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ars aren’t allowed on the Walnut
Street Bridge, but whenever
I’m there I see plenty of traffic:
runners, cyclists, dog walkers, skaters
(seriously, I saw a guy on a unicycle
the other day), people of all ages and
descriptions out and moving. It does my
heart good, and theirs, too. Chances are that’s why they’re there—to get a good cardio
workout or maybe shed a few pounds. But they might be getting another, unexpected
benefit, too: better odds for a cancer-free life. Sure, everyone knows there are things
you shouldn’t do if you want to improve your chances of staying cancer-free. But according to Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and
Reverse Cancer, we there’s plenty we should do, too—tools we can use to get proactive and avoid that dreaded diagnosis. Among the best tools? A good multivitamin, detoxification and regular exercise. Read more advice from him and other natural health
experts in “Rethinking Cancer,” page 20, and you’ll see why you have more control
over the Big C than you think.
This month’s Natural Awakenings is devoted to the topic of fitness, and we have
several articles designed to help you on your fitness journey. Begin with our “Universal Fitness Tips” (page 18), our favorite ways to get and stay motivated and make any
workout, safe, fun and satisfying. If you’re considering hiring a personal trainer to help
you get the most out of your workout (or just to keep you honest), don’t miss “Staying
Power,” page 24, which includes a checklist for evaluating trainers to find the best one
for you.
It’s no secret that yoga is one of the most effective, versatile and accessible fitness practices. Its positives are almost too many to mention, but just to name a few: It
can be learned at any age; there are styles to suit any ability (or disability); it requires
almost no equipment; it’s safe; and it can be practiced at home. Best of all, yoga is
uniquely healing, physically and psychologically. Read the science behind that healing on page 26—and then try yoga for yourself. With Chattanooga’s abundance of
excellent teachers, there’s no excuse not to!
We’re pleased to introduce a new column this month. Our “Natural Neighbor”
feature will highlight a practitioner or business that’s
making Chattanooga a healthier place—naturally. This
month we focus on Carol Bieter, a local massage
therapist whose diverse skill set has endeared her
to a wide variety of clients, from a champion
cyclist to a nonagenarian. “Meet” Carol on
page 19. Wishing you a happy, healthy September!
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Renowned Pediatrician, Autism Specialist at Nutrition World
Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
ediatrician and New York Times bestselling author Jerry Kartzinel, MD, will be at
Nutrition World October 26 to discuss his groundbreaking clinical approach to
treating autism and other neurodevelopmental problems, chronic neuro-inflammatory
diseases and hormonal dysfunctions in children. The lecture is free, but advance
reservations are required.
A fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kartzinel practiced general
pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with
autism. He has since developed medical interventions that work to improve the
lives of children suffering from many types of medical conditions, including autism,
allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation or diarrhea, sleep cycle
disruptions and hormonal imbalances. He is a nationally recognized speaker and
regularly teaches continuing medical educations courses on children’s health issues to
physicians and other health professionals. His individualized clinical approach begins
with a thorough patient history and detailed laboratory evaluations and integrates the
very latest medical interventions, including both traditional and
complementary medicine.
“Dr. Jerry has helped thousands of families who
have children with autism,” says Lisa Ackerman,
director of Talk About Curing Autism. “His
dedication and contribution to TACA and other autism
organizations is tremendous.”
The free presentation will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. October 26 at Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga.
To reserve a spot, call the store at 423- 892-4085. See ad, pages 2 and 40.
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Family Herb Shop Relocates
after Fire
fter a July fire
damaged the
Hixson building in
which the Family
Herb Shop was located, the business
has moved to a new
location two miles
north on Hixson
Pike. “While this
was not the way we had hoped to expand, we now have a
larger space with more parking. We hope this will benefit not
just us but our customers, too,” says owner Alison Campbell. “It has been quite a process to go through, but we have
received so much support from our customers and vendors.
That’s why I love what I do.”
Alison and her husband Chris recently purchased the
shop from Allison’s parents, who have owned it since 2005,
selling vitamins, herbs and natural health-care solutions.
“We’re locally owned and operated, and our goal is to build
relationships with our customers in order to provide personal, quality service,” Campbell says.
The Family Herb Shop carries a wide variety of products
for all ages, ranging from herbal supplements, vitamins, essential oils and teas to all-natural health and beauty products
such as soaps, shampoos, sunscreen and lotions. It also
carries alkaline water, safe and effective weight-loss supplements, and a diverse assortment of bulk herbs. “We carry
high-quality, sometimes hard-to-find supplements in the Hixson community,” Campbell says. “We encourage people to
come by our store or call to find out what we have to offer.”
The Family Herb Shop, now located at 6462 Hixson Pike, Ste.
101 (across from Burks United Methodist Church), is open
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 423-843-1760 or find the shop on
Facebook. See ad, page 21.
Free Lecture Covers
Superfoods, Raw
and Alkaline Foods
alph Foster, MD, whose medical
practice focuses on nutrition, will be featured speaker at the September 15 meeting of
CHEO, the Complementary Health Education
Organization. The meeting will be held from 2
to 4 p.m. at Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Highway, Chattanooga.
In his presentation “Superfoods, Raw Foods and an
Alkaline Diet,” Foster will discuss his favorite “superfoods,”
the health secrets of eating more raw and alkaline foods, and
how to best go about it. “Dr. Foster will share information
about an alkaline diet and give us all information on eating
and living healthier,” says CHEO’s Tami Freedman.
CHEO meetings are free and open to the public. The
nonprofit organization meets the third Sunday of each month
at Nutrition World’s Speaker Room (downstairs off Vance
For more information, contact Tami Freedman at 706-4590055 or [email protected] See resource guide listing,
page 37.
North Shore Massage &
Bodywork Celebrates
Grand Opening
orth Shore Massage & Bodywork,
620 Cherokee Boulevard
in Chattanooga, will celebrate
its grand opening September
29 from 4 to 7 p.m. “The
aim of North Shore Massage & Bodywork is to help
those with daily aches and pains move and feel more as they
should,” says owner Amber Holt. “We want to help people
live healthy, feel whole and experience massage.” The grand
opening will feature free chair massages, hors d’oeuvres
and antioxidant-packed wine, and a raffle of health-related
services, artwork and local gift certificates.
Holt has practiced massage for eight years and been
licensed in Tennessee since 2006. She works with athletes,
fibromyalgia patients, those with chronic pain, and those
seeking better health through foot reflexology. She plans to
complete her certification in neuromuscular therapy within a
year. In addition, Holt practices Reiki, using energy healing
to encourage the body’s natural healing ability. Holt’s new
facility on Cherokee also offers private space for couples’
massage—“a delightful way for two people to have a shared,
relaxing and healing experience,” she says.
Holt is using the grand opening as an opportunity to
further her training and support a local women’s shelter.
Initial raffle proceeds will help fund her gross anatomy lab
workshop in 2014, with any extra
proceeds going to Chattanooga
Room in the Inn. “I’m honored to
be able to open a business in such
an amazing and positive place like
Chattanooga,” she says.
Restorative Body
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Seeking to Honor, Respect, Nurture,
and Restore the Body
Specializing in Sports Massage,
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(423) 605 4855
243 Signal Mountain Rd., Suite E
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Located across from the entrance to Baylor School in Signal Office Plaza
For more information, call North
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listing, page 38.
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Local customers can pick up any products they order by
phone or online at the Tools for Healing facility at Shallowford Road and Highway 153. For more information or to see
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ardeners can fill their flower beds this
fall with more than 100 species of
native perennials, grasses,
shrubs and trees—all for
sale at the 26th annual Reflection Riding Native Plant
Sale. The Chattanooga Arboretum and
Nature Center at Reflection Riding is the host
and location for the three-day event, which will be held September 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 1 to 5
p.m. “We are so proud to provide this inspiring, educational
event for our community,” says Executive Director Dr. Jean
Lomino. “We welcome everyone to spend a day exploring
this beautiful site and learning about the plants and animals
that live in our backyards.”
The Native Plant Sale features durable and hardy native
plants, all propagated onsite by volunteers. “Fall is the best
time to fill in a landscape,” Lomino notes. “The cooler temperatures and increased precipitation reduce transplant shock
and help the plants get a good start.” Along with choosing
their favorite native plants, guests are welcome to enjoy the
Center’s open house and attend programs throughout the
weekend, including guided
wildflower hikes, fern and
fungi walks, and nature talks.
Families are invited to join
the Bats, Bugs and Snakes
programs on Sunday.
The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center at Reflection Riding features 317 acres of natural splendor. Visitors
can hike 15 miles of trails, canoe Lookout Creek, and explore
the Wildlife Wanderland, home to a variety of animal ambassadors like Red Wolves, owls and a bobcat.
ools for Healing, a Chattanooga-based resource for healing products and techniques, has been an international
pioneer in the natural health field. The online-only store has
been on the Internet since 1998, introducing hundreds of
competitively priced products to what is now a worldwide
customer base. But one of its most popular products is a
detoxifying tea made right here in Tennessee.
Royal Tea, made
by a Jackson nutritionist, is designed as
a safe, effective way
to maintain intestinal
health and regularity.
Used daily, it helps
with weight management and contributes
to better overall health, says Tools for Healing manager Jonathan Bouldin. “I’ve used it; I know it works,” he says. “Our
customers swear by it—they’ll say it helped them lose weight
and even cleared up their skin. A lot of people drink it every
day as part of their normal diet.”
A pack of 12 tea bags typically lasts about six weeks,
Bouldin says. The product has proven so popular that about
six months ago, Tools for Healing began offering Royal Tea
capsules. “I don’t think they’re quite as potent, but they’re
good for travelers and people who can’t steep tea every day,”
he says. “It’s become a big seller, too.” Tools for Healing also
offers a Royal Cleanse for those who want a short-term, onetime product rather than a maintenance program.
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Free Screening
for Students with
Attention Struggles
his month LearningRx Chattanooga
will conduct free screenings by
appointment for those struggling with
symptoms of ADD/ADHD. The screenings will be offered September 14 from
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the LearningRx
Chattanooga Brain Training Center near
Hamilton Place Mall.
