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by a Cook Named Clark from the Clan of County Cork
a.k.a. Clark Dougherty
Contrary to myth, corned beef and cabbage is not the quintessential St. Patrick’s Day meal. Nor does an
Irish seven-course meal consist of a boiled potato and a six-pack of stout. Irish food is earthy, using root
vegetables, sausages, pork, mutton, ﬁsh,soda breads, grains and potatoes. The recipe I’m sharing is for Colcannon,
a potato dish that comes in as many forms as there are O’ names from my ancestral land.
This particular recipe uses bacon and scallions, which are not in the original and ancient version. The original dish
is intended to be a color contrast of white (clouds), green (grass), and gold (sun) represented by the potatoes, kale and
butter. Make it your own. Go vegetarian and omit the bacon/ham. Or go more traditional and use sliced Irish sausages
instead of bacon. Substitute green peas for the cabbage/kale. Replace the scallions with lightly sautéed sweet onions.
Halve the cabbage/kale and add fennel for the other half. Add thinly-sliced carrots to the mixture, or thick-sliced,
cooked carrots. Use your own imagination and creativity. But most of all, enjoy this tasty and versatile dish, compli-
ments of a cook named Clark from the ancient O’Dougherty clan of County Cork.
Ingredients Directions Serving (6 servings)
D 2 pounds peeled and quartered D Cook thin-sliced bacon; drain; pat dry; D Spoon a mounded portion onto plate;
russet potatoes OR 2 pounds red dice. OR, chop ham into 1/4” cubes. make a well on top, adding a pat of
potatoes, unpeeled and quartered D Blanch cabbage/kale in boiling butter in the well. Serve at once.
D 4 cups coarse shredded green salted water 3-4 min.; drain; pat dry. D Option 2: Plate atop soda bread and
cabbage or curly kale D Boil potatoes in salted water until
add chopped parsley or fresh dill garni.
D 2/3 cup light cream or half & half D Option 3: Go trendy upscale; mound
D Mash potatoes by hand in large bowl;
D 3 scallions (green onions), sliced beat in cream until smooth (not soupy). into soup crocks, add a pat of butter
D 3 pieces thick-sliced bacon D Transfer to large cooking pan; low heat; to well/indention, crumble Irish
OR 1/2 cup ham stir in cabbage/kale, melted butter, cheese on top, drizzle with trufﬂe oil,
D 1/4 cup melted butter scallions; add bacon/ham; blend until put the crocks on a baking sheet for 4
D Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste hot; salt/papper to taste. minutes in a 325 oven.
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by lee Walker
r. Jeffrey Morrison, founder of The Morrison Cen-
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of Medicine, or ACAM (formerly American Academy of
Medical Preventics). This leading authority and educator of
physicians and health care providers on the proper use of
chelation therapy first advises, “The accumulation of toxic
metals in the body’s tissues can lead to elevated blood
pressure, the risk of heart disease and neuro-degenerative
conditions.” Then Morrison points to accumulating case
studies that prove the relationship.
A family history of heart disease led Gary Gallo, a
medical doctor with the Chelation Center of Naples, to use
chelation therapy to reduce his own high mercury levels.
“Mercury attacks the nervous system, kidneys and heart,”
notes Gallo. He explains that the presence of heavy metals
in the body helps free radicals to form. This can lead to the
buildup of plaque in the arteries, as well as irregularities in
heart rhythm, arthritis-like joint pain, chronic fatigue, motor
For the past 50 years, more than a dysfunction and the decline of mental acuity.
A recommended series of 30 treatments, which can
million patients have undergone only be administered by a physician, is accompanied by
comprehensive testing before, during and after chelation.
chelation therapy for a wide range “Many people show improvement with 20 treatments,”
comments Diana Smith, a registered nurse with the Chela-
of circulatory problems. Yet, at tion Center of Naples. “When they feel the difference,
present, the U.S. Food and Drug patients go on for another 10 or more treatments.”
