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November/December 2008

North Central Florida






Local News • Health Briefs • Community Calendar November/December 2008



Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to provide information designed to improve readers’ quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural healing, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression, and products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.




Abundance & Prosperity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


Creating Prosperity in the Midst of Scarcity by Lynn Woodland

greenliving 10

holidaybriefs 11

healthbriefs 12, 34

globalbriefs 14, 35

consciouseating 20

healthychild 25

naturalpet 26

inspiration 33

eventscalendar 40


Insurance Coverage for Massage Therapy . . . . . 16 by Clark Dougherty, L.M.T.

Keep Moving Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 How to “Invite Into Your Heart-Space” by Cynthia Christianson

The Role of Energy in Nature & Our Body . . . . 19 by Hanoch Talmor, M.D.

West Meets East: Energy Psychology . . . . . . . 22 by Sarah Walker, M.S.

Give Wisely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 by Lisa Pencraft

EFT and Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Surviving the Holidays by Sandy Wilson, EFT-ADV

Declutter the Mind First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 by Helen Kornblum

Unleashing the Physician Within . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 by John Podlaski, M.D., D.C.

Intuitive Eater’s Guide to the Holidays . . . . . . . 30 by Jolaine Jones

Sustainable Laundry: Greener, and Cleaner . . . . 31 by Mary Alford


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publisherletter Hello, Friends, As you navigate the joys and stresses of the holiday season, please remember to take a few moments now and then for yourself. Whether it’s a luxurious bath in fragrant bath oil, a lunch shared with a treasured friend, or a massage, please remember to treat yourself gently and lovingly as you’re giving to others. Speaking of giving, I hope this issue has inspired a few ideas for special gifts for your loved ones. Perhaps a dance class is appealing (see “Let’s Dance,” p. 13), or maybe a beautiful ceramic vessel or small painting (see News Brief on p. 5 and the ad on p. 36 about the Gainesville arts festival). Or how about a gift certificate for a massage (see Health Brief on p. 12, article on p. 16-17)? The most recent issue’s theme of “Abundance and Prosperity” was so well received that I’ve decided to turn it into a regular feature. I hope you find the article on p. 15 helpful. In the spirit of prospering, in the upcoming January/February issue we’ll cover the usual New Year/Fresh Start idea, but along with that we’re going to feature an in-depth article on holistic careers, training programs and certification/licensing requirements in our area. And if any of you are feeling the desire to get into the business of publishing, then I have some good news for you. I am considering splitting this branch of Natural Awakenings into two editions. One edition, which I would keep, would continue to cover Gainesville and Ocala—and the second edition, which I would sell to a qualified person (whom I would help during their transition), would cover Sumter and Lake Counties. If you are interested in owning your own publishing business starting in 2009, please contact me. Enjoy your holidays, no matter what spiritual tradition you celebrate. From my heart to yours, Merry Christmas—and I’ll see ya next year! ☺ xoxo, Carolyn


We Three Kings James C. Christensen Award-winning artist James Christensen enjoys depicting subjects that exist somewhere between adult dreams and childhood memories. Though he has an affinity for myths, fables and ancient lore, he doesn’t think of himself as a fantasy artist. His works have been variously described as opulent, colorful,


Shakespearean, extraordinary, even “from the land a little left of reality.” Besides being a sought-after artist for books, murals, bronzes and other work, Christensen has been included in the Japan exhibition “Outstanding American Illustrators” and even designated as a Utah Art Treasure. Raised in Culver City, Calif., Christensen studied painting at the University of California and Brigham Young University. He has produced solo shows, pieces for prized collections, and 11 books. Christensen and his wife Carol co-chair the Mormon Arts Foundation. “What’s truly important to me,” he says, “is that my art is introspective and in turn challenges the mind’s eye of those who view it.” To view more of Christensen’s work, visit his web site at

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Celebrate the Arts Nov. 8-9 in Gainesville


he 27th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show will take over the streets of historic downtown Gainesville on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join 250 artists and 100,000 attendees for performances, art and more. New this year is a Music Showcase from Thursday through Saturday, November 8. The music lineup includes a Country Concert on Thursday, Blues on Friday and Smooth Jazz on Saturday. For information call 352-334-ARTS or visit

150 artisans will sell and demonstrate time-honored medieval arts and crafts such as weaving, blacksmithing, leatherworking, pottery, woodcarving, jewelry, clothing and more. Participants must wear medieval attire and interact with visitors in the appropriate medieval manner. Booths are expected to have period-style decoration. Booth fees range from $185-$450. The Faire features continuous entertainment, including Celtic music, comedians, gypsy dancers, period-style singers, magicians, jousting, living chess matches, and street performers. Applications must be postmarked by November 18, 2008. For more information, visit or call Linda Piper at 352-393-8536.

The 80-hour course will be taught by Richard A. Masla, founder and director of the Ayurveda Health Retreat in Alachua. The course will include instruction in the foundations of Ayurvedic theory, Five Element Theory, Tri Dosa Theory with imbalances and Ayurvedic remedies, Ayurvedic cooking, and Ayurvedic psychology including the Gunas, Koshas, Chakras, Major Nadis and Marma points).

Ayurvedic Massage Therapy Certification Program


he Ayurveda Health Retreat is offering a certification program in Ayurvedic massage therapy.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Call to Artists


he City of Gainesville announces a call to artists for its 23rd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Fair, held for two consecutive weekends, January 24-25 and January 30-February 1, 2009, at the Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville, Florida.

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newsbriefs The curriculum’s Ayurvedic Royal Spa training component includes Abhyanga (four-handed warm oil massage), Panchakarma, Nirvana Shrodhara (the gentle flow of oil over the forehead), Prakruti (constitutional analysis), Vikruti (analysis of imbalances), Ayurvedic diagnostic techniques (pulse, tongue and body characteristics), Udvartana Massage (dry herbal powder massage), Nasya (therapeutic nasal treatment), Marma Cikitsa

(107 pressure points), practical sessions and internship. Classes are scheduled for one weekend per month starting in January 2009. Please call 352-8707645 or see www.Ayurveda for more information. Richard Masla is an Ayurvedic Practitioner registered with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Credit towards National Certification.

On December 13 the workshop is “The Stones of High Ascension: Receiving the Blessing.” Workshops cost $20/person and run from 1-4 p.m. Call 386454-8657 for more information.

The Times They Are A-Changing


uring this time of change, many people are feeling uncertain about what is to come. The only predictable thing in life is change, and Sharron Britton will be holding crystal workshops at the High Springs Emporium to open our hearts to unimagined possibilities, create a base of stability to keep body and soul together, and prepare for the light to break through. The workshop on November 15 is “Stones for Stability, Prosperity and Protection: Manifesting Love and Light in Tumultuous Times.”


Crones Cradle Winter Green Convergence December 6, 9-3 p.m.


eri Baldwin of Crones Cradle Conserve, the organic farm located in Citra, has announced the Winter Green Convergence, to be held December 6, 2008 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. “We are emphasizing green this year,” she says, “and green vendors with original, home-made items using native materials will be present. We are also inviting green groups to exhibit their organization, particularly groups which have a strong presence in Marion County. The farm’s Farm Stead Saturday program continues every Saturday from 9-3, and $20/week subscription baskets are available featuring organic vegetables and herbs. Children are welcome and the farm offers a playground. For more information, call 352595-3377 or visit www.Crones

newsbriefs Reader Nancy P. Vann Returning


pirit Education and Research Center of Marion County LLC, along with MultiSensory LLC of Tampa, are sponsoring the return visit of Nancy P. Vann, internationally known medical and intuitive reader and medium, Thursday, November 20 to Sunday November 23. She will be speaking at the Villages Parapsychology Club on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. On Friday 11/21 and Saturday 11/22, Nancy will be applying her intuitive expertise for private sessions in various locations. On Sunday 11/23, she will conduct a channeling circle. For scheduling a personal hour, or a place in the circle with Nancy, call Christine Rossiter, 1-800-376-0997 or 352625-6924.

The Spirit of Womanhood Workshop and Croning Ceremony


akBrook Life Enrichment Center invites all women to join with Antoinette Samiya Johns, Cherag of the Sufi order of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Initiated Grandmother of Dhyani Ywahoo of the Eastern Cherokee Nation, on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 2-9 p.m. The sacred art of womanhood will be explored and celebrated through song, dance and storytelling. Women aged 50 or older

will be honored in a special croning ceremony. The event costs $20/person and includes supper. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center is located at 1009 N.E. 28th Avenue in Ocala. To register or for more information, call 352-6293897 or visit

INDIGO Store 2008 Business of the Year

Carla Burkle EFT Practitioner Find Emotional Freedom ... Finally! Often Works When Nothing Else Will 352-283-3909 Free introductory session!


iberty Phoenix, owner of the INDIGO store at 322 SW 4th Avenue in Gainesville, has announced the store has won the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce 2008 Entrepreneur Business of the Year award. For more information, call 352-378-2285 or visit

Unity of Gainesville Will Host “Whaledreamers”


n a benefit for Shands Arts in Medicine ( aim), Unity of Gainesville will show Julian Lennon’s remark-

COMING IN THE NEXT ISSUE New Year, New Beginnings: Goals, creativity, prosperity, careers in holistic therapies—costs, length of study, where to get training, licensing requirements

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newsbriefs able documentary “Whaledreamers” on Saturday, November 15 at 3:00 and 7:00 pm. This breathtaking Australian film is being shown throughout the world in conjunction with Unity and Peace events (http:// ), uniting communities to celebrate peace, tolerance, understanding and oneness. Narrated by Jack Thompson, this magical film addresses the spiritual bond between whales, dolphins and the world’s indigenous peoples, reminding us all of our interconnectedness. Unity of Gainesville’s multi-media event will feature live music, including chants led by Georg

Suzuki, drumming, didgeridoo, and dancing by Arts in Medicine artists. There will be a “chance drawing” offering 20 gifts and prizes from local merchants such as Leonardo’s 706, Burger King, the Paramount Hotel, sculpture artist Rick Cain and the Hippodrome Theatre. Tickets are $20/person, and can be purchased by calling 352-373-1030. Unity of Gainesville is located at 8801 NW 39th Avenue.

Raymon Grace Workshop


nternationally known dowser and healer, Raymon Grace, is offering a two-day seminar on healing, mind development and self empower-ment techniques in Gainesville on Nov. 15-16, 2008, 9-5 both days. The workshop will cover stress reduction, creating more powerful thoughts, improving your business, attracting prosperity, self-empowerment, self-healing, creating a more positive home and workplace, helping children to achieve more of their potential, causing people to treat you better, reducing allergies, improving the energy of food and water, and much more. Grace is the author of three books and nine instructional DVDs and CDs. The seminar will cost $250. For registration and information call 352-377-0015 or email Information: visit and

New EFT Practice Opens


arla Burkle is very excited to announce the opening of her EFT practice. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and is a painless energy meridian therapy similar to acupuncture but without needles. EFT allows resolution of painful physical and emotional issues, as well as lifestyle improvement such as an improved golf score or math skills. Ms. Burkle can be reached at 352-283-3909 or through her website, She offers a free introductory session so checking out EFT with her is risk-free!


newsbriefs Conscious Prosperity The Secret to Simple and Lasting Personal Wealth


n Sunday, December 14 from 1:30-5:30 p.m., Unity of Ocala is hosting a workshop by John Moore (the “Debt Free Guru”) on how to turn every dollar of your debt into $12.98 of wealth. This is not an investment program, debt-consolidation, refinancing or bi-monthly mortgage plan. The workshop is strictly educational. You will leave with a written plan on how and when you will be out of debt, as well as when you will be able to live off the income from your investments. It’s time to change the lives of families across America and get off the debt rollercoaster. All attendees are asked to bring a calculator and list of their debts. Contact the church office for additional details on what to bring and to reserve your seat now as seating is limited. Call 352-687-2113. Visit for additional information about John’s program and what you can expect.

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Better Cleansers


efore commercial chemical cleaning products were created, we still managed to eradicate dirt and grime from our households. So eschew those toxic cleaners and try something less noxious. Here are old-style, tried-and-true cleansers that can take care of dirty business.

LEMON JUICE. Mix 1 cup lemon juice with a halffilled bucket of water and let steep overnight. Use it as a bleach to clean kitchen surfaces or laundry.

BAKING SODA. Use with water to scour sinks and tubs. Also works as a carpet deodorizer.

SALT. Deodorizes drains and garbage disposal. Also effective as an abrasive for cleaning pots and pans.

WHITE VINEGAR. Mix ½ cup white vinegar with 1 quart warm water. Use as a spray for window cleaning. Good for cleaning countertops, porcelain, and tile. Use in conjunction with baking soda (soda first, then vinegar) for a fizzing toilet cleaner.

OLIVE OIL OR LINSEED OIL. Mix 3 parts olive oil or linseed oil with 1 part vinegar. Use with a soft cloth. Good for polishing furniture.

TILE AND PORCELAIN CLEANER. Here’s a cleanser that’s good for tackling toilets, sinks, and tiles (but not glass):

1 teaspoon borax ¼ teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil ¼ teaspoon lavender essential oil 1 teaspoon sodium lauryl sulfate 3 drops tea tree oil 2 cups hot water 2 tablespoons white vinegar Mix ingredients well and pour into a spray bottle.

SILVER POLISH. Calcium Carbonate is a clay that Patricia Wagner ~ 813-785-7757


can be bought as “whiting” at art supply store. Mix with enough distilled water to make a paste. Most silver polishes will continue to eat away at your silver or are too harsh to begin with, but this fine clay is a gentle abraisive.


Green Holiday Trees


he verdict is in on choosing a real cut tree versus an artificial Christmas tree. Swedish researchers comparing the energy consumption of a local live-cut tree to that of a full-size plastic tree found that the real tree used about a fifth of the energy, even assuming that the fake tree would be used for 10 years. The winner’s lead grows bigger when one considers that most artificial trees are made from environmentally toxic petroleum-based PVC. Christmas tree farmers also tout the fact that their trees can grow well in soils that are inhospitable to other crops. A single acre of firs absorbs carbon dioxide from the air while producing enough oxygen to support 18 people, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Obviously, buying a potted tree and planting it outdoors as wildlife habitat is the most environmentally friendly tannenbaum. Still, every year an estimated 35 million holiday trees are cut down and sold. Households that can’t go the liveplanting route will find the following shopping tips a help. • Buy a locally grown tree. Oregon and North Carolina grow nearly half of the nation’s Christmas trees. Many trees shipped from state to state must be sprayed with additional pesticides and consume energy for transit.

