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JUNE extras

From the feature: Brain-Savers Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia
More Resources & About Wheat and Other Grains

JUST ADD WATER: Aquatic Workouts for Him
When it comes to chiseling muscles, recovering from injury or reducing stress, men are finding that hitting the pool might even surpass hitting the gym. “Water aerobics is a great form of exercise for men looking to sculpt their bodies, because water offers multidirectional drag resistance that assists in developing muscle balance within the body,” says Denver aquatic fitness trainer Sean Sullivan.

Pre-Wired for the Future: Transportation Drives Urban Planning
The Congress for the New Urbanism, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy nonprofit, has some decisive views about what makes a walkable community: “complete streets” that are designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit. What it doesn’t have is cars—at least not those with tailpipes.

MAY extras

CBD FOR PETS What We Need to know
With the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their four-legged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD can be eᬀective in treating some of the same ailments in pets as it does in humans.

Gardening for Kids The Fun of Growing Their Own
It’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills.

Vision Quest Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes
One of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common agerelated causes of vision loss.

APRIL extras

Eco-Tip: Healthier Dry Cleaning : Non-Toxic Ways to Lower Risks
Chemicals used in dry cleaning clothes have long been linked to health concerns for both people and the environment. Perchloroethylene (“perc” for short) is most commonly used in this process. Federal regulatory agencies have documented myriad negative effects from exposure to the petroleum-based solvent.

THE ART OF HEALING :Creative Therapy Aids Recovery
For decades, creative expression has been a valuable tool in healing, and expressive arts therapy—the integrated application of two or more art forms—is now considered a life-changing modality for vet-erans and anyone else struggling with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

LOVING NATURE: Outdoor Adventures for Kids
Getting kids off the couch and into the great outdoors can be a challenge when they tend to be better acquainted with the popular Angry Birds video game characters than with the real warbling ones. Unfortunately, studies show that digital devices, parental work overload and media-stoked fears of the outside world are currently making our kids nature-deprived.

MAR extras

Eat-Right Resources from the feature article NUTRITION UPGRADES

Philippe Cousteau on the POWER OF WONDER AND LEGACY
Philippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-year old grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects.

Banana Peel Cake With Brown Sugar Frosting from the article Delicious Discards Making Meals From Mainly Scraps

FEB extras

AMAZING EMBRACE: The Healing Power of Hugs
Hugs don’t just feel good; they do good. A simple embrace can boost our health and mood, connect us spiritually and even help mend society.

RECIPES A HEART WILL LOVE: Tasty Ways to Boost Heart Health
Includes recipes for: Change Your Life Bread; Whole Grain Pasta with Asparagus and Tomato Coulis; Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled vegetables; Black Bean/Veggie Burger; Almond Butter and Raw Cacao Chocolate Truffles

A COMMON HEART SONG: Whales Point the Way by Mark Nepo
Just as whales are born with an instinct for the deep, we are born with an impulse toward creating a quality of life. No matter the type of work that leads us there, following that impulse is the destiny of each soul, so we search to find our medium through which aliveness can express itself. Following our instinct for the deep, we find each other.

INVESTING FOR GOOD: How to Align Money with Values
How we spend our money is important, but how and where we save it matters just as much. Today’s financial marketplace offers diverse options for values-based investing and banking, regardless of interests or assets.

JAN extras

Autism's Gut-Brain Axis
A Promising Approach to Healing

With the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the rise—now affecting one in every 59 school-age children, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —identifying eḀective, integrative remedies is more important than ever.

Blood Chemistry
A New Roadmap to Better Health

Good detectives trained in the art of investigation know not only how to look for, collect and interpret evidence, but also how to use the tools that can help them solve a mystery. With the right tool, such as a comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis, an experienced practitioner trained in systems biology examines the body’s metabolic blueprint, unravelling the enigma of declining health hijacked by chronic disease.

Canine Conundrum Controversy
‘Dogs’ Grain-Free Diet

Just like their people, dogs are prone to allergies, and pinpointing a cause and cure can be complicated. The maddening itching and scratching that allergic dogs experience can emerge from many factors, including changes in cleaning supplies, chemically treated grass at the park or sensitivity to food—with corn and wheat being common culprits, says Roberta Gleicher, a Purina-certified pet advisor in Long Island.

Dustin Sulak on Cannabis as a Healing Therapy
Dustin Sulak, D.O., opened a private osteopathic manipulation, hypnotherapy and integrative medicine practice in Hallowell, Maine, in 2009, the same year the state’s voters expanded its medical cannabis law. At that time, he was one of the few physicians in Maine willing to certify patients to use cannabis legally.

DEC extras

Jacob Liberman on Light as Our Essential Nature

PARTY HEALTHY: Tips from a Rock Star Doctor

Simple Sheet Pan Suppers: Family-Pleasing Holiday meals
Includes: Roasted Vegetable, Feta and Smoked Almond Salad,
Roasted Arctic Char and Asparagus with Pistachio Gremolata,
Spaghetti Squash “Noodle” Bowls

Green Cars Update: Plug Into the Latest Trends
Through August in the U.S., auto-makers sold 36,380 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV), compared to 16,514 by the same time last year. Sales are booming, although it’s not reᰀected in fairly ᰀat sales of green cars overall. ᴀe reason is that hybrid sales are being lost as consumers go fully electric.

NOV extras

From the feature Supercharge Your Immune System: Flu Shot or Not

Kristi Nelson on Why Gratefulness Brings Happiness
Kristi Nelson has dedicated her career to leading, funding and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Today, at the helm of the Network for Grateful Living, she is helping awaken thousands of people around the world to the life-changing practice of gratefulness. Co-founded by Benedictine monk, teacher and author David Steindl-Rast, the network offers educational programs and practices that inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and spark the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility

From Conscious Eating: More Plant-Based Pie Recipes
Includes: Vegan Pecan-Date Pie Crust,
No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Pie,
Vegan Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pie,
Pecan Pumpkin Custard Pie

Nurturing Creative Kids Hobbies Engage and Grow Healthy Kids
Unplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participating in performing and visual arts enhances children’s social skills and emotional processing, builds confidence and improves academic aptitude.

OCT extras

Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge: Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet
Recognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics

MULTIFACETED CHIROPRACTIC: Integrative Approaches Enhance Healing
Modern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition.

Farewell to a Beloved Pet: Earth’s Memorial to a Pet’s Passing
The American Pet Products Association estimates Americans collectively spent $69.5 million on our 235 million mammal, avian and reptile pets, as well as 158 million pet fish, in 2017. It’s not surprising that end-of-life planning for a devoted family companion is a solemn endeavor.

SEPT extras

From the feature article Forever Flexible: Supplementing Suppleness

Meditative Melodies: How Sound Deepens Meditation
When life is stressful, we know we need to relax. The question is how. Many wonderful ways involve combining music with a meditation practice. Although we can’t always control our surroundings, we can learn to control how we react to and internalize what happens around us.

Why Our Body Loves Yoga: Gentle Poses Foster Flexibility
Although media coverage of yoga often highlights advanced yoga poses, the practice is not reserved solely for super-flexible folks. Benefits are available to everyone of any age or physical type.

From the article Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Fun Places to Start

AUGUST extras

Erling Kagge on Our Deep Need For Silence
Explorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also traveled to Japan to meditate and practice yoga.

Multilevel Healing Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being
Dr. Wayne Jonas’ curiosity was piqued after hearing stories of patients that have experienced healing from chronic illnesses or reclaimed well-being without following conventional medical advice. So he focused on researching dimensions of healing that Western medical schools never taught him.

Dive Into Swimmming: 10 Tips to Optimize Workouts
Swimming may be the perfect lifelong sport; it’s a low-impact, joint-friendly, sustainable way for anyone to stay fit at any age. In taking the plunge—including after a prolonged hiatus—be wisely aware of some caveats.

JULY extras

Why More Pets Are Getting Cancer
GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods

In the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modiἀed organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked.

Gardening Connects Kids to Nature

Children beneἀ t from a close con-nection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collec-tion of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. Ḁ e ἀ rst step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow.