According to a study released by
the Mayo Clinic in March, as many
as 7.5 percent of school-aged children have some symptoms of AD/HD,
says Michelle Hecker Davis, director
of LearningRx Chattanooga. “These
symptoms may arise from a deficit in
executive functions, or the processes
in charge of regulating, controlling and
managing daily life tasks,” she says.
“But AD/HD does not need to be a
permanent diagnosis or condition.”
LearningRx has developed a program to attack the root causes of attention disorders, Davis says. The program
involves intense drills and procedures
designed to strengthen sustained attention (the ability to stay focused on a
task); selective attention (the ability to
stay focused when
distractions are
present); and divided attention (the
ability to process
two or more tasks at
a time). The program often eliminates the symptoms
associated with
poor attention
skills, she says.
An appointment is required and availability is limited, so families interested in
the screening are encouraged to register
early. To register or for more information, contact Davis at 423-305-1599 or
[email protected] LearningRx is
located at 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd,
next to Marshall’s and Bed, Bath and
Beyond. See ad, page 23.
Elderberry at Forefront of
“Functional Foods”
by Ann Lenhardt
hat does elderberry taste like?”
We hear that question a lot at Norm’s Farms, and we usually describe the flavor as somewhere between blueberry, blackberry, grape
and currant. Truthfully, the best answer we can give is “Try it and see for yourself—
it’s delicious!” While few of us are familiar with elderberry today, it was a common and necessary food in the world of our great-grandparents and their ancestors. The tiny elderberry served as a valuable functional food and was used in everything from pies and
other desserts, jams and jellies, syrups, sauces and wine. Because elderberry was
considered a preventative or curative for many respiratory and digestive ailments,
households made and stored elderberry cordials, tinctures and tonics, too. Elderberry
used to be ubiquitous.
The use of elderberry went the way of the horse and the buggy with the Industrial Revolution. Elderberry is extremely perishable once harvested, and harvesting and
preparing it requires time that few of us have in this fast-paced, high-pressure world.
However, the skyrocketing cost of health care and health insurance has opened
the door for elderberry and other functional foods to make a resurgence. People are
searching for more affordable ways to address illness and improve their health, and
incorporating functional foods into our diet is a natural place to start.
Elderberry is a great choice in the “functional foods” category: it’s low in calories, high in nutrients, and chock-full of antioxidants. In fact, many people are now
choosing to make elderberry part of their everyday diet. Elderberry also is an effective immune support supplement, and studies indicate that it is an effective antiviral
as well. Best of all, it is affordable and available without a prescription, and it comes
without a long list of potentially deadly side effects—unlike many of the pharmaceuticals marketed today.
Ann Lenhardt and her husband, Roger, are owners of Norm’s
Farms, based in Pittsboro, NC. To find Norm’s Farms/Elderberry
Life elderberry jam, jelly, juice and herbal cordial (aka elderberry
syrup), visit Nutrition World (6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga) or
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Fall Celebration at ClearSpring
Yoga September 21
learSpring Yoga (CSY) will present
its third annual Fall Equinox
Practice September 21 from 2:30
to 4 p.m., led by Janka Livoncova
and featuring live music by
Annie Harpe & Friends.
“Fall is the season
of harvest—a time to
pull inward after the
celebrations of summer and gather
together on all levels,” Livoncova
says. “It’s a time to store up fuel,
food and warm clothing, a time to study and plan for the
approaching stillness of winter. Everything in nature contracts and moves its essence inward and downward, and we
are invited once again to look within, to reflect. Fall is full
of change and transitions, calling for more commitment,
participation and readiness. We invite everyone to join us in
welcoming this rich season through asana, breath work and
meditation.” All levels are welcome, with no preregistration
required. There is a suggested donation of $15-20.
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begins November 15 and runs through January 11, 2015. For
more information visit
CSY offers more than 30 yoga classes each week, including
Flow, Fundamentals, Gentle, Yin, Intermediate, All-Levels,
Slow Flow, $7 community classes, and a free introductory
class at 2:30 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. For class,
event and workshop information, visit
or call 423-266-3539. CSY is located at 105 N. Market Street,
Chattanooga. See ad, page 26.
Rolling Video Games Partners
with Junior Achievement
olling Video Games has partnered with nonprofit Junior
Achievement Chattanooga to further its mission of educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and
financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
Rolling Video Games visited Silverdale Baptist and Dalewood
Middle this past spring as part of “JA in a Day” and plans
to add many more schools this fall, says Megan Dearing of
Junior Achievement.
“JA in a
Day is a special
Junior Achievement delivery
method that
facilitates the
between a business and an elementary school,” Dearing says.
“As with all Junior Achievement programs, business volunteers help educate and inspire youth about the connection
between education and success in the workplace, and give
them hope for the future.
Rolling Video Games is mobile video gaming theater—a
truck trailer outfitted with four wide-screen, high-def TVs in
front of custom stadium seats with built-in vibration motors
synched to the on-screen action, and speakers in front and
back. Everything is linked, so 16 players can play the same
game or against each other. Players can work as a team or
enjoy different games, including the newest offerings from
Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. A game coach is on site to
help anyone who needs it. Rolling Video Games has been
featured at the Kidz Expo, Chattacon, World of Wheels, and
various other local events and school fundraisers.
Schools interested in participating in JA in a Day should
contact Dearing at 423- 892-4488 or contact Rolling Video
Games directly at 423-475-6696. Rolling Video Games is also
available for parties and events daily. For party and event
pricing, call the office or visit See
ad, page 9.
A Tribute to the
American Elderberry
he International Society for Horticultural Science
named the elderberry its 2013 Herb of the Year for
good reason. In June, scientists gathered in Columbia,
Missouri, to share research on the potential of elderberries and elder flowers for preventing and treating
illnesses at the first International Elderberry Symposium.
For example, Dennis Lubahn, director of the
University of Missouri’s Center for Botanical Interaction Studies, and his team are
researching the molecular mechanisms behind elderberry’s folk medicine legacy;
specifically, how the berries might help prevent strokes, prostate cancer and
inflammation while boosting an individual’s resistance to infectious diseases. Preliminary results show that just two tablespoons of elderberry juice per day appear
to offer protection against prostate cancer.
Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Ph.D., from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical
Center, in Jerusalem, explained how the yet unnamed active principle in elderberry
blocks viruses from entering human cells. She believes that elderberry extract
holds significant potential for preventing and reducing symptoms of the flu, including avian flu and swine flu, plus HIV and the herpes simplex virus. The effective
dose may be just one tablespoon a day.
While Mumcuoglu believes elderberry extract is safe, she does not recommend
it for pregnant women or those with autoimmune diseases, because it is a known
immune system stimulant. “It may be completely risk-free,” she says. “We simply
don’t yet have adequate data for proof.”
Adams, M.D.
Amanda Geitz, L.M.T.
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Hair to Dye For
hree-quarters of American women are interested in changing their hair color, particularly to cover gray, according to
a Clairol study. But other studies show they should be wary of
most traditional hair dyes and consider natural alternatives. A
study from the University of Southern California published
in the International Journal of Cancer, for example, identified women using permanent hair dyes at least once a
month to be at the highest risk for bladder cancer.
As early as 2007, the European Union banned 22
potentially dangerous chemicals in cosmetic and body care
products, including hair dyes. In the journal Materials last
year, British researchers warned of the increased cancer risk
from toxic chemicals called secondary amines, found in
European- and U.S.-manufactured permanent hair dyes, because they
remain on the hair for extended periods long after application and can penetrate skin.
Meanwhile, increasing demand by consumers for safer products has expanded the market for natural hair dyes containing henna, oils and extracts from berries
and other fruits, plus vegetables. Many are now available at pharmacies, organic
salons and online, including do-it-yourself recipes.
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slow jog around the block a few times a week can
prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study
monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44
percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely
die from any cause than non-runners. Males and females
that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6
years, respectively, to their average lifespans. It only takes 1.5 hours of slow-to-average-pace jogging a week to reap the longevity benefits. Walking is also
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ould a simple yoga class ease chronic back pain? Yes,
say researchers in two recent studies.
Scientists at the University of Washington found that
subjects reported a 61 percent decrease in back pain when
practicing yoga in a 12-week period compared with doing
simple stretching. The researchers attributed their findings,
published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to yoga’s physical and breathing exercises
and how they increase awareness and relaxation. Another project, funded by Arthritis Research
UK, showed that Britons with long-term back
pain that took a 12-week yoga course reported 75
percent fewer sick days.
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appetite all day long, while protein-rich food effectively satiates us, according to a recent University of Missouri-Columbia study. Subjects were 20 overweight young women, ages
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enjoyed a 350-calorie, high-protein breakfast of eggs and lean meat. Researchers
tracking brain function concluded that those eating the high-protein breakfast were
better able to control their eating throughout the day and evening. For people that don’t currently eat breakfast, lead researcher Heather Leidy,
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ewer than 10 percent of Americans
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more of us should, according to a
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Conditioning Research. Scientists at
the University of North Florida, in
Jacksonville, found that weightlifters had a 37 percent reduced risk
of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of
risk factors linked to heart disease
and diabetes. Previous research has
linked having greater muscle strength
and mass (results of weightlifting) to
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People with three out of five
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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
Fare Sharing
Three Is the Perfect Number
With increasing traffic congestion and escalating
gas prices, carpooling has become a way of life
in America’s biggest cities. Now new high-tech
innovations such as ridesharing apps that make
the process more efficient have given rise to a new class of riders know as “slugs”.
The term was originally coined by bus drivers trying to distinguish between commuters awaiting carpool drivers and people standing in line for the bus, just as they used
to stay vigilant for fake bus tokens known as slugs.
In many urban centers with specific lanes dedicated to cars with three occupants (HOV-3), having clearly marked entry and exit points benefits everyone—
drivers move faster and save gas; riders get to work; and the environment gets a
break. The magic number is three—something about having just two occupants
doesn’t seem as safe to many people, although the concept is the same. If the
worst happens and no drivers show up, there’s always the bus.
Scrub Up
Cleaning the Environment a Step at a Time
Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer product
companies, which makes Vaseline and Dove soaps,
is doing away with a longtime manufacturing process
because scientists and environmental groups are
concerned that it contributes to polluting oceans. The
company has decided to phase out the use of plastic
micro-beads as a scrubbing agent in all personal care products by 2015.