Happy Organic Ready Guide to Cocktails Responsible elebs like Stella McCartney and Shopping critics alike are toasting the


taste of new organic liquors. Why not be a trendsetter at seasonal get-togethers? Pesticide-free drinks are better for both people and the planet. suggests a look at these: • Square One Vodka, made with 100 percent organic rye. • Reyka Vodka, made in Iceland using geothermal energy. • 4 Copas Tequila, the first certifiedorganic tequila, from Mexico. • Juniper Green Gin, the world’s first organic London dry gin. • Papagayo Organic Spiced Rum made with organic sugar cane and spices in Paraguay and imported by • Mixers in three certified-organic flavorings—Citrus Margarita, Pomegranate Cosmopolitan and Lavender Lemon Drop—at


hopping need not be a grim choice among nonrenewable consumables. Conscious shoppers can consult a no-nonsense online directory evaluating the environmental ethos of 250 major corporate players and brands in more than 20 industry categories at Coop America’s Categories include appliances, athletic wear, banking, department stores, toys, furnishings, supermarkets and more. Individually and collectively we can leverage economic clout by making purchases and investments aligned with our values. And we can alert site researchers to question corporate social and environmental impacts in need of reform. For easy-to-navigate links visit

• Look for trees grown by farms that are organic or use little pesticide. Most growers use a gamut of pesticides that can cause everything from skin reactions for the consumer to cancer for a farm worker. • If possible, buy a species of tree native to the local area. They require less if any use of pesticide.

Visit to learn more.

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Seasonal Stuff


Why People Use Massage Therapy


n the 2002 national survey on Americans’ use of CAM [complementary and alternative medicine], respondents who used a CAM therapy could choose from five reasons for using the therapy. For massage, respondents said: 1. They thought massage combined with conventional medicine would help: 60 percent 2. Massage would be interesting to try: 44 percent 3. They didn’t think conventional medical treatments would not help: 34 percent 4. Massage was suggested by a conventional medical professional: 33 percent 5. Conventional medicine was too expensive: 13 percent —The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (http://

ou can find many useful resources, including “42 Ways to Trim our Holiday Wasteline,” on the web at They also have a useful feature on how we can act now to do away with the 25 percent more trash we throw away between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That mounds up to a million extra tons each week! The easy-to-do online guide provides short checklists for everything from giving a party to stringing low-wattage lights and shooting pictures (digital is best). Express love with creative homemade green gifts and by shopping at places like (it sure beats paperwasting piles of mail-order catalogs). E-cards, gift certificates and savings bonds also make sense. As does recycling wrapping and ribbon or foregoing it altogether, using takealong cloth shopping bags and shipping only lightweight materials in recycled boxes. You can treat your beloved to a professional massage, a reading, or a dance class. Of course we can also buy and plant a live tree or use an indigenous shrub. Holidays are a great time to plan meals well in order to avoid food waste, then compost the rest. And donations to our favorite charities keep on giving. For the complete holiday guide visit and click on the appropriate link. For more information refer to Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are by Robert Lilienfeld and Dr. William Rathje.

Breathe Freely This Holiday


hen the “to-do list” seems endless, making time to relax is easier said than done. But a 2007 Mayo Clinic report reminds us that relaxation shouldn’t be at the bottom of the list. Relaxing, after all, cuts daily stressors and has a restorative effect on body and mind. Researchers suggest that we start by not mulling over issues because that only increases mental and physical stress, which in turn causes frustration and anger. Purposefully turning our thoughts in another direction can create room in our minds, so we can deal with an issue more effectively at a later time. Counselors also emphasize self-control. Quelling feelings of stress with pleasure, such as indulging in sweets, brings only temporary relief, often followed by feelings of guilt. Such escapes can undermine long-term well-being. Last but not least, researchers encourage everyone to maintain positive emotions. An optimistic outlook helps us to stay on an even keel emotionally and allows us to recover faster from stress when we finally do have the time to relax.


Let’s Dance

Needles for Knees


hanks to the popularity of TV shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “Dancing with the Stars,” getting your groove on has become a popular way to get in shape. From mambos and cha-chas to kicks and hip circles, dance workouts such as salsa, jazz, and hip hop offer a fun way to get your heart pumping, burn calories, sculpt your legs, and whittle your waistline. Ballroom dancing—in fact, any type of dancing—burns 200 to 300 calories per hour. That’s equivalent to a peppy power walk, but let’s be honest—the clothes and the shoes are much cuter. “Moving to music with a partner is a lot more fun than riding a stationary bike at the gym,” says Evan Crook, a dance instructor in New York. Classes are everywhere, from the local gym or adult-ed program to your community’s dance studio. Among the offerings: 

Classic ballroom: The waltz, tango,


Latin dance: Mambo, salsa, cha-cha. Fast motion, lots of turns and full-


Swing: The jitterbug, shag, Balboa. These vary from slow and romantic to

Acupuncture for arthritis gets a scientific thumbs-up.


eople have been using acupuncture to ease arthritis pain for centuries, but until now, research hasn’t particularly justified the practice. (Studies have been small and yielded mixed results.) But the largest and longest-running study so far just gave this ancient practice some major scientific validation. Researchers randomly divided 570 volunteers into three groups: One received acupuncture treatments, the second got sham treatments designed to feel like the real thing, and the last went to a series of classes on managing arthritis. All the participants were told

fox-trot. Easy, walking steps. body movement, and small steps on the balls of your feet. heart-pumping twirls, kicks, and (optional) flips.

Soothe Your Road Rage


f your work commute has you stressed out from traffic jams or nodding off at the wheel, snap to it with simple aromatherapy. Filling your car with the rejuvenating scents of peppermint or cinnamon can lower anxiety and lessen fatigue, according to a recent study from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Study volunteers reported that peppermint lowered feelings of anxiety and fatigue by 20%, while peppermint and cinnamon each decreased frustration by 25%, increased alertness by 30%, and made the ride seem 30% shorter. Check your local health food store for the oils and an aromatherapy diffuser for the car.

Get Your Blood Flowing


at a handful of walnuts. A clinical study from the University of Barcelona shows that walnuts, in addition to lowering cholesterol, improve artery elasticity, thus increasing blood flow (Circulation, 2004, vol. 109, no. 13). Unlike other nuts, walnuts are rich in alphalinolenic acid, as well as the amino acid L-arginine and the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E, which researchers say help improve vascular flexibility and prevent harmful vascular blockage.

they could also use any other treatments recommended by their doctors, including drugs. By the end of the six-month trial, the true acupuncture group showed a 44 percent improvement in their pain levels and a 40 percent improvement in functioning compared to the placebo group. (Those attending classes got hardly any benefit at all.) “It remains to be seen how effective acupuncture might be on its own,” says Brian Berman, study author and founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. But if used along with standard therapy, he says, it’s a valuable tool that anyone with achy knees should consider.

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Cork Screwed


hat wine goes best with endangered forest? Mediterranean cork-oak forests provide 15 billion cork stoppers a year to the wine industry—a sustainable enterprise, as cork is harvested from live trees rather than dead ones— but plastic and screw-top closures are growing in popularity. A drop in the cork market could lead to poor forest management or abandonment, putting forests at heightened risk of desertification and forest fires, says the global conservation organization WWF. The group is urging the wine industry to stick with cork, warning that otherwise three-quarters of the forests could be lost within 10 years. Cork harvesting supports tens of thousands of jobs, and cork forests support wildlife including the Iberian lynx, Barbary deer, and Imperial Iberian eagle. Synthetic closures currently hold 20 percent of the wine-stopper market, but WWF worries that figure could leap to 95 percent by 2015. —Environmental News Service


abundance&prosperity Creating Prosperity in the Midst of Scarcity By Lynn Woodland


oney has an immense potential for triggering scarcity fears, especially during times of collective economic scarcity. It becomes easy to blame the

economy, which we can’t do anything about, for what’s happening to us personally. As long as we approach money as a precious, limited resource, our experience of it will always be fraught with the fear, scarcity, greed and dishonesty that so often swirl around money—even if we have an abundant amount. However, when we learn to relate to it as spiritual, as part of the limitlessness of Spirit, we can experience prosperity regardless of how much actual money passes through our hands and regardless of the economic times of the world around us. If you find yourself deeply rooted in financial fears and scarcity, a good way to start a shift is by spiritualizing the way you release money. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Always pay bills promptly and gratefully. Look at every bill as a reminder that you have received something. Never let a bill go unpaid. Energetically, stopping payment tends

to freeze your incoming flow of money as well, so that while you may be spending less, you find yourself with less and less to spend. As you break promises, you set in motion the likelihood that you will also find yourself on the receiving end of broken promises, financially or in other areas of your life. As you break commitments, you disempower yourself and affirm your role as a victim rather than a creator. Declaring bankruptcy or otherwise refusing to pay bills isn’t an easy out. Energetically, it leaves much unfinished business that will find you again one way or another. Once you shift your state of mind, you will actually find it less of a struggle to increase you financial in-flow and “clean up your act” than it is to walk away from a money mess. 2. When bills feel out of control, rather than looking at what you can’t pay and becoming overwhelmed, ask yourself what you can pay and give this amount regularly. When bills seem overwhelm-ing, imagine that you are the Limitless Source of Spirit and your creditors are you. Imagine that you are establishing the kind of relationship with your creditors that you want the Limitless Source to have with you. In other words, if it feels that the Limitless Source has stopped delivering prosperity to you, start the flow opening again by paying your debts in the way you would like this Source to pay you. Begin with regularity. If you don’t want Spirit to give to you in unpredictable fits and starts, begin a routine that establishes trust and good faith with your creditors. As you begin to make even small, regular payments, you are likely to find the incoming flow beginning to increase as well. As this happens, you can increase the amount of your regular payments to creditors, just as you want the Limitless Source to continue to increase payments to you.

3. If you feel burdened or victimized by financial commitments you wish you hadn’t made, find ways to transform the burden of these so they work for you rather than against you. Turn paying your bills into a symbolic act by giving it a deeper significance. For example, tell yourself that every paid bill takes you one step closer to some cherished dream. Know that your finances can and will change the moment you change inwardly. As you stop feeling resentful, fearful and victimized, your outer circumstances will no longer burden you. 4. To strengthen your power of prosperity, starting now, keep all the money commitments you make and make only commitments you are willing to keep. If you have made unwise financial decisions in the past, look at how you make commitments and think carefully before choosing to spend your money. Ask yourself, do you need to say no more often? Do you spend money to avoid your feelings? (When you’re depressed, do you go to the mall?) Do you spend to impress others or to get love? Do you spend just to get rid of your money because you don’t feel worthy of prosperity? If your spending feels out of control, make a practice with each purchase of asking yourself, “Is this something that is really important to me? Am I using my money to enhance the quality of my life?” If you can’t answer yes to this question, don’t buy it. See if the way you spend your money is similar to the way you spend your energy in other contexts and make any changes needed to avoid wasting your energy. 5. Regularly visualize your bills being paid in full. Do this at least as often as you pay bills. Imagine writing a final check to all creditors with the words “Paid in full” on each one. Picture a surplus of money still in your account. Lynn Woodland is a Minneapolis-based writer and teacher. For more information on cultivating the spiritual state of prosperity, visit

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Insurance Coverage for Massage Therapy by Clark Dougherty, L.M.T.


eople frequently ask me, “Will my insurance pay for massage therapy?” Before I answer, another question must be asked. “Do you mean, PIP from an auto accident, or Worker’s Compensation coverage from an existing claim, or employer group insurance or private medical insurance, or Medicare?” If your massage therapist will create proper medical records, coordinate therapy with your medical service provider and directly bill the insurer, then five answers are possible: 1. PIP, or Personal Injury Protection. PIP is required for all auto insurance written in Florida. If you obtain a massage therapy prescription from the treating physician for the auto accident, PIP will typically pay 80% to 100% of charges for massage therapy. The percentage depends on the individual policy. It is always best to consult with the adjuster assigned an auto accident case to determine both coverage and reimbursement rate for the medical services provided. 2. Worker’s Compensation. This is a form of protection for work-related injuries. If you obtain a massage therapy prescription from the treating physician, and if you advise and get approval from the “WorkComp” provider, typically 80% to 100% of massage therapy charges will be covered. It is always best to consult with the “WorkComp” carrier to verify coverage and rates for massage therapy services rendered. 3. Employer Group Insurance. This is medical insurance provided by your employer or by an association of individuals in a “group.” The best


answer for this is to check your insurance information booklet or online service to determine if massage therapy is a covered expense.

If you get a prescription from an authorized medical professional including your primary care provider or chiropractor, and massage therapy is included as a covered service, it is eligible for reimbursement. Blue Cross/Blue Shield is a prime example of group insurance. They will have established a reimbursement amount to pay for a specific medical service. Any charges beyond the reimbursement amount will be borne by the individual. Usually a copayment amount per visit must be paid by the patient/client prior to services. This is typical of all medical service visits, whether to your doctor, dentist, chiropractor, hospital, outpatient clinic or physical therapist.