Four Steps to Authentic Living:
How to Live a Deeply Joyful Life

Natural Ways to Reduce Pain
Chronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

JUNE extras

Kids Love These Homemade Drinks
includes recipes for Blackberry/Lemon/Mint Electrolyte Drink and Coconut & Lime Sports Drink

DOING NOTHING: Why Timeouts Matter
In a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment

Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit

Combining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature
Peter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives.

MAY extras

RECYCLING IQ: Take a Quiz to Help the Planet.

KELLY NOONAN-GORES On How We Shape Our Health
After Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL, to be her ultimate achievement.

PERSONALIZED HEALTH CARE Functional Medicine Leads the Way
During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health.

Five Reasons to Love a Cat They Bring Health and Happiness Home
As beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.

April 2018 extras

Gardening ASANAS: Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free
Gardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury.

Touching the Earth: The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot
Melanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life. .

Nature’s Remedies: How Animals Self-Medicate
From birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs.

Gathering of Humanity Retreat in Santa Fe

INTO THE WOODS: Nature Helps kids Build Skills and Character
movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie.

March 2018 extras

Cook-it-Yourself Ethnic Recipes
Smoky Yellow Split Peas, Eat-a-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup, Pasta with Caponata, Cherries with Parsley, Walnuts and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Ilona Selke on the Power of Dreaming Big
For 30 years, international bestselling author, teacher and speaker Ilona Selke has inspired thousands of people worldwide to create a more fulfilling life by discovering the power of their consciousness.

Upbeat Kids
Five Steps to Positivity
This is a family master plan for helping both children and adults resist negative thinking.

February 2018 extras

Resilience Resources
from the feature "Rising Above Adversity"

Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches
Australian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an exotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women.

Banishing Body-Image Blues
How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks
Many young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males.

No JAN 2018 Extras

DEC 2017 Extras

Go Eco Like Grandma
Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways

The Gifts of Citrus
Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes

Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes include:
* Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water
* Meyer lemon Chia Seed Bowl with tangerines
* Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange
* Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry lime Vinaigrette

NOV Extras

"Live Longer and Prevent Type 2 Diabetes" by Doug Zerbarini

Metformin is $4/month, not $4/day

Not Your Grandma’s Stuffing
Healthy Twists on Old Favorites Recipes

* Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing
* Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh
* Stuffed Apples with Fig and Hazelnuts
* Grain-Free Sage and Pecan Stuffing
* Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Lissa Rankin on Moving from Fear to Freedom
Lissa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal.

Shareable Thanksgiving:
Ways to Focus on What Really Matters
Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and GROW gives meaning to life.

Pumped Up About Geothermal
Homeowners Like its Eco-Friendly Cost Savings
It’s an uncertain time for home-based geothermal heating and cooling, which has been increasing for years. The good news is that the cost of the technology is down and its efficiency is up. Yet a helpful 30 percent federal income tax credit inaugurated in 2009 disappeared in 2017 and may not get renewed anytime soon, even though H.R. 1090, a bill aimed at restoring the credit, has had strong support in Congress, led by New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed.

OCT Extras

Journey Jump-Offs
from the Transformative Travel Feature

Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. blog explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites. specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.
“The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers. offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences. connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature. hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites. offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.
Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.
Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

Nature Photographer Robert Llewellyn on MOVING FROM LOOKING TO SEEING

SEPT Extras

Creative Aging Resources
from the Graceful Aging Feature

Center for Conscious Eldering
Changing Aging
Dr. Bill Thomas
The Eldering Institute
Elders Share the Arts
From Aging to Sageing
Kathleen Dowling Singh
National Center for Creative Aging
Shepherd’s Centers of America

More Tailgating Recipes
from the Fabulous Fanfare article

Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo
Joining Science to Spirituality

In 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience.

Fluoride Alert
Excess in Food and Tap Water Harms Pets

In 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this.


Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea

Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate
Just as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade.

Help for Injured Wildlife
Caring Rehab Gives Them a Second Chance

Seeing lost, injured or orphaned animals is heartbreaking, but unless a wild animal is in immediate danger from prey or traffic, it’s best to wait and observe. Mothers forage for food and return to the babies intermittently. If in doubt, call a wildlife rehabber for advice.

JULY Extras

ECOTIP: Floral Throughways
Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads

Eating Vegan on the Road
Clever Ways to Eat Healthy Anywhere

Traveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes.

Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed
Author, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering three-quarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth; The South Beach Diet; Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites.

Fun Ways to Get Outside This Summer
Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family

Summer is calling and so is the great outdoors. Here are some super vacation sites, inviting activities and ideas to spark summer fun with your family.

JUNE Extras

Six Drug-Free Ways to Preempt the Pain

One in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.

New Ways to Court Fitness:
Racquets and Paddles Get a Sporting Makeover

Two fun ways to use tennis courts for fitness are showing big increases in popularity.

Backyard Pizza Party
Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads

Summer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: "Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill".

MAY Extras

Women Mobilize to Heal the World

The Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould.

Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution
For more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm.

The Joys of Grandparenting
How to Mindfully Love Little Ones

Being a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts.

APRIL Extras

MEDICAL MASSAGE Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills
Sharon Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists work-ing in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and ad-dress them by their names. A 105-year-old woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’”

Tony Juniper on how thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity
Leading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive.

The Heart of the Wild Reveals Our Spiritual Life
It was standing inside Timpanogos Cave (a national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked me. Hiking to the entrance of the cave with our church group, we were ushered in by a park ranger. Immediately, the cool air locked inside the mountain enveloped us and we wore it as loose clothing. Immense stalactites and stalagmites hung down from the ceiling and rose up from the floor, declaring themselves teeth. We were inside the gaping mouth of an animal and we were careful not to disturb the beast, traversing the cave on a narrow constructed walkway above the floor so as not to disturb its fragility. But it was the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave that captured my attention.

MARCH Extras

Gentle Ways to Calm Allergies

Rather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks.

Reframing Your Life Story
Create Your Own Hero’s Journey

Every life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little decisions affect our storyline, including the relationships we choose, our goals, how we live and the ways we nourish ourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Silencing Cyberbullies
How to Defuse Bad Actors

Whether it’s a damaging rumor posted on Facebook, a humiliating photo shared on Instagram or a threatening text, cyberbullying is increasing among today’s youth. A 2015 Cyberbullying Research Center study of middle school students found that 43 percent had been targeted, while 15 percent admitted to being online bullies. Meanwhile, students, parents and teachers are combating cyber-aggression with initiatives to make the phenomenon socially unacceptable in schools.


Writing Our Legacy: from the feature article Sacred Passage

FIT FOR LIFE : How to Stay Healthy, Flexible and Strong
When thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond.

Sustainably Stylish Home :Relax into Nurturing Furnishings
We all relish a cozy nest, whether that means lightfilled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning the origin of furnishings and investing in sustainably made pieces that will stand the test of time, say experts.

HEART-TO-HEART WITH A HORSE : Their Gentle Empathy Helps Us Heal
Physical therapists have long used horses to help patients improve balance or strengthen core muscles. Now they’re helping to teach empathy.

No extras from Jan 2017

DEC 2016 Extras

Holiday Gift Guide pages

Scientists Say We’re All Connected
True love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

New Year’s Resolutions that Stick
Every January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking.

Healthy Holiday LIBATIONS recipes:
Blood Orange French 75, Holiday Sangria, Fresh Hot Ginger Tea, Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea, Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy

A Gorgeously Greener Holiday
Fresh Thinking About Décor
Nature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

Merry Munching
Sugar-Free Treats Kids Love
When sugar was a commodity only the wealthy could afford, “visions of sugarplums” danced in the heads of children ensconced in Clement Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Now, cheap candy is everywhere and not all that special. What is special is making memories aligned with contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that kids will remember helping to create.

