. As for my menstrual cycle, that has significantly changed. For many years, I’ve had an unusually short cycle; it would come round every 21 to 24 days. But for the last two months the cycle has been 30 and 35 days. Is it connected? It’ll be interesting to see how if that balances out in the next few months.


It’s been a really interesting experiment. Three months ago, Adrian ate branflakes every morning along with a freshly squeezed orange juice. Today, he wouldn’t touch those foods with a barge pole. We’ve had slips and slides along the way of course, it wouldn’t be realistic to think we wouldn’t but we’re convinced that avoiding sugar, gluten and dairy the majority of the time has made a positive difference to our health.

LOW SUGAR CHALLENGE RESULTS Ok, it’s the moment of truth... how did the bodies of our two guinea pigs change after three months of low sugar? That is, eating no food with more than five per cent sugars per 100gms? (Well, most of the time, the guinea pigs did slip up a couple of times...) Drum roll please... and the results are: TAM’S RESULTS

Tam Day 1

Tam Day 90



68.5 kg

66.6 kg

-1.9 kg








No change





Muscle mass




Blood glucose





172 mg/dl

143 mg/dl

-29 mg/dl

TAM SAYS: “Feeling a bit trimmer is nice but I won’t lie, after three months of big dietary changes, I was hoping for a few more kilos to drop off. That didn’t happen and for me one of the realisations has been that there isn’t going to be a quick fix ‘lose 10kg in 10 weeks!’ miracle. For me and my body, things take time. Achieving optimal health is a long-term process requiring consistency. Yes, my nails and skin are better but they’re not flawless and I still have digestive issues. Still, I’m convinced that eliminating processed sugars reaps health rewards so we are going to continue our low sugar lifestyle… most of the time. And when we do eat sugars they will be natural sources like dates - we will be absolutely avoiding anything with high fructose corn syrup read the next page for the reasons why.” ADRIAN’S RESULTS

Adrian Day 1

Adrian Day 90



89.8 kg

83.5 kg

-6.3 kg

Fat %












Muscle mass




Blood glucose



No change


120 mg/dl

158 mg/dl


ADRIAN SAYS: “I also have much better skin. I suffer from eczema that I associated with tiredness and stress, but that is now all but cleared up. I am also prone to spots, which have reduced significantly. On the feeling healthy front, I have significantly less indigestion and as a result I sleep much better. I also feel much better within myself, put can’t really put a finger on that other than I feel healthier. My figures show that I am lighter, leaner and better hydrated than at the start, but some of this I have to put down to additional exercise in the final few weeks. I will continue to stay low sugar as I see and feel the benefits, but the occasional slip is bound to happen. As they say “a little of what you like does you the world of good”, which is the philosophy I intend to follow. As for the rise in cholesterol, the week before the final weigh and measure, that figure was considerably lower - we haven’t figured out yet why cholesterol can swing hugely from week to week. I’ll keep an eye on it though.”

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THE MEN WHO MADE US FAT The alarming rise in levels of obesity around the world motivated reporter Jacques Peretti to go in search of the people responsible for revolutionising our eating habits. He produced a documentary for the BBC about it called The Men Who Made Us Fat. We’ve summarised the main points here but it is well worth a watch, go to Today, there are 1.4 billion overweight adults in the world and 500 million obese ones. British people are on average three stone (19 kg) heavier than they were in the 1960s. In the BBC documentary, The Men Who Made Us Fat, Jacques Peretti investigates the men responsible for the transformation in our eating habits; how business changed the shape of a nation, as well as how the food industry choreographs temptation. Obesity rates have doubled since the 1980s and according to Peretti, we’re in a war between our bodies and modern accessibility to fast and processed food. In 1971, US President Richard Nixon appointed Earl Butz as Secretary of Agriculture. Butz had a vision to merge the country’s army of small farmlets into enormous, industrial farms of unprecedented output. “Get big or get out” was Butz’s motto and his plan was to grow more corn than ever before, in order to keep food prices cheap and housewives happy who would then vote his party back into government. Soon, these new, larger harvests of corn became feed for the cheaper beef flooding the supermarkets and huge surpluses of corn were being created – this was soon turned into a brand new food thanks to some Japanese scientists, it was a cheap industrial sweetener called High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). This cheap corn sweetener has ended up in just about every processed food imaginable – take for example the typical American fast food meal of a burger, fries with tomato sauce and a Coke; the beef is from cows fed on corn; the Coke and tomato sauce are sweetened with corn syrup; the bread for the bun is made with corn syrup, and the fries are cooked in corn oil.


The biggest health impact though was when HFCS replaced sugar in fizzy drinks like Coke and Pepsi in 1984. The reason was a no brainer – HFCS was a third cheaper than sugar. In two decades, fizzy drink consumption in the US has gone from 350 cans per person per year to 600 cans per year. The damaging difference between regular processed sugar and HFCS is how it affects the body. There’s something very specific about fructose that accelerates obesity, namely, the effect of fructose on the liver. According to endocrinologist, Dr Robert Lustig, fructose is easily converted to fat in the body, and scientists have found that it also suppresses the action of a vital hormone called leptin. “Leptin goes from your fat cells to your brain and tells your brain you’ve had enough, you don’t need to eat that second piece of cheesecake,” said Lustig in an interview with Peretti. When the liver is overloaded with sugars, leptin simply stops working, and as a result the body doesn’t know when it’s full.

Bitter sweet: Was the start of mass production of high fructose corn syrup in the 1970s the trigger for the global obesity epidemic? “It makes your brain think you’re starving and now what you have is a vicious cycle of consumption, disease and addiction. Which explains what has happened the world over,” Lustig said. Americans eat about 90lbs of added sugar per year. This is like a tsunami of sugar hitting the liver, which impacts fat in the blood leading to heart disease as well as fat in the liver, leading to diabetes and chronic diseases.


Why is it that we just can’t seem to get enough sugar? Because it is literally addictive. Sugar takes the brain prisoner by activating the same circuitry that is activated in addictions. The havoc that processed sugars have wreaked on global health and obesity is now being more widely studied and accepted but this is a recent change. For the last 40 years, accepted wisdom was that we were all getting fatter, quicker because of fat. It was American scientist Ancel Keys who convinced the developed world that dietary fat, particularly animal fat, was the cause of heart disease (interestingly, the more subtle finding in his work that did not get so widely promoted was that animal protein and fat increased heart disease while plant fat decreased it). One scientist who disagreed with Keys’ anti-fat stance was UK Professor John Yudkin. In 1972, Yudkin wrote a book called Pure, White and Deadly , which outlined how the rise in heart disease correlated to the rise in the consumption of sugar. This was not a popular argument with the influential sugar lobby however and Yudkin was basically black-listed and discredited by powerful sugar-funded opponents. As a result, the case against sugar was forgotten and the low-fat obsession took hold. The result? Obesity rates in the UK are now 10 times what they were in the 1970s and the amount of sugar eaten has increased by 31 per cent since 1990 because of the ‘invisible’ sugar added to products like tomato sauce, soft- drinks, yogurt, baked beans, etc. When dietary fat became public health enemy number one, the food industry spied an opportunity and before long our supermarket shelves were swamped with low fat products everything from yogurts to mayonnaise, biscuits and desserts. The low-fat industry boomed. Fat was taken out and sugar was put in. As a result, profits for the food industry have soared and so have obesity rates.

For more information on The Men Who Made Us Fat by BBC Two, go to


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Going gluten free A beginner’s guide to the why and how of removing gluten from your diet.


hat is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in all forms of wheat, rye and barley. It is most commonly found in food but also hides in medicine, vitamins and make-up. The first thing you should do when starting a gluten-free diet is schedule a meeting with a skilled dietitian or nutritionist. A dietitian or nutritionist can help you learn the basics of a gluten-free diet and help you find ways to adapt your lifestyle. What happens if you eat gluten? Gluten is essentially toxic to people with Celiac Disease. Unlike an allergic reaction, someone with Celiac will not go into anaphylactic shock if they eat gluten, instead experiencing physical symptoms such as: diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, skin rashes or headaches. Continuing to consume gluten puts you at risk for long-term damage to the small intestines. There is no medical treatment to prevent the body from attacking the gut once gluten has been ingested. The gluten-free diet Gluten is a protein found in all forms of wheat, rye and barley. It’s most commonly found in food, but also can hide in medicine, vitamins and makeup. After being diagnosed, you should schedule a meeting with a skilled dietitian or nutritionist as soon as possible to help you learn the basics of a gluten-free diet and find ways to adapt it your lifestyle. How quickly does the glutenfree diet work? Patients who strictly follow the glutenfree diet can begin to experience relief of symptoms within a few days, although it can take up to six months for the small intestine to heal in children and potentially two years to repair fully in adults. Don’t expect immediate results, just keep following the gluten-free diet and you’ll feel better soon enough!

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What are some unsafe ingredients to avoid especially when ordering/eating out? Barley, Bran, Croutons, Dextrin, Rye, Macha, Malt, Oats, Rice Syrup, Tabbouleh, Udon, Wheat.

tree nuts (such as almonds), quinoa, fresh fish (cod, salmon, etc), fresh shellfish (clams, oysters), fresh meats/ poultry (unbreaded), honey and water (including bottled, distilled, spring).

What are some safe ingredients? Milk (not flavoured with ingredients that contain gluten, such as malt), 100 per cent fruit or vegetable juices, fresh fruit and vegetables, butter, eggs, lentils, beans (in their natural, unprocessed form), peanuts, seeds (such as flax),

How do you maintain a balanced diet while gluten-free? Adjusting to a gluten-free diet can be tricky, so it’s important to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Fortunately, many of the healthiest foods, such as vegetables, fruits, beans/lentils, nuts


and seeds, low-fat unflavoured dairy products, lean meats, fish, and chicken are naturally gluten-free. On the other hand, some glutenfree products increase the sugar or fat content to compensate for texture and flavour changes that can result from the removal of gluten. Look for products that do not have sugar, syrups, or fat listed high on the ingredient list. When first starting a gluten-free diet, it also can be beneficial to meet with a dietitian or nutrition specialist who will help you get started and stay healthy.

GLUTEN-FREE GOODIES Holland and Barrett stores have a great range of gluten-free products, here are a few of our favourites…

Amisa buckwheat GF crispbread





Doves Farm Organic GF cornflakes

AED 16

NYW GF Honey puffed rice

Mrs Crimble’s Cheese Crackers





Jelly Bean Berry Burst cup



Eat Water Slim Pasta Penne

Holland & Barrett is Europe’s leading retailer of health food and natural remedies, with over 80 years of experience. It is a one-stop-shop for everyday Health, Beauty, Sports Nutrition, Weight Management, Children & Pregnancy Health and many more categories for a healthier lifestyle. Brands such as Neal’s Yard, Precision Engineering’s Fitness Range, Dr. Organic, Burt’s Bees, Linwoods Superfoods, GinGins and many more including Holland & Barrett’s own range of vitamins and supplements are available all under one roof. Holland & Barrett also retails a wide variety of Gluten Sensitivity, Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Free foods for your health needs.Visit the Holland & Barrett stores and ‘like’ them at


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A raw deal: Why eating only raw food isn’t always right First up, this story is not an attack on our dear raw vegan friends, we commend their aim to tread more lightly on the planet and being raw vegan is always preferable to a burger and fries lifestyle. Yet, while raw food should be part of everyone’s diet, aiming to be 100 per cent raw vegan isn’t the best diet for everyone and can even be detrimental to health. Words by Alison McLaughlin.


ne of the latest food trends is consuming a diet that is purely made up of raw foods. The thinking behind the raw food movement is based upon the idea that when foods are cooked they lose many of their nutrients. Thus, if foods are uncooked and unprocessed they are automatically better for us. Consuming

raw foods on a regular basis is an important part of healthy lifestyle. In fact, I encourage my clients to eat raw foods every single day because they support a healthy digestion system. But, eating only raw foods should not be defined as being the healthiest way to eat. In fact, some foods are not always better for you when they are eaten raw.