Marion County’s largest employer does cover medically necessary massage therapy. However, the county’s largest manufacturer does not. It depends on what the insurer and insured company negotiate for covered services. Please note that physical therapy and massage therapy are two different medical services. A prescription written for physical therapy will not be honored by a massage therapist, and vice versa. Usually, an annual deductible must be paid by the individual before insurance will reimburse either the individual or the medical service provider. 4. Private Medical Insurance. This is just what it sounds like: medical service coverage bought by an individual or family. Just as for employer group insurance, check your insurance information booklet or online service to determine if massage therapy is a covered expense. If you get a prescription from an authorized medical professional including your primary care provider or chiropractor, and massage therapy is included as a covered service, it is eligible for reimbursement. Blue Cross/Blue Shield usually offers massage therapy as part of their covered services. However, they frequently set a low maximum benefit per calendar year on non-traditional medical services such as physical therapy, chiropractic or massage therapy. Check your individual policy for coverage and for maximum benefits limitations. United Healthcare typically does not cover massage therapy. As with employer/group insurance, the insurer will have established a reimbursement amount to pay for a specific medical service, any charges beyond the reimbursement amount will be borne by the individual, and a co-payment

amount per visit usually must be paid by the individual prior to services. 5. Medicare. Medicare is the national medical services ”insurance” for retirees age 65 and older. Currently, massage therapy isn’t covered by Medicare. All secondary insurers who sell supplemental Medicare policies use the same tactic for denying massage therapy to Medicare patents: if Medicare does not provide coverage for a service, they choose not to cover it also. So, a person who might have had massage therapy benefits for their entire working life will lose that medical service as a reimbursed service once they convert to Medicare. If national health care policies change anytime soon, perhaps

massage therapy will be included as a covered service. For now, though, if you are 65 or older you will not receive reimbursement for massage therapy unless you have a private insurance policy that isn’t connected to Medicare coverage and your private policy specifically lists massage therapy as a covered expense. PIP (auto accident) claims and Workers Compensation claims will usually cover massage therapy. For group health or private medical insurance, help yourself find the right answer. Research to discover whether massage therapy is a covered expense in your own insurance policy. Ask your medical service provider for a massage therapy prescription if it is needed. Ask

your massage therapist whether he or she is capable of and willing to provide the extra effort insurance billing requires. And then, enjoy the benefits of massage therapy in your everyday life. Clark Dougherty is a Licensed Massage Therapist (MA 27082) and has operated his Therapeutic Massage Clinic (MM9718, insurance accepted) for 10 years. Three LMTs work at the clinic along with a licensed hypnotherapist who is also certified in EFT. Clark is an active volunteer at Ocala Civic Theatre, where he has stage-managed a halfdozen musical productions in recent years and has run the sound board for a dozen more shows. His clinic phone number is 352-694-7255. Visit

Some of the Benefits of Therapeutic Massage Massage works for chronic low-back pain People who get massage for sore muscles and pain say it gives them relief and helps them get back to regular activity. Recent research on the benefits of massage for some types of back pain has shown that massage is effective in both relieving chronic low-back pain and for controlling some other back pain. Studies/resources: Cherkin, D.C., Eisenberg, D., Randomized Trial Comparing Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, and Self-care Education for Chronic Low Back Pain. Arch Intern Med. 161(8):1081-8; Apr 23, 2001. Preyde, M. Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Subacute Low-back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. CMAJ. 162(13):1815-20; Jn 27, 2000. Massage relieves stress and aids relaxation After a massage, people say they “feel good” overall. They also report a greater sense of well being. When someone “feels good,” they usually hurt less, too. Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, and to increase blood and lymph circulation. Massage also has been shown to increase endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Studies/resources: Cady, S.H., Jones, G.E. Massage Therapy as a Workplace Intervention for Reduction of Stress. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 84(1): 157-158; Feb 1997. Culpepper-Richards, K., Effect of a Back Massage and Relaxation Intervention on Sleep in Critically Ill Patients. Am. J. Crit. Care. 7(4): 288-299; Jul 1998.

Fakouri, C., Jones, P. Relaxation Rx: Slow Stroke Back Rub. J. of Geron. Nurs. 13 (2): 32-35; Feb 1987. Field, T., Morrow, C., Valdeon C., Larson, S., Kuhm, C., Schanberg, S. Massage Reduced Anxiety in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Patients. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry. 31 (1): 125-31; Jan 1992. Meek, S.S. Effects of Slow Stroke Back Massage on Relaxation in Hospice Clients. Image. J. Nurs. Sch. 25 (1): 17-21; Spring 1993. Shulman, K.R., Jones, G.E. The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy Intervention on Reducing Anxiety in the Workplace. J. Applied Behav. Sc. 32(2): 160-173; Jn 1996. Massage works for cancer patients Cancer and cancer treatments can cause physical pain and anxiety. Women who have mastectomies report negative feelings about being touched and must fight a common problem of lymphedema (a buildup of lymph in the arm after their surgery). Massage has been shown to reduce and relieve lymphedema, to relieve pain and anxiety among hospitalized cancer patients, and to help mastectomy patients recover from their reluctance to be touched. Studies/resources: Badger, C. The Swollen Limb. Nurs. Times (England). 82 (31): 40-41; 1986. Brennan, M.J.and Weitz, J. Lymphedema 30 Years After Radical Mastectomy. Am. J. Phys. Med. Rehabil. 71: 12-14; 1992. Bunce, I.H., Mirolo, B.R., Hennessy, J.M., et. al. Post-mastectomy Lymphedema

Treatment and Measurement. Med. J. Aust. 161: 125-28; 1994. Ferrell-Torry, A.T. and Glick, O.J. The Use of Therapeutic Massage as a Nursing Intervention to Modify Anxiety and the Perception of Cancer Pain. Cancer Nurs. 16 (2): 93-101; Apr 1993. Palliat. Nurs. 1 (1): 21-30; Jan/Mar 1995. Massage works to boost the immune system Your body’s immune system helps you fight off infections and illnesses, and it helps you recover from injuries. When you are under stress, the immune system may not always work properly. Research among different groups of people in very different situations has shown that massage can increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decrease the number of T-cells. The result is an immune system that is working better. Studies/ resources: Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Ironson, G. Massage Therapy Effects on Breast Cancer. (unpublished); 1998. Ironson, G., Field, T., Massage Therapy is Associated with Enhancement of the Immune System’s Cytotoxic Capacity. Intern. J. Neuroscience. 84:205217; 1996. Zeitlin, D., Immunological Effects of Massage Therapy During Academic Stress. Psychosomatic Medicine. 62:83-87; Jan/Feb 2000. —American Massage Therapy Association (

November/December 2008


Keep Moving Forward

How to “Invite Into Your Heart-Space” by Cynthia Christianson


e coaches hold a state of awareness and enter into a kind of energetic rapport with clients, holding for them what the shamanic cultures would call “sacred space” so that they can have the freedom to choose to express a different outcome. In this article I will share with you the technique of how to “invite into your heart-space.” This technique came to me while I was attending a

study group with Matrix Energetics, a wonderful healing modality in which I’ve just been trained. One of my main goals years ago was to discover and apply the shift of true, unwavering, unconditional love for myself. First I had to learn what this means, then how to clear the baggage blocking it—but most importantly, what does this feel like? I finally had the “feeling experience” of unconditional love recently while I was musing over the study class. And if you know what I am talking about, there is nothing you can pretend about this once you really “get” into this place in your heart. We have many preconceived ideas about unconditional love. Right now, just throw all those ideas out and come from the place of “there are no rules.” It isn’t about using your left brain to analyze, dissect or memorize. It isn’t about using any affirmation, belief system program, or terminology either. Are you feeling confused yet? Good! That means you are breaking through some barriers already.

The key here is to shift into a calm, peaceful center first. Cancel and clear any thoughts, desires, wishes, or rules, and just allow yourself to drop down into a quiet space. Take some deep breaths to help you shift. Once you get here, recognize that you have now entered your sacred heart-space. Now you have connected to your creative self where you are also connected to or part of a pure, positive, spiritual energy (some call this God). A deep prayer or meditative state is similar. In this space, feel how infinite you are. Infinitely abundant. Infinitely wise, knowledgeable, loved, changeable—whatever you want. There are no rules and no boundaries. As you co-exist with this energy, you have the power to invite into your space any person, any health issue to be healed, any financial request, any desire, any message you want to say. Just invite in with no agenda of an end result—whatever feels right. Some examples might be, “I invite the healthy knees I was born with,” “I invite total acceptance of my teenage daughter,” “I invite the angel of healing sadness and sorrow,” “I invite prosperity.” Make it up. There are no rules. There is a two-step second part to this, though, that is very important. The first step is gratitude. The second step is to have no inner doubt. You must release and believe at the same time what you’ve invited in, is done. This is a skill! This means you have to practice these steps constantly until your left brain gets the message or else you will create thoughts of fear, doubt, questions of disbelief and other stinkin’ thinkin’. From years of constant selfdiscovery, unconditional love is where quantum changes take place. It’s just such an amazing feeling of personal power along with a complete sense of self, so deeply felt that once you experience this, your search is done. You just “get” this whole life game! Have fun and add this technique to your box of tools as you Keep Moving Forward enjoying life. Cynthia Christianson, M.A., CCC, is a self-help coach based in Gainesville, FL. Visit


The Role of Energy in Nature and Our Body by Hanoch Talmor, M.D.


he matrix or the blueprint of our body and all life is energy made from waves. All naturally occurring waves in nature have a vortex (threedimensional) shape. These waves, including sunlight, cosmic radiation, magnetic fields, gravitational fields and others, provide information to the body. The water content within the body serves as a recording mechanism and carrier of information. This is the same principle used in videotape, the hard drive of a computer, or any other magnetic media. The information received by the body from natural waves serves to regulate the body’s biorhythms, organ functions and glandular functions. These waves also modulate the DNA. Without this information, the glands and the organs could not function, nor communicate with each other properly, and the body would not adapt to its environment. This is the reason why people feel better in natural environments. All man-made waves, including electromagnetic fields, radio, TV, microwave towers, cell phones and many others are made from bidimensional sinus waves. When these waves mix with natural waves, they alter the natural waves and therefore change the original information. As a result, the body receives misinformation, and the normal function of DNA, organs and glands is disturbed. This misinformation contributes to illness, disease, premature aging, and emotional and mental stress. Because of the increased use of cell phone towers and WiFi technologies, the concentration of artificial waves in the environment has increased 200-fold in the last 10 years. Electromagnetic pollution, like any other pollution such as chemicals and heavy metals, can have cumulative effects which might not manifest for years. Electromagnetic pollution

eventually will cause or contribute to poor health and premature aging. Masaru Emoto’s research on water crystallization demonstrates, visually, the effect of pollution on water. From his research, you can see how chemical pollution, Electromagnetic Field (EMF) pollution, negative thoughts, and even negative words written on a bottle will change ice crystals of water from beautiful snowflake-like symmetry to a disorganized and disfigured

Photograph of an ice crystal after exposure to the words “Thank You”

crystallization. For example, when the name “Mother Teresa” is written on a bottle of water prior to freezing it, the crystallization is symmetrical and beautiful. When “Adolph Hitler” is written, the crystallization is asymmetrical and disorganized. (Visit, and watch?v=lkbpXRSIUnE for galleries of examples.) The book The Hidden Messages in Water by Emoto offers many telling demonstrations of the effect of EMF on water. When ice crystals are photographed before exposure to cell phones, computers, and television, the water is symmetric and beautiful. After exposure to these devices, the crystals have an ugly pattern, which may remind you of an evil eye looking at you. Is this a coincidence, or not? This pattern is similar to the crystallization pattern after the word “Satan” was written on the bottle in Japanese. Artificial man-made waves give the body information that is not compatible with proper body function. Many holistic practitioners use

electromagnetic devices and magnets for healing. While they do get improvement in symptoms, they do it by suppression and giving the body misinformation. In the long run it will weaken the body and contribute to ill health. This is similar to chemical drugs which suppress symptoms and in emergencies can save lives when the symptoms are life-threatening. However, in the long run all medications will weaken our health. Only when the body heals itself naturally is the healing optimal, without creating long-term suppression and weakness in the body. Natural healing always results in better longterm health. Artificial healing, such as with chemically toxic drugs, electromagnetic devices and magnets, create improvement by suppression. This type of healing will eventually reduce the well-being of the body. Many people are in danger of EMF pollution. For example, people who work in front of computer monitors every day for years are exposed to very intense electromagnetic pollution and often suffer severe health problems within months or years. People who live under high power lines for long periods of time may have higher incidence of cancer and health problems. People who use cell phones have an increased risk of health problems related to the brain. There are devices which use resonance phenomena of natural physics that create natural waves when they are exposed to artificial waves as well as natural waves in the environment. The natural waves generated by the resonance restore natural energetic information to the body and can improve one’s wellbeing and mitigate the harmful effects of artificial waves. For more information, visit or call Dr. Talmor at 352-377-0015.

November/December 2008



Eat, Drink and Be Merry Help the digestive system survive the holidays by Rohini Grace


or many, the holiday season signals an excuse to overindulge. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, people partake of abundant heavy foods and desserts, while often ignoring what their bodies really need. Overtaxing the digestive system will most likely lead to stomachaches and gastrointestinal problems, including bloating, flatulence, indigestion and heartburn, even headaches and irritability. The simplest solution to the challenges of holiday feasting is, of course, eating and drinking in moderation; but beyond this, making a few simple choices that give a body a little help during this season of gastronomic temptation.

AT THE TABLE Mindful eating is the place to start. If we remain aware of our choices during mealtimes, we will stop eating


when our stomachs become full. While this may sound obvious, that painful, engorged feeling we all know so well occurs when we forget to pay attention to what the body is saying. Remember that fresh foods are, naturally, best for digestion. Fruits and vegetables that have not been heavily processed contain natural fiber, which plays a crucial role in proper digestion and elimination and is also linked to the prevention of heart disease and colon cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends at least 25 grams of fiber in the daily diet, but reports that most Americans only get about half that. When dining, opt for high-fiber foods (whole-grain breads, fresh fruits) rather than processed products (white dinner rolls, canned cranberry sauce). If someone is still concerned that her diet is lacking in fiber, she can consider a supplement

and always drink lots of water. Start out right: According to the ancient health system of Ayurveda, eating a pinch of fresh ginger, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the beginning of a meal will improve digestive fire (called agni) and stimulate digestive juices. Also, if a meal doesn’t begin with a salad of raw, organic vegetables or fruits, consider ending the meal with one. Unlike cooked veggies and fruits, raw foods retain their nutrients and digestive enzymes. Leaving the fiber-rich skins intact will further contribute to proper digestion.