It’s uplifting for health care practitioners to see patients
administration only approves who formerly had to pop nitro pills to walk from the park-
ing lot to the doctor’s office, undergo treatment and reduce
the therapy for treatment of their nitro intake to once a week. Smith has also witnessed
the improvement of patients, who prior to chelation, could
heavy metal poisoning. What do barely walk because of poor circulation. After treatments,
some took up walking one to two miles daily.
these patients know that officials Chelation therapy’s long and varied history began in
have yet to understand? 1893, when French-Swiss chemist Alfred Werner developed
the theory of coordination compounds, known today as
chelates. Chelation (key-layshun) derives from the Greek
chele, meaning to claw. Chelating agents are substances
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chemicals within the body. They encircle and carry away first large-scale, multi-center study to determine the efficacy
the unwanted matter from the body via excretion. Werner of EDTA chelation therapy and/or high-dose vitamin/mineral
received the Nobel Prize for his work in 1913 and went on supplements in the treatment of individuals with coronary
to establish the science of chelation chemistry. artery disease.
Germany put Werner’s discovery to use in the manufac- Michael Loquasto, a doctor of naturopathy, practices
ture of industrial paints, which required the elimination of chelation therapy at the Borton Medical Center in Allen-
heavy metals. Rather than be dependent upon imported citric town, Pennsylvania. “I prefer to call the therapy a vitamin
acid for their manufacturing process, the German chemists cocktail,” says Loquasto, “because we add vitamins C and
invented a safe amino acid known as ethylenediamine tetra- B6, along with magnesium and calcium.”
acedic acid (EDTA), now also used in chelation therapy. Loquasto, who invented oral chelation, believes that
Further experimentation and research into this science physicians should not limit chelation to detoxification.
from the 1940s to the 1980s led to the application of EDTA Rather, “It can help any health condition,” he says, “since it
and chelation therapy in the treatment of individuals who increases circulation, which naturally offers more healthful
had an accumulation of toxic metals, such as mercury and oxygen to all parts of the body.”
lead, in their body. It employs an intravenous infusion that
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Lead Poisoning May be Causing Your Health Problems
by James Lemire, M.D.
W e are too heavy—and I don’t mean overweight. We’re heavy with metals, not fat. Nearly 40 percent of us have
toxic levels of lead in our bodies, and don’t even know it. That doesn’t mean we don’t have symptoms.
You may have headaches, insomnia, irritability, a low sex drive, or tremors. You may have mood problems, nausea,
depression, memory difficulties, trouble concentrating, poor coordination, or even constipation. Yet most of us attribute
these symptoms to other problems. We don’t recognize that they may be caused by lead poisoning.
In a study published in 2006 in the conservative medical journal Circulation, nearly 40 percent of all Americans
are estimated to have blood levels of lead high enough to cause serious health problems.
The researchers found that the risk of death from all causes in people with high levels of lead increased by 25%,
deaths from heart disease increased by 55%, risk of heart attacks increased by 151%, and risk of stroke increased by
High lead may also be responsible for kidney failure as well. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine
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loss of kidney function, save billions in healthcare costs, and eliminate the need for dialysis in millions of people.
The Lemire Clinic can test for lead toxicity. They can be reached at 352-291-9459.
* Mark Hyman, M.D., Menke, A., Muntner, .P, Batumen, V., et al. (2006). Blood lead below 0.48 micromol/L (10 mi-
crog/dL) and mortality among US adults. Circulation. 114(13):1388-94.
* Lin, J.L., Lin-Tan, D.T.,Hsu, K.H., and C.C. Yu (2003) Environmental lead exposure and progression of chronic renal
diseases in patients without diabetes. New England Journal of Medicine. 348(4):277-86.