NOV Extras

from There's a Remedy for That! by Dr Kathi Fry MD, CTHHom
More Information on Homeopathic Remedies for Mental Health

from Festive Sips & Nibbles
all recipes here: Spiced Pepitas, Truffle Spiced Popcorn, Beer-Miso-Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas, Frothy Hot Chocolate
with Pistachio Milk

Suggested Resources from STAY SHARP: Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline
Alzheimer’s Association
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
David Perlmutter
MPI Cognition
Sharp Again Naturally

Pilates Unbound New Fusions with Yoga, Dance and Boxing

The Sensitive Child: How to Nurture Special Gifts
Highly sensitive children need extra nurturing care so that they can learn to see their sensitivity as a strength and begin empowering themselves with tools to tap into their positive traits such as insight, creativity and empathy, while simultaneously learning how to manage their rich emotional lives.

OCT 2016 Extras

from There's a Remedy for That! by Dr Kathi Fry MD, CTHHom
More Information on Homeopathic Remedies for Autumn Ailments

WALKING MEDITATION: The Calming and Centering Effects of Labyrinths
While many of us like to meditate, some can’t sit still. Walking a labyrinth provides an enticing alternative.

Planet-Friendly and Profitable: The Rise of Ecopreneurs
Whether it’s a sideline or full time, flourishing small businesses stimulate the economy. The U.S. Small Business Association found that between 2009 and 2013, companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 60 percent of net new jobs.

SEPT 2016 Extras

from There's a Remedy for That! by Dr Kathi Fry MD, CTHHom
More Information on Homeopathic Remedies for Yogis and Yoginis

from Music as Medicine: Free Eben Alexander meditation recording

from Music as Medicine: Free Jonathan Goldman chakra tuneup

Inside the Chant with Krishna Das: Kirtan Music Transports
Influential spiritual leader Ram Dass has described Krishna Das (Jeffrey Kagel) as an example of someone whose “heartsongs” open channels to God. The Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, long considered yoga’s rock star, consistently plays to sold-out crowds worldwide. The Long Island native’s journey has gone from being a member of a popular rock band to going to India, where as a student of spiritual leader Neem Karoli Baba, the trajectory of his life and music shifted and expanded.

Raising a Music Lover
A resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three R’s of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school years can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits.


from There's a Remedy for That! by Dr Kathi Fry MD, CTHHom
More Information on Homeopathic Remedies for Common Summer Ailments

Barnet Bain on How Creativity Can Save the World Fresh Thinking Challenges Rigid Mindsets
Filmmaker Barnet Bain’s credits include writer/director of Milton’s Secret, due out this fall, starring Donald Sutherland and Michelle Rodriguez and based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, producer of the Oscarwinning What Dreams May Come, executive producer of the Emmy-award nominee Homeless to Harvard and writer/producer of The Celestine Prophecy movie. Now, as author of The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work, he offers tools that everyone can use to develop a creativity practice designed to move us beyond our unconscious hand-me-down worldview, escape mental and emotional straightjackets and unlock great reservoirs of imagination.

JULY Extras

from Mom's Kitchen Cooking School

REAL NEWS THAT MATTERS: Independent Media Tell Us the Truth
In virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers and magazines. According to Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New Media Monopoly, this handful of conglomerates form a cartel that wields enough influence to affect U.S. politics and define social values.

Liza Huber on Healthy Meals and Happy Kids:
Start with Homemade, Organic Baby Food

For many actresses, landing a role on the hit show Passions would be a career highlight. For Liza Huber, daughter of soap opera icon Susan Lucci, a successful acting career was one step en route to her calling as a mother, public speaker and entrepreneur. Her inspiration was to launch Sage Spoonfuls to make it easier for parents to make homemade, organic food for their little ones. It’s all about enabling parents to provide a legacy of health, all wrapped up in love.

COOL CHOW: Icy Treats for Hot Summer Days
In 2015, manufacturers of commercial dog and cat foods and treats issued 28 recalls... In response, homemade treats have grown in popularity to ensure that pets enjoy safe and healthy snacks.

JUNE Extras

Happiness Extras
Happier in Just Minutes / 11 Habits of the Happiest People

Gay Hendricks on Nurturing Love in Midlife
Why Growing Up Can Mean Loving Better

Emotional Smarts: How to Raise Your Quotient

May Extras

GREEN WEDDING: Eco-Style the Momentous Event

FACIAL FITNESS: Exercises to Tone Your Face and Neck

Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever
How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life

Stressed-Out Pets: Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety

April 2016 Extras

New Generations Put Earth First

Earth Song: Mother Nature’s Rhythms Restore the Soul

Heirloom Recipes (Vegan Tuscan Kale Soup, Salsa Morada, Vegan Eggplant, Chickpea and Spinach Curry) + sidebar Look for Non-GMOs

TROUBLED WATERS: Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking

March 2016 Extras

ECOTIP: Efficient Cook Kitchen Recipes for Daily Energy Savings

Grilling a Grass-Fed Steak Just Right

Land Manager Allan Savory on Holistic Pasturing How Cows Can Help Reverse Climate Change

Nighttime Parenting: Fostering Healthful Sleep

COLOR ME CALM: Grownups De-Stress with Adult Coloring Books
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February 2016 Extras

from The Rise of Functional Medicine article: DIY Testing & Learn More Online

Good Reasons to Try Acupuncture: Thousands of Studies Show Healing Results

SUPER SOUPS: New Twists on Old Favorites Heal, Nourish and Soothe includes recipes for Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup, Pumpkin Sage Soup, Roasted Tomato Bisque, Coconut Curried Chickpea Soup & Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup

THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP: It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us

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DECEMBER 2015 Extras

from Sweetly Vegan article: No-Bake Recipes

Heavenly Scents: How to Make Your Own Natural Oil Fragrances

AIRPLANE YOGA: Six Easy Stetches to Ease the Journey

Generous Pint-Sized Givers: Teaching Kids How to Care and Share



from Natural Mood Boosters article:
Step Away from Antidepressants & GMOs Link to Depression

The Zen of Slow Cooking: More Mindful Fall Recipes


Ground Rules for RUNNERS A Guide for Running on All Terrains

SEPT Extras

Full Bibliography for Fluoride Article by Dr Katia Meier [doc / pdf]

10 SEAFOOD CHOICES TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT from the Seafood article

Choose Happiness

GREENING AMERICA’S GAMES: Major Leagues Sport More Sustainable Stadiums


Kid Cookery Recipes

Conscious Parenting Resources from the Enlightened Parenting article

Think Before You Ink: How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible

Animal Talk: They Have Lots to Say If We’d Only Listen

JULY Extras

Vaccines Truths and Myths Part 1 & 2 by Dr Katia Meier of Clear Sky Medical

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Vaccines Truths and Myths by Dr Katia Meier of Clear Sky Medical

MORE GMO NEWS: Vermont’s Victory: Court Rules GMO Labeling Constitutional

VEGGIE NATION REVOLUTION: 4th of July BBQ Vegetarian Recipes

Songs of Freedom: We All Long for Liberty
The yearning for freedom is like a seed that dwells deep in our hearts—freedom from scarcity, from conflicting relationships, from addictions, from health issues. This yearning for freedom binds the centuries.

FOOD DEMOCRACY EXTRAS: Food Independence Resources, From Food Consumer to Food Citizen

JUNE Extras

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Vaccines Truths and Myths by Dr Katia Meier of Clear Sky Medical

Complementary Healing Tools & Recovery at the Deepest Level from Rethinking Recovery pages 16-17

DON’T GET TICKED OFF: Natural Ways to Avoid and Treat Lyme Disease (including Essential Oils to Repel Ticks)
In 1977, two Yale School of Medicine scientists identified the infected blacklegged deer tick carrying the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi as the disease-transmitting organism of Lyme disease. Since 1982, this most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the U.S. has gained notoriety, with its own resource book, Disease Update: Science, Policy & Law; research center (; International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society website,; Lyme Times print journal (; and national informational organization, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (

NATURAL DADS How They Raise Conscious Kids
Fathers are more involved in their children’s lives than ever before, embracing their roles of leader, nurturer and protector, and they’re reaping extraordinary benefits. According to a 2014 study published in the Academy of Management Perspectives, fathers that spend more time with their kids are both happier at home and more satisfied at work. Today, many mindful dads engaged in a natural lifestyle apply that same health consciousness to their parenting.