TUMMY SOOTHERS Beyond mindful eating and healthy food choices, a number of herbs can aid and soothe digestion. One of the best and most-revered remedies is peppermint (Mentha piperita). The ancient Egyptians, who cultivated peppermint, knew of its many uses including its value as a digestive aid. The British Empire popularized a peppermint oil-based medicine for stomachaches and cramps associated with bloating. Today, the legacy lives on: pleasant-tasting peppermint tea is often used to soothe indigestion. Peppermint combined with ginger (Zingiber officinale)—also known for quelling an upset stomach—in a hot tea or warm apple juice often yields excellent results before, during or after a meal. If discomfort persists long after your meal, try chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) tea. This mild sedative can alleviate serious stomachaches and cramps. For excessive gas, fennel—raw seeds or tea—is a popular and effective

remedy. Activated charcoal capsules will do the trick as well. Friendly intestinal bacteria, primarily acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) and bifidobacterium (Bifidobacterium bifidum), live in the intestines and play an important role in digestion by keeping bacteria balanced and in check. Inadequate probiotic levels are common and cause inefficient nutrient processing and slowed digestion. Low probiotic levels can lead to compromised immunity and candida (Candida albicans) overgrowth, the cause of yeast infections. To increase beneficial bacteria levels, include fresh, active-culture yogurt in the holiday menu. Note, however, that if yogurt is more than a day or two old, the good bacteria become ineffective before reaching the intestines. For this reason, acidophilus-bifidobacterium supplementation may be a helpful component to a daily diet. The enzymes found in raw fruits and vegetables set the digestive process in motion. Also available in capsule form, look for brands that have all of the essential enzymes, including protease for protein digestion, lipase for fat metabolism, amylase for starches and other carbohydrate processing, lactase for milk sugar breakdown, and alpha-galactosidase to ease flatulence. A daily vitamin regimen is another powerful ally in the digestive process. Consider stomach-soothing vitamin E and B-complex vitamins, which are essential in maintaining proper muscle and nerve function in the digestive tract. Vitamin B-12 is especially important, serving as a key catalyst in the breakdown of proteins and fats in the small intestine. If overeating has led to cramps, it may be beneficial to supplement with calcium and magnesium, which are essential for muscle relaxation.

recommend at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping activity three times per week. To gain benefits on a feast day, take a moderately vigorous walk of at least 15 minutes in the morning, before the heavy eating has begun, to awaken the digestive system. An easy walk after meals is also beneficial, but it’s best to leave the heavier workouts until after the meal has settled.

A regular program of aerobic and weightbearing exercise stimulates all the body’s metabolic functions, including digestion. Research also indicates that the regular practice of hatha yoga helps keep the digestive system functioning at peak efficiency. Ideally, yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach because performing poses right after a

meal can add to discomfort rather than relieve it. If someone does succumb to temptation and overdoes it at a meal, he can take a lesson from Ayurveda. He should lie on his left side for five to 15 minutes, then go for a brisk, five- to 15-minute walk. Lying on the left side allows food to pass more easily from the stomach into the small intestine, while walking increases metabolism. Thirty minutes before bedtime, he can take a relaxed, 10-minute walk to settle the body’s systems and clear the mind. It’s important to keep this activity very light, as raising the heart rate too much can make it difficult to fall asleep. This is a season of good will for body and spirit. A person should check her attitude before any holiday celebration; if she believes she’s going to be uncomfortable and unhappy after the holiday meal, she probably will be. However, with a few simple lifestyle and diet strategies, anyone has a good chance of reaching the end of the season satisfied and happy.

GET MOVING Getting the whole body into the act does more than burn extra calories. A regular program of aerobic and weight-bearing exercise stimulates all of the body’s metabolic functions, including digestion. Most experts

November/December 2008


West Meets East: Energy Psychology by Sarah Walker, M.S.


erging the best of Western counseling methodologies with Eastern bioenergy systems, Energy Psychology (EP) is an exciting and somewhat controversial group of mind/ body techniques that have been clinically observed to often help in a range of psychological conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and trauma. With several dozen EP variations, these practices combine traditional western counseling elements with Eastern biosystems such as chakras, acupuncture

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meridians and related acupoints, and the human bioenergy field. Building upon conventional therapeutic modalities, EP has adapted techniques from yoga, acupressure, qi gong, and applied kinesiology, and has paired them with specific psychological procedures to help people initiate desired changes in their lives. Our psychological functioning is complex and involves many areas including emotions, thoughts, belief systems, genetics, environment, biochemistry, and neurology. EP works within this complex and enlarges on it by bringing our bioenergy systems into the picture. The legitimate and necessary criticism of EP is that the scientific studies have not yet been done to validate them as evidence-based therapies. Variations of EP began appearing around 20 years ago as acupuncture became increasingly integrated into western health care systems. Today, EP is considered by many to be a subset in the emerging field of Energy Medicine. Most of the EP modalities have some shared core strategies and theories. EP is considered an “exposure-based treatment� in that during an EP session a traumatic event or troubling issue is brought into conscious awareness by either discussion, imagery, or in vivo exposure (i.e., with phobias to be in the actual phobic situation). What distinguishes EP from the other, traditional methods is that reduction (extinction) of the emotional charge is achieved by acupressure, a technique of manually stimulating or holding acupuncture point(s). Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to decrease hyperarousal states (high emotional charge) in the amygdala section of the brain. One study involving EMT technicians in ambulances stimulating certain acupuncture points was shown to greatly reduce stress and anxiety for the injured person.

In EP, theoretically speaking, the often quick results are attributed to being able to flesh out an issue or problem with a client efficiently using techniques such as manual muscle testing (exposure), then reducing the emotional charge (hyperarousal of the brain) using specific acupressure techniques. The client and therapist then revisit the original issue and lock into the mind/body/psyche the new pattern which allows the memory to be present without the strong emotional reaction. EP is currently being used in private practices, VA hospitals, and by the Green Cross (the mental health equivalent of the Red Cross) with disaster and war victims due to its often quick resolution of trauma and emotional problems, and the ease with which people can learn to use some of these techniques outside of the clinic setting for effective self care management. A professional organization of mental health and allied health professionals now exists, called The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP,, which seeks to establish the credibility and effectiveness of EP. Some of the more common modalities used in EP include NeuroEmotional Technique (NET,, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT,, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR,, TFT (Thought Field Therapy), and Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT). An excellent article by Dr. David Feinstein reviewing the current academic and professional status of EP and where it needs to go in terms of research can be found at Visit these websites for more information, links, theories and research in the promising field of Energy Psychology. Sarah Walker, M.S., practices in Gainesville and can be reached at 352-275-4121.

Give Wisely by Lisa Pencraft “Love cannot remain by itself—it has no meaning,” said Mother Teresa. “Love has to be put into action and that action is service.”


s charities’ telephone and mail solicitations endlessly pour in, especially around the holidays, how can we decide which efforts most deserve our time and donations? Thankfully, Charity Navigator, Charitable Choices, and the American Institute of Philanthropy, a national charity watchdog organization, each provide a “Charity Rating” guide plus excellent tips for wise giving. Charities are big business According to Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of more than 330 charities, “Few people realize how large charities have become, how many vital services they provide and how much funding flows through them each year. Without charities and nonprofits, America would simply not be able to operate. Their operations are that big.” At recent count, 83.9 million American adults volunteer time and talent to more than a million charitable causes. The National Philanthropic Trust reports that we are equally inclined to give of our hard earned dollars—to the tune of $295 billion in 2006. Most of this treasure, about $223 billion, came from individuals. Good givers make sound decisions Still, Aristotle’s historic observation about effective giving remains

true. “To give money is an easy matter and in any man’s power,” he stated. “But to decide to whom to give it, and Procedure Intervals how large, and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.” Experts counsel that we first get to know any charity, and find out where the dollars go, before giving to it. Basics of responsible giving include: never give cash, confirm 501(c)(3) status, keep records, and—this may surprise—concentrate philanthropic giving. Limiting giving can grow the gift. Unfortunately, it turns out that spreading money around to several charities yields unwanted results. These include diminished opportunities for bringing about significant change in a cause that is important to the donor, and a mailbox bulging with more appeals, which is a waste of time, energy and resources for the charity. Charities must pay a sometimes hefty percentage of their income to fundraising as well as overhead expenses. Savvy donors also like to see the results of their giving. That’s no doubt part of why we volunteer. Organizations like Volunteer Match, Charity America and Virtual Volunteering stand ready to help us find opportunities that make our souls sing. Volunteering with local charities and earmarking dollars for one’s own community also allow donors to see the faces of recipients and participate in progress. Such giving connects us; and, as Maya Angelou remarks, can “liberate the soul of the giver.”


Visit, Charity or for more information on wise giving and worthy charities. To learn about volunteer opportunities see Volunteer and For details about the Virtual Volunteering Project (opportunities such as mentoring, editing or translating over the internet), visit new/virtual/index.php.

November/December 2008


Surviving the Holidays EFT and Family by Sandra Wilson, EFT-ADV


lose your eyes and think, “Home for the holidays.” Do you keep your eyes closed while you smile, thinking of the great times ahead a la Norman Rockwell? Or do your eyes pop open while thinking “Oh, no! Please, let the next two months pass quickly,” as you envision your Christmas with your own personal version of the Griswolds? The holidays can be a time of great happiness. Many people look

forward to the holidays. They give the time to spend with family, some not seen for maybe a year. The holidays also give the time to catch up with friends and acquaintances and learn how their year has been and what is new. There is the stress of making all those holiday parties, but many good memories are made. And then there are those for whom the holidays bring nothing but distress, often in those mandatory family dinners that will surely end badly. The whole day is spent worrying which will happen next: Will Uncle Brian drink too much and fall into the Christmas tree again? Will Susie take it as a slight and become upset when her daughter praises her aunt’s cooking? Will the niece, dressed in her new Christmas dress, come to the

dinner table dripping wet because her cousin pushed her into the pool? And is that the reason his new clothes have grass stains and his eye is turning black and blue? Will the dogs (that no one bothers to train) sit and beg throughout the entire dinner while everyone tries to ignore them? During the opening of gifts, will it be happiness or dread? “Oh, how nice. I know you meant well.” “I’ll have to return it. I already have one of these.” “You should have saved your money.” “Well, I know I told you not to get me anything, but you’ve never listened before.” We cannot choose our relatives and we cannot control how they will (or will not) behave. However, we do have a choice in how we react to them and to the various misadventures of the holidays. With EFT, you can prepare yourself so that the negativity has no effect on you. With Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), you can remove the negative emotions that you have attached to the holidays. According to Gary Craig, EFT’s founder, all negative emotions are the result of a disruption in the body’s energy system. The disruption may be something as simple as the mother snatching the $5 bill out of the six-year-old’s hands proclaiming it’s underwear money just when he had decided what movie to go see. The disruption can also be caused by the many disasters of the past that cause us to dread the future gatherings. A skilled EFT Practitioner can help free you from holiday negativity and prepare you for the upcoming gatherings so that any negative situations simply do not bother you. In as few as one or two sessions, you can have a different outlook on the holidays … even if you are spending them with the Griswolds. God bless us, everyone! Sandra Wilson has received the EFT Advanced Certificate. She can be reached at 352-694-7255. For more information on EFT, visit



The Gift Every Child Wants by Pam Leo

Whether we observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Solstice, these days many holidays have become more stressful for parents and less happy for children. We shop, wrap, bake, decorate and plan outings to make this time special for family and friends. But in squeezing more into already busy schedules we have even less time to spend with our children. And when children don’t get enough attention from the people they love, their “love cups” get empty.


ny adult knows that when our own love cup edges toward the empty zone, we are liable to feel disconnected and unhappy. Children are no different. The gift every child really wants is the gift of feeling connected, loved and valued. These feelings can’t be found in any present. Rather they are found in intimate communion. Children want to be with us and to do what we do. If adults try to make children happy by buying more presents to compensate for spending less time

together, we teach our children that “things” are supposed to make them happy. When gifts become a substitute for love, children begin to measure how much they are loved by how many gifts they receive. The closer to empty a child’s love cup becomes, the more things he or she will ask for to try to fill up that hole inside. It’s true that “You can never get enough of what you don’t really need.” After children with an empty love cup have unwrapped all their gifts, they’re still looking for something more. That “something more” they’re looking for is something that money can’t buy. They simply need our loving presence. Here’s a fun tip. One of the best gifts we can give children is firsthand experience of the joy of giving, of doing things for the people they love. Children delight in giving their own gifts, so make an “I want to give” list as well as an “I want to get” list. When youths are warmly invited and allowed to fully participate in the many facets of holiday making they become more focused on the fulfilling prospects of what they have to give. As a natural consequence they feel more connected, loved and valued. Replete little ones don’t need lots of gifts to fill up their love cups. The way to break the “presents instead of presence” cycle is to do holidays with our children instead of for them. Whether our children are still young, with fresh opportunities to begin meaningful holiday traditions and rituals, or whether we have older children accustomed to receiving lots of presents, we can still put the “happy” back into the family holidays. Connection, not consumerism, is the secret. Following are eight easy steps to a less stressful and more joyful holiday season for the whole family: • Decide that presents will not be, or will no longer be, the main focus of the holidays. • Invite children to join in creating a list of fun and meaningful holiday activities everyone can do together. • List kindnesses your family can do for others.