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Research has shown that cooked vegetables make nutrients more bioavailable for our bodies to absorb. Specifically, when some vegetables are cooked, they end up having higher amounts of antioxidants (carotenoids and phytochemicals) when compared to their raw form. This increase in antioxidants is from the breaking down


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of cell matrix (where nutrients are bound) in vegetables. For example, the lycopene in tomatoes is more accessible to our bodies when tomatoes are cooked and cooking carrots makes the beta-carotene more available for the body to absorb. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach are also high in nutrients such as calcium and magnesium, which is more available for our bodies to absorb when these vegetables are cooked. Just one cup of raw spinach contains approximately 100 mg calcium, whereas one cup of cooked spinach contains approximately 260 mg of calcium. Some raw foods can decrease thyroid function. Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and brussels sprouts), although highly nutritious, release a compound called goitrin during digestion. Goitrin can interfere with thyroid function and the synthesis of thyroid hormones. When you consume goitrogens, they may inhibit your body’s ability to absorb iodine - an essential mineral required for thyroid function - and reduce your body’s ability to produce thyroid hormones that regulate energy use. Low levels of thyroid hormones - a condition called hypothyroidism - are associated with unexplained weight gain and poor health. Individuals with hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) and iodine deficiency may benefit from cooking these vegetables, which takes away most or all of their goitrogenic properties. Sure, if we cook foods until they are burnt or turn black, they will lose the majority of their nutrients. But some raw food proponents make it seem that cooking healthy foods such as vegetables means they become ‘processed’ foods. This is simply not the case. Processed foods come in packages. There is nothing processed about having a side of steamed vegetables for dinner.


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One of the most preferred cooking methods to maintain/enhance nutrients in vegetables is steaming. Research shows steaming can increase antioxidant capacity, while boiling may lead to a loss of nutrients, especially water soluble nutrients such as vitamin C, folate and thiamin. Other methods of cooking such as baking, stewing, grilling, and microwaving have been shown as beneficial for breaking down the cell walls in vegetables (making more nutrients available). Cooking breaks apart fibres and cellular walls to release nutrients that otherwise we wouldn’t be able to absorb from the same raw food. Lastly, it’s important to realise what foods you will be missing out on if you eat solely raw foods. For example, someone who only eats raw foods will usually not be able to consume any kind of legumes such as beans and lentils – unless they have the time, patience and skill of a raw food chef. Legumes offer a wide variety of nutrients, and are a good source of protein and fibre. Eggs are another food that should not be eaten raw (but can be), because of the possibility of being contaminated cont. overleaf


BEGiNNEr’S GUidE To rAW vEGANiSm Raw veganism is a plant-based diet that involves no cooking. No food is heated above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Raw vegans believe that foods cooked above this temperature have lost much of their nutritional value and are less healthful or even harmful to the body. In raw vegan speak, cooking is killing. Foods are eaten fresh, dehydrated with low heat, or fermented. Many raw vegans refer to ‘live’ foods versus ‘dead’ foods. Live or uncooked foods are said to be filled with vital life energy so juicing and blending green smoothies are usually key elements of this diet. Raw veganism is an extension of the vegan appreciation for animal welfare, with the added spirituality of a life force, called chi or prana. Dead or cooked foods are said to be depleted of their life energy, as well as most of their nutrients. Among raw vegans there are subgroups such as fruitarians, juicearians, or sproutarians. Fruitarians eat primarily or exclusively fruits, berries, seeds, and nuts. Juicearians process their raw plant foods into juice. Sproutarians adhere to a diet consisting mainly of sprouted seeds.

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with salmonella. Eggs are one food that should not be intentionally cut out of a diet, as they are full of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, high quality proteins, and antioxidants that support eye health (lutein and zeaxanthine).


Eating raw foods is just one part of a healthy diet. I recommend eating a variety of raw and cooked foods to reap the health benefits that both have to offer.

rAW vEGAN riSKS Tooth decay: Some people on a raw food diet rely so much on fruit that their teeth begin to erode: from acids in the fruits that wear down the tooth enamel, from sugar promoting decay, from dried fruit sticking to the teeth and further promoting decay, and from a general mineral deficiency. Nutritional deficiencies: On a raw vegan diet it’s difficult or impossible to get vitamins B12 and D, selenium, zinc, iron and two omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, without taking supplements. Vitamins D and B12, and Omega 3 fatty acids are nutrients that women particularly need as they age. Child development: A child raised on a raw, vegan diet without proper supplementation would likely develop severe neurological and growth problems due to a lack of vitamin B12 and other nutrients. For more information on the risks of a raw vegan diet, read the article called Reality Check: 5 Risks of Raw Vegan Diet by Christopher Wanjek at

ALISON MCLAUGHLIN, RD, MPH, is Managing Partner of She is a Registered Dietitian, chocoholic, and yoga teacher with 200-Hour Yoga Alliance National Teacher Certification. For more information, go to her websites:

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rAW Food QUEEN’S U-TUrN Victoria Boutenko is one of the world’s most well-known and influential raw foodists. She has been integral in bringing raw veganism into the mainstream with several books including 12 Steps to Raw Food, published in 2000. However, more recently, even Boutenko has backed away from a regimented attitude on the raw food diet, here’s part of what she wrote in her blog on 9 January 2010…

did YoU KNoW? Most scientists agree that eating meat and then cooking food enabled the development of the human brain. Cooking in particular opened up a new world of calories and nutrients. Our raw vegan cousin, the gorilla, has three times the body size of humans, but one-third the brain cells; it grew muscular on plants, but not smarter because the diet did provide consume enough calories to evolve the brain. [For more, read Eating made us Human, at]


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“I noticed feeling progressively more sensitive when talking to people who were struggling to stick to a 60%, 70%, 80%, or whatever % raw diet. All of a sudden, I realized that my book 12 Steps to Raw Foods (first edition) contained fanaticism about 100% raw foodism. Soon I completely revised this book and published the second edition, which I find to be a much kinder book, and perhaps more useful because of that. I shredded and recycled the left over copies of the old edition. “I have noticed that when I was telling other people about myself being a 100% raw foodist, it came across as if I was claiming to be a better, higher, more spiritual person. I felt so uncomfortable that I repeated in every lecture, “I am just a woman in a green dress. Please don’t put me on a pedestal.” “We are all pioneers, still in the beginning of our research of the human diet. Nothing is set in stone and our bodies continually change. For example, while I enjoyed gourmet raw food in the beginning of my raw journey, for several years now, I have completely eliminated food prepared with nuts. In recent years I have decided that it can be healthier, to eat a bowl of cooked green vegetables than a whole jar of raw nut butter.”

Victoria Boutenko is author of 12 Steps to Raw Food and creator of the green smoothie.

To read Boutenko’s complete blog, go to victoria-boutenko-on-not-being-raw

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Beauty products in your kitchen T

oxic products exist almost everywhere – from supermarkets to department stores – and in bright, shiny packaging, looks can be deceiving. Despite seductive advertising, some of these well-known brands contain harmful chemicals (like parabens and petrochemicals) proven to be carcinogenic. But as consumers we have a choice as to what we put on our skin (so by default into our bloodstream and through our organs) and many safer alternatives without the hefty price tag, are overlooked. Often you don’t need to look further than your pantry to find an effective tried and tested remedy that has worked well for centuries. Not only do you save money with these eco-friendly options, they are also good for you. After all, they are edible. As well as doubling up as skincare, the natural wonders below can also be used for medicinal purposes. I’m a big fan of the following:

Toxin-free, natural homemade skincare is often overlooked yet produces fantastic results. By Sarah Bladen.


Truly a beauty wonder, lemon juice can fade age spots, freckles, and combat acne. It’s also a natural facial ‘peel’ and a super cheap way to get hair highlights. Skincare: Using lemon juice on your face helps to tighten and shrink pores, fight acne and fade freckles and pigmentation. Got a pimple? Dab a drop of lemon juice on it when you go

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awakenedbeauty to bed at night - the L-ascorbic acid in lemons is the active ingredient in many commercial acne products. If you’re after a lighter complexion or want to fade pigmentation, the citric acid in lemons can whiten, brighten and lighten your skin. Squeeze the juice of a lemon or two into a little bowl then, with a cotton ball, apply to your pigmented areas and leave it on for up to 10 minutes before thoroughly rinsing with cool water. For best results, exfoliate first. Mix a pinch of sugar or sea salt with the lemon juice. Some people do this daily; for other people that’s too often. Initially, try every second day to gauge how your skin reacts. Like any bleaching or fading cream, lemon juice only works with regular use and results are gradual. If you’re after some subtle highlights in your hair, lemon juice is also the

way to go. One method is to combine lemon juice and hair conditioner, comb through your hair and sit in the sun before washing out. Repeat at least once a week for significantly lighter hair. Warnings: Like any depigmentation treatment, lemon juice will make your skin more sensitive to ultraviolet rays so be extra vigilant with sunscreen. If you’ve got dry skin, undiluted


lemon juice can exacerbate the condition so mix equal quantities of water and lemon juice in a little spray bottle. Just watch out for cuts, lemon juice can sting. Be careful if you’re already using other topical medical treatments, the lemon juice may not be a good combination. Medicinal Benefits: First thing in the morning, one of the best ways to detox your body is by drinking a tall glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon. Once in the body, lemon juice acts as an alkaliser, restoring your PH levels and boosting your immune system. For more tips and natural lemon juice beauty recipes, check out and


This has been used as folk medicine for eons and with good reason. This magical liquid has fabulous healing properties and helps ease problematic skin – from blemishes to sunburn and eczema – it greatly reduces inflammation. It also acts as a toner and skin brightener. Skincare: To make your apple cider vinegar (ACV) face wash, pour a tablespoon of ACV into a small bowl with three tablespoons of warm water and apply to your face with a cotton ball. If you have sensitive skin, use five tablespoons of water to a tablespoon of ACV. As your skin gets comfortable with it, you can go down to two or even one tablespoon of water. Either leave on for 10 minutes and rinse or apply face oil over the top. If you’re concerned about how your skin will react, first apply the diluted ACV to your wrist and leave it an hour to check for any redness or irritation. For an all over body treatment, add a cup of apple cider vinegar and a cup of Epsom salts to a hot bath to draw toxins out through the skin and help

jumpstart the cleansing process. This can also help relieve joint pain as well as skin conditions like eczema and acne. Medicinal Benefits: It is a brilliant natural remedy for sore throats and it can also double up as a natural mouth

freshener. Many have raved about Apple Cider Vinegar for its detoxifying effects since it decreases glucose levels and fights a myriad of infections. For more tips and ACV beauty recipes, check out cont. overleaf


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Coconut oil has been shown to protect you from viruses, bacteria, infection, cancer, brain and heart problems... plus it beautifies your skin, burns fat and boosts your thyroid. For thousands of years coconut oil has been one of the most loved hair conditioners and for good reason. It has an amazingly repairing effect on your hair cuticle and is good for scalp health since it contains antibacterial properties and nutrients. Besides being a fabulous hair serum, it’s the perfect skin enhancer – a thin layer is highly moisturising for your complexion. You can make various recipes using coconut oil or just use it by itself. To make your own moisturiser, scoop about two cups of coconut oil into a mixing bowl – break up into chunks if necessary and whiz it on high to whip the oil until it’s soft and fluffy. If you like, add a few drops of essential oil for the scent. Then transfer into a storage container and use in place of lotion and body butter. Great for an overnight super hydration treatment.

Medicinal Benefits: Many rave about the nutritional value of drinking coconut oil. You can either add it to protein shakes or as an extra topping on a salad; otherwise you can drink it on an empty stomach. Classed as a super food, coconut oil is a low carb drink and is

said to fight viruses, improve your brain function as well as burn fat. For more tips and coconut beauty recipes, check out, and

BEAUTY GEMS For those who like the convenience of store-bought beauty products, these brands get the green thumbs up for less harm to you and the planet. 1. The Organic Pharmacy’s Self Tan and Tan Accelerator Developed using a unique DHA, Ecocert approved and derived from beetroot; this light cream of Self Tan delivers a fast, natural and uniform tan. A gentle formula so tender and chemical free, makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Or, acquire a natural deep golden tan with less sun exposure with The Organic Pharmacy’s Tan Accelerator. Its plant extracts stimulate melanin for long lasting glow while light aloe brings an instant sun kissed glow. Tan Accelerator means less sun-time for that deep golden tan. Buy it: Organic Pharmacy Self-Tan, AED 225 and Tan Accelerator, AED 225. The range is available at The Organic Pharmacy, Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai at Sister’s beauty lounge in Village Mall and Dubai Mall. 2. Kielhl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate This amazing night oil contains a powerful blend of essential and botanical oils. Evening Primrose Oil helps to repair and boost radiance while Lavender Essential Oil soothes inflamed or irritated skin by reducing blotchiness. When inhaled, the aroma of lavender oil has a calming, anti-depressive effect and promotes an extra restful sleep. Expect to look younger and more radiant! Buy it: AED 217 for 30ml and AED 321 for 50ml, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is stocked at the Kiehl’s store in Dubai Mall and Harvey Nichols in Mall of the Emirates. 3. Herbline Essentials Premium Essentials AHA Cream I am loving this new anti-ageing cream since it is packed with essential oils and vitamins. Inspired by the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda, it is made from 100 per cent natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas. It is paraben, paraffin and animal cruelty free, plus it has an incredibly anti-ageing effect. Herbline Essentials is a certified member of PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies programme, the only company in the Middle East to do so to date. Buy it: The AHA Cream costs AED 342 and is available at all leading pharmacies in the UAE.