Small pieces of plastic material under five millimeters in diameter, referred
to as micro-plastics, originate from a variety of different sources, including the
breakdown of larger plastic materials in the water, the shedding of synthetic fibers
from textiles during domestic clothes washing, and the micro-beads used for their
abrasive properties in a range of consumer and industrial products.
Solar Socket
Portable Power from Any Windowpane
The Window Socket, a new device that attaches to any window using a suction cup,
provides a small amount of electricity to
charge and operate small devices from its solar
panel. Inventors Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, of
Yanko Design, note, “We tried to design a portable socket so that users can use it intuitively,
without special training.”
Even better, the charger stores energy. After five to eight hours of charging,
The Socket provides 10 hours of juice to charge a phone, even in a dark room. The
device is not yet available in the United States.
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Freebie Fruit
Online Mapping Points the Way
Falling Fruit (, created
by Caleb Philips, co-founder of Boulder Food Rescue, and Ethan Welty, a
photographer and geographer based in
Boulder, Colorado, uses a map to cite
locations of fruits and vegetables that
are free to forage around the world. It
looks like a Google map, with reported
locations marked with dots.
Zoom in and click on one to find
a description of what tree or bush is
there. The description often includes
information about the best season to
pluck plant fruits, the quality and yield,
a link to the species’ profile on the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s website
and additional advice on accessing the
Welty compiled most of the halfmillion or so locations from various
municipal databases, local foraging
organizations and urban gardening
groups. Additionally, the map is open
for Wikipedia-style public editing. He
says, “Falling Fruit pinpoints all sorts of
tasty trees in public parks, lining city
streets and even hanging over fences
from the UK to New Zealand.” It also
lists beehives, public water wells and
even dumpsters with excess food waste.
Killing Fields
Neonicotinoid Pesticides Threaten
Birds and Insects, Too
Bio-Breakthrough Can
Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
Researchers at Virginia Tech, in
Blacksburg, attest they have succeeded in using xylose, the most
abundant simple plant sugar, to
produce a large quantity of hydrogen in a method that can be
performed using any source of
biomass. “Our new process could
help end our dependence on fossil fuels,” projects Y. H. Percival
Zhang, the associate professor of
biological systems engineering who
is spearheading the initiative. This
environmentally friendly method of
producing hydrogen utilizes renewable natural resources, releases
almost zero greenhouse gases and
doesn’t require costly heavy metals.
Most hydrogen for commercial
use is produced from natural gas,
which is expensive to manufacture
and generates a large amount of
the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
“It really doesn’t make sense to use
non-renewable natural resources
to produce hydrogen,” says Zhang.
“We think this discovery is a gamechanger in the world of alternative
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Oil Alternative
Controversial neonicotinoid pesticides linked to catastrophic
honeybee declines in North America and Europe may also
kill other creatures, posing ecological threats even graver
than feared, according to aВ new report by the American Bird
Conservancy. It claims that dangers to birds and streamdwelling and soil-dwelling insects accidentally exposed to
the chemicals have been underestimated by regulators and downplayed by industry.
“The environmental persistence of the neonicotinoids, their propensity for
runoff and for groundwater infiltration and their cumulative and largely irreversible
mode of action in invertebrates raise environmental concerns that go well beyond
bees,” according to the report co-authors, pesticide policy expert Cynthia Palmer
and pesticide toxicologist Pierre Mineau, Ph.D., who both work for the nonprofit.
They note that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency typically sets guidelines
for bird exposures using laboratory tests on just two species, which ignores widely
varying sensitivities among hundreds of other species.
Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, an invertebrate conservation group, says that integrated pest management (IPM), which combines precisely
targeted chemical use with other, non-chemical means of pest control, can deliver
industrial-scale yields in an environmentally sustainable way. To the detriment of
wildlife, “[Our nation] has moved away from IPM, from scouting a farm, putting in
habitat for beneficial insects and spraying only if there’s damage,” he warns. “With
neonicotinoids, they don’t do that anymore,” instead returning to indiscriminate
blanket spraying.
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Mindful Practices Enhance Any Routine
by Casey McAnn
hen it comes to attaining
fitness, several well-regarded
recommendations increase
the likelihood of success.В Natural Awakenings canvassed online
fitness sources for tips and techniques
intended to keep workouts safe, fun and satisfying.В Our favorites follow.
Always stretch – Light stretching before and after workouts loosens muscles
and increases circulation for quicker
repair and healing. It can also help prevent injuries. It’s ideal to hold stretches
for at least 30 seconds, breathing “into”
the muscles that are being stretched and
inviting a gentle release of tension on
the exhalation. If any pain surfaces while
stretching a certain area, stop.
Start slowly – Begin and build
workout routines slowly in order to
avoid straining muscles and ligaments.
Exercise at least twice a week, the bare
minimum for staying physically fit.
Be well rounded – Add leg and back
exercises to crunches and bicep curls,
and vary cardio routines to stay enthusiastic about workouts. Experiment with
all the equipment available at a studio or
gym, asking a trainer for guidance.
Drink plenty of water – Drinking
water helps to decrease appetite and
eliminate cravings, while nourishing and
hydrating the body. The goal is to drink
half of one’s body weight number in
ounces each day.
Keep it regular – Making exercise
a regularly scheduled part of the week
eliminates excuses. Keep it on the calendar and show up as dutifully as for any
other important appointment. Make up
any days missed.
Increase intensity – More intense
workouts mean less time spent doing
them while achieving the same level of
benefits. It’s also important to keep endurance exercises in any routine, however,
because they are vital for cardiovascular
benefits and building stamina.
Use weights – Adding muscle to the
body increases strength, life expectancy
and fat burning. To tone muscles, use a
weight that works for eight to 12 lifts.
For bulk, use a weight suited to four to
six lifts. Practice a weight training routine two to three times a week, keeping
sessions under 45 minutes.
Add interval training – Sprinting for
about 50 yards boosts metabolism and
heart health. Return to the starting point
by taking a slow walk. Repeat as many
times as possible, making sure to warm
up before the interval training and cool
down afterwards.
Dress up – Energize a workout session and boost confidence by wearing
something snazzy. Donning an exercise
“uniform” gets us in the mood, and a
new piece of clothing or footwear can
make us excited to get moving again.
Be a safe runner – Every six weeks,
cut running mileage and frequency in
half for a week. This allows the body
to recover from workouts and helps to
prevent injury.
Make it meaningful – While
walking or running, recite prayers or a
gratitude list, or listen to inspirational
podcasts and downloads.
Volunteer for fitness – Many volunteer tasks involve some form of physical
movement. It feels good to burn calories
while helping others.
Bring workout buddies – Friends
and pets need exercise, too, and they
provide restorative companionship.
Working out with a pal adds support
and motivation, which are keys to success. Seek out a human buddy with
similar fitness goals.
Go green – Research from the
University of Essex, in England, shows
that exercising in nature produces additional physical and mental benefits. The
researchers found that “green exercise”
improves mood, self-esteem, enjoyment
and motivation.
Casey McAnn is a freelance writer in
Boston, MA.
Coming in October
Carol Bieter, LMT, CNMT, CKTP
“My clientele varies
ext month, Carol
widely,” she says. “In
Bieter will be
just the past few months
celebrating her
I have worked on a 2012
11th year as a licensed
Olympic athlete and
massage therapist. Upon
someone just shy of their
graduating from the
90th birthday. I like to
Tennessee Institute of
think that I have enough
Healing Arts in 2002,
resources to give each
she opened her masclient what they need;
sage practice, Restorative
however, I won’t hesitate
Body Therapies, which
to refer a client to someshe continues to operate
one else if I feel that the
today. Although the locaclient needs more than I have to offer.”
tion has stayed the same, the number
When the 2013 National Cycling
of therapies she offers has continued to
Championship was in Chattanooga,
grow throughout the years. “One of the
Bieter got a call from Timmy Duggan,
reasons I chose the name �Restorative
winner of the 2012 championship and
Body Therapies’ was because there
a member of the 2012 US Olympic
are so many forms of bodywork, and I
cycling team.
didn’t want to limit myself to just mas
“I was in town for only a few days
sage,” she says.
for the National Cycling Champion
Although the focus of her practice
ships and nursing some muscle probis massage, Bieter also is a certified
lems from a recent injury,” Duggan
Kinesio Taping practitioner and holds
says. “Carol was able to quickly assess
certifications in Reiki 1 and 2, sports
what I had going on and get some
massage, medical massage and neuroquality work in a short period. It was
muscular therapy.
“I am constantly learning more and as if she had been working with me
for years. She knew exactly the type
expanding my toolbox of skills,” she
of therapy and massage my muscles
says. “Last April I began an additional
needed. A few days later I was on the
level of Kinesio Taping—level four—
starting line, confident that we had
which I completed in August. I am also
worked out the nagging problems that
in a 21-week program to obtain my
Reiki Master’s training. Although I could prevented me from being at my best.
Furthermore, Carol’s excellent Kinesio
get it in less time, I feel that this is the
Taping allowed her to extend the benright path for me.”
efits of her work into the race and for
Bieter primarily practices what
days thereafter.”
she refers to as “treatment-oriented
massage,” which incorporates neuromuscular therapy as well as some
Restorative Body Therapies is located at
medical massage
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“It was as if she had been tain Rd. Ste. E, in
offers both Kinesio
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working with me for years. from the entrance to
Taping and Reiki
either alone or in
She knew exactly the type Baylor School. For
conjunction with
more information
of therapy and massage or to schedule an
massage, and she
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my muscles needed.”
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A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies
by Linda Sechrist
usan Silberstein takes her message
for preventing cancer and recurrences to medical and nursing
schools, continuing oncology nursing
education programs and universities
from her
in Richboro,
The nonprofit
tion provides research-based education
and counseling on how to prevent,
cope with and beat cancer through
immune-boosting holistic approaches.
Since 1977, it has helped nearly 30,000
cancer patients and more than 50,000
prevention seekers.
“Early detection is better
than late detection, but it’s not
prevention,” says Silberstein,
who taught the psychology
of health and disease at
Pennsylvania’s Immaculata
University. “We focus on
building up patients—
minimizing treatment side
effects, enhancing immune
system function, improving
nutritional status and addressing
the reasons for sickness in the first
“Conventional medicine never
addresses the cause, which is a
process that needs to be understood
so the individual can turn it off,”
elaborates Massachusetts
Institute of Technologytrained scientist Raymond Francis, author
of Never Fear Cancer
Again: How to Prevent
and Reverse Cancer.