THE TEENY-TINY VACATION OPTION: Mini-Dwellings Make Travel a Lark
Most of us are oriented to a typical American house averaging 2,300 square feet, making it a childlike hoot to step into the petite footprint of a tiny house one-tenth the size. Vacation rentals of “tinies” are available nationwide in all shapes and styles—including treetop aeries.

MAY Extras

GIVING BIRTH NATURALLY: Conscious Choices Lead to Less Intervention
Labor and delivery is a natural process that can be enjoyed. “It’s not something to be afraid of,” says Mel Campbell, author of The Yoga of Pregnancy. “It’s a wonderful and beautiful experience. We need to remember that the body is designed for giving birth."

KIDS LOVE VEGGIES: How to Instill Healthy Lifelong Habits
includes Easy Kid-Pleasing Recipes
Starting at conception, the early years of a child’s life are a perfect window of opportunity to establish a foundation of healthy eating. Want a child to love veggies? Here are simple tips parents can practice in the first three years to establish lifelong good eating habits.

EATING SKINNY: Why Vegans and Vegetarians are Naturally Trim
We read the labels touting low sugar, carbs, fats and calories. We try this and that diet, hoping the pounds will melt away. Yet more than a third of U.S. adults, nearly 80 million of us, remain overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta.

UPCYCLED DÉCOR: Old and Oh-So-Stylish
Old furniture used to go to college dorms and student apartments. At graduation, it was moved to the curb to be picked up by incoming students or the trash man. Now, with the influx of TV shows like Flea Market Flip and American Pickers, the DIY Network, HGTV and complementary books and magazines, vintage and mid-century recyclables barely touch the curb before being reinvented. Lighting, storage and seating provide ample opportunities for one-of-a-kind creations.

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MARCH Extras

GOOD MOOD MEAL PLANS: from the Happy Meals: Eating Healthy Foods Fights off Depression article

THE SKINNY ON GLYCEMIC FOODS: from the Interval Training Knocks Down Blood Sugar article

Mind Gardening: It Pays to Watch What Is Planted
An unattended mind is like a neglected garden. Potting soil is incredibly receptive to any seeds introduced to it. It has absolutely no discretion when it comes to playing host to seeds; it says, “Yes” to all of them........Read here.

The New Healthy Cuisine: Good-to-Go Eats
Katie Newell, a blogging Kansas City mother of two who fights inflammation from several autoimmune diseases, is rigorous about the fresh, unprocessed food she buys. After noticing adverse symptoms from dining at a restaurant, Newell initially thought that eating out was no longer an option for her. Today, she happily ventures out for the occasional restaurant meal, knowing that the healthy food landscape is changing. “I look to restaurants owned by local chefs that use local and sustainable ingredients and prepare everything from scratch,” she says. ......Read here.


GENTLING GRIEF: Remedies to Heal the Heart
Grief can arrive suddenly with the death of a loved one, serious illness, loss of a job, parental dementia or decaying relationship. In any case, it takes a toll. .............Read here.

Eco-Fireplace Tips: Best Ways to Enjoy Greener Indoor and Outdoor Fires .........Read here.

HAPPILY COUPLED: Creating Loving Relationships that Thrive
At the conclusion of her bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert had fallen in love with Jose Nunes (called Felipe in the book), a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The divorced Gilbert, reluctant to have her heart broken again, had vowed never to remarry… yet ultimately changed her mind when U.S. immigration law presented her with multiple choices: marry so they could live together in this country, stay single and live as ex-pat partners or say goodbye to Nunes.......Read here.

EASE ADHD NATURALLY: Nine Ways to Help Restore Calm and Focus
Although experts aren't sure why it occurs, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD affects 3-5% of school-age children, causing symptoms such as inattentiveness, frenetic activity, anxiety and forgetfulness. Kids with ADHD typically respond to drug prescriptions designed to provide calm and focus, but some carry unpleasant side effects like appetite changes and muscle spasms. Experts suggest considering these natural options to complement an afflicted child’s integrative treatment plan ......Read here.

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When I was a youngster, I clearly remember reading a book, The Boy Who Sang to the World, although I later learned it doesn’t exist. I read it in some other realm of consciousness and that’s what I became. .............Read here.

Can-Do Kids: Changing Our World at Any Age
This article is written especially for young readers eager to embrace the true spirit of the holiday season. Shar-ing it with them can help cultivate a lifelong practice of giving................Read here.

HOW HANDS UPLIFT HEARTS (from the Sacred Activism article)
Volunteering provides rewarding satisfaction and progress for adults and children alike. Seniors stay involved and parents work along-side kids to experience the value of helping others......Read here.



BRING BACK THE MAGIC Give Kids the True Gifts of the Season .............Read here.

Practice Gratitude and Change Your Life ...............Read here.


Lymphedema After Breast Cancer By Donatella Fino, LMT, CDT And Gianfranco Fino, OMT, CDT .............Read here.

APPLE RECIPES ...............Read here.



CONSCIOUS CAREGIVING EXTRAS: Extending a Hand to Caregivers & Online Help for Caregivers.............Read here.

Is there a way to upend the limits of Alzheimer’s disease? Expressive therapies focus on what people can do and their successes. Cultural programs offer creative opportunities for those with dementia and their care partners...............Read here.

MINDFULNESS FOR LITTLE ONES Teaching Kids to Be Calm and Focused
Mindfulness, simply defined, is being in the moment. Using simple tools can help us consciously notice our breath, bodies and sensations, as well as what is happening around us. As we practice noticing, we can more readily return to the moment and more immediately connect with ourselves and others. Integrating five mindfulness practices into our young children’s lives is easy and yields powerful dividends................Read here.



LEARNING THAT TRANSFORMS HEARTS AND MINDS: Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything
In the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for../library/transformativelearning.pdf" target="_blank" class="linkblue">Read here.

SUMMER MINI-GETAWAYS: Green Travelers Recharge at Spas, Parks and Vineyards
Carving out time from crammed calendars for a week or more away from home can pose such a hurdle that more than half of all American workers forfeit hard-earned vacation days every year. Sometimes a long weekend in an inspiring locale is all we need to recharge our batteries..............Read here.

ECOTIP: New School Rules: Eco Strategies for Back-to-School Prep

SCHOOLS THAT ROCK: Innovators Blaze Creative Paths
Creative educational initiatives offer more flexible programs of study than traditional institutions. First introduced into the United States in the latter part of the 20th century, today there are thousands of such facilities operating according to their own lights. Yet many share certain distinguishing characteristics including emphasis on close student teacher relationships, diverse experiential learning and development of student decision-making skills aided by peer and parental support. All aim to prepare and equip students for future success both inside and outside the classroom.........Read here.

WATER DOGGIES: Given a Pool or Lake, Canines Dive Into Action
Water sports for dogs can be done just for fun or to earn recognition. Venues range from a backyard adult or kiddie pool to a lake, river or ocean. All offer healthful exercise for canine bodies and brains........Read here.

JULY Extras

ECOTIP: Garden Gunk: Sewage Can Lurk in Bagged Fertilizers
Bagged garden fertilizers help plants grow, but store-bought brands can be a scary mix of sewage sludge—treated human, industrial and hospital waste. No federal or state regulations require that sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, be listed on the label. Sludge can also be blended with more natural fertilizers without listing it as an ingredient............Read here.

More Heroes and Farmers Resources (from the feature article)

Best Carriers (from the Essential Oils article)

Information is Power (from the Fracking article)

Give Freedom a Hand: Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World
2048 is a plan to prevent wars, eliminate poverty and create the conditions for global sustainability by the time we celebrate the centennial of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unanimously adopted in 1948 by all UN member countries........Read here.

Forsaking ‘Angry Birds’ for Bird Songs: CAMPING TURNS KIDS INTO NATURE LOVERS
Whether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts........Read here.

JUNE Extras

Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai
Born into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America...........Read here.

Fat-free Food: A Bad Idea by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D. (Full Article)
The hysteria against fat has gone out of control. While it is true that excess fat can stress the liver and contribute to health problems, what is overlooked in this issue are two points: a) fat is one of the three essential macro nutrients; and b) some fats are health-promoting, others are unhealthful....................Read here.

THE HEALING POWER OF STORY: How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free
After his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts.......Read here.