SARAH BLADEN is a qualified Zen Meditation teacher and founder of On Cloud Zen. To book a meditation session, email To read her blog, go to

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Tried and tested:

Acupuncture Facelift Is an acupuncture facelift as good as the surgical variety? Anne Brison goes under the needle to find out.

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ou might assume that having an acupuncture facial would involve quite a few little needles in your face. And you’d be right (15 of them, in my case) but what you may not assume is that you also end up with needles in other parts of your body, like your legs, stomach, hands, etc. This is because what goes on in the rest of your body shows on your face. So if you have a sluggish digestive system, you could end up with acne. If you have puffy eyes that are creating eye bags, it could be the result of inflammation in one of your organs. In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s believed all the main meridians start or end in the face. Whatever is ailing the body shows up in the face. On a basic level, this can be understood when you think about what happens when you get angry; your face gets red and your facial muscles constrict. So whether it’s fine lines, sagging skin, little red veins, acne or puffy eyes, the cause probably lies somewhere else in your body, so says Acupuncture Therapist Dr. Alireza Najafi Germi, which is why you need to get to the root cause if you want to look younger or just slow down aging. “Yes, needles in the face will help production of collagen and elastin to boost elasticity but needles will also be needed in the area of the root cause, which could be the legs or stomach or elsewhere,” Dr Germi says. “Causes of aging in the face can be symptoms of underlying problems such as stress, hormone imbalances, digestive issues… etc. The causes can be emotional as well. I had a client who suddenly suffered acne after her father passed away. Grief affects the lungs which in turn can have a big impact on the face and skin. This is why each person needs different treatment.” So far so good but can acupuncture facials really help with ageing or problem skin? Only one way to find out so, in the name of research, I underwent the process of having a course of 10 acupuncture facials, which means getting needled twice a week for five weeks.


The initial session takes the longest (about an hour and a half) because you must first discuss your health and medical history with Dr Germi. This looks at diet, past and current health issues, lifestyle, and so on. After that, it’s time to get on the table. First, Dr Germi placed six or seven needles in my lower legs; one in my hand and a couple in my stomach, to help with digestive issues. Apparently, one of the acupuncture points in the lower leg was to stimulate collagen production, which helps with giving skin more of that youthful elasticity. He also put a needle in my foot, which helps with anxiety. Most of the time it’s relatively painless having all these needles stuck in your skin but there is the occasional sensitive point – which means it’s an area that needs work, said Dr Germi because there’s only pain if there’s a blockage.


While he leaves the needles in the lower half of the body to do their work and before he places the needles in the face, Dr Germi gives you a full facial using Jasmin products – a top quality, certified organic Australian brand. The facial includes cleansing and toning, a scrub, mask and moisturising. This is all extremely pleasant. I emphasise the ‘extremely’. For fifteen to 20 minutes, you’re left to relax with the needles in your lower body while the Jasmin face masque dries – this is usually when I fall to sleep. Then Dr Germi washes off the mask, takes out the first lot of needles and commences placing the second batch, which are the ones that the go in your face. Happily, they’re much thinner than the needles used in other parts of the body. They go in the standard areas that show aging like the crow’s feet by the eyes; the frown line in the middle of the forehead, and the lines at the corners of the mouth.

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I went back to the office after that first session and was told by the first two people I met that I looked ‘glowing’ and ‘great’.

Session 4

Any nerves I had in the first session about being stuck full of needles are gone. There’s the odd needle that pricks a bit when it first goes in but it’s nothing of any significance – getting my eyebrows threaded hurts more than this does.

Session 5

I’m going back on that statement about it not hurting more than threading. Dr Germi found a very sensitive point on my foot today – I almost kicked him.

Session 10

I’ve really enjoyed by twice weekly acupuncture and facial sessions with Dr Germi. I think I can see a difference but this is a subtle effect and not the same kind of transformation that you get with a surgical facelift. One benefit I didn’t consider when I started this was the boost your whole body gets from just having all this acupuncture. It’s also a kind of forced time-out twice a week. You can’t do much when you’re covered in needles so you end up meditating, relaxing, unwinding… that’s an unexpected benefit as well. The big question though, is do I look better? Yes, I think so but it’s not the kind of dramatic difference that other people would notice. Although, lots of people don’t even notice when you get surgical work done on your face and eyes, often people just think you’re looking fresher for some reason they can’t put their finger on. That’s what you get with an acupuncture facelift – fine lines decrease, your skin is smoother and some of the issues that may be causing you to age faster are reduced. This is no one-fix-wonder like surgery though; acupuncture facials offer the best results as an ongoing and regular part of your anti-aging routine.

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To book a session of acupuncture facials with DR. ALIREZA NAJAFI GERMI at Breath & Health Alternative Medical Centre, email or call 04 348 9940… and get the Awakenings discount! See page 50 for vouchers. Location: Villa 1080, Al Wasl Rd, Jumeirah


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AcUpUNcTUrE FAcEliFT FAQS How does it work? Acupuncture, a form of traditional Chinese medicine, is designed to free up chi, or energy. When the needles are applied to the body and face, production of collagen and elastin is stimulated, which ‘plumps up’ the skin. In addition, any problems in the body causing premature aging or skin issues are addressed. What does it do? Skin becomes smoother and firmer and there are fewer wrinkles. Fine lines are erased and deeper lines reduced. There is less sagginess, a lifting of droopy eyelids, and a clearing or reduction of age spots. As an added bonus you also get an overall overhaul and rejuvenation that is not confined to your face. Who should get it? Anyone wanting a ‘lift’ without opting for surgery. For best results, start the treatments in your 30s or 40s to maintain a more youthful appearance as you move into your 50s and 60s. Is it really the same as a surgical facelift? No. The Acupuncture Facelift gives you about 30 to 50 per cent of the results of surgery but it gives a whole lot more than surgery does with regard to all over body and organ rejuvenation because this is a whole-body treatment. Plus, if you start having the acupunctures sessions earlier in life while keeping unhealthy lifestyle habits in check, you may never need to resort to surgery. What does it cost? For a 10 session course of five Acupuncture Facial sessions twice a week with Dr. Germi at Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre, the price is AED 5,000 with the Jasmin organic facial included. But if you tell them you want the Awakenings magazine discount, the price is AED 3,500 with the Jasmin organic facial. Alternatively, pay in advance for 10 sessions of Acupuncture Facelift without the Jasmin facial and the regular price is AED 3,150. The Awakenings discount price is AED 2,500. See page 50 for vouchers.


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Eco Formula What have fast cars and motor racing ever done for the environment? You may well ask… Adrian Maul reports on green engineering in Formula 1 cars and Formula E, the electric car racing series.


robably the most exciting news to hit my desk regarding motor racing recently is the news that the FIA Formula E Championship series is due to start its first races in September this year. This series will use completely electric cars and the first season will have 10 races around the world ending in June 2015. Ten teams with two drivers each have signed up for the first season, which is great news, as is the fact that the series is operating as an ‘open championship’ format, which means that this will enable

manufacturers and constructors to showcase their technology. The cars are anticipated to have performance figures of 0 to 100 kmh acceleration in around three seconds and a top speed of 225 kmh. for those of you in the UK during July and August there are a number of free pre-season test sessions at Donington Park Racing Circuit, details can be found at their website I for one cannot wait for this series to start and wouldn’t if be great if a race could be held in the UAE for the second season?

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Yes, I know that a petrol-head event like the Formula 1 Grand Prix is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when one considers eco motoring but believe it or not, there is a green agenda even here. It comes down to fuel-efficiency; using fewer fossil fuels is everyone’s goal. The engineers behind the production of performance and racing cars are striving to get the most performance out of every drop of fuel that their car carries. This is where it gets interesting since there is a direct relation to getting the most power from a drop of fuel and the efficiency of the engine. Therefore the ultimate race performance engine should by definition be fuel-efficient. Remember, no race team wants to carry excessive heavy fuel in their car as all excess weight is a burden that slows them down. Crucially, the technology


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developed to improve the performance of these fast cars often makes it into the production cars that you and I are able to buy. Ironically, it is the vast amount of money that pays for this motor racing technology that ultimately makes your and my car more efficient.


This year, Formula 1 (F1) motor racing has introduced a number of new rules to challenge the manufacturers. In particular, the changes relate to engine size, fuel consumption and hybrid technology: 1. Engine size The previous series of F1 cars had 2.4 litre V8 engines, which has changed for this season to 1.6 litre V6 engines with turbo chargers. This means that F1 cars now have smaller engines than the average for cars in many countries around the world including the UK, USA and UAE. Smaller engines supported by turbochargers to improve power and efficiency is no new thing though and many manufacturers such as VW and Ford have been using this technology for years, though with mixed results and some controversy as to how efficient these engines really are when compared to their larger predecessors. F1 coming to the stage in this area though is bound to see improvements to this technology in the future. 2. Fuel Consumption Perhaps a much more interesting area is the new fuel limits. In the previous season, there were no limits to the amount of fuel a car was able to use per race and on average they used about 225 litres. The new rule limits them to 100kg of fuel, which is about 140 litres - a reduction of around a third. This is significant as the F1 engine manufacturers will have to focus on the fuel efficiency of their engines or the cars will not make the 305km distance that F1 races are run over. This still gives a pretty poor average fuel consumption figure for


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The vast amount of money that pays for this motor racing technology ultimately makes your and my car more efficient. the F1 cars of about 45 l/100km, but they are moving in the right direction as last season this was 75 l/100km. 3. Hybrid Technology For a number of seasons, F1 has used a form of hybrid technology to boost power and preserve energy otherwise lost through braking. The Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) converted braking energy into electrical energy that can then be used to provide additional power on demand. This year however this technology has been advanced with two systems employed to recover energy, the Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K) and Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H) along with an Energy Store (ES). The MGU-K works similar to the older KERS recovering energy from braking, it can also act as a motor under acceleration posting power to the drive train. The MGU-H connects to the


turbocharger and converts heat energy from exhaust gases into electricity. This can then be used to either provide power to the drive train, or drive the turbocharger to overcome the low revs turbo lag associated with turbochargers. 4. Turbochargers Turbochargers were originally designed to make cars go faster, a side effect of this however is that by their very design they enable fuel to be burnt more efficiently. So car manufacturers can use smaller, more efficient engines in their cars. Conventional turbochargers have two connected turbines, one that is spun by exhaust gasses which in turn spins the other turbine to compress the air prior to feeding it into the combustion chamber to concentrate oxygen and produce a bigger explosion. In essence, it’s accepted by all but the most obtuse climate-denier that the invention of the motorcar has had a devastating impact on the environment. We can’t however uninvent them. We need to evolve them into something that significantly reduces environmental harm and it is the engineers working feverishly on the engines in supercars and racing cars that are bringing new technologies to the table that will eventually be used in everyday production cars.

Green speed: An all-electric Formula E racing car.

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Children and

depression Yes, even a child can suffer from depression and one in five children have a mental health issue. Child therapist Tim Hydari answers some of the most common questions about mental health disorders faced by children.

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perceived stressor. They might have difficulty concentrating, show irritability, struggle to sleep at night, become socially withdrawn and/or have low self-worth.

Are there different types of anxiety?


t’s not just adults who can suffer from depression and other mental health issues. Sadly, even children can find themselves overcome by the ‘black dog’ – so called by depression sufferer Winston Churchill. Depression is a negative state of mind and mood that adversely impacts a person’s (including children’s) thoughts, behaviour, feelings and sense of wellbeing. Of course this state is different to the regular sadness that a child will feel in their day-to-day life along with other natural feeling states. However when the sadness becomes persistent or debilitating or if disruptive behaviour develops and affects a child’s attention and thought patterns, interests, conduct, peer relations, schoolwork or family life, then it might be that a child is struggling with depression.

What are the symptoms of depression? For a child, some symptoms of depression might be feelings of irritability, anger, hopelessness, worthlessness, as well as social withdrawal, fatigue, physical complaints (stomach aches, headaches) that don’t respond to treatment, changes in appetite and sleep and thoughts of suicide.