Based on his experience beating cancer
and research into
cellular biochemistry
and molecular biology,
he concluded that the
disease is a biological
process that affects the
entire body, not something that can be cut out,
killed or poisoned.
“Central to
healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of
cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins,
heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environment in the body,” observes Francis.
“Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality
multivitamin and detoxification are
equally crucial to restoring the body’s
biological terrain.”
Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger,
founder of
and host of CancerAnswers.TV and
Cancer Winner Radio, recommends
both a regular detoxification regimen
and ongoing healthy nutritional plan
to help maintain a healing alkaline
environment. While this helps cleanse
the body of environmental toxins, the
toxic emotions and stress that produce
acid, weaken the immune system and
create an environment for cancer to
propagate, must also be dealt with.
Experts generally agree on a range
of basic, commonsense preventive measures that include a low-fat, plant-based
diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength
exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other
stress-reducing activities. “These are
basic ingredients for maintaining sound
health, and can be crucial toward improving the health of an individual with
cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father
of integrative oncology,” and author of
Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block
Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment,
in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care
plans based on each person’s medical,
biochemical, physical, nutritional and
psychosocial needs.
Nourish Biochemistry
Thousands of cancer patients have
outlived their “medical expiration date”
by using alternative nontoxic treatments
and approaches, many of which are
documented in Outsmart Your Cancer,
by Tanya Harter Pierce.
Lou Dina, a cancer survivor who
like Francis, underwent a journey of
intensive research, became a patient advocate and authored Cancer: A Rational
Approach to Long-Term Recovery. Dina
speaks at conventions hosted by the
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer
Therapy (FACT), founded in 1971 by
Ruth Sackman. He also appears with
“When it comes to one’s lifetime risk of
cancer, healthy diet and lifestyle choices
can make all the difference.”
~ Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder and president of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education
other survivors in the FACT documentary based on Sackman’s
book, Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the
Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer.
From decades of findings by international clinicians,
FACT educates practitioners and patients to view chronic
degenerative diseases as systematic malfunctions caused by
breakdowns in the balance of body chemistry that are subject to bio-repair. However manifested, they are viewed as
correctable and controllable via an individualized program
that includes a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed, organic
foods—spurred by Gerson therapy that floods the body
with organically grown nutrients—supplementation and
detoxification. Other key measures involve body temperature therapy, cellular and stem cell therapies and the use of
“Nutrients in food directly impact the mechanisms by
which cancer cells grow and spread,” explains Block. “They
also indirectly impact cancer by changing the surrounding
biochemical conditions that either promote or inhibit the
progression of malignant disease. This is why targeting only
tumors is not enough to quash cancer. Conventional cancer
therapies almost inevitably leave behind at least a small number of malignant cells. Your internal biochemical terrain plays
an integral role in determining whether a tumor will regain
a foothold after treatment, metastasize to distant sites or stay
where it is without posing a threat.”
Block notes that a healthy biochemistry can help prevent unpleasant and possibly life-threatening, complications.
An anti-cancer biochemical terrain will even boost a patient’s
overall quality of life. At the Block Center, detailed assessments identify disruptions in six defining features of patients’
biochemical terrain—oxidation, inflammation, immunity,
blood coagulation, glycemia and stress chemistry. Cancer
thrives on terrain disruptions, which also can impair treatment.
Focus on High-Impact Foods
Kathy Bero, founder of NuGenesis Inc., in Stone Bank,
Wisconsin, asks, “How many other lives could be saved if
doctors prescribed a diet primarily focused on plant-based,
angiogenic-inhibiting foods for all cancer patients?”
Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels.
Cancer turns the body against itself by hijacking the angiogenesis process and keeping it permanently activated, ensuring that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted
blood supply. “To effectively prevent cancer, inflammation and
angiogenesis need to be controlled before a tumor can get a
foothold,” advises Bero.
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Bero has personally beaten back
two unrelated aggressive forms of
cancer and credits the angiogenicinhibiting foods in clinical research at
the Medical College of Wisconsin, in
Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Examples include
green tea, strawberries, blackberries,
raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon,
kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate.
“These foods also played a significant role in strengthening my immune
system and restoring my overall health,
which was radically affected by many
rounds of chemotherapy and radiation,”
remarks Bero.
Boost Recuperative Powers
Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., a former vice
president of nutrition for a national
network of cancer hospitals and author
of The Wisdom and Healing Power of
Whole Foods and Beating Cancer with
Nutrition, recommends a triple threat.
“Cancer requires a threefold treatment
approach to create a synergistic response. Teaming up to reduce the tumor
burden without harming the patient, reregulate the cancer to normal healthy
tissue and nourish the patient’s recuperative powers is far better than any
one approach,” says Quillin.
He maintains that restrained medical interventions, appropriate nutrition
and naturopathic approaches can bolster nonspecific natural defense mechanisms to reverse the underlying cause of
the disease. “Nutrition and traditional
oncology treatments are synergistic,
not antagonistic, as many oncologists
believe,” advises Quillin.
Glenn Sabin, founder of FON
Therapeutics, similarly suggests that
multi-interventional, outcome-based
studies, akin to Dr. Dean Ornish’s
approach to prostate cancer, could
greatly benefit conventional oncology.
Sabin recounts his Harvard Medical School-documented remission of
advanced leukemia in his upcoming
book, N-of-1: How One Man’s Triumph
Over Terminal Cancer is Changing the
Medical Establishment.
Sabin turned to therapeutic nutri-
“I talk to people
who do all the right
things to improve their
biochemistry, but
without an emotional
detox and spiritual
connection to something
larger than themselves,
their healing process
tends to stall.”
~ Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger
tion, neutraceuticals, stress reduction
and exercise to become a 22-year
cancer “thriver” without the aid of
conventional therapies. He also emphasizes the importance of the psychological and psychosocial aspects of healing
with the cancer patients he coaches. “If
you don’t have your head in the game,
it’s hard to make anything else work for
you,” counsels Sabin.
Understand the Connection
Silberstein and other leading physicians, including Dr. Tien-Sheng Hsu, a
Chinese psychiatrist and author of the
Secret to Healing Cancer; Dr. Jingduan
Yang, a board-certified psychiatrist and
founder and medical director of the Tao
Institute of Mind & Body Medicine; and
Seeger, believe that the mind and spirit
play a significant role in healing.
“Cancer begins in the spirit and
ends up in the body, which is why I
recommend that anyone positively diagnosed read the Cancer Report,” remarks
Silberstein. Cancer Report, co-written by
John R. Voell and Cynthia A. Chatfield,
discusses psychoneuroimmunology and
the powerful role that the mind, emotions and spirit play in contributing to or
resisting disease and healing even the
most terminal of cancers (
Yang and Hsu, who also use
acupuncture protocols, believe illness
is a reflection of inner problems that
disrupt the body’s naturally powerful
immune system. “Cancer is a symptom
delivering a message: You need to take
better care of yourself—emotionally,
chemically, physically and spiritually,”
says Yang. As a faculty member of the
University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Yang sees firsthand
how few patients understand that the
trauma of a diagnosis and treatment
can reactivate past traumas, unresolved issues, blockages and repressed
emotions. Both he and Hsu offer mind/
body/spirit interventions to help patients
cope better.
“I talk to people who do all the
right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox
and spiritual connection to something
larger than themselves, their healing
process tends to stall,” Seeger observes. Her online talk shows feature
long-term cancer survivors like Dr.
Carl Helvie, author of You Can Beat
Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions.
“It all comes down to the microcosm of the cell. If we give our 73
trillion cells everything they need, the
macrocosm of the body will function
properly,” says Francis. The authors of
Cancer Killers, Dr. Charles Majors, Dr.
Ben Lerner and Sayer Ji, agree. Up till
now, they attest that the war on cancer
has been almost exclusively an assault
on the disease, rather than an enlightened preventive campaign that clearly
identifies and counters how cancer develops. “The battle can only be won by
instructing people in how to boost their
body’s immune responses to kill cancer
cells before they face a full-blown diagnosis and showing them how to aggressively address the hostile exterior agents
that turn healthy cells cancerous.”
The best winning strategy is to
naturally nurture a body—structurally,
chemically, energetically, emotionally
and spiritually—so that the inner terrain
naturally kills cancer cells and stops
them from growing.
Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for
Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.
com for the recorded interviews.
What Peace
Means to Children
The World We All Need
by Kids for Peace
Peace is…
keeping our world safe
knowing anything is possible
a wish that grows around the world
everyone feeling music in their hearts
everyone having someone to love
everyone knowing they are in a safe place
everyone knowing they are beautiful inside and out
singing together
making art and sharing it with others
growing a garden, planting a tree
protecting animals
getting Dorothy back home
everyone playing sports instead of going to war
happiness for all, peace on Earth and pizza for all people
being kissed goodnight
every child having a family
every child having a ball to play with
at least one hug a day
a warm bed to dream in
the angel in my heart
using your voice for good
treating others as you wish to be treated
sending all soldiers home to their families
people shaking hands
having fun and being kind
helping people in need
everyone having an education
everyone having good food
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Traits to Look
for in a Trainer
by Cecily Casey
Engage a personal trainer based
on his/her positive responses to
the following qualifiers.
A Good Trainer
Keeps Us
On Track
4 Starts by discussing short- and
long-term goals
4 Customizes a program for individual needs
4 Reviews one’s health history in
by Debra Melani
4 Conducts a posture analysis
4 Screens each client for quality
of movement
4 Asks the client to track his or
her food intake
4 Provides helpful cues for improvement during sessions
4 Critiques movement from various angles
Maintaining one’s own fitness program can prove a challenge when
the will to work out fizzles. Many people are getting help conquering
roadblocks and staying on an effective path of regular exercise through
an enduring relationship with a personal trainer.
pproximately 6.4 million Americans now engage personal trainers, according to the International
Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, including some in less traditional
locations, like community centers and
corporate workplaces. When a client
sticks with a personal trainer over the
long haul, the relationship can evolve
beyond a caring coach into a steadfast
mentor, producing benefits that transcend basic fitness.
