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he happiest days are when babies come.” This line from Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel and blockbuster movie, Gone with the Wind, came to mind this week as news arrived of two Natural Awakenings publishers welcoming new babies. It came on the heels of the starring appearance of our own layout artist’s baby girl. New life brings immense joy and presents an opportunity to put a lot of things about life in perspective. We might consider what is truly important to us, how generations fit into the cycle of life, how miraculous creation is and the role we each have in this new expression of life at hand. It’s been 30 years since I became a mother. While I had my share of challenging moments (my son temporarily fired me as his mother at age 3), I can say that each phase has been a wonder in itself. Starting out with this little one that totally depends on you and watching the transformation into a self-sufficient adult as you go is the best. I like to pass along Kahlil Gibran’s wise advice to new moms and dads I encounter. It’s from his poem “On Children,” in The Prophet and begins:

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. Of course, Gibran didn’t mean that we are not responsible for our children, but that our job is to keep children safe while they explore the world and grow into independence, guiding them while allowing them the discovery and pursuit of their own dreams. Consider that nonhuman mothers in nature pretty much follow this pattern to produce offspring able to survive. This past winter my son Ben and his girlfriend, Katherine, took me with them on a trip to Morocco. We had a wonderful time exploring the medieval cities in Fez and Marrakech. It felt like we’d been transported back to the 10th century at times. Much of my joy in the adventure was in just spending time with them. Because many Moroccans speak French rather than English as a second language, Ben’s French got us around fairly well. He also came to be in charge of negotiating purchases in the markets, a process Katherine and I found exhausting but that he enjoyed. It was fun to watch him take charge. We all mentally thanked Madam Alford again and again for teaching him well in his high school language classes. It warms me to realize that the boy I helped raise has grown into this independent, productive, compassionate, loving, generous, interesting man. I’m grateful to Life for letting him be with me and appreciate such wondrous facets of our journey together.

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r. Nancy Gravel, of Care Chiropractic in Mandeville, is offering BrainCore Therapy, a unique drugless approach t o t r e a t i n g t h e b r a i n wav e dysregulation that is associated with the symptoms of many neurological based conditions such as ADD/ADHD, panic attacks, autism, migraines, anxiety disorders, insomnia, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, learning disorders and more. BrainCore therapy is a neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback technique, which is based on the concept that brainwave patterns that are dysregulated or imbalanced can be retrained in a normal healthy pattern, once it is known what the brainwaves are doing. BrainCore therapy starts with mapping the brainwaves of an individual with information obtained from an electroencephalogram. A training protocol is then set up to retrain the brainwaves back to a normal, healthy and organized pattern. During a training session, the individual is hooked up to a computer with sensors which record brainwave activity. Typically the computer software feeds information back to the individual through an activity, such as watching a movie or a game on DVD. No electric current enters the body. The treatment is painless and totally non-invasive and lasts about 30 minutes. Payment plans are available.


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Dr. Gravel will hold two informational sessions in May on BrainCore therapy: On May 7, the topic will be ADHD and Migraine Headaches; on May 27th, Anxiety, Insomnia and Panic Attacks will be addressed. Both talks take place at 6:30 p.m. at Care Chiropractic, located at 2201 11th St., Ste, in Mandeville. The talks are free, but space must be reserved by calling 985626-4422. See ad on page 21.

ay 15 is the big day for the Third Annual Green Natties Sustainability at the unique Eiffel Celebrate our Awards, to take place T H URSD A Y M A Y 15 Society on St. Charles Avenue. While the Natties is touted by its Brightest Business Leaders thethe yearlyOscars® of the New E I F F E L green S O Cbusiness IE T Y organizersatas Orleans Sustainability Awards Gala Patrons 6-7pm, Awards 7-9pm scene, it is also a celebration of all things green, a reunion, and a networking opportunity for those in that world. The event’s primary purpose, however, is to reward the businesses and nonprofits that have made strides to improve their environmental and social footprint beyond their peers – as the culmination of Athe Green Games green business DMISSION competition. The 35winners in the various categories will receive Early Bird ・ 40 after May 1 ・ 50 at the door “Natties” (always atickets secret) to take home and display as they at wish. After the awards ceremony, there will be local music and PATRON LEVELS dancing and an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and Energy Saver - 100 Star - 250 meetEnergy new ones. Ask The Green about a SponsorshipGames is the annual competition for businesses to show off their sustainability efforts, and LifeCity is the company that guides them to a greener existence. The Games were started in 2012 as a partnership of LifeCity and Natural Awakenings to foster a network of sustainable businesses and a friendly competition to motivate participants to go green. The event will begin with a patron party starting at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.. Early bird tickets, available until May 1, are $35, $50 at the door. For more information visit or to purchase tickets go to See ad on back cover.

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Benefit Run for Wounded Warriors


n Saturday, June 14, runners will take off for a 5K/one mile run/walk that will wind through Terrabella Village in Covington. The family-friendly event will feature raffles from local businesses, local food and beverages and a music celebraton after the race. The race is a fund-raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information or to sign up, contact or visit

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OLA Veggie Fest, an educational and fun event that New Orleans Healing Center • 2372 St. Claude Avenue, NOLA 70117 highlights healthy eating, sustainable living and compassion $10 Entry Fee for animals, will take place for the sixth year on Saturday, May Includes complimentary Gift Bag (as supplies last) 10 and Sunday May 11 atKids the12New Orleans Healing Center, and under get in FREE! Bring ya Mama! Free Entry for Moms on Mother’s Day (May 11) 2372 St. Claude Avenue. Proceeds benefit the work of the Restaurants • Food & Product Samples • Cooking Demos Humane Society of Louisiana. Films and Speakers • Pet Adoptions • Kids Area • Raffles and Silent Auction This two-day fest will be filled with Music • Entertainment & more!!!featured films, speakers, cooking demonstrations and lots of food products to Local restaurants will compete to win the 2014 NOLA Veg Out Awards. Sample sample from local andandnational food tovendors and restaurants. their dishes vote for your favorite win this year’s People’s Choice Award! Pets up for adoption will be site. Additional activities include the Humane Society of Louisiana raffles, a silent auction,A project and ofmusic/entertainment. Families should look for the kids area for special kid-friendly activities. Attendees will also be able to help choose recipients of the 2014 NOLA Veg Out Awards by sampling the dishes submitted by local restaurants and then casting a vote for their favorite dish. Admission is $10 with children 12 and younger free accompanied by an adult. On May 11, in honor of Mother’s Day, moms may enter free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. See ad on page 3.

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Eat Local Challenge Kicks Off


he local food movement is growing at a rapid rate across the U.S. and New Orleans is staking its claim as a pace-setter with the fourth annual Eat Local Challenge kicking off on May 31. This year the goal is to register 1000 locals to commit to eat only locally sourced foods for the 30 days in June. This year the Eat Local Challenge is joining forces with the Crescent City Farmers Market to produce the Eat Local Challenge. Local food celebrity and cookbook author, Poppy Tooker, will take the role of official spokesperson. In addition to Rouses Supermarkets, the King Creole Sponsor of the event, Cleaver and Co, Good Eggs NOLA, Hollygrove Market and Farm and New Orleans Food Coop will play supporting roles. Over the four years it has gotten easier to find not only produce and seafood, but a greater variety of locally sourced meats and poultry, plus Louisiana now boasts six alcohol distilleries producing rum, gin and vodka from locally sourced agricultural products. The Challenge is meant to be fun, with a variety of activities offered throughout the month of June, including related classes, workshops and social events. The challenge is to eat only foods locally grown, caught or raised within a 200 mile radius for the 30 days of June. The $30 registration fee ($25 before May 1) includes an official t-shirt and 10% discounts from Hollygrove Market & Farm, GoodEggs. com and Cleaver & Co., plus an invitation to the kick off and finale parties. Sign up at The site is loaded with information to help one be a locavore, including resources, events and participating restaurants.