How do you tell if a child has anxiety? How do parents know if their child is struggling with anxiety? Whilst anxiety can be termed as a worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome, it can become a state of concern when it stops a child from functioning normally. Children with anxiety disorders tend to overreact to a

Anxiety disorders can take different shapes. For example, phobias are a type of anxiety. When a child develops a phobia, it means they have an intense and irrational fear of a specific object such as animals, the dark, medical procedures etc.). Then there is social phobia/anxiety, which is an intense fear of social and performance situations. Sometimes children exhibit selective mutism, which is a refusal to speak in situations where talking is expected or necessary and instead turn their heads, chew or twirl their hair, avoid eye contact or withdraw into a corner. Children might also worry excessively about school grades, family issues, relationships with peers, or performance in sports. This would be considered generalised anxiety and is sometimes diagnosed as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Other types include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) when a child has unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) whilst feeling compelled to perform rituals and routines (compulsions) to try and ease anxiety. Also post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is when children have intense fear or anxiety, sometimes completely avoiding people, places or activities, after they have witnessed a traumatic or life threatening event.

Why do children feel anxious? One reason children feel anxious is when they are separated from their primary caregiver. It’s natural for children to experience separation anxiety between 18 months and three years old when a parent leaves the room or goes out of sight. Usually children can be distracted from these feelings. I’m sure many mothers reading this have found that their child cries when first being left at daycare or pre-school, with the crying usually subsiding after the child becomes engaged in the new environment. However if your cont. overleaf


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child is slightly older and unable to leave you or another family member, or takes longer to calm down after you leave than other children, then the problem could be separation anxiety disorder, which is believed to affect four per cent of children (most common in kids ages seven to nine). Many children with separation anxiety commonly worry about bad things happening to their parents or caregivers. Therefore extreme homesickness or feelings of misery when not being with loved ones can often occur. Other symptoms include refusing to go to school, camp, or a sleepover, and demanding that someone stay with them at bedtime.

What does a parent help? Parents need to try and monitor these behaviours and communicate with their child without them feeling insecure or judged. It is thought that at least one in five children suffer from some sort of mental health concern. If that is indeed the case then it is certainly important for parents to get their children help if any symptoms appear to be chronic and debilitating to the child. It’s important to communicate with the child’s teacher so as to track any changes when in school. It’s crucial to note that development (language, motor, social etc.) in children varies from child to child however if a perceived problem persists, seek advice from a professional. Special attention should be given to problems that persist across a range of settings (at home, at school, with peers etc.), changes in appetite or sleep, social withdrawal, regression (return to younger behaviours such as bed-wetting), constant tearfulness, signs of self-destructive behaviour (nail biting, self mutilation or head-banging) or persistent thoughts of death. When a parent is to communicate with a child it should be done in a straightforward manner and at a level that is appropriate for the child’s age. Whilst pre-school children need less information, school age children often want more specifics. Some parents have found it useful to compare a mental health concern with a physical illness. So explain to them

that just like they go to the doctor to seek help for their flu that isn’t allowing them to do the things they usually do, they will go to a therapist to help them deal with feelings that are interfering with their school work or their home life.

How can a parent use play to bond with their child? Play is a great method for parents to bond better with their child. Before engaging in particular activities, parents need to understand that play is where children show us their inner feelings and experiences that they usually can’t or won’t talk about. So it’s of paramount importance that parents join their children where they

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live in order to receive what they have to share and engage in activities with their children that their children show interest in. This will immediately bring about better communication. I would suggest parents suspend reality whilst they are playing with their children to allow for a multitude of interesting possibilities in communication to arise. For example parents should try and reverse roles with their children in a playful way. This will provide great insight into the dynamics of their relationship. Of course the disclaimer here would be not to take what comes out of it personally. That’s just counter productive. Play between parent and child is supposed to be supportive and fun. Parents should also refrain from judgment in play and instead let the child lead whilst following with good humor, patience and guidance. However the latter should be used only when necessary so as to avoid controlling an activity too much. Parents should also try to be in the moment. It surprises me the amount of times parents complain about their children’s attention deficit yet they themselves cannot engage their child in an activity that he or she has chosen without their mind wandering off somewhere else. In regards to particular activities, any game that a child and parent enjoy playing together can bring them closer. However some games are actually about connection including games like peekaboo, hide-andseek, tag and playful roughhousing. These games play with the idea of closeness and distance. However the easiest way to improve the parent-child bond would be to share a giggle. Ask your child to get you to laugh and you’ll immediately know what they find funny. Then do it.

An accredited Play Therapist and Trainee Supervisor, Tim Hydari trained with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), he has a postgraduate Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy and a Masters degree in Developmental and Therapeutic Play. He is a member of Play Therapy International (PTI) and the Association of Therapeutic Playwork. Tim’s aim is to enlighten, empower and heal children, parents and families. To enquire about therapy for children, contact Tim through Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre on 04 348 9940 or email


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Detox holiday in

Turkish paradise Sianji Wellbeing Resort is Turkey’s prime wellness destination. People from all over the world come to lose weight, rejuvenate and regain their spark. Kaya Peters spends eight days on their Raw Food Detox Program and here she reveals the benefits of this unique holiday with Awakenings magazine.


ianji Wellbeing Resort is one of world’s top hotels dedicated to cleansing body, mind and spirit, while educating guests on the basics of healthy living. Based on the alkaline and raw food diet, guests choose from different programs tailored to individual needs. In addition, the resort provides education on health and food preparation, high quality spa treatments and therapies, as well as healing activities to support the detox process. The main programs offered are the ‘Master Detox’, ‘Raw Food Detox’ and ‘Alkaline Diet’. The master detox is a full juice cleanse; the raw food detox allows for several daily meals made of the finest raw ingredients. The Alkaline Diet also incorporates cooked foods and focuses on the right balance between acid and alkaline food intake. All programs are supported by a variety of healing therapies, treatments and activities: Daily yoga and Pilates classes are offered, as well as fitness based exercise in the fully equipped gym or Thalasso pool. Guests have unlimited access to the amazing spa; are taken on walks in the surrounding nature or can relax in the living room while enjoying the breathtaking ocean view.


Upon arriving at Bodrum airport, I am taken to the resort by airport transfer, where General Manager Muhammet Gurkan is waiting to give me a warm

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welcome. I am taken to my private sea-view suite and served a green salad for my evening meal. The staff of the hotel is friendly and helpful. The room is spacious, light, and a perfect environment to withdraw and immerse myself in the Detox Experience to come. I take a bath in my private Jacuzzi while overlooking the ocean and prepare myself for a good night’s rest in my comfortable king size bed. The next morning starts with fresh apple ginger juice and a small portion of grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon and sesame seeds. After breakfast I am booked in with the resort’s detox specialist to discuss my program and tailor it to my individual requirements. Çisem Cakir ( is a beautiful young woman with a passion for her work. Trained as a raw food chef she consults the guests and monitors their progress on the programs. She also provides educational sessions and gives classes on raw food preparation and making the shift to a healthier lifestyle.


I am taken through an extensive intake and body-analysis, which shows I have a couple of kilos to lose and mostly too much water retention. The results come as no surprise as the challenge of running a business in Dubai for the past 18 months has taken its toll on my body. Çisem suggests I start with the raw food detox but also try the master detox (only juices) for a day or two. The raw food detox consists of a combination of juices, salads and gourmet raw food meals, served about every three hours. The meals are delicious, mostly prepared with vegetables, seeds, nuts and some soaked grains. There is plenty of green juice and wheatgrass served as well, and in the evening I enjoy a huge, colourful salad. In addition I take probiotics every night, as well as spirulina in the mornings (a green algae with amazing healing benefits). cont. overleaf


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The first three days of the program are tough. I feel nauseous, tired and heavy. I sleep about fourteen hours a day and limit my exercise program to outdoor walking and a bit of stretching. After day three, the worst of the detox crisis passes. I start feeling very clear minded and full of energy. I decide to switch to the Master Detox and fast for a day and half on juices. Then I do another two days of raw food and the last day I have vegetable soup and white fish for my dinner, as my body clearly has enough of the cold foods. My detox program is supported by daily presso therapy, which drains the lymphatic system, as well as outdoor walks, steam bath and sauna and amazing massages from a Balinese therapist named Ria. I am consulted by the on-site doctor to see whether there is anything in particular in my medical condition which asks for attention.

climate, we automatically pick foods, which are lighter and have a cleansing nature. Fresh fruit, vegetables, salads and grilled white fish are best eaten when living in tropical and subtropical temperatures. Cold weather asks for more building foods, like longer boiled stews, meats and starchy vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes.



In Chinese Medicine, raw foods are classified as cold and cleansing so a raw food detox is a highly effective way of detoxifying the body. However, it can also cause some difficulty for people with weak digestive systems. Personally I am not able to digest such an abundance of raw food, and therefore could not be on a diet like this for extensive periods of time. There are different opinions about the raw food diet. My personal opinion as a whole food nutritionist with a background in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine); is that a program like this is great once a year, but in general we should not be eating 100 per cent raw. Salads, sprouts, soaked nuts and other raw foods should definitely be a part of our diet. Overcooking food does kills a lot of their nutritional value and therefore it is best to lightly steam or broil vegetables, while retaining their vibrant colours. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the climate we live in affects the way we eat. When living in a hotter


At the end of my program, I am again submitted to an analysis. I have lost two kilos of water weight and 1.5 kg of fat. My face looks younger and slimmer and my body feels great and much lighter. The cleanse has been beneficial and effective. In the days after the cleanse, I stick to eating white fish, salads and vegetablebased dishes. I return to Dubai ready for a new year with a lot of motivation to incorporate some of what I’ve learned into my daily life.

Detox and fasting rituals have been part of the human diet for centuries and practiced by ancient cultures, tribes, religious groups and people living in close contact with nature. In earlier times, where the pace of life was slower and man lived in a much more natural way, there was less exposure to toxic influences. In today’s society we face high stress levels, breathe in artificial air, eat contaminated and toxicated foods and drink bottled water. No wonder the body starts showing signs of imbalance. Investing in your health on a detox holiday is a great way to come back to yourself and embark on your journey towards living a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

Prepare yourself! Upon booking you will receive an extensive explanation on how to prep yourself in the days before your detox holiday. This means cutting out certain foods and drinks in order to minimise the detox crisis; Take your swimsuit! Using the healing Thalasso Pool, Turkish steam bath and sauna will accelerate your detox process; Break your detox correctly: After cleansing, your body will be in a purified state. Therefore it is of the utmost importance you break your cleanse in the best way possible, with natural foods that do not put any strain on the delicate digestive system. The staff will provide you with a full list of info upon arrival.

For more information on Sianji Wellbeing Resorts, visit: For those who wish to detox at home with Kaya Peters’ Detox Program, visit www.

or call +971 56 212 5878.

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Kaya Peters is a Dubai-based yoga teacher and holistic coach, to find out more about workshops and coaching with Kaya, go to


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Spa Review: The Aloe Vera & Cucumber wrap in floatation bed at De La Mer Fitness and Day Spa


ow do you get the sensation of floating without getting wet? In a flotation bath at De La Mer Fitness and Day Spa. It’s a brilliant concept. You’re lying on a kind of massage table which is positioned over a bath but with the flick of a switch the table slowly transforms and gently lowers you into the warm bath… but there’s a thin water-proof material between you and the water so there you are, floating, but not actually getting wet. It is unbelievably relaxing, you will fall asleep in the warm embrace of the water. In fact, there’s a ‘back in the womb’ feel to the experience. I should mention though that the floating is the second part, the first part involves being scrubbed all over and then slathered in aloe vera and cucumber, which is left on to do its work on your skin while you’re in the floatation bath.


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Both aloe vera and cucumber are known for their hydrating and soothing effect. This wrap is perfect for overexposed, sun-burnt or sensitive skin. It reduces body temperature while moisturising and creating new cell growth. Afterwards, you take a shower and you’re given an all over body massage. It’s a wonderful way to relax and unwind or just treat yourself. Don’t be in a hurry to leave though. De La Mer Day Spa is a hidden gem. Located on Jumeirah Road, it has a 14,000 square foot garden and swimming pool as well as an array of facilities and treatments for women, which makes it a great place to spend the day (they’ll order meals in if you do). Using organic brands Voya, Elemis and Nimue, De La Mer Day Spa offers a range of massages, scrubs, face and body treatments. On the ground floor, there’s a full hair as well as a well-equipped gym complete with the option of a personal trainer.

A hammam and a VIP room on the second floor is all about relaxation. Hire the VIP room for a group of friends and enjoy treatments, the Jacuzzi and relaxation with total privacy. Similarly, the walled garden offers privacy with more space. A pool, Jacuzzi and seating areas encourage members to enjoy the outdoors. Weekly yoga classes also take place in the garden.