• Request that family and friends honor your policy of fewer gifts. Ask them to show their love for your children in other ways. A one-on-one “holiday date” with a child is a welcome treat and a wonderful way to form closer bonds. • Provide children the means to give a few special gifts. Take a friend or relative’s child shopping, or help make a gift for his or her parent(s). • Ask a child what one gift he wants most, plus a second choice if that one isn’t possible. When a child with a full love cup gets one gift he really wants, he hardly notices anything else. Receiving one gift he really wants satisfies better than opening 10 gifts he doesn’t really care about. • Present the most special gift to open first. The reason children tear through presents and keep asking for another is that they’re looking for that special one they’ve been hoping for. When they get their special one first, they enjoy the rest more. • Slow down the frantic pace of the holidays by spreading family and friend gatherings throughout December and into January. The bottom line is that we can stop right now trying to “do it all.” The people who really love us will still love us no matter what gifts or greeting cards we do or do not send. When we slow down the pace and stop doing and buying so much, our children are happier, we’re happier, and everyone’s holidays are happier. Sources: Simplify Your Christmas by Elaine St. James; Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson & Jean Coppock Staeheli; The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle. Pam Leo is the author of Connection Parenting: Parenting through Connection Instead of Coercion, through Love instead of Fear. She serves as the connection parenting instructor for the Academy for Coaching Parents International ( For more, visit

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While You’re Away ... Choosing a Kennel or Pet-Sitter by Shawn Messonnier


hanks to the Internet, it takes only a few minutes to find the most desirable five-star hotel anywhere in the world. However, when it comes to looking for the best place to care for a pet for a night or longer, there are no shortcuts. Unless someone you trust supplies a personal recommendation, you’ll have to make some phone calls and put in some legwork. A good place to start is the Yellow Pages. While animal lovers used to have limited care options, these days kennels, catteries and pet hotels are available, as well as people who will

care for your pet in their home and petsitters who will visit your home. A pet-sitter should be anyone’s first choice, particularly for pets who are easily traumatized by boarding in unfamiliar territory. Reliable sitters can take the anxiety out of leaving a pet behind because animals, like people, are much happier and more comfortable with the sights, sounds and smells of their own environment. Animals naturally function better when they can keep their regular routine. More serious sitters are licensed, bonded, insured and listed on the Internet by Zip Code, on sites such as, or, sponsored by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. Require personal references for any sitter you might employ and don’t be afraid to ask pertinent questions, such as how many times a day will they visit, when and for how long? Services typically include feeding, playtime, exercise and administering

medication when necessary. Ask them what they would do if they were unable to give necessary medication to an aggressive or uncooperative pet. Give them the name, telephone number, address and directions to the family vet in case of an emergency, and leave a signed letter outlining your wishes if the pet is seriously ill or injured. Include details of how much you are prepared to pay for treatment. If you prefer to place a pet in a boarding facility, visit it beforehand to check out its cleanliness and safety standards. Ask about their vaccination policy, possible mandatory flea bath (chemical versus nontoxic), practices involved in medicating a pet or attending to their medical needs, and where the animal would be taken in an emergency. Ensure that they are fully insured against any negligence by their staff and ask about an owner’s liability and responsibility in situations where a pet may inflict harm on another animal or human. Request the name of the veterinarian used by the facility and ask if the family vet can be a substitute. Many kennels insist on up-to-date vaccinations prior to boarding, even though pets no longer require annual immunizations. Check if the kennel will accept pets accompanied by a letter from a vet showing the results of a blood titer test, which measures the antibody level against the disease for which the pet has been immunized. When it’s time to pick up your pet, keep in mind that boarding generally causes stress and symptoms like diarrhea, which may last for a few days past a joyous reunion and return home. Whichever option you choose, it’s best to be able to travel content in the knowledge that your pet is happy, safe and in good hands. Shawn Messonnier is a doctor of veterinary medicine who provides natural and holistic pet care. He is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and host of Dr. Shawn-the Natural Vet on Martha Stewart Radio, Sirius Channel 112. Reach him through


Declutter Your Mind First by Helen Kornblum


rganizing is a multi-billion dollar industry in America that has grown out of our desire to declutter our lives. We buy organizing books and videos, watch TV shows that make getting organized look easy, and take adult education classes designed to teach us the easy steps to paper management. We vow at the start of every New Year to finally get organized. For most people keen to make changes in their space or functioning, little of this self-education works. That’s probably because our initial efforts are focused on our external lives. Psychologists, hypnotherapists, and—yes— professional organizers will tell you that to make meaningful changes in your external life, you need to deal first with your internal life. Getting organized begins in the brain, where both subconscious and conscious thoughts determine your feelings and your actions. You can say you want to get organized, but without a clearly defined goal, the words offer you no motivation. What do you want your life to look like? What’s your vision for your future? Keep this at the forefront of your mind. Write it down. That’s the positive part of preparing your mind to make changes. Now think about the negative script that runs through your head and discourages you before you ever get started. Here’s a sampling of the thought patterns that thwart accomplishment.

hostage for life. If you don’t like it and don’t use it, it’s yours to part with. No one is keeping score. Truth is, few people remember all the gifts they have bestowed on you. Release yourself from the guilt and retrieve the space that is rightfully yours. “I may need this someday.” Yes, you might. Almost everything has potential for some use. But if you’re keeping things because of their potential, you may be sacrificing your potential. The “someday syndrome” gives you a vague future and burdens you with caretaking responsibilities for possessions that have no direct link to your life right now. Live for now by surrounding yourself with the things you love and use. When “someday” comes, styles and technology will have changed so much that you will want the latest model anyway. If you recognize these and other self-defeating thought patterns, take more time to prepare yourself to make changes. Decluttering your mind is the biggest step you will take to moving forward in your life. There’s plenty of time to buy baskets and bins later, but there’s no time to lose in taking the first step on your journey to a more organized life. Helen Kornblum, MA, a professional organizer in Gainesville, owns Natural Order Organizing, 352-871-4499,

“I’m too overwhelmed,” or “Everything is out of control.” Take a deep breath. Find one small change you can make, and do that. And then keep doing that one thing until it works its way into your routine. You have to be your own cheerleader. Remember The Little Engine That Could? Change “I think I can” to “Yes, I can do this.” Revel in one small success instead of focusing on your perceived failures. “I don’t know where to begin.” Look for one small task that is linked to your overall goal. If it’s time management you’re aiming for, practice saying “no” to a request. If it’s space you want to reclaim, clean off one shelf in your medicine cabinet. These are toe-holds to getting started. Every small thing you do puts one piece of the puzzle into the big picture—your goal. “But this has been in the family forever!” Do you want to relive your history at the expense of your present and future? Most of that stuff is about someone else, not about you. And the things you have collected is more about who you were at that time than who you are or want to become. Ask yourself “Who am I now?” and focus on your goal. “I can’t part with this—it was a gift.” The sentimentality of this kind of thinking is hard to argue with … or is it? A gift is not meant to hold you

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Unleashing the Physician Within 12 Steps for Maximizing the Health and Well-Being of Your Body, Mind and Spirit by John A. Podlaski, M.D., D.C. “Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to work.” —Albert Schweitzer, M.D.


he “Physician Within” has been known by many names throughout the ages such as Innate Intelligence, Life Force, Qi/Chi, Holy Spirit, Prana and countless other descriptions depending upon your religious and/or philosophical background. The underlying theme of this belief is the idea that healing comes from the inside-out. It is holistic and vitalistic in nature, meaning it is an inherent natural part of our being. Our bodies have a tremendous capacity for self regulation and self healing as long as we don’t interfere with these processes. The current view of “health care” the majority of people experience today could more appropriately be called illness care, sickness care or disease care. It is certainly not “health care.” Most people unfortunately only think about their health when they are sick or have symptoms. “I feel good today, so I guess I’m healthy” or “I don’t feel well, so I must be sick.” Part of the philosophical approach to Unleashing the Physician Within is the concept of being “patient-centered” rather than “disease-centered.” Health care providers utilizing these concepts strive to treat the person who has the condition, not the condition that has the person. Simply put, you are not just a liver problem or thyroid problem but someone that may have these health issues or struggles in conjunction with other stressors on your body that could be affecting you in hidden ways. By utilizing the “whole person” approach, each of the factors can be evaluated and accounted for in relation to how it is affecting your health in total.


What this means is that holistic health care can help your body heal itself without the use of unnecessary dangerous drugs, needless surgeries or invasive procedures. This is in stark contrast to the allopathic, drug/surgical model where it is assumed that your body is inherently defective to begin with and needs to be saved or fixed by the doctor or some medical treatment. Generally speaking, in this model the whole person concept is sacrificed in favor of slashing, burning or poisoning some disease or part; the innate healing capacity we are all born with is a distant second consideration, if at all. In this approach, health problems from high blood pressure to hormone imbalances are diagnosed, labeled and then “treated” with medications that mostly deal with symptom relief rather than getting to the root cause of the problem. This is like seeing the oil light on the dashboard of your car come on, cutting the wire to the light to remedy the situation (symp-tom gone), and continuing on your way, not recognizing the fact that there is a potentially serious reason for the light to come on in the first place. That said, in emergencies, acute infections and trauma, traditional medical care in the U.S. is the best in the world. Many factors influence health and vitality. Each of us encounters various stressors in our lives. Among them are six major ones: chemical toxins, heavy metals, immune challenges (viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungus), allergies, electromagnetic exposure (cell phones, computers), and scars (whether emotional or physical). How we react to and take care of each of these stressors is a determining factor on the state of our health and well-being at any particular time.

These stressors are cumulative; they add up over time, and they might be interactive with each other, resulting in an overall negative accumulated impact on your health and vitality. The 12 Step Protocol to Unleashing the Physician Within focuses on the firmly held belief that everyone is ultimately responsible for the maintenance of their own health/health decisions and that all individuals should take an active part in the attainment of their health and wellbeing under the guidance of a qualified health care professional. The following is an outline of the 12 Step Clinical protocol to Unleashing the Physician Within. Not everyone will require all 12 steps, and a health care professional who understands these concepts will be able to determine which steps may be necessary based on an individual’s particular needs. 12 Step Clinical Protocol to Unleashing the Physician Within 1. Balance adrenal stress response. Under constant stress, our bodies cannot function well and heal. The six stressors mentioned above are evaluated for the negative influence that may interfere with and weaken your body, and appropriate adrenal support is utilized. 2. Body/nutrition reflex analysis and correction. Specific body reflex analysis of each organ or system utilizing Nutrition Response Testing and Applied Kinesiology procedures. Personalized Designed Clinical Nutrition Programs based on unique bio-individuality. 3. Allergy and energetic sensitivity reprogramming. Meridian Therapybased techniques using an acupuncture needle-less technique (NAET) to help the body deal with food, chemical or environmentally imposed allergens.

4. Meridian Therapy assessment and balance. Computerized evaluation of the acupuncture/meridian system. Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique; many practitioners use needle-less forms of acupuncture such as cold laser and electro-stimulation in addition to traditional needles. 5. Enzyme replacement therapy. Lack of enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL) contributes to Leaky Gut problems and delayed food allergy causing many neuromusculo-skeletal problems. 6. Lifestyle modification. Dietary consultation, proper food choices, control of detrimental habits such as smoking, drug and alcohol abuse should be evaluated along with weight loss.

Unleashing the physician within is a journey, not a destination. Sometimes we all need help, direction or guidance, but ultimately the true physician lies within each of us. Dr. John A. Podlaski, M.D. is the coauthor of the recently published book Unleashing the Physician Within: 12 Steps for Maximizing the Health of Your Body, Mind and Spirit. He practices chiropractic medicine, utilizing applied kinesiology, Nutrition Response Testing, clinical nutrition and acupuncture at Life Family

Practice Center For Alternative and Complementary Medicine in The Villages. He is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition through the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and Chiropractic Internal Medicine with the American Board of Chiropractic Internists and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Podlaski has an international doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine (NMD). He can be reached at 352750-4333 or visit the web site at

7. Heavy metal and toxic stress reduction. Nutrition and homeopathy can assist the body in proper detoxification with an easy three-step detoxification program. 8. Toxic organism detox. Exposure to pathogens can weaken your immune system over time. Past or present use of antibiotics or drugs can lead to intestinal imbalances and decreased state of wellness. 9. Probiotic bowel replenishment. Your body needs proper balance of the good and bad bacteria to optimal health and metabolic function. 10. Neuro-emotional reintegration. Various neuro-emotional techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique and Neuro-Emotional Technique along with proper nutritional and hormonal balance can reduce stress caused by past or present injuries or memories negatively programmed in the brain. 11. Re-establish neuro-structural integrity. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in the body. Proper nerve function is a vital part of healthy living. Chiropractic manipulation, cranio-sacral therapy and various other forms of manual medicine are often essential and beneficial. 12. Metabolic lab analysis. Complete blood chemistry, urinalysis, hair analysis, salivary hormone testing, and functional medicine testing complete the picture for accurate assessment.

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An Intuitive Eater’s Guide to Holiday Parties by Jolaine Jones


uring this time of year, you will often see “tips” in magazines and newspapers on how to keep from gaining weight during the holidays. Let’s look at a few of the common tips and analyze the “success” factor of each of them from the mindset of an Intuitive Eater.* On a scale of one to 10, 1=”will backfire on you,” 5=”has merit,” and 10=”a valid idea that works.” Never Arrive Hungry – 5 There’s some truth in this because we know that people who are really ravenous tend to miss their body’s satiety signals and overeat. At the same time, if you are not at all hungry, but you still want to partake of the holiday goodies, then you are still overeating. I would adjust this tip to say, “Never arrive starving.” An hour before the party, assess your level of hunger. If you are really hungry, eat a light meal or a snack to take the edge off. If you’re not at all hungry, you’ll probably be just the right amount of hungry at the party. Once at the party, survey all the food offerings and choose just a taste of only the most appealing foods. As the evening progresses, check in with yourself regarding your level of hunger. Honor your hunger and honor your satiety. If you do eat more than is comfortable, don’t beat yourself up about it. The added guilt and stress can set you up for emotional eating. It’s the holidays! The main thing is to enjoy yourself, enjoy being with friends and family and to celebrate.


favorite brownie recipe, and someone else simply picked up a tray of cut up vegetables from the grocery store, go with Grandma (if that is what is most appealing to you). And contrary to common practice, eat the most appealing first. Don’t save it for last, because you may be to the satisfaction point before you get to it.