GiveNOLA and Give More


n May 6, from midnight to midnight, the Greater New Orleans Foundation will be hosting the first annual GiveNOLA Day, a community-wide, 24-hour online giving day. Every donation made on the website will be amplified through national funds and a local pool of incentive dollars for participating organizations Both large and small 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area can earn their share of up to $250,000 in cash awards, including up to $10,000 for nonprofits who bring in the most individual donors and the most gifts on behalf of their cause. According to Giving USA, that tracks charitable giving in the United States, online giving grew by 10.2 percent last year. GiveNOLA Day is an initiative to increase philanthropy in the Greater New Orleans area through online giving to the region’s charities. GiveNOLA Day is tied to a national event called Give Local America, where hundreds of community foundations across America ask their communities to give back on May 6, 2014. Sponsored by the Council on Foundations and technology partner Kimbia, Give Local America is raising funds for a national pool from which each participating foundation will receive funds to amplify local gifts raised in the 24-hour period. For more information, logon to the GNOF website at, and to donate on May 6 visit GiveNOLA. org. Area nonprofits interested in participating must fill out a one-page profile on the website and attend a workshop at the Foundation.


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Local Real Estate Industry Greens Up MLS


reen homes and sustainable features on homes can now be considered by prospective homebuyers as they mull their options on the Internet, thanks to new features on the MLS instituted by the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors (NOMAR). As its primary marketing tool, the real estate industry continually improves the Gulf South Real Estate Information Network (GSREIN) MLS in response to customer demand. This time it was because house-hunters wanted to know if the properties they were looking at were energy efficient, conserved water, and otherwise had a low impact on the Earth. After doing research and consulting with a variety of local experts, NOMAR’s Green Committee and MLS Committee recommended changes to the MLS that serves more than 5,400 realtors in a 10-parish region. The adopted changes included adding Energy Efficient features such as Solar Water Heater, Energy Star Appliances, Enhanced Air Filtration, HVAC 16 Sear or Greater, Whole House Generator, Insulation, Low Flow Plumbing, Lighting and others. If a property has a Green Building Certification it can now be identified as such in the MLS, with the ability to upload the certification form to the MLS. The goal is to transition to an MLS which makes it easier to fully promote the special features of a green home and assist buyers in finding homes with green features. For more information or feedback, contact GSREIN President, Adrian Pappalardo,, or Jodie Manale, Chairperson of NOMAR’s Green Committee, at

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ight Fat Forever Youth Experience will kick off on May 10 at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in Central City in New Orleans, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event intends to educate youth and to encourage healthier decision making by offering a fun event focused on health for the young. To that end, activities will include a full day of music, fitness classes, contests and healthy food options. Entertainment will be provided by Warren Easton and Bonnabel High School bands. Fight Fat Forever, Inc., founded by Christine Audler, author of the children’s book, What Lou Can Do, hosts the event. The story is about a young girl, Lou, who demonstrates how eating right and staying active keeps us healthy and fit. For more event information contact Christine Audler at 504-610-0674 or or visit

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he annual Bayou Boogaloo, along the lovely breezy banks of Bayou St. John in Mid-City, takes place beginning Friday May 16 and runs through Sunday, May 18. Big Freedia, Eric Lindell, plus Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys are a few of the artists who will be headlining the music schedule this year. Positive Vibrations Foundation is the presenting sponsor for the second year. The foundation’s mission is to develop and preserve the arts, music, culture and heritage. Entertainment will be offered again from three stages while favorite local food vendors will provide a diverse selection of foods. Attendees can also shop the Boogaloo Art Market. The event is designed as a family affair with a kids stage, games and activities. Proceeds will enable MotherShip Foundation, the event’s host, to continue to replant trees along Bayou St. John, many of which were lost during hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. For the full schedule of music and special auxiliary events visit

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Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema


ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milk-drinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.

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study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement with selenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those with the virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infected people over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications. The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receiving separate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium alone or a placebo—for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E. Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction in low counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebo group. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known to accompany the progression of HIV, including AIDS-related deaths. The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults, 24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”

Merciér Pelvic Massage Boosts Women’s Fertility


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Roundup Toxin Accumulates in GM Soybeans


study published in the journal Food Chemistry tested soybeans grown from seeds that were genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It compared these with organic soybeans and soybeans from non-GM seeds. The chemical and nutritional analysis of soybean samples from 31 different Iowa farms found the GM soy contained significantly higher levels of the toxin glyphosate, the central chemical in Roundup, than both the organic and the conventional non-GMO soybeans. The organic soybeans contained no glyphosate, plus significantly higher levels of protein and zinc, as well as lower levels of saturated fats.

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Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nation’s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders. For more information, visit

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Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class.

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Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments. “Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-orflight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s

“Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step.” ~ Katie Teague always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit Method of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identified as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and life-giving processes in nature. “It speaks through the body as

sensations, impulses and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into alignment with our source and what is moving us out of alignment.” Quieting the mind and strengthening the directives of prana through meditation, yoga and being in nature moves us away from what we tell ourselves and back to directly responding to its promptings. “Absorbed in the present moment and bodily sensations, we connect with inner guidance,” explains Desai. “With practice, our mind becomes a servant to inner intelligence. It can both direct our lives and make us sensitive to early symptoms suggesting oncoming illness,” she adds. “There is growing interest in energy medicine and developing a deeper connection to the body’s intelligence through yoga and energy practices like qigong and tai chi because people are tired of taking medications that don’t heal the root cause of health problems,” comments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of Morter Health Center, near Indianapolis, Indiana, and the healing phenomenon she terms Energy Codes. A regular practice of any one of these disciplines expands sensory function to encompass internal recognition and referencing of subtle information. Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal power and selflove to restore wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight,

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she was certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuition and distracting chatter. “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guidance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body allows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom and freedom.” She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one session, my client, who had been silently experiencing numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had touched her

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Ph.D., medical intuitive and co-author of All is Well, notes that everyone has a connection to intuition. “We get a gut feeling and sadness in our heart from our inner intelligence that we don’t know what to do with. While some individuals consult a practitioner, others listen to their body’s intuitive language and reflect on their insights and dreams—the language of soul,” says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly through symptoms,” she observes. “Eventually, when disregarded, it can become a full-blown illness.” Biochemist and author of Secrets of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular intelligence. “Our cells are invisible, so we don’t think of ourselves as cellular beings. However, a deeper understanding of our constitution and that our cells speak to each other and collaborate harmoniously could inspire us to befriend our body’s intelligence for life,” she says. “We might shift from wanting to fix an ache or pain to understanding that our cells are warning us of something.” Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored several books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book celebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand Plan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to life,” says McCammon. Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with

a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what can heal our life, body and mind.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.