Price: AED 80 for a day pass to use the spa’s facilities (excluding treatments) or AED 300 for a monthly pass. Women only.    Contacts: De La Mer Fitness and Day Spa Jumeirah Beach Road (a few doors down from the Al Hilal Bank on the corner of Thanya Rd) Tel. 04 328 2775 Email:

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AED 85 Surat journals, come in six colours, at



North America’s top selling ginger brand is now in the UAE. In 1984, The Ginger People began its mission to produce the world’s finest range of ginger products and ingredients. Why? Ginger is one of nature’s most powerful herbal remedies. Herbalists have used ginger for thousands of years to restore vital energy, stimulate circulation and relieve countless maladies including nausea, headaches and arthritis. The Gin Gin products include: Crystallised Ginger; Spicy Chews; Spicy Apple; Coffee; Peanut, and Spice Drops. Our top tips? For a soothing sweet-hot drink treat, take a big succulent chunk of crystallised ginger and melt it in a hot cup of tea or water. For anyone who suffers motion sickness, put them on the plane or boat with a bag of Gin Gins Super Strength Ginger Caramel Candy – also known as a “little potion for the motion”, they contain 30 per cent fresh ginger which reduces nausea and motion sickness. Buy it: AED 18.50 for an 84gm bag. Stocked by Holland and Barrett. Dubai stores in Mirdif City Centre, Dubai Festival City, The Dubai Mall, Jumeirah High Street, Madinat Jumeirah, and Oasis Centre. Also in Fujairah City Centre and Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Hamra Mall.


Devi bag by Ragmatazz, at

GETTING CRAFTY is an online platform that gives handcrafters, artisans and artists in the UAE a portal to showcase and sell their handmade goods. Each artist gets a personalised space that becomes their online shop and a place to showcase the items they make, supported by a gallery of photographs of the items with descriptions and prices set by their seller. No registration fee or listing charge for a seller when setting up shop, but ideyna takes a commission when an item is sold. The website also arranges shipping of items to buyers worldwide. Founded by Nafisa Rebello and Ekta Saran, ideyna means ‘our hands’ in Arabic. Go shopping at


An eco-organic skincare range, The Organic Pharmacy’s Skin Radiance Supplements promise for beautiful skin from within through a formula that protects the skin nourishes and promotes tissue repair and collagen formation. Normally our skin needs 28 days to regenerate or for products and supplements to start to show excellent result. So any brides-to-be should start any kind of regimen two month prior to the wedding day. Buy it: AED 270 for 120 capsules (three a day recommended) from The Organic Pharmacy store in Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi.

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For unique jewellery, handbags and homeware, check out Zahr Art, an original online boutique full of artistic creations and social responsibility. Here are some top picks: Popinjay is a premium handbag label that works with 150 female artisans in Pakistan. The black and white Kufic Quilted Fold-over Clutch (AED 1,085) is made from 100 per cent pure calf leather and a satin silk lined interior. The Fern Earrings by celebrity favourite Elizabeth Cole are decorated with Swarovski crystals in pacific opal. Price: AED 899

The tribal Sabratha Gold Necklace is a statement piece, designed by A Peace Treaty, a label that creates employment for talented artisans working amidst socio-economic instability. Spot them on HBO show ‘Girls’ and on celebrities such as Halle Berry, Clare Danes and Jennifer Lopez. Price: AED 1,375 Zariin specialises in boho-esque cuffs, bright coloured stone rings and raw gypsy-chic earrings. Launched by Indian sisters Vidhi and Mamta Gupta in 2010, a percentage of all sales going to the SOS Children’s Villages of India. The stunning “The Meandering” Gold Cuff is 22ct gold plated with multi-coloured uncut stones. Price: AED 998

For home furnishings, The Orange Art Company makes cushions cool by adding the work of Nepalese artist Chirag Bangdel. Each image used on every 40x40cm machine-washable cushion cover has a satin finish. Artworks include: ‘Laal Sisters’, ‘The Marriage Ceremony’ and ‘Solitude’. Price: AED 230 Zahr Art ensures customers worldwide secure payment and quick delivery as most items are stocked locally. Go shopping at


Argon oil is a very exclusive oil used in the kitchen, for cosmetics and as a nutritional supplement. If you’re going to buy it, make sure you buy quality. The Vom Fass selection of wellness oils is considered one of the best in the region. Health and well-being oils like Argon can be used to strengthen hair as well as protect and lubricate the skin, making it supple. Argan oil can be used to treat burns, reddening and dermatitis. Traditionally, this oil is used in Morocco to treat acne, Chicken pox and general skin problems. It’s also used in cooking. Buy it: Vom Fass oils range from AED 15 to AED 56 per 100ml. Stocked by Holland and Barrett stores in Mirdif City Centre, Dubai Festival City, The Dubai Mall, Jumeirah High Street, Madinat Jumeirah, and Oasis Centre. Also in Fujairah City Centre and Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Hamra Mall


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We heart therapists! Want to try a few new things without laying down loads of cash? The UAE has an army of amazing of alternative healers, complementary therapists, yoga and Pilates teachers, exercise and fitness experts, diet and nutrition specialists... and more all helping people transform their lives. This page is where you get to hear about them and bag a discounted deal through an Awakenings ‘We heart therapists’ voucher. Do you have a service that you’d like to offer for a discounted rate through an Awakenings ‘We Heart Therapists’ voucher? To get your voucher in the next issue of Awakenings magazine, email for a rates pack.

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Holistic life coaching to realise your full discount! potential at work, home, or socialising or to achieve that lifetime goal. NLP Practitioner and Master Hypnotherapist. Offer: Free consultation plus 4 x 1 hour sessions for just AED 1000. For a free, no-strings consultation contact Adrian on: 056 676 9483 or email Valid till 1 August 2014

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Look younger with this anti-aging treatment by Specialist Acupuncturist discount! Dr. Alireza Najafi Germi, an acupuncture facelift plus Jasmin organic facial. Normally AED 5,000 for a package of 10 sessions, the Awakenings price with this voucher is AED 3,500. To book, call Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre 04 348 9940, 050 534 8267 Valid to 1 August 2014. New clients only.

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Acupuncture sessions with Specialist Acupuncturist Dr. Alireza Najafi Germi. discount! Suitable for stress, pain, immune system booster, detox, men and women’s health, etc Regular price per session: AED 350.00 Awakenings price with this voucher: AED 280.00 To book, call Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre 04 3489940, 050 534 8267 Valid to 1 August 2014. New clients only.

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Terms and conditions: Offer only available to new clients. Offer is limited to 10 packages and voucher expires 1 August 2014 or when all packages are sold.

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discount! Psychotherapist and hypnotherapist Anna Yates offers gastric mind banding therapy to tackle obesity. This voucher gives you 50 per cent off a package of 14 hours of therapy to build a healthy relationship with food. Normally AED 7,000 - with Awakenings just AED 3,500! Valid till 1 August 2014

Terms and conditions: Offer only available to new clients. Voucher expires 1 August 2014.


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UAE listings


Alternative, complementary and holistic products and services available in the UAE. ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS (BARS) SJB Wellbeing Practitioner and facilitator offering Healing Sessions and Workshops to become a certified Access Bars Practitioner. Releasing old beliefs, patterns, behaviours, judgements. T: 050 6847410 E:

Melany Oliver Release unhelpful judgement, beliefs and perceptions. Private healing sessions as well as classes to become a certified Access Bars practitioner. T: 050 794 7695 E:


Dr. Alireza Najafi Germi T.C.M.D/ Specialist Acupuncturist (Canada) working out of the Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre. Treatments include Acupuncture Facial. T: 04 3489940, 050-5348267 The Chiron Clinic Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, including acupuncture, Chinese herbals and cupping. Dr. Wang Ping specializes in fertility, hormonal & pregnancy complaints, musculoskeletal injuries, and stress. The Chiron Clinic also offers treatments for weight loss, detoxification, allergy screens & desensitization, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal complaints, skin problems, using natural & complementary medicine. 160 2D St. Al Bada’a/Jumeirah 1 (Behind Life Pharmacy), Dubai Tel. 04 349 7444 Email: Dubai Mall Medical Centre Complementary and alternative medicine with Naturopathic Medicine Practioner Dr Heather Eade. 7th Floor, Dubai Mall. T: 04 449 5111 Beijing Tong Ren Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic offering acupuncture, cupping, therapeutic massage. T: O4 349 8188 Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre Conventional (allopathic), complementary and alternative medicine plus wellness treatments. Ayurveda, Beauty, Gynaecology, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine. Za’abeel, Oud Metha Rd. T: 04 335 1200 E:


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Dubai Physiotherapy & Family Medicine Clinic Comprehensive family medicine and physiotherapy. 1st Floor, Town Centre Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road. T: 04 349 6333 Holistic Healing Medical Centre Eastern and western medicines. Ayurveda, acupuncture, colon hydrotherapy and Homeopathy. Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 3. E: T: 04 348 7172 Synergy Integrated Medical Centre A clinical acupuncturist, Martine (Dip. AC clin. Ac (China) Certificate in Paediatric Acupuncture) specialises in fertility, pregnancy and post-natal treatments. She uses a combination of traditional Chinese therapies including acupuncture, massage, cupping and moxibustion. E: T: 04 348 5452 Wellbeing Medical Centre Complementary conventional and alternative health care, cosmetic surgery. T: +971 4 348 4406 E:


Aura Alternative Medicine Centre Three kinds of treatment Ayurvedic medicines, diet and lifestyle management and Panchakarma for detox, rejuvenating and relaxing. Office 201, Al Faisal 1, CBI Bank Building, King Faisal Road, Sharjah. E: T: 06 575 7001 Breath & Health Alternative Medical Centre Dubai’s premier wellness centre offers cupping, ear candling, Aromatherapy Massage, Ayurveda, Colon Hydrotherapy Cupping Therapy & Hijama, Diet & Nutrition, Ear Coning & Candling, Electromagnetic Wave Therapy, Hair care (Organic), Play & Creative Arts Therapy Pranic Healing, Quantum Biofeedback Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Stress Management, Tai Chi, Thai Massage & Therapeutic Stretching, Unani Yoga & Fitness. Villa 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2. E: T: 04 348 9940 OUR


PICK The Chiron Clinic A complementary and alternative medical clinic, the Chiron Clinic treats the ‘whole’ individual. Services on offer include anthropsophical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, herbal medicines,

acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (see below), spinal alignment, counseling/coaching, hydrotherapy, detoxification, and infrared-sauna therapy, to treat a wide array of family health concerns including; eczema and other skin complaints, autism/ADHD, anxiety/depression, digestive complaints, hormonal issues, migraine/tension headaches, insomnia, allergies, low immunity, ear infections, asthma, and joint & back pain. We also offer allergy screening, and a wide array of functional testing. Dr. Lanalle & Dr. Amel are NorthAmerican Board Certified Naturopathic Doctors. Open Saturday-Thursday 8:30-8:30. 160 2D St. Al Bada’a/Jumeirah 1 (Behind Life Pharmacy) Tel. 04 349 7444 Email: Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre Conventional (allopathic), complementary and alternative medicine plus wellness treatments. Ayurveda, Beauty, Gynaecology, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine. Za’abeel, Oud Metha Rd. E: T: 04 335 1200 Dubai Mall Medical Centre Complementary and alternative medicine with Naturopathic Medicine Practioner Dr Heather Eade. 7th Floor, Dubai Mall, Downtown. T: 04 449 5111 Holistic Healing Medical Centre Eastern and western medicines. Ayurveda, acupuncture, colon hydrotherapy and Homeopathy. Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 3. E: T: 04 348 7172 Dr Parviz Rashvand, Synergy Integrated Medical Centre Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr Parviz combines natural modalities and specialises in cancer, MS, autism and other severe auto-immune and degenerative conditions. E: T: 04 348 5452 Wellbeing Medical Centre Complementary conventional and alternative health care, cosmetic surgery and laser treatments. Jumeirah 3. T: +971 4 348 4406 E:


Angel Messages by Stella Angel therapy, intuitive guidance and more.