“I have individuals I’ve worked
with for 10 years, and have come to
know them and their bodies and habits
well,” says Kristin McGee, a New York
City trainer who counts celebrities like
Steve Martin and Tina Fey as clients. By
understanding all aspects of each of her
clients, she says she can better tailor
programs to meet their needs.
When nine-year client Bebe Duke,
58, faced a lengthy rehabilitation after
tripping and shattering a shoulder, McGee helped lift her spirits, ease her back
into full-body fitness and even slay some
psychological dragons. “We worked
her lower half; we kept her strong and
her moods steady with meditation
and yoga,” McGee says. “The physical
therapist knew how to work with her
shoulder joint, but not with the rest of
her body and the rest of her life.”
Duke felt, as she puts it, “a significant fear of falling” after the accident.
“So we spent an enormous amount
of time on balance and making sure I
didn’t feel nervous.”
McGee was able to help Duke
prevent fitness loss, which can happen to anyone that goes four weeks
without exercising, reports Medicine
4 Is able to ramp up or ease off
exercise challenges as needed
4 Never uses the phrase, “No
pain, no gain”
4 Keeps current with educational
certifications, workshops and
Cecily Casey is co-owner of RealFit
Gym, in Highland Park, IL, where
she is a practicing American College ofВ SportsВ Medicine certified
personal trainer.
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Maintaining regular exercise can also
deter depression, confirmed by a study
in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
Three years after the injury, Duke can
now hold a downward dog yoga pose
and do a headstand. “I’m also running
again,” Duke adds. “I’m signed up for a
half marathon.”
Richard Cotton, a personal trainer in
Indianapolis, Indiana, and the American
College of Sports Medicine’s national director of certification, agrees that a good
“Group training can cost
as little as $15 an hour.
Women especially enjoy
combining fitness
with socializing. Working
together and growing
together, they feed off
and rely on each other
to show up.”
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long-term trainer often serves as a fitness,
nutrition and even life coach. “You can’t
metaphorically cut off people’s heads
and only train their bodies. Then you are
just a technician,” he observes.
Building a true foundation for
health requires understanding the
importance of each building block, not
just working with a trainer for a few
sessions and afterwards going blindly
through the motions, attests Sandra
Blackie, a former professional bodybuilder, certified nutritionist and current
personal trainer in San Diego, California. “I want to educate my clients.”
During extended periods, good
trainers also revise routines at least once
every four weeks to prevent adaptation, another problem that can hinder
reaching fitness goals. “Without trainers,
people often get stuck in a rut and lose
motivation,” remarks Blackie, who also
adapts exercises according to bodily
changes due to aging or other conditions.
Long-term relationships also allow
trainers to focus on the individual’s
bottom-line goals, Cotton notes. For
instance, “I want to lose 10 pounds,”
might really mean, “I want the energy
to play with my kids,” or “I want to feel
more alert at work.”
“Achievable goals evolve from
values,” Cotton explains. “It’s not about
getting in super great shape for six
months and then stopping. It’s about
creating a foundation for life.”
Freelance journalist Debra Melani
writes about health care and fitness
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Release Trauma, Build Resilience
by Sarah Todd
hen a woman separated from
her husband last fall, she tried
hard to shut down her emotions. A 30-year-old working mother of
two young boys, she felt she couldn’t afford to be sad or angry, even as she contemplated divorce. But something shifted
when she began taking yoga classes in
her town in northern Michigan. “It was
my one place to relax and let go,” says
Emily, who asked that her real name stay
private. “I used to go to class, get into
a deep stretch and cry. It was like my
muscles were connected with my heart.
My instructor would warn us that certain
poses would provide emotional releases,
and sure enough, the tears would fall.”
People suffering disruptive changes
—from losing a loved one to coping with
unemployment or striving for sobriety—
often find yoga to be a healing force. Lola
Remy, of yogaHOPE, a Boston and Seattle nonprofit that helps women navigate
challenging transitions, attests that yoga
makes them feel safe enough in their
bodies to process difficult emotions.  “The goal isn’t to make stressors
go away, it’s to learn resilience,” Remy
explains. “Irreparable harm isn’t necessarily the only result of experiencing
stress. Even if I’m in a challenging position—like wobbling in the tree pose—I
can see that I’m still okay.” The object
is to teach women that their bodies are
strong and capable, giving them more
confidence in their ability to weather
obstacles off the mat.
Supporting Science
Research suggests that yoga can also be
an effective therapy for people affected
by some forms of severe traumatic
stress. A study in the Annals of the
New York Academy of Sciences that
scanned the brains of trauma survivors
after a reminder of the traumatic event
revealed decreased activity in the
prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain
that helps make sense of raw emotions
and bodily experiences. В While shutting down the connection between body and mind can help
in coping with dangerous experiences,
it also makes recovery difficult. “You
need to have a high-functioning prefrontal cortex to organize the thoughts
that come up and know that you’re safe
in the present moment,” advises David
Emerson, director of yoga services at
the Trauma Center, in Brookline, Massachusetts. “Otherwise, you’re assaulted
by memory sensory information.”
Yoga appears to rewire the brains
of trauma survivors to stop reliving past
distress. “You can’t talk your prefrontal
cortex into functioning well again,” Em-
erson observes. “But you may be able
to do it with your body.”  The study found that eight female
patients that participated in traumasensitive yoga saw significant decreases in the frequency and severity
of their post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) symptoms. In a study at the
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in
Boston, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, military veterans
enrolled in a 10-week yoga course
also showed improvement in PTSD
symptoms. A paper presented at a
recent International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference studied 64 people that had experienced
childhood abuse and neglect; those
that participated in a trauma-sensitive
yoga course had a 33 percent reduction in PTSD symptoms. Two months
later, more than 50 percent in the yoga
group experienced greater freedom
and were no longer diagnosed as suffering from PTSD, compared to the
control group’s 21 percent.
Yoga can also transform traumatized lives in other ways. “For many
traumatized people, being touched
intimately can be a trigger,” Emerson
remarks. “Yoga may let them feel ready
for physical intimacy again. Others
have mentioned victories such as being able to go to the grocery store and
knowing exactly what foods their bodies crave.”
Emerson notes that such programs
emphasize choice and individual empowerment. “The beauty of yoga is that
you reclaim your body as your own.”
Spreading the Word
Once largely concentrated on the East
Coast, trauma-sensitive yoga programs
are spreading. Jennifer Johnston, a
research clinician and yoga instructor
at Boston’s Mind Body Institute, sees
programs like these enriching our culture’s understanding of the physical and
mental health connection. “In a country
where drugs and surgery are often the
first go-to,” she says, “it’s important to
remember that things like yoga can
change our chemistry, too.”  Sarah Todd is an East Coast-based
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Fall Flyways
Thrill to Flocks in Full Flight
by Timothy Boucher
all migration literally brings birds of
a different feather than in springtime. Spring migration brings a glorious burst of song and color as millions
of tiny feathered gems pour northward,
singing their hearts out, flitting about
with the excitement of arrival at their
breeding grounds. They are relatively
easy to spot and identify by their voices
and bright plumage.
In the fall, birdwatching is trickier.
To survive, migrating birds need to go
to warmer climes for food, because insects do not thrive in cold temperatures.
Males molt their bright plumage, needing fresh feathers for the long flight.
Most retain some color, but generally,
they are duller and look similar to the
females. Identification becomes harder
because some species are similar in
appearance and the singing gives way
to an occasional, subtle call, emitted as
little chipping sounds at most.
The Internet offers a comprehensive
range of data that can suggest which
days are best for early morning viewings.
Experienced birders know the best local
spots, and weather forecasts are good
indicators of timing. Sid Gautreaux’s
pioneering study of bird migration in the
1960s using weather radar, still ongoing
at the Radar Ornithology Lab at South
Carolina’s Clemson University, is available to birders on regional websites via
While radar can confirm the
magnitude and direction of the migration over the previous night, weather
predictions help forecast when big
flights will occur. So, the next step is
toВ hold a wetted finger up to the wind.
A big cold front will hold up birds from
moving south because the associated
low pressure brings southerly winds
and storms. Birds wait it out, storing
fuel. Then, when the front clears and a
tailwind comes from the north, a floodtide of birds pours southward.
Eager birders, having arrived shortly after dawn, await at selected spots
200 to 300 miles south of the leading
edge of the former front. On days like
these, the skies are brimming with
birds. Grassroots monitoring reports
on the birds’ progress from mid-August
through October are posted at eBird.
org, sponsored by New York’s Cornell
Lab of Ornithology (
As Joni Mitchell sang, we rejoice
that, “They’ve got the urge for going
now, and they’ve got the wings to go.”
Timothy Boucher is a senior conservation geographer at The Nature Conservancy (, focused on
ecosystem services, land use, habitat
conditions and links between conservation and human well-being. His fieldwork spans six continents, encompassing local and global issues.
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Go Plastic-Free
Game On: Ways to
Shrink Our Footprint
by Randy Kambic
Global Glamour
Natural Beauty Aids
from India
The health and beauty aisle at Indian
grocery stores includes several natural products in wide use among Indian women. Here are some popular
ones available in America.
Henna: Women mix powder
from the henna plant with water to
use as a natural hair dye and conditioner.
Coconut oil: Indian women regularly massage a natural oil into their
scalp before washing to keep their
hair healthy and prevent the scalp
from drying out and itching. “Coconut
oil helps to grow hair long,” advises
Bibya Malik, owner of Bibya Hair
Design, a salon chain in Chicago. “It
is probably the most widely used hair
oil in the Indian subcontinent; amla
oil, jasmine oil and other herbal oils
are used, as well.”
Rosewater: Most often used as
a skin toner, some women also like
to spray rosewater on their face as a
refresher. Rosewater has a long history as a fragrance and as a flavoring
in dessert recipes.
Ubtan: This mixture of turmeric,
gram (chickpea) flour and herbs is
combined with milk or water as a
beauty treatment. Indian brides scrub
their skin with it in the days prior to
their wedding.