INTUITION UNLEASHED Spend time with your feelings: Write down how you feel about your job, relationships, house, health and what’s going on in the world. Build and strengthen feeling receptors: Choose one feeling and spend the day with it. Notice every time you see that feeling expressed in yourself or someone else. Don’t judge it or form an opinion about it; just notice. Receive everything: Pay attention to what you are feeling. Don’t worry about what you will do with what you feel or your thoughts about those feelings. Just receive them. You can decide later what you want to do with them. Maintain a flexible “thermostat”: When you want to freak out or shut down, check in with your feelings instead. Be present, engaged and genuine. The feeling and associated intuition need your attention and the present is the time to attend to them. Source: Adapted from Born to Receive, by Amanda Owen

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Dressing Our Essence

Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and 4/17/14 5:18 PM

shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”   

Green Choices

For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. A DRUGLESS, non-invasive approach to Symptoms related to: • ADD/ADHD • MIGRAINES • INSOMNIA • MEMORY LOSS • CHRONIC PAIN • CHRONIC FATIGUE • FIBROMYALGIA • AUTISM

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becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last few years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

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and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly

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An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

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A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection,

while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

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Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

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Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben. “Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

What Researchers Now Know Breast Cancer: A French study of 129 breast cancer patients found massage generally reduced lymphedema, a swelling of the lymphatic system, following treatments. The total reduction of lymphedema volume was 33 percent among those receiving massages, according to Gynecologic Oncology. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Thirty minutes of massage with trigger point reduced symptoms and improved function in a study of 21 carpal tunnel patients (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies). Constipation: Massage therapy increased the average number of bowel movements among 33 hospitalized Korean children, as reported in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. Dementia: Research from Spain’s Extremadura University on 120 institutionalized elderly adults diagnosed with dementia found massage therapy generally helped improve behavior and sleep. Migraines: Craniosacral massage reduced migraine occurrence in a study of 20 migraine sufferers from Iceland’s University of Akureyri, as published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Osteoporosis: A study of 48 postmenopausal women receiving traditional Thai massage showed increased bone formation after just four weeks. The massage group’s serum P1NP levels—which assesses bone formation—increased by 15 percent, while the control group saw no increases (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine). Stroke: Massage therapy tended to speed rehabilitation after strokes for 45 Russian patients in a study published in Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult.

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ouisiana has a long history with the oil and gas industry – a relationship that many see as one-sided. Some would say the industry has exploited the region’s natural resources for record profits, but hasn’t kept its side of the bargain by cleaning up the mess it makes in the course of doing business. A case in point is the lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East against the industry, claiming that it is responsible for at least 36% of the wetlands loss along the coast, which makes it harder to protect New Orleans and surrounding areas.

The Issue is Water

Concerns about how we extract fossil fuel for energy are germinating about a

technique called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” which is gaining momentum in Louisiana and elsewhere. In this process natural gas is extracted from the earth using directional drilling. Southeast Louisiana has so far not seen this method, but may see it soon. With over 1000 fracking wells in operation in Louisiana, the controversial subject has made its way into the agendas of events across New Orleans, including the recent Environmental Law Summit at Tulane University. At issue is drinking water supplies, which activists claim are at risk of being compromised because the process requires pipe to be drilled miles below the surface and up to two miles horizontally through the shale. Oftentimes these pipes

run through the groundwater aquifer, which is close to the surface, and in that section are encased in cement and steel pipe in order to protect it. To get the fuel out of the formation, huge quantities of water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the ground. An estimated 20 percent comes back to the surface after the fracking - called flowback or produced water - which is filled with salt, chemicals, heavy metals and low-level radiation. Most of this water is transported off site and injected into the ground at a waste disposal well. Dr. Barry Stevens of TBD America reported at the Tulane environmental law summit that a typical shale well in Pennsylvania uses 80,000 gallons of water for drilling, 2.8 million gallons for fracking, and one million gallons returns to the surface – requiring 200 trucks to transport it to disposal sites. In smaller towns in water-starved areas, this can be a problem, along with the surge in population and increase in truck traffic that puts a burden on the infrastructure. Andrew Williams of the Environmental Defense Fund, at the same summit’s panel on fracking, discussed storage, transportation, treatment, and disposal issues related to water use in fracking – which is a huge cost for the drillers. He noted that treatment of the water is possible, but it raises the costs. Elizabeth Nolan from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provided statistics on the enormous increase in fracking in her state in recent years – well inspections increased from 2344 to

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Lack of Regulatory Oversight

Earlier this year The Associated Press released the results of an independent study of well contamination complaints in four states.The AP study looked into well-water contamination complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. Six out of 136 complaints in Ohio since 2010 were confirmed as contaminated, but they were not related to fracking; of 122 complaints in West Virginia, in four cases the drilling company fixed the problem; and there have been at least 106 confirmed cases of well contamination in Pennsylvania since 2005, out of 5,000 new wells. Last year, the Scranton Times-Tribune reported that drilling impacted the water supplies of at least 161 homes, farms, churches and buildings from 2008 and 201 Most of the regulators in these states provided very little information in response to the news service’s requests. One of the states in the study, Pennsylvania, had been fighting AP’s requests in court for several years, arguing it did not track well contamination cases. The Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees drilling, submitted to AP a 94-page, detailed spreadsheet outlining information on 2,000 complaints, with

the date, landowner, drilling company, and a summary of the allegations. The report revealed that there have been 62 complaints of well-water contamination in the past decade, but none of them have been confirmed, according to the AP study. A December 2013 EPA report disclosed drinking water contamination concerns due to drilling operations in Parker County, just west of Fort Worth – a case in which a homeowner said his water was bubbling and he could light it on fire. In Texas, a new advocacy group, Earthworks, has sprouted up to promote an Oil & Gas Accountability Program by working with communities statewide to prevent and minimize the impacts caused by energy development. One result is a vote by the Dallas City Council in December to require a 1,500-foot setback from homes for natural gas drilling, effectively banning the practice. The issue came to a head because the Barnett Shale formation, located mostly west of Dallas, has eastern tentacles that extended below the city. This vote constituted one of the nation’s most restrictive ordinances related to the use of fracking for gas extraction. The oil industry defends using this process saying that consumers demand oil and gas twenty-four hours a day seven days a week, and insists on domestic reserves with low emissions for the sake of the climate. This increasing demand

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In March 2014, Halcón Resources of Houston took over more than 100,000 acres of property in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation, a reserve that extends across the middle of Louisiana and into Mississippi and is estimated to hold 9 billion barrels of oil, according to The Advocate (March 24,2014). In the article Halcón Chief Executive Officer Floyd Wilson is quoted as announcing that the company will spend $95 million in 2014 to drill 10 to 12 wells, with more planned next year. The Tuscaloosa formation’s southeast edge is the Northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In April 2014, Helis Oil & Gas, LLC scheduled a hearing on it’s proposal to use hydraulic fracturing just north of Interstate 12, near Mandeville, which has raised concerns among local officials and residents. St. Tammany officials reported that public meetings would be held for citizens to have questions answered concerning the proposed drilling. Co l l e e n M o r g a n i s a f r e e - l a n c e environmental writer and environmental editor of Natural Awakenings Southeast Louisiana edition. She may be reached at

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral


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However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including moodelevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton. Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures.

“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at

Nutrients Women on The Pill Need 4 BHRT* 4 Chrysin 4 Coenzyme Q10 4 DHEA 4 Folic acid 4 L-methlyfolate 4 Magnesium

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Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire

n Depression n Fatigue, low energy and anemia n Fluid retention and weight gain n Heart attack n High blood pressure n Migraine

n Osteoporosis n Sleep disorders n Stroke n Vaginal yeast infections n Weakened immune system

Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

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Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says

Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including the Basic Health Publications User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement. Connect at


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Body Ease Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours by Sarah Todd


ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.