T: +971 50 8703639 E: Angels of Light Founders Terri and Buddy are certified Angel Therapy Practitioners from the Diana Cooper School of Angels, and Angel Crystal Healers. E: T: 050 655 4814


Spadunya Club Award-winning holistic and wellness spa for women using the 100 per cent organic, French colour therapy spa range called Altearah Bio in holistic vibrational and energetic treatments. Hammam, hydrotherapy, beauty room and steam, sauna and showers. [See also Colour Therapy, Beauty, and Yoga & Fitness] Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. E: T: +971 4 439 3669 Organic Glow Beauty Lounge Eco-friendly, organic salon. Organic hair treatments, ammonia-free colour, aromatherapy massage, formaldehydefree mani-pedis, fresh fruit facials, homemade scrubs and more. Stocks Simply Organic products for purchase. E: T: 04 380 4666


Third Eye Centre Miyan is a Jyotish Maharishi (PhD equivalent research degree in Vedic Astrology) and holds a DMA (Diploma in Medieval Astrology). Private readings and group workshops. E: T: 04 326 6539 Vedic Astrologer & Numerologist, Lalit Soonderji Private readings and group workshops E: T: 04 448 7043


Aura Alternative Medicine Centre Three kinds of treatment Ayurvedic medicines, diet and lifestyle management and Panchakarma for detox, rejuvenating and relaxing. Office 201, Al Faisal 1, CBI Bank Building, King Faisal Road, Sharjah E: T: 06 575 7001 Balance Wellness Centre, Ayurvedic Dr Chandy George Ayurvedic assessments and wide range of wellness services, organic and ayurvedic therapies, energy healing. Third

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floor, Oasis Centre E: T: 04 5151 4051 www.balance-wellness-centre

Centre, Sharjah (06 554 6702) Abu Dhabi locations: Fatouh al Khair Mall (02 628 9044) and Al Wahda Mall extension, unit OUR E239 Second Floor ! K PIC

Breath & Health Alternative Medical Centre Dubai’s premier wellness centre offers cupping, ear candling, Aromatherapy Massage, Ayurveda, Colon Hydrotherapy Cupping Therapy & Hijama, Diet & Nutrition, Ear Coning & Candling, Electromagnetic Wave Therapy, Hair care (Organic), Play & Creative Arts Therapy Pranic Healing, Quantum Biofeedback Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Stress Management, Tai Chi, Thai Massage & Therapeutic Stretching, Unani Yoga & Fitness. Villa 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2. E: T: 04 348 9940

Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre Conventional (allopathic), complementary and alternative medicine plus wellness treatments. Ayurveda, Beauty, Gynaecology, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine. Za’abeel, Oud Metha Rd. E: T: 04 335 1200


Katrina Valente Holistics A facial therapist and holistic aesthetician/healer with more than 20 years experience in the beauty industry E: T: 050 565 7679 Tanamera 100% natural hair and body care products from earth-friendly ingredients not tested on animals. Outlets in MOE, Deira City Centre, and Dubai Mall in Dubai. Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi. E: T:04 399 0422 Organic Glow Beauty Lounge Eco-friendly salon offering organic treatments. E: T: 04 380 4666 Snowberry Organic Cosmetics Available at Spadunya Club, Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. E: T: +971 4 439 3669 Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Natural Health and Beauty. Dubai locations: Wafi Mall, Sun, Level 1 (04 324 5141); The Dubai Mall, Level 1 near Nayomi (04 325 3154); Dubai Marina Mall (050 189 3191); Town Centre Springs. Sharjah locations: Sahara

Organic Supermarket and Café Stocks organic skincare and cosmetics. Herbline Essentials Ayurvedic face, body, hair, acne and slimming treatments made from natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas. Available through and, UAE pharmacies including Boots, Bin Sina, Health First and United Pharmacies. Aromera - Martina Hakim Organic skin care and Happiness Coach, Systemic/Family Constellations (Bert Hellinger) T: 050 141 8790 E:


Green Car Rental A range of hybrid to 100 per cent electric vehicles to hire. From the Nissan Leaf to the BMW X6 Hybrid and Tesla Roadster. T: 04 321 7478 E:


Clinical Aromatherapy & Clinical Reflexology, The Holistic Institute IFPA and ITEC accredited for diplomas in Clinical Aromatherapy and Reflexology. E: T: 04 450 3535 Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapy, Illuminations Well-Being Centre Certified by the Universal School of Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapy Middle East. Five stages. For more information, go to or call Illuminations on 04 448 7043


Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre. See Alt. Medical Centres for details. E: T: 04 335 1200 Breath & Health Alt. Medical Centre See Alt. Medical Centres for details. 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2. E: T: 04 348 9940 Kay Vosloo, Talise Wellness Polyclinic, Al Qasr Hotel Flush out impacted fecal matter, toxic

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wastes, yeasts and other undesirable matter that build up over time and contribute to a variety of illnesses. To book, E: Mona at MJWellness@ or call +971 4 366 6810



Spadunya Club Award-winning holistic and wellness spa for women using the 100 per cent organic, French colour therapy spa range called Altearah in holistic vibrational and energetic treatments. Hammam, hydrotherapy, beauty room and steam, sauna and showers. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. T: +971 4 439 3669 E: Katrina Valente Holistics A facial therapist and holistic aesthetician/healer with more than 20 years experience in the beauty industry. E: T: 050 565 7679 Pamella Pierrepont, Colour Therapist Colour mirrors Dubai and Bio-Altearah Ascension through Colour. T: 0558097445 or email Abeer Ayash, Art Healer Abeer creates Soul Paintings for clients using colour for its therapeutic value. E: T: 04 326 6539

CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE (see Acupuncture) COUNSELLING (see also Life Coaching)

Tosatto uses Cognitive Psychotherapy with Jungian analysis as well as yoga and music therapy as needed. E: T: 04 348 5452 Tarnia Chapman, Spiritual Counsellor A graduate of the UK School of Metaphysics for the Expansion of Consciousness, Tarnia offers private sessions available to know yourself, be yourself and express yourself. E: T: 050 2754 571


Pranic Healing Centre Encorporates pranic with crystal healing.

DORN METHOD (Spinal therapy) Karima Nanji at SpaDunya Club See ‘Holistic Centres’


Art of Detox, Malcolm Slyper A free online service dedicated to preventing disease through natural cleansing and detox and raw food. Detox retreats hosted. T: +12024079737 E: Generation Nourished Holistic Health Coaching Programs for women and teenagers looking to lose weight, gain energy, have blood sugar imbalance, or want to overhaul their diet & lifestyle. T: 055 106 7511

Helen Williams, Life Works Counselling and development. Helen is a Gestalt Therapist. 996 Al Wasl Rd, Umm Suqeim 1 E: T: 04 3942464

Detox Delight Dubai Detox juices delivered to your door and bespoke detox programmes. E T: 055 5568 318

Pamella Pierrepont, Starlight Pathways - Thinking into the Future Therapies and Learning Solutions for Kids, PIDDS, The Listening Programme, The Learning Breakthrough.T: 0558097445 or email

Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre Villa 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suquim 2 E: T: 04 348 9940

Andrea Tosatto, Clinical Psychologist, Synergy Medical Centre Specialising in teens and children, Dr



Golden Energy Healings Zarine Dadachanji incorporates various modalities including Access Bars

To get your business listed here as well as online at the UAE Holistic Directory at, email the details to For the full UAE Holistic Directory, go to - and rate your faves!


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Consciousness, SRT, Theta Healing, Magnified Healing, Kinesiology, Chakra Clearings, Crystal Healing, and Sound Healing using gongs and bowls. E: T: 050 650 9954. Hands in Hope Meditation Centre Barbara Jackle is a hands-on energy healer. Office 214, Jumeirah Terrace Building, Jumeirah 1 T: 04 351 7901 E: Noora Deen Reconnective Healing Noora does one-on-one healing sessions working with universal energy frequencies to restore balance to the body, mind, and spirit. She also facilitates The Reconnection. For information on Reconnective Healing, go to T: +971 (0)50 400 5545 E:


Third Eye Centre Clinical Hypnotherapist Monisha specialises in EFT and Hypnotherapy. Offers workshops such as Taking Charge, Self Hypnosis, Karma and Forgiveness. Contact Monisha at The Third Eye Centre. E: T: 04 326 6539


Aspen Aman, The Gong House Private and group sessions for healing mind and body through sound meditation as well as gonging classes. Special classes also held for children. Lawrence Enderle Gong Bath Meditations and Sound and Vibration sessions and workshops at various locations in Dubai. Go to Zarine Dadachanji Zarine facilitates private, group and corporate meditation sessions incorporating guided visualisations, gonging, singing bowls and chanting. E: T: 050 650 9954.


The Alignment Institute Aura alignment, Feng Shui, guided meditation, Tarot, NLP. P.O. Box 114350, Abu Dhabi T: 050 6811728 E:


B&C Wellness Centre Be the Change offers SRT therapy, corporate and individual packages for anger management, personal growth and stress management. T: +971 55 9743607 E:

Brenda Margaret, B&C Wellness Ctr Offer Home Alignment, an energetic method to make your home a sacred space. T: +971 55 9743607 E:

SpaDunya Club Holistic wellness consultants offer therapies that include Reflexology, Iridology, Holistic Nutrition, Theta Healing, Quantum Reading, the Dorn Method, PIDDDS (Personal Integrated Dynamics, Diet and Determination), Breuss Massage, and Reiki. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. T: +971 4 439 3669 E:

Cosmic Healing Centre (see Holistic Centres) Cris Falconi Feng Shui Residential and corporate feng shui, interior design and consultancy. T: 055 362 9027 E:

Cosmic Healing Centre (see Holistic Centres)


Point Zero Floatation Center, Abu Dhabi Floatation Therapy, Ayurveda and Body Works. Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi opposite Al Forsan Sports resort and next to Berlitz Language Center. Street #12, Villa 3. T: +971 (2) 445 5775, E:

GASTRIC MIND BANDING (see hypnotherapy)


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Discover Nirvana Self-discovery workshops, yoga for kids, space clearing and feng shui for the home, Ayurvedic cooking, wellness for pets, crystal healing, Reiki, Theta healing and online shopping. E: The Miracles Center Icon Tower, office 306, next to Byblos Hotel Tecom (Dubai Internet City Metro) T: 056 148 5118 E:


Cosmic Healing Centre Services, treatments, events and training in various healing modalities, self-empowerment workshops and meditations, plus alternative and complementary therapies. Pranic, Theta, Reiki, Vastu and Feng Shui, Crystal, KriyaShakti, EFT, Hypnotherapy.Office No: 402; Montana Building, Home Options Building, GPO, Karama, Dubai. E: T: 04 357 6676


Illuminations Well-Being Centre 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Plot T1, JLT (next to Dubai Marina Metro). E: T: 04 448 7043 The Third Eye Centre 1101 Saeed Tower II, On top of Nandos/ KFC, next to Four Points Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road. Financial Centre Metro. E: T: 04 326 6539

Elite Mind Solutions Anna Yates is a psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, licensed NLP practitioner, gastric mind band therapist, pause button therapist, and smoking cessation specialist. T: +971 (0)50 6512145

The Holistic Institute A variety of holistic therapies, studies and career training. T: 04 450 3535 E: Balance Wellness Centre Ayurvedic treatments, diet, counselling, meditation, therapeutic massage, herbal therapies, yoga and Pilates. Third floor, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road E: T: 04 384 7010


The Wellness Brothers Sean and Ryan Penny are the Wellness Brothers and they each hold a Masters degree in Homeopathy. Services and programs include personal training, DNA testing for health, diet and fitness; the ABC of fat-loss; 10 or 15 day detox plans, and more. The wellness mission of the brothers is to provide effective health, weight, and performance solutions to individuals, groups, and companies. E:

HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR Green Facilities Management (Green FM) Environmentally-friendly home maintenance and repair, from water tank cleaning to pest control, renovations, air con service and repair, 24/7 emergency call outs and more. T: 04 440 8929 or 050 5520 150 E:


Awakened Potential Adrian Maul uses NLP and hypnotherapy to help awaken your mind and realise your potential in work, home, socialising or achieving a life goal. First session free with no-strings attached. T: +971 (0)56 676 9483 E: Awakened Soul, Rachel Beavan Healer and psychotherapist E:

Rachel Foy Clinical and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, EFT, NLP, homeopath and nutritional therapist. Offers inner repatterning, hypno-birthing, gastric mind banding. Rachel offers a free 20 min session for new clients. Call 04-4503525 SJB Wellbeing Clinical Hypnotherapy healer and psychotherapist offering hypnotherapy for self empowerment of ones life and taking charge. Addictions, fears & phobias etc. T: 050 6847410 E: Sabine Poncelet Healer and hypnotherapist. Private sessions at KUUR Physiotherapy Center. Hypnotherapy for: anger, stress, anxiety management. Self confidence,self esteem, past life regression and more. T: 050 81 44 529 Inner Self Consultancy Alexandra Salkova offers hypnotherapy, NLP coaching, Theta healing, EFT, Reiki, De-stress programme. E: T: 050 698 4612. Graca Ward Hypnotherapy for addictions such as smoking, phobias and sea-sickness. E:


Stephanie Niazi, Spadunya Club Stephanie uses iridology to evaluates wellness imbalances through tissue markings in the eyes which are addressed with holistic nutrition and food solutions.