LIVING OFF THE LAND: Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family
Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.......Read here.

MAY Extras

FUNNY TUMMY: Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut
Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad”
intestinal bacteria.................Read here.

BODY EASE: Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours
Bad 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...................Read here.

FENG SHUI FASHIONISTA: Dressing with Conscious Intention
Waking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?. ..................Read here.

PAIN-FREE POOCH: Five Natural Therapies that Work
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.The 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.......Read here.

APRIL Extras

GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD VIBES: Escaping Electromagnetic Exposure
We crackle with energy. Natural electromagnetic fields within us regulate how our bodies work. Plus, we continually encounter many outside energy fields from Wi-Fi, cell phones and towers, power lines, microwave ovens, computers, TVs, security devices and radar. A growing number of experts see these surrounding frequencies as an increasing danger to our well-being. ................Read here.

WILDERNESS IN SIDEWALK CRACKS: Small Nature Reaches Out to City Kids
City kids are often taught that nature is out there beyond the city limits, but one science educator and photographer shows how everyday nature has the power to transform..................Read here.

POOCH PROTOCOL: Good Manners Make a Dog Welcome
It seems dogs travel just about everywhere with their humans these days. They’re spotted at home improvement stores, happy hours, drive-through restaurants and workplaces, in addition to their usual hangouts. To get Sparky invited into even more people places, he must have good manners. ..................Read here.

MARCH Extras

GARDENING AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: Cycles of Growth Cultivate Our Divinity
Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with colleagues, friends and family. People that spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits— sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. ................Read here.

TWEET THOSE FITNESS GOALS: Online Friends Help Us Stay on Track
Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with colleagues, friends and family. People that spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits— sometimes for the better, but often for the worse.................Read here.

DOG SCOUTS OF AMERICA: Dog Troops Also Earn Badges and Go to Camp
Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages. ..................Read here.

ECOTIP: Healthy Food at the Front Door
A growing trend is the ringing of a doorbell heralding the arrival of healthy food. In addition to the convenience and time savings, having a grocery delivery van make roundtrips to and from multiple customers’ doorsteps generates far less emissions than traditional shopping. Home deliveries of local and organic fresh fruits and vegetables have customers clamoring for more......Read here.


HOME SAFE HOME: Practical Pillars of Well-Being
Done right, our home serves as an empowering foundation for wellbeing. Aligning with four key pillars of harmony will facilitate an inspired, healthy and vibrant home that supports body, mind and spirit. Creating an inspired and healthy home environment soothes the soul and recharges our proverbial batteries. Making healthful choices in the products we use and consume helps ensure we retain a healthy body and vibrant living in an era when we are inundated with disease-producing toxins in our homes, food, air and water. ................Read here.

QUIET KIDS IN A NOISY WORLD: Bringing Out the Best in Introverts
Gabrielle Perillo’s daughter, A’ngel, 11, is a deep thinker, compassionate for all beings (human and not), a defender of justice, spiritual and extremely creative. She pursues any subject she studies with focus and passion. Although other children are naturally drawn to her, A’ngel, a born introvert, generally prefers to play quietly on her own. At first, her mother worried that her daughter was being insensitive to others and not paying attention to her surroundings. But once Mom released her own emotional projections, she recognized how happy her daughter is in her own space and began to appreciate the benefits of this independence................Read here.

Chocolate Artistry from the article Chocolate as Health Food
includes the Chocolate Cookery recipes as well..................Read here.

“The heart works without interruption for 70 to 80 years, without care or cleaning, repair or replacement, day and night. It beats 100,000 times a day, approximately 40 million times a year, and within a span of 70 years, supplies the pumping capacity for nearly 3 billion cardiac pulsations. It pumps two gallons of blood per minute, 100 gallons per hour, through a vascular system about 60,000 miles in length—two-and-a-half times the circumference of the Earth.”
~ Sara Paddison, The Hidden Power of the Heart: Discovering an Unlimited Source of Intelligence


ECOTIP Dinner Engagement: Deep Conversation Accompanies Good Food
The pursuit of combining good food and conversation is taking on new, more fulfilling formats. Instead of idle chit-chat or gossip over high-calorie feasts, many people are showing an appetite to fill their lives with more meaningful discussions while dining on healthy meals. ................Read here.

Catalyst for Change:
Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years from founder Sharon Bruckman
..........Read here.

Build Your Own Wellness Dream Team Take Your Health to the Next Level
Conventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as:...............Read here.

GREEN LIVING: Ever-More-Green in 2014
Easy Ways to Go Eco Right Now

New Year resolutions can be a distant memory by mid-January, due to unrealistic expectations, slow results and distractions that sideline good intentions. Yet we may still reap the rewards of a greener, healthier lifestyle by progressively adopting small, doable changes..................Read here.

HEALTHY KIDS: Label Literacy
Five Tips Help Kids Choose Healthy Foods

Families have three key weapons in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic: keeping them active, reducing their soda and junk food intake and teaching youngsters how to read food labels..................Read here.

DECEMBER 2013 Extras

Insights Worth Sharing: from the Near-Death Experiences article
Asked why she thought she had cancer, Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me, sums up her answer in one word: Fear. ................Read here.

HEALTHY WORLD SHOPPING LIST from the World Peace Diet article
..........Read here.

WISE WORDS: Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within
To listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible—for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling...............Read here.

Retro-Fresh Family Traditions

Throughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by uptempo decorating, feasting, shopping, gift-giving and merrymaking at any cost. Yet, creative green living experts show us how easy it is to tweak time-honored family traditions to align with the green way we wish to live and feel even more satisfied with festivities.................Read here.

HEALTHY KIDS: SWEET SLUMBER: Co-Sleeping in the Family Bed
Every young mammal on Earth sleeps in close contact with its mother and other family members. They’ve been co-sleeping for security, warmth, comfort and protection for millions of years of evolution.................Read here.


Superpower Kids’ Immune Systems: Natural Health Experts Share How
Many experts admit there is no definitive reason that people sniffle more during colder months. Some speculate it’s because we’re spending more time indoors and missing out on resupplying vitamin D, which makes us more susceptible to disease. Others say that when the temperature drops, the body uses more energy to stay warm instead of to fend off infection. What health practitioners do know is it’s possible to maintain immunity naturally with diet, lifestyle and a proper whole foods supplement routine. Consider these tips from three experts to stave off illness and shorten its duration. ................Read here.

How Wheat, Carbs and Sugar are Affecting Your Brain Health
Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and a general term for memory loss and other intellectual disabilities serious enough to interfere with daily life, affects 5.6 million Americans. According to The Lancet Neurology, a well-respected medical journal on brain research, Alzheimer’s, which presently has no cure, is preventable. “Lifestyle choices, like aerobic exercise and eating plenty of healthy fats and reducing carbohydrates, affect overall brain health, as well as the risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and author of the new bestselling book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers. ..........Read here.

GREEN LIVING: Crafting a Green Holiday
Happy Ways to Deck the Halls

Conjure a Norman Rockwellesque holiday fantasy of family members gathered around a home-cooked meal, creative gifts and decorations in place as stories of holidays past mingle with memories in the making. Cue the strolling carolers. The reality tends to be more of a distracted and exhausting race to the finish line. Available time, energy and money all play into what’s possible to get done by the big day. Some tips can make easy eco-decorations a feel-good part of the merriment..............Read here.

SEEDING GROWTH: from the PERSONAL GROWTH feature article
Personal growth can be advanced by activities that improve selfknowledge and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. It’s worth investing in: Consider these core universal benefits................Read here.


Ancestral Diet Recipes
from October's Conscious Eating Article on Ancestral Diets
................Read here.

SIGNS OF CHANGE: from October's Feature article on Easing Earth's Rising Fever ..........Read here.

HEALTHY PET: Parroting a Wild Diet: Fresh Forage Feeds Birds Well
Wild parrots expend time and energy seeking available foods according to nature’s cycle. Parrots in captivity need owners to mimic this routine for their pets.............Read here.