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“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions,

Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander

training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method

Others in need of movement re-education use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

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Volleying Life Gabrielle Reece on Her Balancing Act by Christine MacDonald


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With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape? I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.

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ach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told that he might live for a year. Rebekah’s hope for a miracle was granted as her son’s life extended into weeks, months and years. Yet, at 4, the effects of the injury still prevented Zach from walking or talking like other children. “While some people are resigned to leave special children like Zach confined to a wheelchair, therapeutic horseback riding gives them more options and improves their quality of life,” advises Kim Minarich, executive director of

Southwest Florida’s nonprofit Naples Equestrian Challenge therapeutic riding program. A medical examination ensures a child is qualified for safe participation. During his first lessons, riding instructors had to prop up Zach’s head using “boppy pillows”. However, after just a few months, the Aldridge family saw dramatic improvements as the boy began speaking and telling his horse to “trot on.” Next, Zach began walking, a surprise to all. His growing strength had worked to overcome the paralysis and the gentle rocking motion of his therapeutic riding sessions gently pushed his displaced hip back into place, ultimately enabling him to take steps on his own. Zach’s achievements are not unique. Life-changing milestones like

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this are common occurrences at the 850 nationwide therapeutic riding centers registered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Now in its 21st year, Dream Catchers, at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, in Toano, Virginia, is one such center celebrating its many success stories. Kendall Lecker, a PATH Internationalcertified advanced instructor, describes the rapid progress of a new 6-year-old student living with autism as illustration. In his first session, he slumped over in the saddle and struggled to hold himself up; by his third session, he was sitting up straight and confidently giving commands to his horse. “Often, our riders start with insufficient core strength and may not be able to hold themselves upright, something the average person takes for granted. But, in a relatively short time, most riders can see dramatic improvements,� says Lecker. Both Naples Equestrian Challenge and Dream Catchers have achieved premier accreditation by demonstrating the highest levels of training, safety standards and quality controls in the industry developed to protect the riders, staff and volunteers. Feedback from approximately 56,000 participants nationwide, including nearly 41,000 under the age of 18, show that therapeutic horseback riding helps participants in five key areas: Normalizes muscle tone. Riding a horse helps children of all abilities build core strength and exercise muscles that

“The riding center gave me a place to realize I wasn’t the only one with challenges. It was a place that I could go to and be normal for part of the week.� ~ Tiffany Billings, a college student with cerebral palsy they may not be able to work from the confines of a wheelchair. Increases flexibility and relaxation. The natural rhythm of a horse’s gait provides a relaxing effect on tense muscles and can gently rock joints back into place. It’s a unique therapeutic benefit not easily achieved through traditional physical therapy.

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Because dogs won’t always let us know when they’re hurting, some people assume they don’t experience pain the same way we do, but that’s not the case. Instincts retained from their wild heritage will generally prompt them to hide pain as it’s a sign of weakness.

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he truth is that arthritis and muscle or joint injuries are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for us, and many canine illnesses generate significant pain. While conventional medications can ease discomfort, they’re not the only or even the best options in many cases. Alternative therapies can be helpful in managing and relieving pain and work best as part of a whole body wellness program designed for a dog’s individual needs. To that end, always consult with an integrative veterinarian before starting any new treatment. Together, practitioner and owner will note that some of the following modalities may be contraindicated in some situations— for example, massage should never be performed on or near a tumor. Canine Massage: Dogs love massage because they crave being touched. Physical contact from another being provides a calming effect and brings comfort. Skin, the largest sense organ in the body, is loaded with sensory receptors and nerve endings that register touch, temperature and pain, and send information to the brain. Massage therapy

relaxes muscles and also stimulates endorphins, increases circulation, elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, helps with inflammation, strengthens the immune system and accelerates healing. All of these benefits can contribute to effective pain management. Acupuncture and Acupressure: Both of these time-honored modalities are based on the concept of keeping vital energy flowing through the body and seek to stimulate key points along the energy meridians beneath the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles at these points, while acupressure uses fingers to apply pressure to the same points. Both modalities are widely known to assist in managing pain and anxiety.

“Acupuncture is commonly used to abolish pain from arthritis, disc disease, hip dysplasia and other conditions in cats, dogs, horses, etc. …drugs which have side effects… can usually be eliminated or reduced.” ~Janice Posey, DVM

“Acupuncture in veterinary medicine is a nice compliment to other treatments for pain management. It blocks pain impulses at three locations; locally, at the spinal cord segment and in the brain by working through the nervous system.” ~Georganna Ranglack, DVM

Energy Healing: Here, the practitioner improves the flow of energy in an animal’s body using a range of gentle and powerful natural therapies. During a treatment, the trained healer sends subtle energy through the hands to promote physical and emotional balance and healing. While conventional medicine follows the belief that treatments for disease or injury must be strictly biological, energy medicine works to restore the patient’s health by treating the mind, body and spirit in nonphysical ways. Energy healing modalities available for dogs include Reiki, qigong, Healing Touch and Tellington Touch.

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La Leche League NOLA – 6pm. (also 9am 5/21) LLL Meetings are open to all women interested in breastfeeding and are a chance to learn, get questions answered, receive help and benefit from community with other breastfeeding mothers. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 5/8 & 15). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Energy Healing Circle – 7:30-9pm. Participants will learn to integrate the Divine energies of will, wisdom, love, joy, abundance, peace and freedom throughout themselves and form a circle to receive guided meditation tailored to the group. No prior experience needed. $15. New Orleans Healing Center, Ste 220. Call David at 504-233-8555.


Deep Tissue Massage Clinic –12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 5/7, 14, 16 & 21) Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972


Saturday Morning Massage Clinic – 9:15 & 10:45am. (also 5/16 & 24) 5/3 NMT, 5/16 Deep Tissue, 5/24 Swedish. Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. $30. By appt. only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. 504-293-0972. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day –5/3 & 5/4) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.

Freret Market – 11am-7pm. 200 vendors with food, art, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. Five stages of free live music. 4400 block of Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589.


Beginner Tai Chi – 9:30am. Create a better mind, body and spirit. Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St. Uptown. Call 504-866-2241 to register. Feminine Role in Environmentalism & Sustainability – 11am-noon. Mondays 5/5, 12 & 19. A gathering of women for an in-depth conversation in one or more sessions, led by Life Coach Kim Adams, bringing passion and commitment for fostering healthier perspectives. $5. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. Contact: 985-892-8111.


Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 5/27) Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972 Psyche and Art in New Orleans/C.G. Jung Society Meeting – 7:30pm. Evening with multi-media artist Kelli Scott Kelley and analyst Constance Romero. Featuring the modern fairy tale of Accalia and the Swamp Monster presented through dialogue and haunting visual images. Discussion follows. $15/ free to members. Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville Ave, NOLA.