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Osteopathic Health Centre Malcolm Gregory and Nargis Raza give self-help and support to people suffering from pain. Umm Suqueim and Mirdiff E: T: 04 348 73 66


Inner Self Consultancy Alexandra Salkova offers hypnotherapy, NLP coaching, Theta healing, EFT, Reiki, De-stress programme. E: T: 050 698 4612. Mind Body Dynamix MBD founder Amal Loring has counseled many UAE families on a wide range of issues ranging from social, relationship and economic matters. The Citadel, Business Bay E: T: +971 50 655 0438 Soul mapping, Stephanie Hamilton Get help understanding your life’s purpose. T: 050 870 1927 E: Livia Anzaldo, Liv 2 Lead Individual lifestyle coaching plus corporate coaching, wellness and adventure travel retreats, yoga classes. E: T: 050 1819 527 Sushma, Third Eye Certified Life Coach, Sushma conducts coaching workshops and sessions E: T: 04 326 6539


Dreamworks Spa Dubai Balinese foot reflexology and massage centres in various locations E: T: 800 6277 243 Feet First Reflexology and massage centre. Services include deep tissue massage, de-stress massage, shiatsu massage, acupressure facial, slimming massage E: T: 04 366 9956 Heaven on Earth Med Spa Holistic Massage, Organic Essential Oil Aromatherapy and Hammam, Naturopathic & Natural Wellness Consultations, Organic Living Foods Weight Loss & Reversing

Diabetes programs. Concord Tower, Media City, Dubai T: +97144542806 Naturopathy Touch Building Lake City Tower, opp JLT metro station, JLT. E: T: 04 452 6969


Eco Maid ME The region’s first and only toxin and carcinogen-free, eco-friendly cleaning service using primarily citrus and mineralbased cleaners imported from Europe and New Zealand. T: 050 158 2192 or 04 388 1292


Kcal Extra Healthy calorie-controlled monthly meal plans delivered daily to your door. T: 04 3395 316 or sign up at the website HealthTrendz Healthy food to go. E: Lively UAE Tailored meals delivered to your doorstep and continuous follow ups and body assessment. Branches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. E: for Dubai or for Abu Dhabi. Right Bite Healthy calorie-controlled monthly meal plans delivered daily to your door. T: 04 338 8763 E: U’ve Got Meal Daily meal delivery services for weightloss and well-being, international cuisines available. Call 600 544402 or SMS “FIT” to 052 877 2174 for a call you back within 24 hours. E:


Cosmic Healing Centre - See ‘Holistic Centres’ for contacts. Illuminations Well-Being Centre Various regular weekly meditations. See ‘Holistic Centres’ for contacts. The Third Eye Centre - See ‘Holistic Centres’ for contacts. Discover Nirvana - See ‘Holistic Centres’ for contacts.

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Sahaja Yoga Meditation A method of meditation based on achieving ‘thoughtless awareness’. Free weekly sessions, T: 050 295 3571 E: Vipassana Meditation Offering courses in Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. Ten day silent meditation retreats held in RAK. E:


Andrea Balazs, Holistic Health Coach & Yoga Teacher Pre and postnatal nutrition, women’s health, and weight management. Hatha and pre/postnatal private and group yoga classes across Dubai. T: 050 584 2934. E: Dubai Doula Carol Unterhorst is a Dubai-based doula with a degree in Psychological Counselling and skills in acupressure. Contact her through http://ca-doula. Placenta Passion For placenta encapsulation, Elizabeth Bain is a midwife, public health nurse, certified birth doula, hypnobirthing practitioner and an independent Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. E: T:. 050 4215180/ 050 456 1333


Awakened Potential Adrian Maul uses NLP and hypnotherapy to help awaken your mind and realise your potential in work, home, socialising or achieving a life goal. First session free with no-strings attached. T: +971 (0)56 676 9483 E: Transformations Institute Using NLP, the Transformations team help clients increase their productivity, work and learn smarter, improve memory and concentration, resolve problems creatively, and enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem. T: +971 4 344 0115

E: Carol Talbot, Matrix Training Solutions Leadership, Neuro-linguistic programming and accelerated learning techniques. Mazaya Centre, Entrance A, 3rd Floor, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. T: (04) 3432-55 Comar Fowler & Associates, Beryl Comar Classroom teaching, group and pair work and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. E: T: 050-655 4523


Stephanie Niazi, Spadunya Club Holistic nutrition and iridology to evaluates potential wellness imbalances. Uses Reflexology, Pranic healing, Colour Therapy, Quantum Reading and Dynamic Phyto-Therapy. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. T: +971 4 439 3669 E:


Lalit Soonderji, Vedic Astrologer & Numerologist Private readings and group workshops E: T: 04 448 7043



Holland & Barrett Europe’s leading retailer of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements. With over 80 years of experience in the health supplement industry, Holland & Barrett offers an extensive range of food and supplements, health foods and herbal remedies that is constantly expanding to respond to the challenge of creating new and innovative products to enhance well-being. Dubai stores in Mirdif City Centre, Dubai Festival City, The Dubai Mall, Jumeirah High Street, Madinat Jumeirah, and Oasis Centre. Also in Fujairah City Centre and Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Hamra Mall. Agriculture Box Grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs. Agriculture Box provides soil, seeds, irrigation/drainage, composting

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system, organic fertiliser solution, installation and delivery. T: +971 52 875 1318 E: Be Super Natural A UAE online shop for raw, vegan, organic, fairtrade, ethical foodstuffs and groceries. Le Petit Marché Specialty health organic food store in Jumeirah, has launched its online offering through an exclusive tie-up with, a new entrant to the online daily grocery space. Le Petit Marche Dept. Store, Jumeirah Beach Road, Magrudy Mall, Jumeirah 1. Tel: + 971 (04) 344 2044 Email: Blue Planet Green People Organic and eco-home, body-care and health foods, along with fruit and veggie produce from local producers at this JLT store plus a farmer’s market on Fridays from 11am to 3pm. Where: BS4, Al Seef 2, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai T: +971 4369 5209 E: Down to Earth Organics Supplies organic food and groceries in Dubai. Store at G11, Sheikh Hamdan Awards Complex, Opposite Union Flag, Jumeirah 1, Dubai. E: T: 04 386 3391


Seminars & individual sessions with Masters & Certificates of Science Maya Badran & Tony Shoushani T. +971 50 8491237 E.


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The Farm House Local, seasonal , organic and fresh producuts of the farms in UAE; beef, lamb,camel, chicken, fresh organic chicken egs, fresh organic quail eggs, organic cow milk, goat milk, sheep milk, camel milk. All seasonal organic local vegetables and fruit. Souk Al Manzil, Down Town Dubai Daily 8am until 10 pm E: Greenheart Organic Farms Freshly harvested organic produce from UAE farms sold to Dubai residents, via designated collection points or through home delivery (minimum order Dh100). Order online or pop in to the shop in Arjan, Al Barsha 2, close to the Arabian Ranches roundabout. Organic Supermarket and Café Fresh organic and biodynamic food, supplements, skincare, cosmetics, baby items and household products. Stores in Greens, Jumeirah and Shk Zayed Road just past Oasis Centre. T: 04 4340577 Milk & Honey Gourmet and premium organic brands and produce. 24/7 delivery. T: 04 432 8686 for Palm Jumeirah and 04 435 6363 for Meadows Town Centre. Ripe Middle East Supplies local organic produce in Dubai. Farm fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to your door or for purchase at the farmers markets. Warehouse 11, 6A Street, Al Quoz behind Times Square Ctr. E: T: 04 380 7602 The Green League, Dubai Garden Centre Fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Fresh Corner in the Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd and every day at Lafayette Gourmet, Second floor Dubai Mall. T: 056 176 2992 E:


The Hundred Pilates Studio Dubai Healthcare City, District 1 Al Razi Building #64, Block B, Suite 3020, Dubai T: 04 429 8433


Soul Photography with Nektar Lifestyle Stephanie Hamilton specialises in photography projects that heal and celebrate your life. T: 050 870 1927 E:


The GMCKS Pranic Energy Healing Center Pranic healing courses of all levels and group meditations. Encorporates pranic with Arhatic Yoga, KriyaShakti, crystal healing and Feng Shui. T: 04 3688067/ 3688104 M: 050-6566547


Meihua Li Tai Chi Group or private lessons available weekly. See website for times. T: Anmarie 050 4698589 E: The Third Eye Qigong Instructor Ania gives personal classes and group workshops in Qigong as well as healing sessions to remove blocks from meridians and energy channels. E: T: 04 326 6539


Dreamworks Spa Dubai Balinese foot reflexology and massage centres in various locations. E: T: 800 6277 243 Feet First Reflexology and massage centre. Services include deep tissue massage, de-stress massage, shiatsu massage, acupressure facial, slimming massage. E: T: 04 366 9956

Mojo Reformer Pilates Pilates bootcamp classes. T: 800 MYMOJO (800 69 6656) E:


Real Pilates Private and Semi-Private Sessions also available, including Rehab Pilates. Two locations: Palm Strip Mall, 1st Floor, Jumeirah. T: +971 04 345 3228 JLT JBC2, Tower, Cluster V T: +971 4 458 5399

Mimi Harding Discover your past life connections to places, people and your inner self. Member of of the Past Life Therapists Association. Adv PLR & LBL Specialist. To enquire or book, email Mimi on Mimi. or call 056 991 8852.

Awakened Soul, Rachel Beavan Healing, guidance and psychotherapy. E:



Awakened Soul, Rachel Beavan Healer and psychotherapist Rachel offers healings as well as classes in Reiki. E: Seda Goksel Healing Reiki Master and Theta healer. Private healing sessions and Reiki classes. T: 050 600 6968 E: Tibetan Usui Traditional Reiki Sharon is a Master/Teacher Healer offering Healing sessions and Reiki Workshops. T: 050 6847410 E: Melany Oliver, Reiki Master & Teacher Private one on one healing sessions as well as Reiki workshops from beginners to advanced for people wanting to become Reiki Masters. T: 050 794 7695 E:


Animal Reiki in Dubai Sabine Poncelet helps heal your animal and yourself with energetic care. T: 050 814 4529 E: Diane Taylor, Tibetan Usui Reiki Diane uses Reiki on horses to help heal their issues. T: 050 749 2566 or book through the website at


Bestro – Live and Raw Dubai’s first raw food restaurant, Bestro’s menu is all vegan apart from the raw Yemeni honey that’s used in selected items. Galeries Lafayette, Dubai. T: +971 (0)4 441 6407 Baker & Spice Salads, handmade wild bread, cakes, breakfasts and mains, all made from locally sourced ingredients where possible. Location: Souk al Bahar and Dukkan al Manzil, Downtown Dubai. Marina Promenade. Maps on website. T: 04 425 2240, 04 427 9856 and 04 362 4686 Balance cafe Vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as non-vege. The menu shows the calories, fat, carb, fibre, cholesterol and sodium content of each dish. Cooking classes also on offer, plus take-away. Third floor of the Oasis Centre on Sheikh Zayed Rd

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T: 04 384 7010 Biorganic Cafe Cute cafe and juice bar within the Biorganic Supermarket. Grd floor I-Rise Towers, Tecom. T: 04 4433 535 The Farm Promises local and organic ingredients, where possible. Location: Al Barari, off Emirates Road - driving directions on website T: 04 392 5660 Icons Coffee Couture No sugar added, stevia-based luxury coffee chain. Location: Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai. T: +971 (0)4 312 4330 Sophie’s The motto is Eat well. Live well. Be well. A ‘gastro-café’ offers homemade healthy food, local and organic when possible. Location: Lower Ground Floor, Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah T: 04 451 5982 Saladicious Fresh and healthy salads a speciality. Jumeirah Beach Road going towards Jumeirah Mosque, take a right turn at The One. There’s also a deli on JBR Walk. T: Jumeirah 04 345 5822 or JBR Walk 04 423 0855 Zest restaurant Natural, fresh and nutritious food and drink using the highest quality ingredients, organic when possible. Location: Tunisia Food Court, Ibn Battuta Mall. T: Call 800 ZEST (800 9378) for delivery. Nathalie’s Cafe Fresh, low-fat meals in Abu Dhabi media zone, Twofour54 in Khalifa Park. T: 02 441 1330


Elements Fengshui Candles, crystal rocks and jewellery, aura cleansers, pendulums, singing bowls and bells, new age music and more. Outlets in Al Khaleej Centre, Bur Dubai; Deira City Centre; Level 1 Mall of the Emirates; Dubai Mall. E: T: 04 295 0988 Laughing Buddha Stalls within various Dubai malls selling new age products such as crystals, jewellery, incense, CDs and oils. Ibn Battuta, Dubai Festival City.