Source: Bibya Hair Design, research
by Bushra Bajwa
Looking around us, we
see plastic everywhere.
esides the custom“The biggest able and unfair.” She’s been
ary food and product
working on going plasticlesson since free ever since.
packaging, plus store
bags, consider all the nooks I started is the “I made a game of it;
and crannies of our lives
a fun, creative, step-by-step
joy of less—of challenge,” she advises.
that plastic now permeates: eating utensils; baby
buying less stuff “You can’t go through the
and pet toys; computer
house and think you can
and making do get rid of all plastic immekeyboards and accessories;
pens; eyeglasses; athletic
diately. As items get used
with what I
footwear; backpacks; lightup, you’ll find alternaalready have.” tives.” Once we are in the
ers; beauty care and pill
containers; household
habit of staying alert to
~ Beth Terry
cleaning bottles; ice cube
the plastic scourge, we’ll
trays; shaving razors; tool
naturally spot opportunities
handles; hairbrushes and toothbrushfor healthy change-ups.
es—even some facial scrubs, shampoos
and chewing gum.
Science Sounds the Alarm
Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free:
In 2011, Harvard School of Public
How I Kicked the Habit and How You
Health researchers made news by
Can Too, points out compelling readiscovering that consuming one serving
sons to take personal action. In 2007,
of canned food daily for five days led
this Oakland, California, resident saw
to significantly elevated urinary levels
a photo of the decomposed carcass of
of bisphenol-A (BPA). This plastic and
a Laysan albatross riddled with plastic
epoxy resin ingredient is found in the
bits in an article on water pollution.
liners of many food and drink cans and
“For several seconds, I could not
sometimes in plastic bottles. It’s known
breathe,” she writes. This seminal moto be a serious endocrine disrupter.
ment led her to further research, by
Cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
which she realized, “This plague of
altered functions of reproductive organs
plastic chemicals is harming everyone,
and other ailments have been linked to
and especially the most vulnerable
high BPA levels in several studies, inmembers of our planet—children and
cluding one cited in Endocrine Reviews
animals—and that is both unacceptjournal. The Manchester Guardian
Milo Cress, of Burlington,
Vermont, launched
the national Be Straw
Free campaign at age 10,
when he realized that
restaurants routinely
give customers a plastic
straw whether they want
it or not.
also recently reported that the French
Agency for Food, Environmental and
Occupational Health Safety has stated
that an unborn baby’s exposure to BPA
through the mother could be linked to
many health problems, including breast
cancer later in life.
When plastics are subjected to
stress—like heat, light or age—undisclosed additives used in their production for strength, flexibility and color
can leach out and even contaminate
lab results, as the University of Alberta’s
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry found.
Such chemicals can migrate into our
digestive systems and through our
skin; they can also off-gas into the air,
according to a recent study by Weber
State University’s Energy & Sustainability Office, in Ogden, Utah. Plus,
unrecycled plastic materials can enter
waterways and kill marine life through
ingestion or entanglement (ocean garbage patches are major examples).
Reducing our own plastic footprint
can both safeguard family health and
prove that we are serious about pressuring industry to produce less of it.
The key, according to Terry, is not to be
intimidated or overwhelmed by plastic
overload, but persist in taking baby
steps (see
How to Begin
As a starting point, Terry notes that
plastic enables the long-distance food
distribution system. Reducing food
miles associated with our meals helps
cut down on the use of plastic. In the
kitchen, use airtight stainless steel containers or glass jars or simply refrigerate
a bowl of food with a saucer on top to
hold leftovers for the next day. Compost
food waste. Reuse empty plastic food
bags and line garbage cans with old
newspapers instead of plastic bags.
Terry cautions, “People assume
everything that carries the triangular
symbol is accepted at all recycling
facilities. This is not the case. What isn’t
accepted is landfilled or even incinerated.” Also, according to the city of
Oakland’s Waste Management Department, she learned that “Much of what
we put out for recycling goes to China,
and their processing standards are not
as strong as ours.”
In Plastic Free, the author provides
scores of tips for borrowing, renting
and sharing products; buying used
plastic equipment if it’s a necessity;
and avoiding disposable packaging
and paper products. Areas for improvement range from personal care and
household cleaning products to bags,
bottles, grocery shopping, takeout
food, portable leftovers and lunches,
plus durable goods. Activists will move
on to also participate in area cleanups,
donate to green organizations and
write their legislators.
Randy Kambic, a freelance editor
and writer in Estero, Florida, regularly
contributes to Natural Awakenings.
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often as we’d like. What are the most important Qigong and dietary components for extrabusy people?
Ahh, yet another request for the 10-minute Qigong workout! When time is short I recommend cleansing your body
with oxygen and energy first thing in the morning. Here’s
my daily practice: I wake up, brush my teeth and hair, drink
some hot tea outside, and do the 9-Breath Method five times
to help absorb and retain large amounts of oxygen in the
bloodstream. Gentle power breathing awakens the cellular
vibration and stimulates metabolism. As I wake up slowly
for 10 minutes each morning, my senses become heightened
and I watch the birds in my garden. This is a quick, powerful method; we spend hours teaching it at the Qi Activation
As for food, look to the apple core. Someone said “An
apple a day keeps the doctor away”—and I say yeah, but
only if you eat the crystalized core of phytochemicals, which
activates the bone marrow’s production of cytokines for immunity. Regardless of how busy your life is, I recommend
four things. First, give up all dairy products. Second, eat a
smoothie every morning; try using an avocado and its big
seed, an apple and its core, organic strawberries, etc. Third,
have big bowel movements: eat squash, sweet potato and
one Good Belly probiotic drink every day. Fourth, do a watermelon fast once a month, eating only watermelon all day
to cleanse the kidneys and urinary channels—and make sure
The Healing Science of Qigong
by Deanna Cook
In anticipation of “Food Healing” expert
Jeff Primack’s upcoming Qi Activation
conference in Chattanooga, holistic chef
Deanna Cook interviewed him about the
science of healing. Part one of this interview, published in the July 2013 issue of
Natural Awakenings, can be read online
to include the white part. Fasting on watermelon has helped
dissolve kidney stones for many people. Watermelon is not
recommended for diabetics, cancer patients or people with
sugar-sensitive diseases.
In the July issue we talked about what Qigong
is and how to incorporate this practice into
daily life for optimal wellness. We also discussed food chemistry and your book Conquering ANY Disease. I tried your high-phytochemical smoothies and almost immediately
noticed that my energy increased and I was
sleeping much better. Still, our busy schedules
can make it hard to eat as well or exercise as
The highest teachers of Qigong speak in shorter bursts of
information. They are natural summarizers of complex teachings; speech at that core level can powerfully hold an audience’s attention because it’s free of fluff. Every year I speak to
thousands of people, so I get lots of practice and learn new
ways to refine the way I deliver the information.
Humor also plays a role in how I teach at these big
events. In high school, I was a class clown and studied ways
to make people laugh … Humor unifies people, and that
helps raise the energy.
In my 30 years on an enlightened path I’ve attended many retreats and seminars, but I’ve
never seen a group of people as open, vulnerable
and empowered as those at the Qi Activation
conference, which is both experiential—handson—and educational. And you seem very at ease.
Does public speaking come naturally to you?
the mid-1980s. This came to a screeching halt in 1999, when
the Chinese government, for fear of an uprising, outlawed
large Qigong events. I believe Qigong is God-connecting,
humbling and healing to the spirit, and it unifies people,
which is something the Chinese government is not supporting
now. America is different, and I am proud to live where my
president supports Qigong and the right to gather in freedom.
Why only $129 for four days of Qigong? Because we
want the secret of Qigong healing to get out! Hundreds of
people moving and breathing in sync allows you to experience energy beyond what you could by yourself. Where two
or more are gathered, seeds of love are scattered.
Qigong strength training is
nurturing instead of taxing, like
some traditional exercises. If you
have old injuries you can practice
Qigong without any side effects.
I’ve been doing your Qigong strength training
every other day, and my belly is getting some
definition, but the best part is that I feel so
peaceful at the end. What’s special about Qigong
methods of fitness and muscular conditioning?
Qigong strength training is 100 percent nurturing to Qi
instead of taxing, like some traditional exercises. If you have
old injuries you can practice Qigong without any side effects.
We use “holding Qi” postures like Horse Stance to build
the root chakra and leg strength of the body. When doing
HyperThrows, we use extremely fast and then slow “pressing on Qi” movements, which works wonders for circulatory
issues and building muscle. These yin and yang alternating movements open arteries to expand blood flow beyond
what traditional exercise is capable of. Qigong breathing
and movements are merged into a mildly challenging fitness
routine, and this Qi integration helps you recover faster and
go deeper than normal. Deanna Cook has owned several organic restaurants and has
appeared on the Food Network. Jeff Primack has studied with
Qigong masters from all over the world and has taught more
than 40,000 people in live seminars.
“Qi Activation,” led by Jeff Primack and
25 Qigong teachers, will come to the
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hundred highly-focused people inside one beautiful ballroom sounds exciting. What’s the effect
of so many people’s energy in the same room?
And how can you afford to produce a four-day
conference for $129 a ticket?
Dr. Yan Xin, perhaps the most influential Qigong figure of all
time, facilitated 30,000-person Qi-lectures inside of stadiums. Due to the huge collective energy at these stadium
events, many participants experienced the deepest levels of
Qigong within hours, and miraculous healings were reported. Historically speaking, Qigong went from being practiced
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Educational Society, McKamey Animal Center,
Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care & Trooper’s
Treasures will offer 100s of dogs and cats for adoption. Sep13 (noon-8pm), Sep14 (10am-8pm) and
Sep15 (noon-4pm) at Petsmart, 2130 Gunbarrel
Rd., Chattanooga.
Hot Rod Show at Chattanooga Market – 11am4pm. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. Info:
Free First Sunday at Hunter Museum of American Art – Noon-4:30pm. Visitors admitted free first
Sunday of each month. Baseball park organ music
on the terrace, 1-3pm. 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga.
Info: 423-267-0968 or
First Sunday Free Introductory Yoga Class at
ClearSpring Yoga – 2:30pm. Experience the yoga
community and find out what yoga can do for you.
ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga.
Info: 423-266-3539 or
Fall Plant Sale at Crabtree Farms – 9am-4pm.