Cut Back on Liquid Calories - 1 Making any food or beverage “taboo” will backfire on you. To say to yourself, “I can’t have the eggnog, the hot spiced brandy, the wine, the anything, will only make it that much more appealing and will leave you feeling deprived, which can set you up to overeat the “acceptable” foods. An Intuitive Eater knows that she can have anything she wants, anytime she wants it and she stops when satisfied. So help yourself to the eggnog. And realize that if you consume the high calorie, high fat eggnog, you’ll be satisfied pretty quickly and won’t have much room for other delights at the party. Bottom line is: Don’t deny yourself anything you truly want. Drink a toast to the New Year without guilt! Browse First - 10 Absolutely! Since your intention is to stop eating when you’re satisfied, check out the offerings so you can choose what is most appealing to you. If someone labored to make her grandma’s

Bring Along A “Safe” Dish - 5 To an intuitive eater, there is no such thing as a “safe” or “unsafe” dish. All foods are available anytime you’re hungry. But you might want to bring something that you’re sure is truly something you want and something you’ll enjoy. The longer I am an intuitive eater, the more conscious I am of the quality of the food I consume. If you are unsure if there will be something you truly want, bring a dish you’re sure of. The holidays are a time to celebrate. Surround yourself with good friends and family. Envelop yourself with loving and nurturing thoughts. Promise yourself that this holiday season, your focus will be on the meaning of the season. Food and drink is one of the happiest ways to build the connections with those you love—as well as yourself. This holiday season, may you know peace, love, hope and joy. JoLaine Jones is a Certified Empowerment Coach, passionate about helping women who have struggled with their weight for years to create a healthy, happy, nurturing relationship with food and their bodies. Find out more at

Sustainable Laundry Greener, and Cleaner by Mary Alford


ecently, I spent the morning playing with a gadget to clean out the dryer vent. Fun times! Yes, I clean the lint trap every time I do laundry, but I had been noticing a trend towards longer dryer run times for similar loads of laundry. When I cleaned out the vent from the outside, I discovered that the vent was practically glued shut with material that looked like it was made from a paper egg crate. I snaked a brush through the dryer from the inside. No wonder my dryer was taking longer to dry clothes! The hot, wet air had to work hard to make its way out of the dryer. Handfuls of dryer lint piled up in my garbage can. This was harder on my utility bill, was potentially hazardous, and was causing unnecessary wear and tear on my 10-year-old stacked washer dryer system. And, I am proud to report, my load of towels dried in 30 minutes instead of the 60-plus minutes it took last week. Now, here is a hard truth. Every day, someone goes to their local box store to replace a washer and dryer that exhibit the same symptoms. “My dryer doesn’t dry the way it used to. My utility bill is too high, I need a more efficient system.” It is fun to go out an buy a new appliance, but it is not always the right choice. And, perfectly good appliances—or appliances that should have

still been running—sit out by the curb for the garbage pickup. Here are some tips to keep your washer and dryer running in their best shape, save money, and protect the environment. 1. Wash clothes in cold water. 2. Use the minimum amount of detergent, and wash full loads. 3. For heavily soiled clothes, use the pre-soak function. This will remove a lot of the grime and allow you to wash at cooler temperatures. 4. For tough stains, get a good stain removal chart and treat stains promptly. Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, safe for the environment, and more effective than bleach for removing fresh blood stains, for instance. 5. Make sure your washer is loaded evenly. An unevenly loaded washer will not spin correctly and will leave more moisture in your clothes (to be removed in the drying cycle). 6. Don’t overload your machine— you will find your clothes don’t get cleaned. Your machine should have a recommended weight capacity. Hold your laundry basket and step on the bathroom scale to get an idea of what that capacity is. 7. Check out the new chlorine-free liquid bleaches. Some are made from hydrogen peroxide and work well, have no odor, and are better for the environment.

8. If you must use warm water, check your hot water heater thermostat. For safety and efficiency you really don’t need a setting higher than 120°F. 9. Evaluate the laundry products you are using. Do you really need fabric softener in every load? I recently found this turns the lint from your dryer into a sticky substance that will coat the inside of your dryer venting system and could eventually cause a fire hazard. 10. Look for laundry detergent without fillers—you are paying to package a useless product, transport it across the country, and shelve it in an air-conditioned store. 11. Better yet, make your own laundry detergent. Go to to find directions for making your own laundry detergent. It costs pennies, works great, and results in greatsmelling laundry. You won’t believe how simple it is! It is a great illustration of how many fillers are in your cleaning products. 12. Dry items of similar weight together. I often wash blue jeans with towels, for example, as they dry in about the same amount of time. Likewise, you don’t need to dry your lightweight lingerie with your sweatshirts. 13. Dry full loads, and take clothes out slightly damp and hang them up. The residual heat will help that last bit of moisture evaporate and help clothes dry wrinkle free. Resist that lazy habit of tossing a wrinkled shirt in the dryer to get out the wrinkles. Keep the wrinkles out from the beginning!

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14. Clean your lint trap after every load, and clean your dryer vent every six months (or more often if your lint trap is ineffective). If this job is too much for you, call a professional. 15. Putting a second load into an already warm dryer will use less energy; it takes energy to warm the dryer to an effective temperature.

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16. Make sure you are venting to the outside. Having your washer and dryer in the air-conditioned space inside your house is convenient, but additional moisture and heat adds to the work that your air conditioner must do. During warm weather, keep the door closed on your laundry room while the washer and dryer are running to contain the heat as much as possible. 17. When the weather is appropriate, hang clothes on the line to dry. You can rig up a solar dryer (otherwise known as a clothesline) for a minimum investment, and the clothes smell great when you bring them in. Finally, a word about drycleaning. If at all possible, avoid clothing that requires drycleaning. Most drycleaners use a chemical called perchloroethylene, also known as tetrachloroethylene, or tetrachloro-ethene. Perchloroethylene is a highly effective cleaning agent, but it is also toxic and causes several harmful side effects. Perchloroethylene has been known to cause menstrual irregularities, fertility problems, and spontaneous abortions among women who work in the drycleaning industry. Perchloroethylene from drycleaners has contaminated drinking water and has been suspected of causing liver or kidney damage. If you must dry clean your clothes, look first for a “green� drycleaner. Many green drycleaners use liquid carbon dioxide (collected as a byproduct of industrial processes). If this choice is not available to you, remove the plastic cover from your drycleaned garment, and air it out for several hours before bringing it into your house or wearing it. Mary Alford, P.E., is an environmental engineer with a background in everything from water and wastewater to power generation. Currently she helps develop green and sustainable homes, businesses and neighborhoods. To contact her, please email For more information, visit




magine your fairy godmother standing before you, ready to wave her wand and make every wish come true. Suddenly the world appears a place full of possibilities and magic! This is how manifestation works—based not in magic, but in science. The recent blockbuster film The Secret (at vividly explains the power of the underlying universal principle known as the Law of Attraction. Simply stated it is this: like attracts like. Whatever we think, feel and put our energy into, positive or negative, we magnetize to us. Like a fairy godmother, the universe responds. Sounds easy enough. So why don’t we all have everything we want? The answer lies in awareness of and persistence in applying the law. So here it is in three easy-to-remember steps. Intention — Be clear about what you want. Attention — Experience the thoughts and feelings of already having what you want and take the action steps needed to manifest your intention. No tension — Let go and relax. Shift from being tightly focused on a specific desired outcome to being wide open to all possibilities. Trust that your highest good will come to you, feel the happiness of that, and feel gratitude. A lot has been written and spoken about the first two steps. Many have mastered them but stopped there. We end up hanging on to one carefully outlined and defined outcome like a terrier chewing a bone. Although we must take action toward our goals, when we push and struggle and hold on too tight, we end up getting in our own way. The nut of the problem is that we haven’t taken that last step. We haven’t let go and surrendered to the possibility of “Okay…this or something better.” The third step of “no tension” frees our mind, opens our heart, and most ... Continued on the next page...

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... Continued from the previous page importantly, lets us be happy in each moment. If we skip this step, it’s like having a closed fist. How can we receive anything when our hand isn’t open? In today’s “gotta get it” culture, this is the crucial step that most people miss or dismiss. As we trust that all is ultimately working out for the best, we will inevitably feel happier. Happiness attracts more happiness.


Source: Marci Shimoff, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and featured expert in the DVD and #1 bestselling book The Secret, shares tips from her upcoming book, Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happier Right Now (Free Press, Jan. 2008). Visit


Sleep Affects Kids’ Waistlines


ecent research suggests that today’s obese kids are suffering from more than a diet too high in fat and sugar and too little exercise. Fat also is generated by a lack of sleep. A study of 3rd and 6th grade children found that kids who slept less than nine hours a day were more likely to be overweight or to gain weight over the next year than those who got more snooze time. Sleep deprivation, the researchers surmise, can impact a child’s energy levels, and when energy levels are low, children are more likely to turn to sweets to regulate their mood and less inclined to engage in physical activity. Other emerging research also shows a connection between sleep disruption and levels of hormones, such as leptin and insulin, which regulate fat storage, appetite and glucose metabolisms. Thus too little sleep can lead to impaired carbohydrate metabolism, which tends to affect weight. The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following sleep requirements for youth: 11 to 13 hours for preschoolers, 10 to 12 hours for elementary school students, 9 to 11 hours for preteens and 8½ to 9 hours for teens. Source: University of Michigan



Did You Know?


he average American household has 28 light sockets, and 10-20 percent of your electricity bill is from lighting. Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) use onefourth of the wattage to produce the same light. So, to replace a traditional 60-watt bulb, look for a CFL that’s 15 watts. Before replacing all of your conventional bulbs, purchase one CFL and try it to see whether you like it. Lumen output deteriorates over time from a number of factors, including the ballast’s electronics, variations in supply voltage, dust and dirt. —Environmental Defense Fund (

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globalbriefs Wanted: Organic Farm Volunteers


f the closest you’ve ever gotten to your food source is the produce aisle, consider a trip back to the land. Through Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), you can volunteer to spend a weekend—or a few months— working at one of more than 400 farms across the country. In exchange for harvesting strawberries at a farm on Washington’s San Juan Islands, or tending farmers’-marketbound tomatoes in Vermont, you’ll get home-cooked meals and free lodging (anything from a barn loft to a tree house). No experience is required. “Some volunteers are seasoned in certain skills, and some have never touched soil in their lives,” says Autumn Allabach, a WWOOF board member. For a directory of participating farmers, go to

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globalbriefs Dolphins ID Each Other by Name


ottlenose dolphins assume a name as youngsters, using signature whistles that remain constant over the animal’s lifetime. U.S. and Scottish


researchers report that dolphins recognize each other’s call even when scientists electronically subtract individual voice features, mimicking the effect of changing ocean water pressures. Such distinctive ID “sets dolphins apart from most other non-human mammals,” says Dr. Laela Sayigh of the University of North Carolina’s Center

for Marine Science. She coauthored Florida’s Sarasota Bay whistle study led by Dr. Vincent Janik of the University of St. Andrews. About 140 identifiable resident dolphins come and go in the waters of Sarasota Bay, naturally participating in the world’s longest running dolphin research program, now entering its fourth decade. Results of this study, sponsored by Mote Marine Laboratory, were published in the May 12, 2006 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (

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calendarofevents NOVEMBER Saturday, November 1 Nine Soul Elevation w/Omialadora Ajamu - Nov 1, 2-4 pm, $50, pre-reg req. Wear all white & bring 9 white candles. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386454-8657. Parapsychology Fair / Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival w/Psychics, Palmists, Reiki, Aura Photos, Crystals & Minerals Nov 1-2, 9-5 pm. 803 NW Seminary St, Micanopy. Sunday, November 2 Sufi Dance with Diana Kanoy - Nov 2, 1 pm. $5 p/p. Bring a potluck dish to share. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Monday, November 3 Displaced Homemaker Program: Focus on the Future Empowerment and Employability Classes - Nov 3-21, 8:3012:30 pm, M-F, Free, pre-reg req’d. Santa Fe Community College NW campus, Gainesville. 352-395-5047. Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections Movie - Nov 3, 6:15 pm, Free. Downtown Public Library, Gainesville, Room A, 4th Floor. 352256-1042. Tuesday, November 4 Evolution of a Writer w/S. Brooke, Author - Nov 4, 3:30-4:30 pm, Free. Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st St, Hawthorne. 352-481-1920. The “Secret” to Weight Loss with Vickie Haren, CCLC, Tuesdays & Fridays, Nov. 4,7,11,14,18,21; 10am -12pm; $95 (6 classes); All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd. (Hwy 441), Belleview; prereg: 352-502-3898 Wednesday, November 5 Connecting With Your Spirit Guides w/Christine Rossiter - Nov 5-Dec 3, 6-8 pm, $20/class, pre-reg. All About Art, Belleview. 352-625-6924. The Science of Love w/Beth Linguri - Nov 5, 7:15 pm, Love Offering, OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.


Friday, November 7 Couples Beach Retreat & Workshop - Nov 7-9, Fri 7:30 pm-Sun 1:45 pm. $595/couple. Richard & Diana Daffner, Ocean Sands Resort and Spa, Pompano Beach (Ft. Lauderdale). www.Intimacy 1-877-282-4244. Saturday, November 8 EFT Movie: Try it On Everything Nov 8, 2-3:30 pm, Free, limited seating. Library, 6640 SE 221 St, Hawthorne. One Heart Energy Balancing w/ Nena Elantra Roberts - Nov 8 & Dec 20, 2-5 pm, $60. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Peace Is Possible Video Event of International Speaker Prem Rawat - Nov 8, 3-4 pm, Free. Downtown Public Library, 4th floor room. Practical Spirituality: Teachings of Mystics About The Laws Of Spirit, Karma, Diet & Meditation by speakers for Sant Baljit Singh - Nov 8, 1-2:30 pm, Free. Headquarters Library, 401 E University Ave, Gainsville. 352-2758582. Sunday, November 9 Green Plumbing w/Nate Bazinet of Sunshine Plumbing - Nov 9, 3 pm, Free. Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221 St, Hawthorne. 352-481-1920. Nurturing Joy & Abundance in Your Relationships with Your Animal Companions w/Melodye Gaskin, PhD Nov 9, 1-3 pm, $20, pre-reg req’d. Animal Psychic Readings - 3-4:30 pm, $20, bring pet photo. High Springs Emporium, 660 Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Monday, November 10 Introduction to Kinesiology w/ Vickie Haren, CCLC - Nov 10, 1-4 pm, $25, pre-reg. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898. Wednesday, November 12 Nine Soul Elevation w/Omialadora Ajamu - Nov 12, 4 pm. High Springs Emporium.