Eco-friendly bags in UAE & leading provider of jute ,cotton and juco bags. These ethically-produced reusable bags are a replacement for plastic. T: 04 370 5277 E: Noviplus Noviplus offers members discounts on health and fitness services, tips and advice, news, fitness tools and more. T: 050 585 6948 E: Sparklefairy New age and wellness online boutique. The Little Fair Trade Shop Products and foodstuffs made by artisans and farmers in developing or disadvantaged countries. E: T: Sabeena on 050 105 2813 The Change Initiative, Barsha Sustainable products, from household to fashion and appliances. E: T: 800 824


Mizan at Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi Traditional massages, Hammam rituals and tailor-made treatments using the worldrenowned brands Maroc and Natura Bisse Zayna Spa, Abu Dhabi Well-being treatments and traditional massages in this spa hotel based in the Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel, Abu Dhabi. Facial treatment against aging. E: T: +971 2 495 3822 Anahata Spa, Abu Dhabi Beauty, health and holistic wellbeing. Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi. T: 02 557 7722 Natural Healing Spa Villa 1183, Al Wasl Road, Dubai. T: +971 4 3483896 Spadunya Club, JBR Various holistic techniques from an international team of therapists and healers. Treatment suites, hammam, hydrotherapy, beauty room and steam, sauna and showers. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. T: 04 439 3669

Green Bags UAE

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eSSensuals Aromatherapy Centre Holistic women’s spa. Treatments include massages, Facials, body treatments, reflexology, Aroma Manicure, Pedicure and more. First floor, Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (next to Spinneys and Magrudys). E: E: 04-3448776 Lotus Wellness Spa, Dubai Marina Holistic treatments for men and women. Lotus Hotel Apartments & Spa, Marina T: 044402805 E: Talise Wellness Spa, Madinat Jumeirah Blends integrative medicine and diagnostics with holistic therapies. Kalm Holistic Beauty, Palm Jumeirah A One Stop holistic shop offering women facials, manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions, massages, waxing, threading, hair treatments, haircut and blow drying. Palm Island Jumeira, Riva Beach Club, between Shoreline Apartments 7 and 8. T: +9714 451 9988. Supreme Chi Energy Spa, JLT Energised water therapy spa for problems like asthma, angina, hypertension, migraines, headaches, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, high cholesterol, morning sickness, etc. Swiss Towers, Y3, opposite Carrefour & Damas, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai T: 04 3605806 / 055 8742129 E: Sisters Beauty Lounge, Dubai & Abu Dhabi A high-end chain of salons for women that offer organic facials and brands including Cowshed, Eminence and Shiffa. Various locations around Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Go to the website for details. Six Senses Spa, Zighy Bay, Oman Holistic and pampering combining east and west therapies. T: +968 2 6735 555


Samad Ahmad Using SRT, SpR and other energy healing modalities, Samad gets to the root of what’s not working in your life and clears

the way for healing, abundance and happiness. Powerful and life-changing work from this gifted healer. E: Lukas Putz An SRT practitioner and teacher, Lukas works out of Illuminations Well- Being Centre (see Holistic Centres). For SRT information, B&C Wellness Brenda Margaret and Charu Mathur are SRT practitioners. T: +971 55 9743607 or +971 55 5662219 E:


Well Woman Clinic, Melanie Schlatter E: T: 04 332 7117 Dubai Physiotherapy & Family Medicine Comprehensive family medicine and physiotherapy. 1st Floor, Town Centre Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road. T: 04 349 6333

UNANI (CUPPING/HIJAMA) Dr. Amr Farouk, Ajman Clinic at GMC Hospital. Call during business hours on +971 (0)6 746 3333

Al Hijama Alternative Medical Centre Drs. Fatima Shaheen and Syed Asaduddin Ahmed are Unani and Hijama specialists in Sharjah, 306 DeltaTower, Corniche Street, Sharjah. T: 050 804 9107 or 06 556 0500. E:


Meihua Li Tai Chi Group or private lessons available weekly. See website for times. T: Anmarie 050 4698589 E:

TRAVEL (see ‘Wellness Retreats) THETA HEALING


Awakening Conferences & Seminars Organizing ThetaHealing® helps you remove your subconscious blocks allowing you to create instantaneous physical, mental, emotional & spiritual healing. Book a

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ThetaHealing® one-on-one session or attend a seminar with Masters and Certificates of Science Maya Badran and Tony Shoushani. +971 50 8491237 Illuminations Well-Being Centre or Sabine Poncelet Theta Healing, Reiki, Magnetism & Mediumship M: 050 81 44 529 Theta Healing Universe Part of Third Eye Centre, offers Theta Healing courses and sessions. T: 04 326 6539


Om Life High-end wellness, fitness and physiotherapy equipment for spas, clinics, gyms and private clients. T: +971 4 368 0994. E:


B-Wellness Retreats Three-day retreats designed to help women jumpstart into healthy living. E: Yoga Retreats Groups taken on yoga and personal growth retreats in the UAE and abroad.

T: 050 1819527 E: Six Senses, Zighy Bay, Oman Holistic and pampering combining east and west therapies. T: +968 2 6735 555


(see also ‘Pilates’, ‘Tai chi’, ‘Qigong’) Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi Yoga, Pilates and dance classes. T: +971 2 443 4448 E: Aura Alternative Medicine Centre Ayurvedic medicines, diet and lifestyle management and Panchakarma for detox, rejuvenating and relaxing. Office 201, Al Faisal 1, CBI Bank Building, King Faisal Road, Sharjah. E: T: 06 575 7001 Engine Health & Fitness Yoga to Zumba, Body Pump, Combat and Attack, personal training and more. Beach Road, Jumeirah 1. Toll Free: 800 ENGINE T: +971-4-3819999 E: Balance Wellness Centre Yoga and Pilates classes including Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Vinyasa Flow, Dynamic, Pre and Post Natal, Pranayama and Meditation. Third floor, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. E: T: 04 384 7010. Bikram Yoga Middle East Icon Tower, 4th Floor, TECOM. T: 04 368 6287 Bharat Thakur Artistic Yoga Group classes in various locations through Dubai, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. Book your free trial class on T: 800 9642

Sparklefairy is Dubai’s

Exhale Fitness Ladies-only studios providing Yoga, Pilates, Body Toning and Dance Fitness. Motor City and JBR. Tel; +971 4 4243777 E: Club Stretch Bikram Yoga and Pilates studio. Al Mina Road, Satwa and Dubai Marina. E: T: 04 345 2131


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Fitness 360 Locations at Mazaya Centre (04 330 7711), Arabian Centre (04 236 2111) and International City E: Gems of Yoga A team of yoga instructors from different parts of India impart yoga education in different styles. Also, a Naturopathy Doctor, Ayurvedic Doctor and a Dietician along with male and female Ayurveda therapists provide a complete programme for body, mind and soul. Suite 1701, White Crown Building, Sheikh Zayed Road T: 04 3315161, 055 6532750 E: www. MMA Fitness Centre, Hot Yoga Hot yoga is held at this multi-discipline fitness centre. Location, Pacific Bldg. 2nd Level, TECOM, Dubai, UAE T: 04 367 5077 E: Yogalates Bliss Yogalates (fusion of Yoga & Pilates) at Fraser Suites, Noura El-Imam hosts Yoga Workshops, Teacher Trainings, Adventure & Wellness Retreats. T: 050 3289 642

JBR, Jumeirah and Open Air yoga in Safa Park. Tel. 050 735 9683 or email Total EllipticTraining and Weight Management Centre Indoor walking machines make this training and weight management centre unique to the GCC. Location: Floor 8, Yassat Gloria Hotel, Tecom. Sunday – Thursday 0800-1300 and 1700-2100. Tel. 04 381 8931 Talise Spa Yoga, Madinat Jumeirah Hatha, Astanga, Advanced Yoga, Fitness Yoga, Vinyasa Fit Yoga, Meditative Yoga. Also monthly full moon yoga sessions. E: T: +971 4 366 6818 Rawr Bikram Yoga Dubai Al Sufouh Rd, 713 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City (same building as Lime Tree cafe and Mini Cooper showroom) E: T: 04 4232 808 Yoga Room, JLT Ashtanga yoga studio. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT. T: 050 518 9966 E:

Irina Yoga Private and group Hatha Yoga at venues across Dubai. E:

Zen Yoga Various forms of yoga at several locations in Dubai including Dubai Media City, Springs Town Centre and Jumeirah.

Chakra Yoga, Third Eye Centre Specialised Chakra Yoga programmes and courses as well as regular yoga classes. E: T: 04 326 6539 for a schedule

Rocket Yoga with Dharna Ashar Rocket yoga held at Yoga Om Studio at Dubai Investments Park, The Market Level, near Courtyard Marriot. Classes are every Tuesday 10.30am and Fridays at 10am. T: Dharna on 050 556 6740 E:

Naturopathy Touch Hatha, Power, Ashtanga, Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic Yoga, Pre and Post-natal. Lake City Tower, opp JLT metro station, JLT. E: T: 04 452 6969 Livia Anzaldo, Yoga Alliance Instructor E: T: 050 1819 527


TribeFit Get fit and make friends in a funked-out space that’s a gym, a club, a café and lounge all rolled into one. Sports facilities, inspirational Personal Training, Beach Bootcamps, and in-club DJs, Call 800 TRIBE (87423). Email

Phoenix Rising Pilates, Yoga, AcroYoga, Thai Yoga Massage and Dorn Body Alignment. Various weekly locations including

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neanderthal man goes new age

Detox drama Neanderthal Man is a 40-something, ex-British soldier who collects exotic knives and can strip down a semi-automatic rifle blind-folded. Until recently, he thought ‘chakras’ was a Latina pop star whose hips don’t lie. But things changed for the cardcarrying caveman when he met the Tree Hugger… this issue, he survives detoxing…


etoxing. Whose bright idea was that then? The health evangelists would have me believe I’m loaded with toxins. Not sure I believe them. I’ve never seen any and don’t know how they’d have gotten inside me. Do they hitchhike in on cheese toasties? Tree Hugger though, has it in her lovely little head that we’re full of these toxin things, whatever they are. She says this is very bad and that we need to get them out! How do you get them out? No surprises for guessing; it involves raw vegetables. Why can’t toxins be flushed out with beer? Why can’t they be chased away with ice-cream? It’s just so typical. Raw flipping vegetables. Yes, even I accept that we’ve been over

indulging recently. The problem is, there’s always a reason. Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, the sun’s shining, the neighbour’s cat had babies… and yes, perhaps blaming Tree Hugger for boil-washing my clothes till they shrunk was not an entirely accurate explanation for why I’m not fitting into my trousers so well anymore. To do this detox, Tree Hugger booked us into a wellness resort for seven days. Apparently, we can’t just eat vegetables at home. We need to pay an eye-watering fortune to have chefs highly trained in not doing very much with vegetables and seeds prepare our food. I can grate a carrot but you don’t find me calling myself a gourmet wellness vegan chef.

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Anyway, so we get to this resort and we’re told that because we’re on the detox diet, we can only have food from the buffet that has a yellow label. Any purple-labelled food is strictly off limits and all the staff had been briefed so don’t try sneaking any, it would be confiscated. Naturally, there was to be no carbohydrates, caffeine or alcohol but we could have all the wheatgrass and spirulina juice we desired. No limits, knock ourselves out. After the first day, I woke up with this strangely familiar gnawing feeling in my stomach. Then I remembered; it was hunger. Hadn’t felt that in a while. We went up for breakfast. Not a sausage or piece of bacon in sight. Breakfast options were several vegetable dishes, vegetable soup, grapefruit, pumpkin seeds, salad (salad!) and all the herbal tea or caffeine-free coffee alternative sweetened with dried stevia leaves we could drink. Anything worth eating had a purple label and the breakfast buffet was guarded by a swarm of SS Waffen storm troopers dressed as waiters. After breakfast, what were we going to do? No TV! Entertainment options were: read a book; listen to a talk on nutrition; have some kind of therapy, and lay by the beach or pool. I read a lot of books that week. Cookbooks mostly, the pages are a bit sticky now from where my tears fell onto the recipes for mouth-watering delights like Beef Wellington (‘… sit the beef fillet on a roasting tray, brush with olive oil… sob…’) and Chocolate Marquise (‘… pour the melted chocolate into the butter mixture, and carefully stir… boo hoo’). It was the longest week of my life. If this is detoxing, I’d rather keep my toxins thanks very much. I’ve told Tree Hugger that I’m choosing the next holiday. There will be enough food and drink to sink a ship and an IMAXsized, flat-screen TV in our room. But she really is going to have to stop boil washing my clothes.


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Awakenings issue 7 June-August 2014  

Your guide to holistic and healthy living in the UAE. This issue: Why raw veganism isn't always right; Acupuncture facelift; Distance healin...

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