1000 E. 30th St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-493-9155
Seven Handle Circus at Riverfront Nights – 7pm
(opening act)-10pm. Ross’s Landing/Chattanooga
riverfront. Beer & concessions available. Child &
pet-friendly. No coolers. Free to the public. Info:
“Qi Activation” – Sept. 7-10. Jeff Primack and 25
Qigong teachers are coming to Chattanooga Convention Center to teach 4 days of Qigong. Cost $129.
Tickets and info: 800-298-8970 or
Harvest Run benefiting Chattanooga Market –
7am (registration)-4pm. Run begins at 8:30am. 8K
run and 2-mile family/fun run helps support the
operation of the three locations of the nonprofit Chattanooga Market. In conjunction with the market’s
Harvest Festival 11am-4pm at First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. Info:
Tai Ji at ClearSpring Yoga – 4-5pm. Catherine
Chester starts a new five-week Tai Ji series Sep11Oct 9. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Fall Super Adopt-A-Thon – Sep13-15. Humane
Fall into Fairy Houses family program at the
Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center–
10am-1pm. Members $10/family; nonmembers
$15/family. Read Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane,
receive “fairy gold” to buy building/decorating
materials, and then explore the CANC for nature’s
castoffs to build your fairy house. Prepayment and
registration required. Info: 423-821-1160, ext. 0 or
Free screening for students with attention
struggles – 12:30-3:30pm. LearningRx Chattanooga Brain Training Center, 2040 Hamilton Place
Blvd., Chattanooga. Appointment required. Info:
423-305-1599 or [email protected]
Artful Yoga at Hunter Museum – 1:30pm. Slow art
exploration and musical yoga practice with a Hunter
curator, yoga instructor, and Chattanooga Symphony
and Opera Conductor Kayoko Dan and CSO musicians. All-levels; registration not required. Bring
mat if possible. Hunter Museum of American Art,
10 Bluff View, Chattanooga. Info:
Cast Iron Cook-Off at Chattanooga Market –
11am-4pm. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter
St. Info:
Spring Forest Qigong Level One – Sep27 (68:30pm) & 28 (9am-4:30pm). Eileen Meagher,
PhD will lead class designed to “heal the healer.”
NCCAOM-approved for 8 PDA points. $180 includes CD and manual. $90 deposit due by Aug28.
Unity Church, 604 Black St., Chattanooga. Info &
registration: Susan Mosely, LAc, 770-548-0172.
Chattanooga Chili at Chattanooga Market –
11am-4pm. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter
St. Info:
Grand opening of North Shore Massage & Bodywork – 4-7pm. Free chair massages; hors d’oeuvres
and wine; raffle of health-related services, artwork
and local gift certificates. 620 Cherokee Blvd.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-443-6861 or
Alan Evans Trio at Riverfront Nights – 7pm
(opening act)-10pm. Ross’s Landing/Chattanooga
riverfront. Beer & concessions available. Child &
pet-friendly. No coolers. Free to the public. Info:
Kickin’ Chicken at Chattanooga Market – 11am4pm. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. Info:
“Superfoods, Raw Foods and an Alkaline Diet” –
2-4pm. Free presentation by nutrition expert Ralph
Foster, MD, in Speaker Room in Nutrition World,
6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga. Hosted by CHEO.
Info: [email protected] or 706-459-0055.
Reflection Riding Native Plant Sale – Sep20-21
(9am-5pm) & Sep22 (1-5pm). 26th annual event
features 100+ species of native perennials, grasses,
shrubs and trees for sale at Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center at Reflection Riding. Info:
3rd annual Fall Equinox Practice at ClearSpring
Yoga – 2:30-4pm. Led by Janka Livoncova; live
music by Annie Harpe & Friends. All levels, no
preregistration required. $15-20 donation suggested.
105 N. Market St., Chattanooga. Info: ClearSpring
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Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference –
Oct11-13. Ninth annual event near Asheville, NC,
celebrates and empowers women and includes workshops on herbal medicine and earth-based healing.
Free lecture by renowned pediatrician, autism
specialist – 1-2:30pm. Bestselling author Jerry
Kartzinel, MD, discusses his integrative approach
to treating neurodevelopmental problems, chronic
neuro-inflammatory diseases & hormone dysfunction in children. Advance reservations required.
Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga. Info:
natural awakenings
verification needed); $10 extra first visit. Cash
and checks only. Margie J. Wesley, LAc, Nutrition
World Wellness Center, 6245 Vance Rd. Ste. 4,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-596-9024 or FourSeasons
All-Levels Yoga – 5:30-6:45 pm. With Kim
Eisdorfer. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Yoga for Ease of Movement – 5:30-6:45 pm.
With Sallie Beckes. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N.
Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Safe Yoga for Round Bodies – 7-8:15pm. With
Amy Bockmon. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market
St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or Clear
Flow Yoga – 10-11:30am. All-levels with Beth
Daugherty. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Learn to be a Massage Therapist – 28-week
class at East Tennessee’s oldest massage school.
Massage Institute of Cleveland, 2321 N. Ocoee
St., Cleveland. Info: 423-559-0380.
Unity of Chattanooga Service – 11am. Discover
Unity’s message of positive, practical Christianity,
and experience the warmth of God’s unconditional
love. 604 Black St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-7557990 or
Flow Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. All-levels with Kim
Eisdorfer. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
the effects of PTSD. Clinic, support group follow workshop. Free. Dr. Savannah JG or Margie
Wesley, 6074 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga. Info:
$7 Community Yoga Hour – 7-8pm. With Maggie White. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Kripalu Gentle Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sallie Beckes. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Sitting Silent – 11:15-11:45am. With Janka
Livoncova. No charge. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N.
Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Intermediate Yoga – 11:45am-1pm. With Janka
Livoncova. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Yoga in Japanese with Mina Chong – Noon1pm. $8 per class. Nutrition World, 6201 Lee
Hwy., Chattanooga. Info: 423-503-9351.
Yoga for Flex-Ability – 10:15-11:30am. With
Sallie Beckes. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market
St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or Clear
Dojo Chattanooga – Adult Kenpo 1-2pm; Youth
Kenpo 4:30-5:30pm; Fitness Kickboxing 5:306pm; Warrior Fit 6-6:30pm; Adult Kenpo 6:307:30pm; Wing Chun 7:30-8:30pm. Beginners
welcome. 323 Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga. Info:
YinYoga – 11:45am-1pm. With Sue Reynolds.
ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Mindful Yoga with Annie Harpe – 5:30pm. $10
per class. Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga. Info: 423-598-8802.
Dojo Chattanooga – Warrior Fit 12:30-1pm;
Wing Chun 1-2pm; Youth Kenpo 4:30-5:30pm;
Fitness Kickboxing 5:30-6pm; Warrior Fit
6-6:30pm; Wing Chun 6:30-7:30pm; Adult Kenpo
7:30-8:30pm. Beginners welcome. 323 Cherokee
Blvd., Chattanooga. Info: 423-267-0855.
Yoga Fundamentals – 5:30-6:45pm. With
Christine Mashburn. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N.
Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Yoga Fundamentals – 10-11:15am. With Cecilia
Keefer. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Flow Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. All-levels with Jenny
Mac Merrill. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market
St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or Clear
Flow Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. All-levels
with Howard Brown. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N.
Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Yin Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. With Elizabeth
Townsend. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Dojo Chattanooga – Adult Kenpo 1-2pm; Youth
Kenpo 4:30-5:30pm; Fitness Kickboxing 5:306pm; Warrior Fit 6-6:30pm; Adult Kenpo 6:307:30pm; Wing Chun 7:30-8:30pm. Beginners
welcome. 323 Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga. Info:
Power Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Energetic range of
flowing movement; appropriate for everyone.
Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga.
Info: 423-892-4085 or
Flow Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. All-levels with Kim
Eisdorfer. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Flow/Restorative Yoga with Mina Chong –
6:15-7:30pm. $10 per class or 11 classes for $100.
Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga.
Info: 423-503-9351.
All BODIES Yoga – 10-11am. With Cecilia
Keefer. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Managing Reactions to Traumatic Stress –
6:30pm. Educate self and significant others on
Dojo Chattanooga – Warrior Fit 12:30-1pm;
Wing Chun 1-2pm; Youth Kenpo 4:30-5:30pm;
$7 Community Yoga Hour – 2:30 pm with Amy
Bockman and 6:30 pm with Maggie White. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga.
Info: 423-266-3539 or
First Sunday Intro Yoga Classes – 2:30-3:30 pm.
Teachers rotate. No charge. ClearSpring Yoga, 105
N. Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539
Yoga for Recovery – 6:15 pm with Tom Bodkin.
Cost $5. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Walk-In Acupuncture Sessions – 1-6pm. Distal
points used; patients remain fully clothed in a
comfortable recliner in a large room with other
clients. $15-40, depending on family income (no
Intermediate Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. With Amy
Bockmon. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7pm. With Beth Daugherty.
ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Body Massage – One full-hour body massage for
$25. The Massage Institute of Cleveland, 2321 N.
Ocoee St., Cleveland. Info: 423-559-0380.
Morning Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:30am. All-levels
with Howard Brown. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N.
Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Fitness Kickboxing 5:30-6pm; Warrior Fit
6-6:30pm; Wing Chun 6:30-7:30pm; Adult Kenpo
7:30-8:30pm. Beginners welcome. 323 Cherokee
Blvd., Chattanooga. Info: 423-267-0855.
Walk-In Acupuncture Sessions – 1-6pm. See
Monday listing for details. Margie J. Wesley, LAc,
Nutrition World Wellness Center, 6245 Vance
Rd. Ste. 4, Chattanooga. Info: 423-596-9024 or
Yin Yoga – 5:30-7pm. With Tammy Burns. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga.
Info: 423-266-3539 or
Flow Yoga – 5:30-7pm. All-levels with Kim
Eisdorfer. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Flow/Restorative Yoga with Mina Chong –
6:15-7:30pm. $10 per class or 11 classes for $100.
Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga.
Info: 423-503-9351.
Yoga Fundamentals – 10-11:15am. With Cecilia
Keefer. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Slow Flow – 11:30am-12:45pm. With April Turk.
ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Dojo Chattanooga – Fencing 9:30-10:30am;
Fitness Kickboxing 10:30-11am; Warrior Fit 1111:30am; Adult Kenpo 11:30am-12:30pm; Wing
Chun 1-2pm. Beginners welcome. 323 Cherokee
Blvd., Chattanooga. Info: 423-267-0855.