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by Alycin Hayes
orses are extremely sensitive your horse is telling you something is
creatures. Whether we listen wrong. It may be you are simply applying
or not, they are always talking too much pressure or using the wrong
to us, occasionally with their voice, brush, or he may be telling you he has an
but primarily through body language injury or tight muscle.
and touch. The next time you groom On the other hand, if your horse
your horse, watch and listen. quietly lowers his head, dozes off,
If your horse flattens his ears to his licks, chews, yawns, sighs, rests a leg,
head, bares his teeth, angrily stamps his passes gas, or you hear rumbling in As Alycin massages her patient, notice
feet, swishes his tail or tries to walk away, his stomach, these are signs that your the many signs of relaxation: lowered
horse is enjoying your grooming. head, calm and nearly drowsy eyes,
We all want our horses to be mildly interested ears, and chewing.
pain-free and relaxed. A relaxed horse Photo by Wendy Webb.
performs better and is less spooky. There
are several integrative and preventive
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goals. Many of the alternative therapy Royal Veterinary College of Veterinary
methods we use on humans also work Medicine acknowledges the validity
well for our equine friends. of the use of dowsing. Naturally
occurring healing crystals, like all
n ACUPRESSURE/SHIATSU is an matter, have energy and are constantly
ancient Asian method that works on vibrating. Each molecular mass creates
the same principle as acupuncture, but its own constant vibrating frequency.
without the use of needles. Instead, the For example, if you play an E on a
pressure points are stimulated with your piano, the E string on a guitar in the
fingertips by gently touching specific same room will vibrate in response.
points on the Equine Meridian System. Not every crystal has the same
Acupressure on horses promotes effect, because each crystal has its
health and can be used as a preventive own unique vibration. An experienced
method to relieve muscle spasms and Equine Crystal Healer will know
strengthen muscles, tendons, joints and what crystals to use, and for how
bones. Acupressure can also help the long, based on what the horse tells
horse to naturally release endorphins her through its body language. For
and innate cortisone which can example, rose quartz is good for
increase energy, relieve pain, reduce healing injuries and reducing stress,
inflammation, and increase blood flow but if the horse reacts with any of the
to an injury to promote healing. negative responses I mentioned earlier,
it may have had enough—and one
n CRYSTALS are a noninvasive should slow down or stop the process.
Arguably a horse’s weakest link, the method of therapy that produce If the horse reacts with a positive
foot can reveal tremendously valuable excellent results with horses and have response, you will know the healing is
clues about the entire horse. Here, been used since time immemorial working and you may continue.
Alycin is assessing certain aspects for healing. For centuries, crystal
of her patient’s condition. Photo by pendulum dowsing has been used to n HOMEOPATHY is based on the
Wendy Webb. locate health problems and to find use of specially prepared, refined
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high dilutions of natural substances therapies depending on what you Alycin Hayes is a certified practitioner
that stimulate a healing response tell me about your horse and what of equine body work. She travels
and enhance the horse’s own natural your horse tells me that it needs and extensively doing body work on
defenses. It is especially useful in enjoys through its own distinct body horses in Canada, Kentucky, Texas and
treating bruises, skin reactions, colic, language. Always listen to what your Florida. She has worked on horses
trauma and fright, as well as long-term horse tells you, and consult with on the Canadian and U.S. Endurance
equine health care problems. your veterinarian before using any equestrian teams. Visit www.
Homeopathic remedies are alternative therapy. AlycinHayes.com.
quite specific. For this reason, crystal
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motion. Rhythmic massage causes the
muscles to re-oxygenate and increases
circulation to the area being massaged,
which will speed up the elimination
of toxic wastes from tired muscles
and alleviate muscle tension. Gentle
massage can be very effective on the
poll and other parts of the horse that
are inclined to hold tension. Again,
your horse will tell you via body
language if you are working on the
right spot with the correct pressure.
n REIKI is a noninvasive technique
for stress reduction and relaxation
that also promotes healing. Certified
Reiki healers have been trained and
attuned to use the Reiki method of
energy healing. Reiki can help horses
who have behavioral issues such as
nervousness by helping horses to relax
and reduce their stress and anxiety.