Bradley Natural Birth Course – 6pm. 10-week course. Wednesdays 5/7 thru 7/9. The Bradley Method® is one of the oldest and most successful natural childbirth courses. Taught by Kimberly Davis, birth doula and advocate of natural birth and breastfeeding. $300. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Reg:

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES St Tammany Humane Society – Help foster pets, many tasks for fundraising, help with animal socializing, many more. Call for wish list. Contact 985-892-7387, X 106. The Humane Society of Louisiana needs volunteers. To find out how you can help contact Jeff Dorson at 901-268-4432 or 6 Week Intro to Yoga Course – 7:45-9:30pm. Beginners learn in a step-by-step manner, systematically building experience, knowledge and confidence. Emphasis on strength, balance and flexibility, stress relief, relaxation and meditation. $75. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown and Downtown. More info: 504-899-0047.


The Truth About Motherhood – 11am-noon. Humorist and author, Brenna Barzenick, discusses her transition from the workforce to being a stayat-home mom and back again. Speaking with wit, wisdom and candor, she gives a voice to harried mothers of all ages. Free talk. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. Contact: 985-892-8111. Light Body Activation – 7:30-9pm. Participants will learn to transport themselves to where they want to be in this life, bringing their higher self more into their lives, releasing what no longer serves them. A powerful breath-work meditation. No prior experience needed. $15. New Orleans Healing Center, Ste 220. Call David 504-233-8555.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 5/17 & 30). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off/Orleans – 8am-1pm. Annual Dept of Sanitation collection of household hazardous waste. Items must be separated from regular recycling and may include: paint, flammables, chemicals, aerosols, batteries, light bulbs, pesticides, propane tanks. Location: 2829 Elysian Fields Ave. Beneficial Garden Bugs – 9am-noon. At 10am Zack Lemann, Animal and Visitor Programs manager at Audubon Butterfly Garden Insectarium, will speak about beneficial bugs for the home garden. Plants for sale at the Greenhouse: Fruit trees, vegetable and herb starts, pollinator flowering shrubs. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne Street, NOLA 70113. Intro Massage Class for Couples – 9:30-12:30. Based on 15 yrs of massage therapy experience, therapist Linda L. Strickland (LA#1479) will guide couples in techniques of massage therapy, including do’s and don’t’s, that can help bring the relationship closer. Special pricing . Mandeville location, Northshore. Info/reg: 985-727-9665. OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local artists, food and music. 2nd Sat each month with different monthly themes. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. Info: 985-250-0278. Youth Wellness Event – 10am-3pm. Fight Fat Forever presents a free youth wellness event featuring vendors, talks, information and activities. Free. Open to all youth and families. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Hailey Blvd, NOLA. Energetic Facelift Workshop – 10am-3:30pm. Learn to Stimulate the flow of energy and reverse the appearance of aging. Led by Cindy Daigle. Held at Journey Into Wellness Center in Metairie. Details/ Reg: 504-931-6494. NOLA Veggie Fest – 11am-6pm. (also 5/11 – noon6pm) Restaurants, food & product samples, cooking demos, films, speakers, pet adoptions, kids area, raffles and silent auction, music & entertainment. Project of the Humane Society of LA. $10/up to 12 yrs free. Free for moms on Mother’s Day. NOHC, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. Adult Brain Injury Survivors Support Group – 1-4pm. Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in the Piccadilly Cafeteria’s private meeting room, 2609 Jefferson Hwy, Old Jefferson. Mantra Music Jam w/ Wynne Paris – 7:309:30pm. Wynne Paris is the creative director of Groovananda, a loose association of musicians, producers and artists who perform rock-and-jazz influenced kirtan. $15 advance/$20 day of and at door. Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown in the NOHC, 2372 St. Claude Ave. For more information 504-899-0047.


NOLA Veggie Fest – noon-6pm. Restaurants, food & product samples, cooking demos, films and speakers, pet adoptions, kids area, raffles and silent auction, music & entertainment. Project of the Humane Society of LA. $10/up to 12 yrs free. Free for moms on Mother’s Day. NOHC, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA.


Beginner Tai Chi – 7pm. Create a better mind, body and spirit. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. Call 504-866-2241 to register.


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“Mommy, I’m Home” Parenting Course – 9am. These interactive parent/child classes are designed to give insight to developmental expectations for the first year of life and to provide activities to stimulate learning. $20/class. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. To register call: 504-596-6540. Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 5/22 & 29). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. The Birth Plan Myth – 6pm. This free seminar provides insight to help women navigate the hospital system with or without a birth plan. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Reg: Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie − 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health & Healing, Inc. Speaker: Sharon Murphy, a certified herbalist, educator and Master Gardener, on using herbs for health. Free/open to public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd, Metairie. Info: 504-812-1332. ADHD & Migraine Headaches – 6:30pm. An informational session presented by Dr. Nancy Gravel of Care Chiropractic in Mandeville on treatment of ADHD & migraine headaches using BrainCore system. RSVP please. Care Chiropractic, 2201 Eleventh St, Ste 1, Mandeville. Call 985-626-4422.


La Leche League/Jefferson – 11am-noon. LLL of Jefferson meets 2nd Wed each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. Healthy snacks to share welcome. Destination Maternity meeting room, Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. Info: 504-952-3951 or


Benefit Concert for Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation – 6:30pm. Local bands Jemini Venture, Potluck String Band and Peter Colket entertain with bluegrass, jazz, folk, more. Door prizes. $10 at door. Dessert tickets $5. Tickets online, see ad for details. Marsolan’s Feed & Seed, 316 E. Gibson St, Covington. 985-892-8111. Toddler Foods: Beyond Avocado – 6:30-8pm. Baby is ready to move beyond basic puree between 10-12 months. Learn about nutritional needs and appropriate finger foods. $20/class, includes food samples, handouts, recipes. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Call to register: 504-596-6540. Green Natties Celebration – 7-10pm. awards ceremony. For the green-minded a must event featuring good food, drink, a fun ceremony to acknowledge accomplishments of sustainable businesses and great networking opportunity. Tickets: $35 by5/1, $40 after, $50 at door. Location: Eiffel Society on St. Charles Ave. See ad for ticket purchase.

Om Chanting Workshop – 7:30-9pm. Om chanting is a powerful and beneficial form of meditation that creates a sense of balance, peace and clarity. Expect a surprise special process to help along the journey. No prior experience needed. $15. New Orleans Healing Center. Ste 220. Call David 504-233-8555. Second Degree Reiki Class – Inquire for further dates/time with Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Oku Den (The Deeper Knowledge) is available for Reiki Students with 6 months experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho. For private classes and residential retreat information call 504-376-8518 or 504-388-2356 text.


Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo – 5-9pm. Continues 5/17 – 10am-9:15pm and 5/18 – 10am-8:30pm. 9th annual music festival will feature local music artists, including Big Freedia, Eric Lindell and Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys. Three stages, local food, art market and kids stage, games and activities. Along historic Bayou St. John in Mid-City New Orleans.


Paint Drop-Off – 10am-2pm. Drop off old latex paint to The Green Project at Hollygrove Market and Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day –4/26 & 4/27) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356. Metaphysical Fair – 12-6pm. Mediums, psychics, tarot readers, aura photography, jewelry, vendors and more. Healing & Vendor Fair, May 24, 12-6pm with Reiki, DNA healing, energy light healing, meditation, aura photography, Biomat, vendors. Free admission both events. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Bucktown/Metairie. 504-708-8353. Sunset at the Landing – 6-9pm. Free concert series from March through October on the 3rd Saturday. Bring chairs and refreshments. Located at the foot of Columbia St, downtown Covington.