HEALTHY KIDS: STARRY-EYED KIDS: Clear Skies, Cool Nights, Open Vast Vistas
Wishing upon a star is an iconic activity steeped in everyone’s childhood desire to attain happiness and fulfillment. Actual stargazing can help make parents’ dreams for their children’s well-being come true, as well...............Read here.

FIT BODY: TREKKING FOR PILGRIMAGE: A Literal Path to Personal Growth
For more than a millennium, seekers have made spiritual pilgrimages on the Way of St. James, beginning at their chosen point in Europe, winding westward and ending in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Today, as portrayed in the 2010 movie, The Way, the core route continues to attract both secular and devout trekkers. It’s fair to say that every pilgrim derives something from the journey, although it’s not always what they expect................Read here.


from September's Feature Article on Whole Being Workouts
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A Good Trainer Keeps Us On Track

Maintaining one’s own fitness program can prove a challenge when the will to work out fizzles. Many people are getting help conquering roadblocks and staying on an effective path of regular exercise through an enduring relationship with a personal trainer. ...............Read here.

FAT FIGHT: Like Us, Pets Must Eat Right and Keep Moving

Obesity, a severe and debilitating illness, is the most common nutritional disease in both animals and people. The latest survey of 121 veterinarians in 36 states by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and corroborating American Veterinarian Medical Association data reveal we have 80 million fat cats and obese dogs; that’s more than 58 percent of dogs and 52 percent of domesticated cats. “Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation’s pets,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, APOP’s founder, from the organization’s headquarters in Calabash, North Carolina............Read here.

GREEN LIVING: Schools Go Green:
Homework, Lunch, Buses Get an Eco-Makeover

With paperless homework, bookless backpacks, zero waste lunches, plastic-free filtered water and classrooms without walls, today’s parents and teachers are bringing eco-friendly ways to schools and giving students an early appreciation of the importance of environmental health..............Read here.


Besides the customary food and product packaging, plus store bags, consider all the nooks and crannies of our lives that plastic now permeates: eating utensils; baby and pet toys; computer keyboards and accessories; pens; eyeglasses; athletic footwear; backpacks; lighters; beauty care and pill containers; household cleaning bottles; ice cube trays; shaving razors; tool handles; hairbrushes and toothbrushes— even some facial scrubs, shampoos and chewing gum................Read here.

WISE WORDS: Happy Parents, Happy Kids: Renée Peterson Trudeau Explores Soulful Parenting (includes 5 Reconnection Points and Small Daily Practices Make a Huge Difference)
The oldest of seven Montessori-inspired children and mother of one, Renée Peterson Trudeau serves as a life balance coach, speaker and president of Career Strategists, a coaching and consulting firm. Thousands of women in 10 countries participate in Personal Renewal Groups based on her first book, The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. Now, in a new book, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family, Trudeau helps empower families to handle the challenges of everyday life with harmony and ease. ...............Read here.

HEALTHY PET: Preventing Seizures: Natural Dog Remedies Can Out-Do Drugs
People often seek out a holistic veterinarian due to concerns about conventional medications. One new client recently inquired about her 3-year-old female poodle diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The traditional veterinarian’s prescription for phenobarbital was helping to control the seizures, but the owner questioned the long-term consequences of feeding her pet the drug for the rest of its life. Surely, she thought, there must be a natural alternative..............Read here.

HEALING WAYS: Nature's Antibiotics: Recover Health with Less Risk
We live in a world of microbes: bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens that can make us sick. Most of the time, our immune systems are able to fight off microbial attacks, yet we’ve all experienced unsettling infections...............Read here.

JULY Extras

HEALTHY KIDS: Letting Kids Just Be Kids: They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun
Well-meaning attempts to fill a child’s summer with enriching activities may do more harm than good. Why not let kids just be kids?...............Read here.

GREEN LIVING: A Green Night’s Sleep for Travelers:
Pioneers Show the Way to Eco-Friendly Stays

“When your company motto is ‘true to nature’, you have to follow through,” says Tom Tabler, director of sales and marketing for the JW Marriott San An-tonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. “We look at everything, from the biodegrad-able ink pens in the guest rooms to the staff’s summer uniform.” ...............Read here.

HEALTHY PET: Pet Food Perils: Lurking GMOs May Hurt Our Pets
Like a canary in a coal mine, dogs serve as sentinels, drawing our attention to health hazards in our shared home environment and in the products and byproducts of the food industry..............Read here.

- Get Your Non-GMOs Here
- Food Supply News Sources
Local Experts Weigh In:
- Teach Our Children About Food by Deborah Hankinson, NTP
- 6 Tastes of Ayurveda by Devon Beninga

....Read here

JUNE Extras

DOG SPORTS: People & Pets Play Well Together
With most exercise programs, while his person works out, a dog stays home alone, counting squirrels outside the window and wishing Animal Planet wasn’t a rerun. How about bringing some of that exercise home so the pet gets fit, too?...............Read here.

Traveling Volunteers: Doing Good During Time Away
Ken Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editorin- chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d changed their lives. So in midlife, I decided to change mine.”...............Read here.

Baja Fish Tacos

Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza
Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm Gremolata

ECO TIP: Clean Ride: DIY Versus Commercial Carwash
We all want our new, energy-efficient vehicles to look their best, and ecoconscious drivers want to extend their green lifestyle to include cleaning their car. Washing can provide some exercise and saves money, but the International Carwash Association reports that automatic car washes use on average fewer than 45 gallons of water per car, compared with 80 or more at home.............Read here.

Dad & Daughter Dates: Making the Most of Cherished Time Together:
The ancient Greek playwright Euripides, renowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He wrote, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.”. ....Read here.

MAY Extras

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou (poem)

No Kill: 2 Words that Explain or Inflame by Lorraine May, MA (includes No Kill Equation, Attribute Chart, No Kill Coalition info, Just One Day info and shelters/rescues that have signed up for Just One Day)

The shelters and rescues who have signed on to be a part of June 11 Just One Day

The No Kill Equation, Attribute Chart, how to join the No Kill Coalition, the petition for Just One Day Colorado June 11

Clutter Taming Tips: Save Time, Money and Sanity
Labels abound: pack rat, clutter bug and hoarder. Just the thought of confessing that our clutter needs conquering can inspire shame, anxiety and dread. It helps to remember that it’s human to accumulate, divine to purge...............Read here.

TEEN DRAMA QUEENS: Keeping the Mother-Daughter Bond Strong
For many, the strong mother-daughter bond seems to suddenly unravel when adoles-cence appears. “Par-enting is exasperating and wears you out,” sighs Heather Thomas, of Houston, Texas, a mother of three, including 16-year-old Mary Meghan. .......Read here.

PET ARTICLE: Outdoor Options for Feline Friends: Safe Ways to Let Them Explore
While some cats are content to stay indoors, others want to go outside. Even if they remain in the yard, letting them out without a plan can put them in danger. Gently managing a cat’s outdoor experience can instead ensure a consistently safe, enjoyable time without worry or compromising its freedom. A few guidelines will help............Read here.

APRIL Extras

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THE NEXT LEVEL: Education for a More Sustainable World
What is the purpose of education?” That’s a question Zoe Weil frequently revisits with her workshop audiences. As co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), Weil has spent most of her adult life researching the answer. Her conclusion is that the U.S. Department of Education’s present goal of preparing graduates to “compete in the global economy” is far too myopic for our times..............Read here.

PARK IT HERE: Exploring America’s National Treasures
The Kent family, of Amherst, New Hampshire, has faced many “Can I really do this?” moments while adventuring in America’s national parks. So far they’ve visited 57, and with Pinnacles just named a full park in January, they’ll likely be headed for California again. American Somoa, in the South Pacific, potentially the last and most remote destination of their 11-year odyssey, is under serious consideration.......Read here.

PET ARTICLE: DETECTING DISEASE: Liver and Adrenal Issues Share Symptoms
The best course of action for any pet that appears to be sick is to see a holistic vet early, before a disease can progress or before the pet has been made even more ill by improper conventional treatment...........Read here.

MARCH Extras

Local Foods Grow on Menus
Any restaurants are seeking to lower ‘food miles’ and offer fresher, more local food,” reports Michael Oshman, founder and CEO of the Green Restaurant Association, which certifies sustainably operated restaurants. The 500-plus restaurants certified since 1990 include university, government and corporate cafeterias.............Read here.

Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids with Palate-Pleasing Tips
As parents, feeding children nourishing foods is one of our most important jobs. Although most new moms and dads start with impeccable intentions (homemade baby food, anyone?), maintaining high family standards can be a challenge when many easygoing babies become toddlers and school-age kids are picky about what’s on their plate......Read here.

Holistic is Best: Natural Care for a Sick Pet
The best course of action for any pet that appears to be sick is to see a holistic vet early, before a disease can progress or before the pet has been made even more ill by improper conventional treatment...........Read here.


The Definitive BodyWork Guide
In 2010, the nonprofit Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, published the results of research done by its department of psychiatry and be-havioral neurosciences that confirmed centuries of anecdotal evidence: People that undergo massage experience mea-sureable changes in the responses of their immune and endocrine systems. For millennia, therapeutic touch has been used to heal the body and reduce tension. Today, more than 100 types of bodywork techniques are avail-able, with modalities ranging from mas-sage and deep tissue manipulation to movement awareness and bio-energetic therapies. All are designed to improve the body’s structure and functioning. Bodywork may be used to help reduce pain, relieve stress, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and promote deep relaxation; some therapies simul-taneously focus on emotional release. The following list includes many of the better-known bodywork systems. Finding an approach that improves one’s mental and physical health is a highly individual process; with professional guidance, several modalities may be combined for the greatest personal benefit............Read here.

Rest in Peace
Sustainable Burials Honor Life

Humans are conditioned to the conventional rituals of handling death—the embalmed body in a casket or ashes sealed in an urn, a procession of vehicles to the burial site, solemnly gathering and scattering flowers as the remains are lowered into the earth. Many times, planning details are abdicated to the judgment of funeral directors.....Read here.

Finned and Fascinating
FIsh Make Appealing Family Pets

Fish aquariums are colorful and won-drous windows to the sea, showcasing continuous movement, yet evoking tranquil-ity. A mainstay in many workplaces, restaurants, hospitals and physicians’ offices, these watery habitats weave their greatest influence when adopted into a home with children..........Read here.


ECOTIP: Best Snow Removal Tips
For homeowners in colder regions, winter calls for snow removal. Driveways and walks need to be cleaned off for function and safety with as much ease as possible. Here are some tips from OldHouseWeb. com that can help...........Read here.

Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks
Surprisingly Simple Changes for Feeling Good

All of us have heard the admonition: “Eat lots of veggies and exercise daily and you’ll live a long, healthy life.” There’s no question this advice is sound, but what about other helpfully healthy lifestyle adjustments we can make? Experts attest that doing easy things, such as going braless, walking barefoot or using a plug-in model instead of a cordless phone can all support wellness. Results range from stress relief to prevention of cancer, heart disease and other ailments often associated with aging....Read here.

Fracking Wrecks America's Bedrock
Clear and Present Dangers

Under the misleading banner of clean and green, the global natural gas rush is on, and nowhere more so than in the United States. We are literally shattering America’s bedrock to bring methane out of the Earth and consuming enormous quantities of precious fresh water to do so, without any clear knowledge of the health or environmental consequences. Due to economies of scale and required infrastructure, fracking is an all-or-nothing proposition, and each state decides its own fate.........Read here.

December Extras

Homemade and Heartfelt: Do it yourself Stocking Stuffers
With the volume of household waste soaring 34 percent beyond normal levels in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, it’s particularly important to remain eco-conscious during the holidays,” says Anna Getty, author of I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas..........Read here.

More Interviews with Neale Donald Walsch
the Conversations with God author

How Unconditional Love Harmonizes our World: Marci Shimoff Explores its Transformative Power
A self-described “seeker from the get-go,” Marci Shimoff, is an expert at helping others effect greater personal fulfillment and professional success. The noted transformational leader, speaker and author has written two bestselling books on happiness and unconditional love...Read here.

Healthy Holiday Baking: A Cornucopia of Delicious Treats
There’s nothing so comforting as the scent and taste of homebaked treats. To fill a home with cheer, try these delectably healthy recipes. Some are gluten- or diary-free, others pack less butter and sweeteners (thus fewer calories) than their typical counterparts, and a few are vegan (containing no animal products, including honey). All are perfect for holiday celebrations, hostess gifts or exchanges........Read here.

Why We Are One

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Try These Tips for Better Workouts

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November Extras

Healthy Kids:
Staying Healthy Naturally: Top Cold and Flu Fighters for Children

ith the onset of school, parents are stocking up on essentials, including at-home remedies to help keep kids healthy this winter. Natural Awakenings has com-piled several leading experts’ best tips.........Read here.

More Purposeful Life Tips from the Fashion a Passion Driven Life article

ECO-TIP: Cherished Charities Top 10 Giving Tips for Maximum Impact
These guidelines from Charity Navigator can help Natural Awakenings readers make wise decisions in donating dollars to favorite eco-causes.......Read here.

HOLIDAY CHEER Special Drinks Help Make a Party Memorable
This year, glass-es of choice holiday cheer might help everyone feel jollier the morn-ing after, as well as during festive get-togethers. As party hosts or guests, we can stock or bring gluten-free bever-ages and organic spirits, wines, mixers and cocktails that avoid sugary syrups to help keep our “fa-la-la” spirit going stronger and longer..........Read here.

October Extras

Good Idea: Eco-Checklist Tracks Personal Progress
Keeping daily to-do lists is standard practice for many life projects. Now, the environmentally conscious can periodically monitor their personal eco-progress via green-actions........Read here.

Credle-to-Cradle Product Checklist from the Follow the Lifecycle article

Compelling Eco-Initiatives from the article Shaping the Future We Want

Global Flavors: New Ethnic Vegetarian Recipes Rock Taste Buds
Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month, Natural Awakenings visits the continuing evolutions of vegetarian eating habits and leading cookbooks.........Read here.

Managing Mange:
"Mangy mutt” may seem a benign enough term for a sorry-looking pooch, but behind the poor appearance can lie a troublesome health condition that causes many species of domestic animals, including cats, discomfort if not properly treated. ....Read here.

Adult Behaviors Count/From Rude to Responsible: Ways to Foster “We” Thinking from Children Follow Adult Examples article
Many small gestures by adults cumulatively convey to children that they belong and their contributions are valued. Here are a few of the myriad ways to advance us all beyond Me-thinking......Read here.

Collaborative Conservation: Threatened Species Abound
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The Four Qualities of a True Statesman
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September Extras

Banishing Wheat Belly
The Drawbacks of a Wheat-Dominated Diet

Dr. William Davis, author of "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health", is a preventive cardiologist who has gone against the grain to expose yet another genetically engineered monstrosity, shedding light on the dark side of today’s commercial wheat crops.......Read here.

EcoTip: Upcycle It
Repurpose Just About Anything
Repurposing possessions saves money by reducing consumption and helps the environ-ment by taking pressure off landfills. Common strategies include using old newspapers for stuffing or wrapping and used tin cans to col-lect cooking grease. Author Jeff Yeager, in his book, Don’t Throw That Away, expounds on such everyday “upcycling”......Read here.

Doggy Lost...and Found Again
Microchips Provide Peace of Mind
It’s easy for a dog or cat to slip out an unlatched door, open gate or even a window. Three million lost pets are picked up by animal control agencies each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy estimates fewer than 2 percent of wayward cats and only 15 to 20 percent of wandering dogs find their way home again. Most of those that make it back have been identified and reunited through tags, tattoos or microchips....Read here.

Injury-Free Yoga: Proven Approaches for Safe Practice
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Julia Cameron Speaks from the Heart: Creating a Life Beyond Need and Worry
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August Extras

Kale Recipe for Kids (from Natural Immunity article)

Come Back to Your Senses: A Childlike Spirit Shows the Way:
Children know that the wonders of creation may be comprehended through the five senses; for what are the senses really, but five portals, or ways, of knowing? Watching any group of children for a time brings a distinct sense that they are closer to understanding all that the senses have to teach us.....Read here.