Yoga Fundamentals – 10:30-11:45 am. With Amy
Bockmon. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
all month
Registration for Subtle Yoga RYT500 Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Program –
Program runs 11/15/13-1/11/15. ClearSpring
Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga. Info:
$7 Community Yoga Hour – 4-5pm. With Lauryn
Higgins. ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St.,
Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or ClearSpring
Dojo Chattanooga – Fencing 4:30-5:30pm ;
Wing Chun 5:30-6:30pm. Beginners welcome.
323 Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga. Info: 423267-0855.
All-Levels – 9-10:15am. With Anthony Crutcher.
ClearSpring Yoga, 105 N. Market St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-266-3539 or
Clearspring Yoga.....................................................................26
Rolling Video Games................................................................ 9
Dr. Emu’s RX.............................................................................. 12
Signal Mountain Chiropractic................................................ 13
Economy Honda......................................................................25
Smiles of Chattanooga...........................................................15
Family Herb Shop..................................................................... 21
Solutions Pharmacy................................................................. 3
Full Circle Medical Center...................................................... 13
Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference, Inc...................... 7
Learning RX Center................................................................ 23
Stillpoint Health Associates, Inc........................................... 21
Natural Awakenings Singles.................................................. 31
Tennessee River Gorge Trust................................................ 17
Natural Awakenings Webstore............................................... 8
The Wolfe Clinic/Tools For Healing.....................................25
Nutrition World................................................................ 2 & 40
TradeBank of Chattanooga...................................................29
Pure Pest Management..........................................................10
Village Market............................................................................ 5
Restorative Body Therapies................................................... 9
Vintage Wine and Spirits........................................................14
natural awakenings
Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be
included in this directory each month, email [email protected] or call 423-517-0128.
Colleen Smith, DVM, CVA
918 East Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
[email protected]
Bio-Identical Hormone
Charles C. Adams, MD
4085 Cloud Springs Rd.
Ringgold, GA 30736
Holistic veterinarian, certified
veterinary acupuncturist, veterinary chiropractor integrating conventional and alternative therapies for cats and dogs.
Small animal nutrition consulting and food therapy. Equine
acupuncture therapy.
For over a decade, Full Circle
Medical Center has continued
to help menВ and women get
their youth back by balancing
hormones naturally with bioidentical hormones. See ad,
page 13.
4632 Hwy. 58 N.
Chattanooga, TN 37416
Chattanooga Holistic Animal Institute
918 East Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
Offering green grooming, including relaxing hydro-massage baths with all-natural
EarthBath products. Certified
grooming for all canine breeds,
as well as cats.
Bio-identical hormones can
replace natural hormones that
decrease as you age, affecting
proper body function. Check
with your doctor or compounding pharmacy to see if bioidentical hormones are right
for you. See ad, page 3.
Chris Bearden, DC, CCEP
Kristina Bearden, DC, Webster-certified
1807 Taft Hwy. Ste. 3
Signal Mountain, TN 37377
423-886-3330 (o)
423-886-4440 (f)
Center for Mindful Living
1212 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
[email protected]
Astrologer and counselor with
extensive education and experience helps you gain greater
self-understanding. Explore
work, relationships, children,
career and life purpose. Appointments for birth chart,
chart comparison, current cycles, counseling, classes and
Dr. Chris Bearden
specializes in sports
injuries, rehabilitation and athletic
performance enh a n c e m e n t . D r.
Kristina Bearden specializes in maternity care and
pediatrics. Their mission is to provide quality, personalized care, guiding each patient to optimum
health. See ad, page 13.
Colon Therapy
June Carver Drennon
Janelle Wilde
1312-B Hanover St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Dedicated to improving
health through colonic irrigation, cellular detoxifying foot baths, massage
and lymphatic therapy.
Additional therapies available include individual and
family counseling, and
Emotional Freedom Technique. See ad, page 21.
Lauryn and Diana Peterson, certified
Constructive Living instructors
Zanzibar Studio
600 Georgia Ave. Ste. B (downstairs)
Chattanooga, TN 37402
[email protected]
Constructive Living is a
practical lifeway based on
Japanese therapies Morita
and Naikan. Constructive
Living instruction utilizes
realistic and mindful tools
and exercises to help the
student make changes in
his or her daily life.
Nonprofit CHEO educates the
public about holistic health
practices. Free meeting third
Sunday each month, 2-4 pm.
Website includes meeting information, practitioner member directory, event calendar,
information on membership
and print directory.
LEARNINGRx 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. Ste. 780
Chattanooga, TN 37421
LearningRx’s targeted brain-training works with
children and adults to treat the cause of learning
struggles, including AD/HD, dyslexia and other
difficulties, by strengthening the skills that determine how well one learns, reads, remembers and
thinks. See ad, page 23.
748 Overbridge Ln.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
A mobile game
truck with widescreen high-def
TVs in front of
custom stadium
seats with built-in vibration motors synched to the
on-screen action. Available for birthday parties,
school & church events, fundraisers, and more! See
ad, page 9.
В Environmental
535 Chestnut St. Ste. 214
Chattanooga, TN 37402
For 30+ years, TRGT has worked
to protect the ecological diversity,
beauty and history of the Tennessee River Gorge through protection, education and the promotion
of good land stewardship. See ad,
page 17.
Health Foods and
[email protected]
Ed Jones
6201 Lee Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Located at Lee Highway and
Vance Road, Nutrition World
offers Chattanooga’s most
complete selection of
vitamins, herbs, proteins,
weight-loss and joint-support
products, athletic supplements, alkaline products and
other natural health products. See ad, pages 2 & 40.
Offering 500+ products
including ozonators, far
infrared, hand-crafted
mountain herbs, organic
body care, water and air
purification, nutritional
supplements, books, gift certificates and energy
devices including parasite zappers and more. See
ad, page 25.
Integrative Medicine
5002 University Dr.
Collegedale, TN 37315
Over 50 years providing natural
foods, bulk items, herbs, vitamins and vegan products along
with the area’s largest selection
of vegetarian meats. Excellent
produce, fresh-baked goods
and 20,000+ grocery items
create a complete shopping
experience. See ad, page 5.
Holistic Dentistry
Robert J. Gallien, DDS
4620 Hwy. 58
Chattanooga, TN 37416
Catering to patients’ personal
needs with a whole-body approach. Dr. Gallien offers tests
for sensitivities to commonly
used dental materials and uses
only biocompatible materials
to restore beautiful, naturallooking teeth. Offering removal of mercury-silver fillings. See ad, page 15.
Terry W. Smith, MD
1720 Gunbarrel Rd. Ste. 110
Chattanooga, TN 37421
In family practice for 23 years
in Chattanooga. Recognizing
the genetic and biochemical
individuality of each patient,
Dr. Smith uses traditional
medicine and nutritional therapies to try to determine the best
outcome for each patient.
Charles C. Adams, MD
4085 Cloud Springs Rd.
Ringgold, GA 30736
Work with a medical or naturopathic doctor or energy
medicine technician to seek the
root of your imbalance. Traditional and alternative medicine, BHRT, weight loss, detoxification, infrared ozone
sauna, hyperbaric oxygen and
advanced IV therapies. See ad,
page 13.
Martial Arts
Trevor Haines
323 Cherokee Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
[email protected]
Trevor Haines teaches the
martial arts Wing Chun Kung
Fu and Five Animal Kenpo
Karate. Excellent for self-defense and overall wellness,
martial arts develop physical
and mental confidence and
natural awakenings
Massage Therapy
4009 Keith St. Ste. 207
Cleveland, TN 37311
Massage Institute of Cleveland, East Tennessee’s oldest
continuously operating massage school. 28-week-long
day or evening program.
$3,400 tuition includes books.
No-interest payment plans.
VA-approved. Discount massage clinic open to public.
620 Cherokee Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Office space available in established complementary/alternative health
clinic. Charming and peaceful environment
ideal for counseling services, massage
or similar therapies. Full- or part-time,
furnished or unfurnished. Riverview area.
Please call 423-756-2443.
Ideal for LMT or health practitioner, located
in North Chat in an established yoga studio.
For details contact Sue at 423-266-3539
For Sale
Breville Juice Fountain Elite,
used twice. $165.00, retails for $299.00.
Everything included except the box. Check it
out on for complete details and
product features. Call 423-667-3393.
1796 Mack Smith Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 30741
Salt Chalet is a new
concept in the area,
offering Dead Sea salt,
which has received
great reports for helping with health problems. A holistic way to
improve your health.
Let Amber’s healing hands
target and loosen bodily stress
and tension while helping to get
rid of pain. Specializing in
neuromuscular therapy, structural integration, myofascial
release and reflexology. Discounts available after initial
Carol Bieter, LMT, CNMT
243 Signal Mountain Rd. Ste. E
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Licensed massage therapist and
certified neuromuscular therapist offers a wide range of relaxation and treatment massage
techniques including neuromuscular therapy, myofascial
release and Reiki. Certified and
extensively trained in sports
massage. See ad, page 9.
Kenda Komula
207 Woodland Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Experienced; certified in
Original Ingham Method.
Works on the hands and feet.
Reflexology increases nerve
and blood supply and circulation to the whole body, balancing and helping it normalize.
Calming sessions designed for
individual needs.
6116 Shallowford Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Healthy, vibrant hair color
without the chemicals! Only
at Banana Tree Organic Salon.
Relaxing massages, all-organic facials, Pedispa pedicures
and complimentary drinks.
Janelle Wilde
1312-B Hanover St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Dedicated to improving
health through thermography, colonic irrigation,
cellular detoxifying foot
baths, massage and lymphatic therapy. Additional
therapies available include
individual and family
counseling, and Emotional Freedom Technique. See
ad, page 21.
17 N. Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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part of this vibrant yoga
community. See ad, page 26.
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International author and pediatrician
Dr. Jerry Kartzinel talks about
and other neurodegenerative disorders
on Saturday, October 26th
from 1 to 2:30 pm
at Nutrition World
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from California and a Fellow in the American
Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery
of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory
diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions. Dr. Kartzinel
is an internationally known author, lecturer, and
clinician that has been featured on TV and radio and
has helped thousands of families who
have children with autism.
6201 Lee Hwy, Chattanooga
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