Piano and Synth Soundtracks for Soul, Mind and Body – 11am. Nationally known keyboard/piano artist Richard Car will share instrumental music during meditation and Sunday services at Unity of Metairie. Experience the vibration of healing, love and inspiration. Love offering. 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie


Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Natural Health Essentials Workshop – 6pm. Tuesdays 5/20 thru 6/10. Learn basics of natural medicine, how to develop a personal medicine chest and to prepare many remedies at home. $90 class fee includes materials and workbook. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Reg:

Free Self-Defense Class – 6pm. Learn quick, effective methods of personal safety techniques. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St Uptown. Info/Reserve space by 5/19. Info/Reserve space: 504-866-2241.


Registration for Summer Children Karate Class – 4:30pm. Build self-confidence, leadership and discipline. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St Uptown. Info/Reserve space: 504-866-2241.


Light Language 1 – 6:30-10pm. Learn how to activate sacred geometry to effect life changes. Led by Cindy Daigle. Held at Journey Into Wellness in Metairie. Details/Reg: 504-931-6494.


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sunday Kundalini Yoga – 5-6am. Taught by Elizabeth Eckman. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Morning meditation follows from 6-8:30am. Free. Divine Yoga Center, 1223 Baronne St, NOLA Contact:

Light Language 2 – 10am-5pm. 2-day workshop, continuing 6/25. Learn how to activate sacred geometry to effect life changes. Led by Cindy Daigle. Held at Journey Into Wellness in Metairie. Details/ Reg: 504-931-6494.

Community Yoga Class – 10-11am and 6-7pm. Taught by graduates of Transform NOLA’s 200 hr yoga teacher training. Vinyasa flow appropriate for all levels. Suggested donation of $5-$15. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648.

First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day –5/24 & 5/25) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.

New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 11am. Meetings held on Sundays and Wednesday evenings as listed in event calendar. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner Location. Call 504-472-5635 for times and more information.


Anxiety, Insomnia and Panic Attacks – 6:30pm. An information session presented by Dr. Nancy Gravel of Care Chiropractic in Mandeville on treatment of anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks using BrainCore System. RSVP please. Care Chiropractic, 2201 Eleventh St, Ste 1, Mandeville. Call 985-626-4422.


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 5/31). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Registration for Summer Children Karate Class – 4:30pm. Build self-confidence, leadership and discipline. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St Uptown. Info/Reserve space: 504-866-2241.


Reiki Healing Circle – 6-7pm. Offered to all who have taken Reiki training classes with Reiki Master Sue McCann at Insights of New Orleans. Last Thursday of each month. RSVP by calling: 504-832-4096.


Alexander Technique for Yogis Workshop – 1-4pm. Learn universal principles of movement that are simple and profound and help one to recognize and release harmful patterns of tension that can be immediately applied to any activity. $55. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown, 4842 Perrier St. More info: 504-899-0047.

Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min. phone consultations with holistic professional organizer Stasia Cymes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter and want advice on how to get started call 504-920-1800.

monday TRX Workout – 10-11am. (Also wed 10-11am). This all core, all the time fitness class incorporates the TRX, Pilates and other functional training to work the body as a whole to prevent injuries during fun activities. Appropriate for all fitness levels.First class $10. Transform NOLA, 8422, Oak St, NOLA 985-640-2648. Feminine Role in Environmentalism & Sustainability – 11am-noon. Mondays 5/5, 12 & 19. A gathering of women for an in-depth conversation in one or more sessions, led by Life Coach Kim Adams, bringing passion and commitment for fostering healthier perspectives. $5. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. Contact: 985-892-8111.

loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, Yoga Diva Harahan – 6:30-7:30pm. (Also Wed 6-7pm) Relax the body, focus the mind, deepen self-awareness. Navigate through postures and flow by gauging flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion. All levels. Props/mats provided. Certified instructor. May special: $60/8 classes; $15 drop-in. 5700 Citrus Blvd, Upstairs in Curves. Call before coming: 504-220-5325. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism – 7-8:15pm. Learn how to activate your greatest potential, increase your compassion and achieve absolute happiness. Free. SGI-USA Buddhist Center, 1331 Prytania St, NOLA. Info: 504-310-2011. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min. phone consultations with holistic professional organizer Stasia Cymes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter and want advice on how to get started call 504-920-1800.

tuesday Crescent City Farmers Market/Uptown – 9am1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square. Adaptive Yoga – 10am-11am. Designed for those with limited mobility. Gentle joint mobilization practices, poses adapted using props. Peaceful environment with mats/chairs/props provided. RYT 500 teacher. $5/60 min class. Yoga School, 603 Tyler St, Covington. For info contact Erin: 985-705-4110 or

Mindfulness Meditation – noon-1pm. A guided meditation in the style of Thick Nhat Hanh led by Patricia Stout, a student the peaceful Zen master and his monastics. Donations appreciated. Women’s Healing Center, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. Info: 985-892-8111. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. (Also 7:15-8:15pm & 8:30-9:45pm) With Becky Bazile, ERYT 200 & 500. Space limited. $70/6 week session or $13 walk-ins.Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-782-4432 or Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable,

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Lessons in Meditation – 11am-noon. Beginning 1/7. Join Ellen LaRocca, CPSM, in a weekly meditation including lessons in mindfulness, mantra, visualization, chant, and labyrinth. $8 suggested donation. Body Works & Wellness Center, 200 Mariners Plaza, Mandeville. More info: 985-373-6089. Northshore Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Combine breath with movement in a balancing combination of gentle and challenging yoga postures designed to rejuvenate and relax the body. All levels. Peaceful environment. Mats/props provided. $10/90 min class or $48/6 classes. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Contact Erin, RYT 500: 985-705-4110 or N.O. Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. This is a peer led group that meets for practice, study and discussion. No experience necessary. Location: 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: call Larry at 504-343-8378.

wednesday German Coast Farmers Market/West Bank – 2:30-6pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie & fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausage, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 4th Wed. Located at 12715 Highway 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Site of the old K-mart building, Luling, LA After School Project/Southshore – 4-6pm. (4/30, 5/7, 14 & 21) Edible City Gardens presents an after school project for 6-12 yr olds with Garden Of Life Academy. Learn about cycle of life, bees, planting, seeding, building, sustainable practices, cooking. Interact with horses, chickens. Listen and write nature stories. Parental participation Donations only Limited space/reserve spot by calling 504-330-8380. Wednesdays at the Square – 5-7pm. From March 19 through June 4, a series of free spring music concerts with food and drink for sale to benefit the Young Leadership Council. Artisans village near entrance. Parking at metered spots. At Lafayette Square on St. Charles Ave in CBD.

Northshore Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Gentle, challenging and relaxing classes focusing on breath and movement. Appropriate for beginners and seasoned students. Pleasant, stress-free environment. Mats/props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. 500 E-RYT /CYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: Erin, RYT 500: 985-705-4110 or Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. (Also Restorative Yoga 7:30pm-8:30pm) With Sally Meredith, ERYT 200. Space limited. $70/6 week session or $13 walk-ins. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-782-4432 or Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861,

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Guided Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Participants will learn to relax their whole being, calm the mind and feel their spirit becoming free within. Led by Dr. Jess Tregle. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary St, New Orleans. Info: 504-352-6418.

friday Aikido of New Orleans – 7-8:15pm. The martial art of power and movement. Free introductory class for adults. 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: or 504-561-0123.