Cherished Family Members: Solutions for Pass-Around Pets:
Animal companions provide entertainment, comfort and unconditional acceptance and become part of the family. When major changes affect the lives of owners, they also affect pets. What happens to them when family dynamics shift?....Read here.

Investing in Main Street: Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies

Balance Blesses our Youth: Wise Parenting Insights from Wendy Mogel

July Extras

Play the Inner Game :
Performance equals potential, minus interference, is the easy-to-remember winning formula explained in Tim Gallwey’s seminal book, The Inner Game of Tennis. To enhance any player’s performance, he recommends either growing personal potential or decreasing interference, or both....Read here.

Simple Summer Pleasures: Sweet, Easy, Perfect :
Summer ever beckons with the freedom of possibilities that long sunny days foster. It’s a perfect time to cultivate the art of treating ourselves to simple pleasures....Read here.

Happy Fourth of July! Fun Ways to Celebrate with Kids
To little ones, celebrating the Fourth of July usually means one thing—fireworks! Yet, as parents know, by the time the sun goes down and before the sky show even starts, youngsters can be sleepy-eyed and ready for bed. These 10 fun daytime activities will make the most of the holiday for everyone...Read here.

Urban Walkabout: Traveling AFoot Sustains a Sense of Community
While traveling abroad, Dan Burden fell in love with some cities, but was unable to pinpoint why. “Then I realized that they were just like American cities, except they were designed the time-honored way, for people, and just accommo-dating their cars, not the other way around,” he says...Read here.

Chemical Free Sunscreens (from the Summer Skin Care article)

Outdoor Entertaining Extra Recipes (from the Outdoor Entertaining article)

June Extras

On the Road Without Weight Gain:
Health-conscious and sustainably minded folks know how challenging it can be to eat well on the road. Most restaurants dotting interstates and airports offer supersized portions of soulless, processed foods, devoid of satisfying whole-food goodness or regional flair. They’re more like a drive-by shoot up of fat, sodium and sweeteners...Read here.

Do You Parkour? Using the World as your Fitness Playground
Athletes’ hunger for new ways to exercise, challenge and express themselves continually prompts the evolution of new sports, often rooted in earlier pursuits. Windsurfing, snowboarding and mountain biking are examples. Now, a growing number of parkour practitioners are springboarding and combining ingredients from multiple sports and activities in an effort to defy gravity using nothing but sturdy shoes and props...Read here.

Here Comes the Bride, the Groom and the Dog: Saying "I Do" with your Dog
Oliver Mullins, Pekingese, walked down the aisle with Katherine Austing, flower girl. Although he’s quite the social animal, Oliver became a bit restless during the ceremony because he’s used to more action than talk. Ever since puppyhood, Oliver has proved his mettle, traveling the motorcycle race circuit in a motor home with his owners, Rachel and Charlie Mullins. “Oliver does everything with us, so he had to be in the wedding too,” explains Charlie, a professional rider...Read here.

Mowing Your Lawn Sustainably
Each weekend during growing season, about 54 million Americans mow their lawns using traditional mowers, consuming 800 million gallons of gas a year and producing up to 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution....Read here.

Stay Tuned for May Extras

April 2012 Extras

Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies (pdf)

Waste Not, Want Not:
10 Ways to Reduce Costly Food Waste(pdf)

Shelters Go GReen:
LEED_Certified Facilities Care for Animals and the Earth(pdf)

Red Tail Wellness Interviews and Article: Why a Leaky Gut is Important to YOU (pdf)

March 2012 Extras

Eating Well on a Budget (pdf)

Dish Up Variety: Treat Your Dog to Good Health and Good Taste(pdf)

2012 Farm Bill Update(pdf)

More Garden Fresh Recipes (pdf)

February 2012 Extras

The Total Interview: Myths & Misconceptions About Solar Power with Eric Krohn of Golden Solar(pdf)

Pint-Sized Pets: Smaller Pets Have big Potential(pdf)

Eat Plastic Free:
Healthy, Practical Tips for People and the Planet (pdf)

Global Briefs & EcoTip (pdf)

Sleep Supplements:
Part of the Improve Your Snooze article (pdf)

How a Brain Grows: 5 Ways to Aid Development
Part of the "How to Grow Your Child's Brain" article (pdf)

January 2012 Extras

Animal Acupuncture and Acupressure: TCM is Not Just for Humans(pdf)
Pilates for Weight Loss:Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone (pdf)
Global Briefs (pdf)
7 Steps to Thrive:Part of the 7 Power Foods article (pdf)

December 2011 Extras

Fun Party Foods: Additional Recipes(pdf)
Interspecies Friendships (pdf)
Good Vibrations:
Sound Healing for the Soul

November 2011 Extras

Happy Holidays To you: Mood-Boosting Health Tips
Good Dog: Positive Training Yields Fast Results
Tools to Navigate the New Economy (pdf)
Yoga Guide (pdf): Part 3 in a 3-part Series

October 2011 Extras

Water Factoids
National Green Kids Clubs Resources
How to Green a Business (pdf): Simple Steps to An Eco-Friendly Bottom Line
Yoga for Health (pdf): Part 2 in a 3-part Series

September 2011 Extras

Gluten Free Baking (pdf): The Scoop on Safe to Eat Flours and Recipes: Gluten Free German Apple Pancakes, No Knead Gluten Free Pizza Dough, Pizza, Muffins and more!
How To Shop for Gluten Free Foods (pdf)

August 2011 Extras

Hobby Farming (pdf): Growing a Good Life from America's Roots; Includes Recipes for Warm Zucchini Dip Appetizer, Garden Fresh Salad, Balsamic Honey Dressing and more
Natural Headache Remedies (pdf)

July 2011 Extras

Additional Berry Recipes (pdf): Includes Blueberry Couscous Salad with Mango, Onion and Lemon Dressing & Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Canine Water Babies and Pool Cats (pdf)
Sharing Our World (pdf)
EcoTip & EcoBriefs (pdf): Travel Light, Locavore Update, Uber Men and Eco Update

June 2011 Extras

Get a Move On: 5 Reasons to Exercise (pdf)
Green Wedding Traditions (pdf)
Russell Simmons: Balancing Wealth and Health (pdf)
Foods That Feed Our Follicles (pdf)

May 2011 Extras

Clean & Green Clotheslines Make a Comeback (pdf)
What to Watch Out For: Avoid Unpronounceable Toxic Ingredients (pdf)
Foods for Ageless Beauty: Extras and Recipes (pdf)
Sustainable Beauty: Pamper Yourself and the Planet with an Eco-Friendly Routine (pdf)
Restorative Rubdowns: The Blissful Benefits of Massage(pdf)

April 2011 Extras

Worm Composting for Kids: Red Wigglers Turn Kitchen Scraps into Gardening Gold(pdf)
Salad Lovers' Salads: Signature Dishes, and Salad Lovers' Garden Tips (pdf)
Ed Begley Jr's Stepping Up Home Energy Savings Tips(pdf)
A Page of Earth Day Events April 22(pdf)

March 2011 Extras

Eco-Camps for Kids(pdf)
The Scoop on Chicken Coops (pdf)
Detox Body Mind and Spirit(pdf)

February 2011 Extras

Chocolate Smoothie Recipes(pdf)
Harville Hendrix: Healthy Relationships Extras (pdf)
Mindful Kids:Inner Awareness Brings Calm and Well-Being (pdf)
Relax & Recharge: Release(pdf)

January 2011 Extras

Setting New Year's Intentions
Global News (pdf)
Eco Briefs (pdf)
Eco Tip: Reuse/Recycle/Repurpose Plastic Bags (pdf)
More Health Briefs

Pet Articles

Whole Food Supplements for Pet
Presents for Pets: Extra Resources (pdf)

Healthy Eats Articles

Bottled Gold: Best Cooking Oil Choices for Health Benefits
Salt: Eating Healthy without Compromising Taste
Exceptional Endings: Raw Dessert Recipes

Green Living Articles

Eco Gardens
Conscious Investing
Eco Toy Joys: Homemade Holidays (pdf)

Kids/Family Articles

Kid Centered Ceremonies
Raising Healthy Eaters(pdf)

Fit Body Articles

Prayer Workouts


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