Past Life Regression Playshop w/ Christine Rossiter - Nov 12, 29 & Dec 13, 10-2 pm, $25, pre-reg. All About Art, Belleview. 352-625-6924. Science of Mind Magazine Article Discussion - 7:15 pm , Love Offering, OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, 352-629-3897 Friday, November 14 Couples Who Work Together / Beach Retreat & Workshop - Nov 14, Fri 2 pm- Sun 4 pm, $795/couple. Richard & Diana Daffner, Linda & Jim Harden, Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL. Saturday, November 15 Introduction to EFT - Nov 15 & Dec 14, 2-3 pm, Free, limited seating, RSVP. Library in Hawthorne, 6640 SE 221 St. Mind Development, Healing And Self Empowerment Techniques Seminar w/Raymon Grace - Nov 15-16, 9-5 pm, $250/both days. Raymongraceprojects. com, Gainesville. 1-352-377-0015. Parapsychology Fair w/Psychics, Palmists, Reiki, Chakras, Aura Photos & More - Nov 15, 10-6 pm, Free Mystic Realms, 3315 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. 352-857-9398. Stones for Stability, Prosperity & Protection - Manifesting Love & Light in Tumultuous Times w/ Sharron Britton Nov 15, 1-4 pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Stress Buster Sleepover w/Chandrakant - Nov 15-16 & Feb 14-15, $95. Amrit Yoga Inst., Salt Springs. 352-685-3001. Sunday, November 16 Rhythm Circle with Debbie Schults - Nov 16, 1 pm. $20 suggested Love Offering. No one turned away. Drums will be provided for the event for any one in need. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Monday, November 17 EFT (Tapping Technique) w/Vickie Haren, CCLC - Nov 17 & Dec 16, 1-4 pm, $25, pre-reg. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898.

Manifesting Your Heart’s Desire w/ Vickie Haren, CCLC - Nov 17, 10-12 pm, $20, pre-reg. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898. Wednesday, November 19 Spiritual Drumming - 7:15 pm, Love Offering, OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, 352-629-3897 Tellabration! A Worldwide Storytelling Event - Nov 19, 3:30 pm, Free. Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221 St, Hawthorne. 352-481-1920. Thursday, November 20 Spiritual Healing Techniques w/ Vickie Haren, CCLC - Nov 20, 5:30-8:30 pm, $25 pre-reg. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898. Friday, November 21 Couples Beach Retreat & Workshop Nov 21-23, Fri 7:30 pm - Sun 1:45 pm, $595/couple. The Daffners, Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL. 1-877-282-4244. Spiritual Cinema Night - Nov 21, 7 pm. Love Offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Saturday November 22 Chord Cutting Ceremony w/Shenna Raven Moondance - Nov 22, 5 pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Reiki I w/Vickie Haren, CCLC - Nov 22, 9-5 pm, $75 + book, pre-reg. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898. Shamanic Healing w/Raven Moondance - Nov 22, 1-4 pm. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657. The Spirit of Womanhood Workshop & Croning w/Antoinette Samiya Johns Nov 22, 2-9 pm, $20 Suggested Love Offering. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352629-3897. Tuesday, November 25 Introduction to Reflexology w/ Vickie Haren, CCLC - Nov 25, 1-4 pm, $25. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898. Wednesday, November 26 Spiritual Movie - Nov 26, 7:15 pm,

Love Offering. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897. Saturday, November 29 Mini-Fairy Card Readings w/Lady Tara - Nov 29 & Dec 27, 1-6 pm, $25. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657. Usui Reiki I Certification w/Rev Kim Marques, Reiki MT - Nov 29, 10-5 pm, $100 incl lunch, pre-reg req’d. It’s All Perfect, 2106 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. 352-804-9006.

DECEMBER Monday, December 1 Hatha Yog; with Maryann Holden, CHHC,AADP,LPN Mondays & Wednesdays, Dec. 1,3,8,10,15,17; 6pm-7:30pm; $50 or $10 a class (6 classes); All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd. (Hwy 441), Belleview; pre-reg: 860-201-3879 Tuesday, December 2 Loving Yourself with Ho’oponopono - Dec 2, 6:30-8 pm, Love Offering. It’s All Perfect, 2106 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. 352-804-9006. Wednesday, December 3 Peru - A Spiritual Journey w/John Smeresky - Dec 3, 7:15 pm, Love Offering. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352629-3897. Thursday, December 4 Opening the Heart with Hypnosis w/Madhavi - Dec 4, 7 pm. Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, 4051 NW 43 St, suite 37, Gainesville. 352-283-0175. Saturday, December 6 African Shell Divination & Spirit Communication w/Omialadora Ajamu Dec 6, 1-6 pm, $50 full reading. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Holiday Party “A Gift of Understanding” Video of Prem Rawat w/Music & Refreshments - Dec 6, 2:30-4 pm, Free. Downtown Public Library, 4th floor room. gainesvilleresource

Introduction to Exploring your Mystic Gifts w/Christine Rossiter - Dec 6, 10-12 pm, $10, pre-reg. All About Art, Belleview. 352-625-6924. Science of Mind Magazine Article Discussion, 7:15 pm, Love Offering, OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, 352-629-3897 Friday, December 12 Couples Beach Retreat & Workshop - Dec 12-14, Fri 7:30 pm - Sun 1:45 pm, $595/couple. Richard & Diana Daffner, Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL. 1-877282-4244. Saturday, December 13 Past Life Regression Playshop, Christine Rossiter; December 13; 102p.m.; $25.00; pre-reg.; All About Art, Belleview; 352-625-6924. Stones Of High Ascension Receiving the Blessing w/Sharron Britton - Dec 13, 1-4 pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Sunday, December 14 Animal Astrology & Your Pets w/ Melodye Gaskin, PhD - Dec 14, 1-3 pm, $20, pre-reg req’d. Animal Psychic Readings, 3-4:30 pm, $20, bring pet photo. High Springs Emporium, 660 Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-4548657. Conscious Prosperity: The Secret to Simple & Lasting Personal Wealth by John Moore the “Debt Free Guru” - Dec 14, 1:30 - 5:30 pm. Advance registration highly recommended. Voluntary ValueBased Tuition: You decide the fee based on value received. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd. Ocala, 352-687-2113 FREE - EFT meeting - Lets “Tap” Together. Join me for an one hour of FUN, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. At the library in Hawthorne,FL (6640 SE 221 Street). Limited seating, please RSVP. Contact Rev. Mary Madeline Day, EFT-ADV at ( Tuesday, December 16 EFT (Tapping Technique) with Vickie Haren, CCLC, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1-4pm; $25 All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd. (Hwy 441), Belleview; pre-reg: 352-5023898

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The “Secret” to Weight Loss with Vickie Haren, CCLC, Tuesdays, Dec. 16,23,30, Jan. 6,13,20; 10am -12pm; $95 (6 weeks); All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd. (Hwy 441), Belleview; prereg: 352-502-3898 Wednesday, December 17 Spiritual Drumming - 7:15 pm, Love Offering, OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, 352-629-3897 Friday, December 19 Spiritual Cinema Night - Dec 19, 7 pm. Love Offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Saturday, December 20 One Heart Energy Balancing w/ Nena Elantra Roberts , Dec 20 , 2 - 5 pm, $60. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386454-8657. Reiki II w/Vickie Haren, CCLC Dec 20, 9-5 pm, $75 + book, pre-reg. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898. Sunday, December 21 Daytime Christmas Candlelighting Celebration - Dec 21, 10:30 am, Youth Celebration 10:30 am, Meditation 9:45 am, Love Offering. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. Wednesday, December 24 Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service: Traditional Service of Lessons & Carols - Dec 24, 7 pm. Love Offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Road, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Saturday, December 27 Mini-Fairy Card Readings w/ Donna aka Lady Tara, Dec 27, 1-6 pm, $25. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657. Sunday, December 28 Burning Bowl: Service of Release and Renewal - Dec 28, 9 am & 11 am. Love Offering. Child Care and Sunday School at 11 am only. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113.


ONGOING Sunday Celebrating Community and Inspiring Message - Sun, Meditation 9:45 am, Sharing the Science of Mind and Spirit 10:30 am, Youth Celebration 10:30 am, Love Offering. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. Free Opening the Heart with Hypnosis w/Madhavi - Sun, 7 pm. Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, 4051 NW 43 St, suite 37, Gainesville. 352283-0175. Guided Meditation and Spiritual Lesson - Sun, 10 am (children’s service & care provided), Love Offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-6872113. Spiritual Living - Studying the Science of Mind and Spirit - 1st Sun, 2 pm, Love Offering. Call for location, Gainesville. 352-336-9783. Sunday Inner Peace = World Peace Services - Sun, 11 am. Seraphim Center at the Florida School Of Massage, 6421 SW 13 St, Gainesville. 352-339-5946. Monday Amrit Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/Veda Mon, 5:30-6:30 pm, Free. Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2 Pl, Gainesville. Amrit Yoga w/Prakash, Prestige 55, Gentle Yoga - Mon, 10-11 am, member fee $30/6 classes. Collins Health Center, Timberidge. 352-867-9660. Free Wuji Gong Instruction w/ Miranda Smith - Mon, 7 pm instruction, 7:30 pm practice. Florida Institute for Hypnotherapy, 4051 NW 43 St, Suite 37, Gainesville. 352-642-6477. Gentle & Hatha Yoga Classes w/ Marilyn - Mon, Gentle Yoga, 8:30-10 am, Hatha Yoga. 10:30 - noon & 7-8:30 pm, 8/$80, 8/$56 if over 60. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352-369-0055. Hatha Yoga w/Maryann Holden Mon & Wed, 6-7:30 pm, $50/6 classes or $10. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 860-201-3879. Hot Yoga - Mon, Tue, Thu, 5:30-6:30 pm. 352-361-3619. Introduction to Channel Course, or Introduction to Meditation Course, $30/

one hour, appointment only. Personal/ Group Meditation Sessions, $15/halfhour, Mon-Fri. N. McFarland, Ocala. 352-816-0134. Yoga w/Pishi - Mon & Tue, 6-7 pm, $8. Yoga, Ayurveda & Meditation w/ Richard - Mon & Tue, 8-9:15 am, $8. Ayurveda Health Retreat & Spa, 14616 NW 140 St, Alachua. 352-870-7645. Yoga Classes Level I Beginner w/ Susan - Mon, 6-7:30 pm, $10/class. Wellness Spa of High Springs, 340 NW 1st Ave, High Springs. 386-454-8889. Zumba Gold (low impact), 4:305:30 pm & Zumba Fitness (hi-energy), 5:45-6:45 pm - Mon, $5 walk-in or $40/ 10 sessions. Gainesville Dance & Music Association, 308 W University Ave, 2nd floor. 904-742-0188. Tuesday Amrit Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/Shivani - Tue, 9-10 am (yoga), 10:00-10:30 am (yoga nidra), Free. Turkey Creek Golf Club, Alachua. Amrit Yoga w/Prakash - Tue, 7-8:30 pm, donation. The Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt Springs. Free Beginner’s Yoga w/Lori Hunt Tue, 7 pm. Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, 4051 NW 43 St, suite 37, Gainesville. 352-378-5746. Free Spiritual Reiki Mini-Sessions Tue & Thu, by appmt. It’s All Perfect, 2106 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. 352804-9006. Hatha Yoga Classes w/Marilyn - Tue, 10-11:30 am, 8/$80, 8/$56 if over 60. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352-369-0055. Narcotics Anonymous - Tue, 8 pm. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Powerful Playful Women - Tue, 6:30 pm, $10, First Play-Date Free. Westside Park, 1001 NW 34 St, Gainesville. The Secret to Weight Loss w/Vickie Haren, CCLC - Tue & Fri, start Nov 4 & Dec 16, 10-12 pm, $95/6 classes, prereg. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898. The Secret to Weight Loss Support Group w/Maryann Holden & Vicki Haren - Tue, 5:30-6:30 pm, $5. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898.

Sivananda Yoga with Hita - Tues 6-7 pm, $8. Ayurveda Health Retreat & Spa, 14616 NW 140 St, Alachua. 352-8707645. Yoga Classes Level II Intermediate w/Susan - Tue, 6-7:30 pm, $10/class. Wellness Spa of High Springs, 340 NW 1st Ave, High Springs. 386-454-8889. Yogalates - Tue, 5:30-6:30 pm. 352-361-3619. Wednesday Amrit Yoga w/Prakash - Wed, 6-7:30 pm, $45/6 classes, $10 walk-in. NU YU Yoga Studio, Six Gun Plaza, Ocala, 352867-9660. Free Anahat Meditation w/Matthew Brownstein - Wed, 6 pm. Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy/Anahat Center. 4051 NW 43 St, #37, Gainesville. 352-3785746. Free Course in Miracles w/Matthew Brownstein - Wed, 7:15 pm. Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy/Anahat Center. 4051 NW 43 St, #37, Gainesville. 352378-5746. Goddess Enrichment Group w/Kim Marques - Wed, 1-2:30 pm, $40/4 wks or $15/wk. It’s All Perfect, SE Ocala location. 352-804-9006. Health Matters Spiritual Support Group for Disease Prevention & Improved Quality of Life - Wed, 6 pm, Love Offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Meditation and Visioning/Healing Wed, 6-7 pm, Love Offering. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897. Ministerial/Ordination Training Class Intro/Orientation - Wed, Classes starting, also correspondence. Seraphim Center, Gainesville. 352-339-5946. Science of Mind Magazine Article Discussion - 2nd Wed, 7:15 pm, Love Offering, OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352629-3897. Silent Unity Meditation Service Wed, 12-12:30 pm, Free. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Spiritual Drumming - 3rd Wed, 7:15 pm, Love Offering. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897. Spiritual Enrichment - Studying the Science of Mind and Spirit- 2nd & 4th Wed, 1:30 pm, Love Offering, Lady Lake

Library, 225 W Guava St, Lady Lake. 352-629-3897. Yoga w/Ania - Wed, 6-7 pm, $8. Yoga, Ayurveda & Meditation w/Richard - Wed, 8-9:15 am, $8. Ayurveda Health Retreat & Spa. 14616 NW 140 St, Alachua. 352-870-7645. Thursday Amrit Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/Shivani - Thu, 9-10 am (yoga), 10-10:30 am (yoga nidra), free. Turkey Creek Golf Club, Alachua. Amrit Yoga w/Sidney - Thu, 5:30-7 pm, free. Downtown Public Library, 401 E University Ave, Gainesville. 352-378-4423. Beginning Yoga classes w/Mary Ann Holden - Thu, 6 pm, $5 love offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Gentle & Hatha Yoga Classes w/ Marilyn - Thu, 10:30-noon & 7-8:30 pm, 8/$80, 8/$56 if over 60. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala. 352-369-0055. Self-Realization Fellowship Silent Meditation (practices of Paramahansa Yogananda) -Thu, 7:15 pm, Love Offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. Sivananda Yoga w/Vaisnavananda das - Thu, 6-7 pm $8. Yoga, Ayurveda & Meditation w/Richard - Thu, 8-9:15 am, $8. Ayurveda Health Retreat & Spa, 14616 NW 140 St Alachua. Friday Amrit Yoga w/Veda - Fri, 2:30-4 pm, residents Free. Oak Hammock, Williston Rd, Gainesville. Guided Meditations w/Prakash - Fri, 8-9 pm, donation. Soul Essentials, Ocala. 352-236-7000. Kirtan - Devotional Singing - Fri, 8-9 pm, Free. Ayurveda Health Retreat & Spa, 14616 NW 140 St, Alachua. Labyrinth for Walking Meditation Fri, 7 pm & by apptmt, Free (call 1st). Wellness Spa of High Springs, 340 NW 1st Ave, High Springs. 386-454-8889. 2106 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. 352804-9006. Nonduality Vedanda, An Ancient Philosophy For Happiness Revealed In Dreams And Fears - Fri, Nov 7-21, 1-3 pm, Free. Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221 St, Hawthorne. 352-481-1920.