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Gentle Yoga with Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Appropriate for all levels. Unwind from the week with a short meditation followed by a restorative and gentle yoga practice. Focus on de-stressing, relaxing, and connecting mind, body and soul to start the weekend with a smile. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., NOLA 70118. 985-640-2648.

saturday Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce, beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East. Crescent City Farmers Market/Downtown – 8-11am. Open-air market with great selection of fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products, fresh flowers. Cooking demos by some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Located at 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans. German Coast Farmers Market/East Bank – 8am-noon. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie meats, fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausages, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 2nd Sat. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd., Destrehan. For info call 985-359-0190. Covington Farmers Market – 8am-noon. (also 10am-2pm Wed) Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St, Covington. Camellia City Farmers Market – 8am-noon. Featuring baked goods, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, poultry, crafts, flowers, eggs, plants, soap, trees. 155 Robert St. (City Parking Lot), Olde Towne, Slidell. Info: 985-640-8291. Gretna Farmers Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, dairy, native fruit wines and garden plants. Located in the old train depot, 300 Huey P. Long Ave, between 3rd and 4th streets, Gretna. Info: 504-362-8661. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free parking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods & handcrafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-341-3424, x 209. Mandeville Trailhead Community Market – 9am1pm. Fifty-plus vendors weekly: Gourmet foods, art, produce and plants. Tai Chi at 9:30am. Parking lot of the Mandeville Trailhead on the St. Tammany Trace off LA59. For vendor/entertainment info: Donna Beakley 985-845-4515. Sitting Meditation Group – 10-11am. Come practice zazen (sitting meditation) as well as walking meditation. Instruction and discussion also available. 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: contact Brian by email at or call 504-644-7351. Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-7pm MonFri & 10-5pm Sat/Sun. CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables. $25 boxes of selected seasonal produce available. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters).

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Erin Kenning, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc, LA Lic.# ACA.200039, NAET specialist 9531 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 504-715-2317

Experience a Pain-free body, a Peaceful mind, and a Greater overall vitality. Take the first step to a life of ultimate wellness. Visit us on the web or call for more information. See ad on page 13.


315 Lee Ln., Ste. 104, Covington 985-898-3623/504-466-9129

Offering a holistic, integrative approach to healing your beloved pet through acupuncture, herbal medicine/nutritional supplements, and food therapy. We treat the patient, not the symptoms. See ad on page 36.


Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville 985-727-9665

Discover the difference & feel the peace through massage/bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Integrative, intuitive, customized approach. Aromatherapy at all sessions. LA 1479/E2445. See ad on page 22.



1515 Poydras St, Ste 1010, NOLA 70112 (504) 799-4260

The New Orleans Chamber supports local business development and growth through educational seminars and networking opportunities and more. In 2011 a Green Committee was formed to foster sustainable business development in the Greater New Orleans area. Check the website for the Chamber’s next networking event.


Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 Experience the difference! We offer total wellness care: Chiropractic, detoxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad page 6.


128 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans 504-488-1800

Rebuild, repair and renew your body today! Family wellness consultant, Dr. Joshua Rilette, helps alleviate aches and pains through specific chiropractic care and offers weight loss plans, cold laser therapy, nutrition, body cleansing, detoxification and orthopedics. See ad on page 13.


200 Mariner’s Plaza, Suite 209 ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT Mandeville, Louisiana, 70448 “You too can move away from the past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy 985-373-6089 a life of wholenessmassage and fulfilling relationships.” Wevitality, offer therapeutic 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans (integrating many modalities of 504-899-2686 Individual, Couplesmeditation massage), aromatherapy, & Family Therapy classes, wellness lectures, and a resource for Macrobiotics and Attachment Psychotherapy / EMDR Ayurvedics. You’ll receive the Andrea Scheele, LMFT highest qualityLCSW, care and service – 1303 Amelia Street soothing your mind, and Newbody Orleans, LA soul. 70115See ad on (504) 899-2686 page 12.

Relational Well-Being: in individuals and couples. Trauma Resolution (EMDR): loss, childhood neglect and abuse & other traumatic events. Alleviate Anxiety and Depression. Emotional Support for a Healthy Lifestyle: weight loss. See ad on page 16.

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DENTIST CYPRESS DENTAL, INC. 3138 McIlhenny Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-248-8400

Offering services including cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation, minimally invasive dentistry, mercury safe environment, non-titanium implants, laser dentistry and treatment for complex conditions; obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, head, neck and facial pain and TMJ dysfunction. See ad on page 31.

MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS 1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-641-8058

Offering a holistic and patientcentered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of the mouth and overall health cannot be separated. We help those we serve make decisions that are in their best interests, based on their values and goals, by providing state of the art information within a trusting relationship. See ad on page 24.

FITNESS KEHINDE ISHANGI Movement Coach 504-410-7315

Certified in Gyrotonics®, GYROKINESIS and Pilates and as a professional dancer, I use a combination of tools to help those who want to mature gracefully and stay flexible as well as dancers and athletes who desire performance enhancement. See ad page 31


Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356

Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Detox, Calm & Clear, Stress Relief, Confidence, Cognis, Woman, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 37.

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2259 Carey St. Slidell, La 985-285-9215 Find us on Facebook

Handmade in Olde Towne Slidell, we offer aromatherapy and herbal remedies for the body and home that are made from organic/organically raised earth origin ingredients: absolutely NO petro-chemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, or any other junk! See ad page 32.

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTERS AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS 2372 St. Claude Ave. 2nd Floor Upper, Ste. 220 985-467-0900

AHA! is a Community of Healing Arts Practitioners in a Healing Arts Center for the Professional Practice of Alternative, Complementary, Integrative, and Indigenous healing arts by independent practitioners in a shared space environment. See our website, contact a practitioner, make your appointment today! See ad on page 33.

WOMEN’S CENTER FOR HEALING & TRANSFORMATION 71667 Leveson St,. Abita Springs 985-892-8111

Beautiful non-profit center for women’s spirituality, ecopsychology and community building. Workshops, speakers, events, healing circles, support groups, and on-site professional mind/body/spirit services, for women, by women. Rent space for your workshop or office. See ad on page 19.

Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area

Cindy utilizes powerful energetic healing methods to shift and balance the auric field, chakras and the cells of our body. Health, Joy, and Balance within, attracts the same externally. See ad on pages 9 and 29.


Natural Healing Specialist 504-352-6418

Dr. Jess specializes in a type of natural healing that makes you feel more relaxed, very peaceful, and much lighter! Release anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, pain, and all other negative feelings! Gain your inner-freedom back!


Donna Accardo 504-234-1388

Donna Accardo is a facilitator using energetic field tools and selfawareness practices to clear obstacles to your heart’s intention. Live your life with more authenticity, peace, and joy. Build the life you have been wanting. See ad page 7.

Connecting People With People and Information Around The World. I enjoy helping people to reach their goals, from around the country to around the world via the Telephone & the Internet.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE 401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804 Experience the difference that Homeopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can bring to your health. The safe alternative— Less need for prescription drugs— Stimulation of your innate healing force. See ad on page 27.


Eric Royster, MD and Aaron Friedman, MD offer the most comprehensive treatment experience for patients suffering from chronic pain, from acupuncture to more invasive techniques offered exclusively at IPN. New Orleans, Chalmette, Westbank and Slidell locations. See ad on page 19.

DR. KATHLEEN POSEY, M.D. 377 Hwy 21, Ste. 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111

Our mission is to improve health and reverse chronic disease through hormonal and energetic balancing and nutrition. A practice of preventive medicine and wellness with a holistic approach to women’s gynecological and overall health. We offer a healthy medically supervised weight loss program. See ad on page 13.

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Multidisciplinary, Integrative approach to healthcare, including primary care, weight loss management, food intolerance testing, allergy testing, hormone balancing (in-house laboratory) and a vast array of aesthetic services. See ad page 35.


Life, Yoga, Fashion. A unique combination of services from an NLP Master Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, and Fashion Expert to support you in becoming your best Self. Overcome obstacles, regain enthusiasm, build confidence, improve overall health, and discover your personal style. See ad on page 17.


NATURAL FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS THE NUTRITION COMPANY 4350 Hwy 22, Ste H, Mandeville 985-727-3482

“Where Healthy Tastes Good.” Featuring organic juices, wheatgrass, all natural, sugar free smoothies, full service organic coffee bar. Also freshly prepared organic salads, soups, chilis, free range burgers and grilled sandwiches, wraps, paninis, vegetarian & vegan specialities. Delicious Sugar-free baked goods! Dine-in/take-out. Catering available. Open MonFri 7-6, Sat 9-5, closed Sun. See ad on page 20.


Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St., Uptown 504-866-2241

Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. See ad on page 21 and calendar for classes.

MASSAGE SCHOOLS BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE Clearview Mall, Metairie 504-293-0972

Train for an exciting, new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Earn an Associates degree upon completion of advanced massage training. Inquire about financial aid. See calendar for information about our $30-student massage clinic. Visit our retail shop for massage supplies: Biotone & Therapro Cremes & Oils, aromatherapy products, books & more. Monthly specials! See ad on page 29.


2122 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540

ZukaBaby specializes in cloth diapers, breastfeeding supplies, baby carriers, natural toys and locally made baby items. Hosting monthly community events: La Leche League, Babywearers Meetup, nutrition classes and Wee Hands baby sign language. See ad on page 34.


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3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077

Pharmaceutical quality nutritional products, vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural hormones. Natural hormone balancing consultations. Counseling on pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals by a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist. Alkaline water available as well as sessions with Photon Genius. See ad on page 47.


Nationally recognized weight loss & wellness expert, author of the book, Mending Your Metabolism. Stop treating symptoms and start getting well! Diabetes, blood sugar control, weight management, women’s health, detox, performance nutrition and more. Ask about out 12-week “Set on Success” Weight Loss to Wellness Program. End dieting forever!

KARIN NIELSEN, ND 225-229-6107

Offering non-invasive health assessments, Total Thermography, Lymphatic Therapy and many detox therapies. We have a high success rate using Homeopathic and Functional Medicine for men, women and children. Specializing in Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue. See ad on page 18.

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NUTRITIONIST DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-889-8771

Cutting edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad on page 17.


Guiding you through the process of decluttering, downsizing and getting your home organized. This green award winning business takes a holistic, hands on approach to creating space and peace of mind. Free consultations, weekend sessions available! See ad on page 12.


Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356

Offering 24 years experience in Reiki – Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Reiki can be a personal tool for healing and growth, a way to give energy to family and friends, or a gentle complementary therapy in holistic medicine. See ad on page 37 and calendar for classes.


621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090

Elegant, donation based center in quaint, quiet Magnolia, MS just 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Jackson. Ongoing retreats in meditation and yoga. Ongoing meditation group in New Orleans. Vegetarian. Available for rental. Capacity for 40 people. See ad on page 33 and ongoing calendar.


2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9

Since 2007, South Coast Solar has helped more than 500 clients start saving money with solar energy using best-in-class products and installation practices. 100% locally owned and operated. See ad on page 8.

Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 3939 Houma Blvd., Bld. 3, Ste. 15 Metairie 504-909-3723

Certified & experienced Master Teacher offering sessions & classes to the Greater N.O. Area. Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming and Animal Reiki practitioner. Visit our website for full information. See ad on page 7.


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1228 Baronne St.

Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, physical practice and breathing exercises. All levels of experience are welcome to all classes. See ad on page 30 and calendar for events/classes.


4842 Perrier St, Uptown 2372 St Claude Ave, Downtown 504-899-0047

Voted Best Yoga Studio 11 years. Intro Offer: 30 Days Of Yoga For $33 (first time local residents), Intro To Yoga Courses + Over 60 classes a week including Prenatal, Kids, Tweens & Teen classes. See ad page 11.


THERMOGRAPHY THE WELLNESS CENTRE OF BR Dr. Karin Nielsen, ND, CCT 1528 Delplaza Dr., Ste B Baton Rouge, LA 70815 225-229-6107

Offering full body Thermography, detects abnormalities in the earliest stages, to find underlying causes of disease as it looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed. Consultations/ follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 18.




Sue McCann, LPC-S, LMFT, LAC, RYT 504-832-4096

Insights of New Orleans, your easily accessible wellness center collaborating with each client to rejuvenate, restore, and inspire with offerings of compassionate holistic healing modalities. Metairie location.Visit our website for list of modalities. See ad on page 27.

Mia Oramous, RYT 500/ACE PT 8422 Oak St, New Orleans 985-640-2648

Yoga, Nia and TRX workout classes offered all week; private sessions also available. 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training starts August 2014. Sign up on our email list and receive “7 Yoga Poses for Strength” ebook FREE! See ad on page 37.


603 S. Tyler St., Covington 985-893-8834 YogaSchoolCovingtonLA

Offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Also a state licensed Yoga Therapy training program. Visit website for more information. See ad on page 31.

YOGA THERAPY AMY ARCHINAL, RYT, PRYT Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 504-899-6167

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy combines meditation, assisted yoga postures, breathwork and client-centered dialogue to promote self-awareness. Discover the wisdom of your body.



Please return your hearts and lives to God. We need to remember our Health is like a four legged stool - Spiritual, Mental, Emotional & Physical; the stool’s stability is dependent on the balance of all four legs. God is Love. Love thrives because it is a Gift from God and has the power to destroy evil. Love is so important for with love, one can defeat evil but without love, evil spreads. Love is not selfish. Love is generous, forgiving and untainted by the sin of pride. You must ask God, every day, for the Gift of Love and when you are given this, use it as your armor against hatred. Love, when present in a pure soul, attracts hatred from those souls who have banished God from their lives. They cannot bear the Light of God, which shines from the souls of those who are filled with God’s Love. Where there is love, there is the Presence of God. The Evil One is incapable of love, but instead is self-obsessed with what he believes to be his power and greatness. When he infests souls, the first thing he does is to destroy love within the soul. When he achieves this, he will instill a terrible hatred in that soul and it is this hatred which causes division. Division and disagreements, inspired by hatred, can lead to desperate deeds carried out by one soul against another. These hate-filled deeds can very often lead to terrible cruelty and even murder. The sin of pride is instilled in souls, who open themselves up to the devil and this leads to ruthless ambition and greed. Go now in the knowledge that Love must be used to help the souls of all those who are in great need of God’s mercy. Please recite this Crusade Prayer for the Gift of Love.

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For the Gift of Love: O God, please fill me with Your Love. Help me to share the Gift of Love with all those in need of Your Mercy. Help me to love You more. Help me to love all those in need of Your Love. Help me to love Your enemies. Allow the love You Bless me with to be used to engulf the hearts of everyone I come into contact with. With the Love, which You infuse in my soul, help me to conquer all evil, convert souls and defeat the devil and all those wicked agents of his, who try to destroy the Truth of Your Holy Word.


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