Ocala IONS Community Group for the Institute of Noetic Sciences - 1st Fri, 6:30-8:30 pm, $3. OakBrook Life Enrichment Center 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-732-8527. Reiki Circle w/Vickie Haren - 3rd Fri, 4-5 pm, Love Offering, pre-reg. All About Art, 5162 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview. 352-502-3898. Tarot & Animal Readings w/Rev. Kim Marques - 3rd Fri, 6-9 pm, $20, by appmt. It’s All Perfect, Tarot Reader/Reiki - Fri, 3-7 pm & Healing Circle - Fri, 7 pm, Love Offering. Mystic Realms, 3315 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. 352-857-9398. Saturday Amrit Yoga w/Veda - Sat, 10-11 pm, $10-$12/class. Haile Plantation Community Club, 5400 SW 88 Ct, Gainesville. 352-335-1481. Amrit Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/Veda Sat, 12-1 pm (yoga), 1-1:30 am (yoga nidra), $10 non-members. Gainesville Health & Fitness Women’s Center, Thornebrook, Dances of Universal Peace (participatory Sufi Dancing) w/Potluck dinner - 4th Sat, 3 pm, donations. Dancing Peacock Paradise, Ft. McCoy. Farm Stead Saturday w/Farm Tours & Organic Produce - Sat, 9-3 pm, Free. Crones’ Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377. Psychic Saturdays w/Rev Carol Joan Garfinkel & Kayla - Sat, 12-5 pm, $25/15 min. Mystic Realms, 3315 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. 352-857-9398.

UPCOMING Couples New Years Retreat - Jan 24, www.Intimacy TVision Board Goal Poster Potluck Jan 3, 11-2 pm. It’s All Perfect, SE Ocala location. 352-804-9006.

Calendar listings are FREE for current advertisers and for free events. $15/listing for others. 352-629-4000.

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communityresourceguide Connecting readers to leaders in natural healthcare and green living services in our community. Cost: as low as a Dollar a Day! To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, visit to view the media kit online, call 352-629-4000, or e-mail to request media kit.

ACUPUNCTURE Academy for Five Element Acupuncture 305 SE 2nd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 352-548-2332 Tired of being tired? Is stress or anxiety wearing you down? Are you suffering from a chronic condition? For affordable relief call the Academy’s Clinic. Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Center Elsa Archbold, AP Dipl., Acu., CH. (NCCAOM) 6160 S.W. Hwy. 200, Suite 105, Ocala 352-291-2554 Vast knowledge and experience in the field of Rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist, Massage Therapist, Energy Healing. Training in Biofeedback with the EPFX and SCIO. Alachua Health Services at Stillpoint Dr. Wm. Scott Barnett, AP, PT 2730 N.W. 39th Ave., Gainesville 352-376-1320 Full Service Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, all in one beautiful relaxed setting. If you have insurance, Medicare or are injured, you can choose where you receive your care. Be proactive, call today! Visit www.Alachua See ad, p.18.



ANIMAL HEALTH Dr. H. Himani Das, DVM Managing Animals Naturally, Inc. P.O. Box 39, Reddick, FL 32686 352-629-8122 M.A.N., Inc. is dedicated to providing the best holistic veterinary care for horses, including Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Chinese Herbs and Nutritional support.

COLONICS Gentle Waters Healing Center 352-374-0600, Gainesville The therapists at Gentle Waters Healing Center will assist each individual with detoxing using Colon hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna, and/or Aqua Chi Lymphatic Drainage. We also carry probiotics, digestive enzymes, and other products for overall health. Proud sponsors of Barley Life Nutritional Products. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit See ads, p.35, 46. Aaron Perry, AP, LMT Life Family Practice Center 1501 U.S. Hwy. 441 North The Villages / 352-750-4333 Focusing on your health and well being, I integrate acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, colonics and NAET (allergy elimination) to enhance your quality of life. Medicare, Insurance accepted. See article, p.28 and ad, p.47.

COUPLES WORKSHOPS Intimacy Retreats Richard and Diana Daffner 941-349-6804 Attend a romantic vacation/workshop at Florida or Mexico beach resorts. Enhance your relationship— physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Discover Tantra; Create Magic in Your relationship. Private Coaching Available. See ad, p.14.

EFT Sandra Wilson, EFT-Adv, MCHt Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner/ Hypnotherapist 352-694-7255 / With EFT, you’re just a tap away from a positive change! Improve abundance. Remove anger and fear. Improve self-esteem. Improve test and sports scores. See article, p.24 and ad, p.36.

ENERGY PSYCHOTHERAPY Sarah Walker, M.S. Licensed Mental Health Counselor #7740 808 NW 23rd Ave., Gainesville 352-275-4121 Mind, Body, & Energy Psychotherapy integrating muscle testing with NET – Neuro Emotional Technique, Cognitive/ Behavioral, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique, & Qigong to support and facilitate change, release emotional blockages & enhance emotional health quickly & effectively. See article, p.22.


communityresourceguide GREEN SERVICES Nature Maid Gainesville’s Green Cleaning Service 352-316-1023 Get Clean, Go Green. Let Nature Maid get your home “real” clean using only nontoxic, biodegradable products and environmentally sound methods. Professional, licensed and insured, with flexible scheduling and impeccable references. Contact Ellen Louis at See ad, p.37.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE Nelson Kraucak, MD, ABCMT Life Family Practice Center 1501 U.S. Hwy. 441 North The Villages / 352-750-4333 Look into Holistic Integrative Medicine for your health. Chelation is a holistic approach for heavy metal toxicity and is believed to benefit those with heart disease. Neurotherapy, acupuncture, and many other services available. See article, p.28 and ad, p.47. Hanoch Talmor, M.D. Gainesville Holistic Center 352-377-0015 We support all health challenges and the unlimited healing potential of God’s miracle: your body. Chelation, Nutrition, Cleansing, Homeopathy, Natural Energy Healing, Detoxification, Wellness Education and more. See article, p.19 and ad, p.28.

HYPNOTHERAPY Matthew Brownstein, CHt Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy and Associates 352-378-5746 / 800-551-9247 / Offering the complete line of hypnotherapy services and statelicensed training to become a clinical certified hypnotherapist. Free lectures occur every month. See ad, p.36.

Sonya Lamarre, CHt 352-239-9557, We believe everyone can benefit from hypnosis whether for relaxation or working with physical and emotional issues. See us for incredible longlasting life changes. See ad, p.12 Christine Rossiter, MCHt 352-625-6924 1-800-376-0997 As a healing facilitator, I assist people in discovering ways to help the spirit, mind and body heal. I use hypnosis, energy healing and education. I get to the root cause of problems. See ad, p.33.

JEWELRY REPAIR AND LOANS Frank Cafaro Jeweler and Pawn 5445 S.E. 111 St. (Hwy. 441 behind Checkers) Belleview, FL 34420 352-454-2791 Need cash now? Let your Gold, Need Silver, Costume Jewelry, Crystals or other ??? work for you! Cash Expert jewelry repair on Gold, Now? Silver, and some Costume and Crystal jewelry. On site repairman with respect and concern to necessary time and elemental setting. Whileyou-wait and watch Appointments available. Always a nice variety of Replacement Gemstones and Crystals in stock. We buy or You Can Trade your unwanted pieces for something from our vast unusual inventory, or you can take a short-term loan using one of your pieces as collateral. Mention this ad for 15% off any repair or loan charge.

LIFE COACHES Cynthia Christianson, MA Certified Personal and Professional Coach 352-374-7982 I help you create the conditions to spontaneously reclaim your joy. I offer one free 30minute coaching session. See the article “Keep Moving Forward,” p.18.

Vickie Haren , CCLC, CCHt 352-502-3898 / Office and classroom: All About Art/ 5162 SE Abshier Blvd. (Hwy 441), Belleview Vickie is a holistic health educator and co-owner of Endless Journey Retreats. Clinically Certified as a Life Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner with studies in Hypnosis, Reflexology, Reiki (Master/ Teacher), Neuro Linguistic Programming, Non-Directive Imagery, EFT, Body Talk, Psych-K and Somatic Healing. “I believe that healing and self-empowerment occurs when the underlying emotional component of an illness or condition is released through education, holistic practices and spiritual counseling.” Rev. Kim Marques, CHt, Reiki M/T 2106 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 352-804-9006 Change your vibe, change your life! Free Info and Spiritual Energy by appointment. Embrace the mind, body and spirit with hypnosis, energy sessions and training, spiritual guidance, Life Wise workshops and support groups, meditation, Goddess Weight Loss, attraction power kits and more. See ad, p.35.

MASSAGE Tiara L. Catey, LMT Center for Balance 1705 N.W. 6th St., Gainesville 352-642-4545 / Cultivate joy in your life by including Nurturing Massage as an essential part of your selfcare practices. Cherish yourself! Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage, Lomilomi, Shiatsu, Energy modalities. MA41831 Clark Dougherty Therapeutic Massage Clinic 850 N.E. 36th Terr., Ocala 352-692-7255 / Offering massage techniques for pain relief, improved flexibility, and other terrific benefits. PIP and WorkComp always accepted, also group/private insurance in some instances. All credit cards accepted. Beautiful holiday Gift Certificates available—call and place your order, and your Gift Certificate will be in the mail the same day. See article, p.16 and ad, p.9. MA27082, MM9718.

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communityresourceguide MEDITATION



Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center 241 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 Meditate in Gainesville with local classes 904-222-8531 / Cell 386-793-3013 Workshops and retreats for all levels; everyone welcome. How to solve our daily problems and enjoy inner peace and true happiness. Calendar of area classes and events: drolmacenternortheast.

Diane Childs Editing, Writing, Consulting, Research 352-375-1120 / Gainesville Impress agents, publishers, customers or employers with professionally written books, articles, marketing materials or resume. Nonfiction or fiction. Specialties: query letters, book proposals, autobiography, personal growth, health, spirituality, novels.

Rev. Dr. Janet Claire Moore, Medium, DDMS 352-373-8047 Extraordinary Psychic, Medium, Teacher and Channeler, as well as an Ordained Minister, Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 36 years’ experience. See ad, p.32.

PERSONAL FITNESS Hip Moves Fitness Studio Rona Bennett, BS, CPT Holistic Health, Personal Fitness Coaching 708 N.W. 23rd Ave., Gainesville / 352-692-0132 An intimate fitness studio focusing on creativity and holistic health. Classes and private lessons in Belly Dance, Yoga, Pilates, and Personal Training. Rental space available.

PSYCHIC MEDIUM Rev. Louise Link, PhD, Spiritualist Clairvoyant Medium and Channel. Messages from Angels, Guides and Loved Ones in Spirit / 352-378-9943 / Gainesville More than 20 years’ experience in research and metaphysics, life after death and Spirit communication messages. Tarot, Numerology, Spiritual counseling. Readings by Appointment Only. See ad, p.37.

YOGA REFLEXOLOGIST Integrated Reflexology and Massage Shayla Blalock, LMT MA51495 Certified Reflexologist 352-871-1944 / “The soles of the feet are the mirror of the body.” Reflexology improves circulation, cleanses the body of toxins, and balances the whole system. Documented studies show it to be helpful with diabetes, neuropathy, insomnia, and more. Call Shay Blalock for information.

ROLFING Carol L. Short Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Craniosacral Therapist Gainesville and North Central FL 352-318-0509 Rolfing® is a system of body restructuring through systematic manipulation of muscle and fascial tissues. It promotes the release and realignment of long standing patterns of tension and dysfunction, bringing the body to greater balance, mobility, vitality, and ease. A holistic approach to mobility, vitality and balance. MA16337/MM18921.

COMING IN THE NEXT ISSUE New Year, New Start: Goals, creativity, prosperity, careers in holistic therapies—costs, length of study, where to get training, licensing requirements 46

Hot Yoga Big Ron’s Yoga College 519-D NW 10th Ave., Gainesville 352-367-8434 / Total physical and mental conditioning. 100 minutes, 100° heated class. All fitness levels welcome. Certified instructors. Unlimited classes only $100 per month. Visit for schedule. See ad, p.34.

ADVERTISING HERE IS AFFORDABLE. Advertise! 352-629-4000.

November/December 2008