Reiki can also help a sick or injured
horse heal more quickly and is often
a great complement to traditional
In my Equine Bodywork practice,
I use an integrated mix of alternative
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cran-water between meals throughout
the day. Mix one ounce of unsweetened
cranberry juice per seven ounces of
pure water. Cranberry helps to bal-
ance pH, suppress hunger and combat
A Good Spring Cleaning Flushes Out Fats and Toxins cellulite and water retention, while
drawing out fatty wastes by targeting
by Ann Louise Gittleman lymph (a secondary circulatory system
beneath the skin that works to rid the
body of toxic wastes, bacteria, heavy
pring—when the toxins are fat-sol- metals, dead cells, trapped proteins and
natural world uble and stored in fat). Sipped daily, this antioxidant- and
reawakens and body fat, as the fat phenol-rich elixir works to help reduce
bursts with renewed melts away, the tox- bloating and melt fat from hips, waist
energy—is an ideal ins are released into and thighs.
season to clean up our the bloodstream; Nutrient-rich spring greens like
act. A cleansing diet to this inhibits the arugula, collard or dandelion greens,
eliminate toxins from production of thyroid lettuce, parsley, spinach, Swiss chard
our body is as much hormone, with a and watercress are classic foods used
a rite of spring as resulting metabolic in a spring detox. Other good choices
sweeping debris from meltdown. are antioxidant foods that supply
our home. In my nutri- According to the body with glutathione, the liver’s
tion practice, I have Traditional Chinese premier antioxidant, also known as,
often seen how after Medicine, spring “the toxic waste neutralizer,” which is
a sedentary winter of is the season to vital to organ detoxiﬁcation. Broccoli
consuming heavier support the prime sprouts are one of the best sources of
foods, our bodies may be carrying organs of detoxiﬁcation—the liver and glutathione; so is asparagus. Eating
around as much as ﬁve to 10 pounds gallbladder. The liver alone impacts lightly steamed kale, Brussels sprouts,
of toxic wastes. some 400 bodily functions, so it de- and cabbage can also support the
While a properly functioning serves support. The following symp- liver’s ability to detoxify the body.
human body has its own built-in toms recommend giving these organs Finally, eating adequate protein
detoxiﬁcation system, it can be easily some special care: is essential to ensure that the liver
overwhelmed by today’s proliferation ■ Chronic tension in neck can produce the enzymes it needs to
of environmental toxins. The newest and shoulders break down toxins into water-soluble
environmental assault on the body’s ■ Sensitivity beneath the rib cage substances for excretion. Protein plays
detox system is electro-pollution, ac- (particularly the right side) a crucial role in tissue growth and
cording to research highlighted in the ■ Feeling tired and sleepy after eating healing, strengthening the immune
2007 BioIniative Report, a metastudy ■ Nausea, especially after eating system and burning fat. Eat at least 4
of 2,000 peer-reviewed studies com- fatty foods to 6 ounces of wild salmon, free-range
piled by an international group of ■ Hormonal imbalances with hot organic poultry or hemp protein each
researchers, scientists and health policy ﬂashes due to perimenopause day during detox.
ofﬁcials. or menopause Choosing a daily dose of high-
Compounding the problem, Paula ■ Premenstrual irritability and bloating quality glutathione-boosting whey
Baillie-Hamilton, a British medical ■ Light-colored stools protein powder or a brown rice/yellow
doctor specializing in human metabo- ■ Waking between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. pea protein powder is another way to
lism, reported in The Journal of Alter- pump up the detox process.
native and Complementary Medicine Detox Diet Basics Such spring cleaning can help
that environmental toxins also play purge our body of toxins and give our
Start off each morning for two
havoc with our body’s built-in weight whole system the cleansing boost it
weeks (or up to a maximum of two
regulation system. In short, the more needs, simultaneously preparing it for
months), with hot lemon water, perhaps
toxic our body becomes, the harder it even more healthy weight loss in com-
spiced with cinnamon and ginger, for
is to lose weight. ing months.
an added metabolic boost. The anti-
oxidant D-limonine in lemon thins Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D. and certi-
Detox Equals Weight Loss bile and is helpful in breaking down ﬁed nutrition specialist, is an award-
Clinical research from the Uni- fat-trapping toxins. Use the juice of one winning New York Times bestselling
versity of Quebec as far back as 2002 small lemon to eight ounces of warm author and media expert. Fat Flush for
suggests that toxins slow metabolism. water. Life is the latest in her book series on
It is widely held that because many Then, sip a total of 64 ounces of body detoxiﬁcation and weight loss.
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Life is a song—sing it. Life is a game—
play it. Life is a challenge—meet it.
Life is a dream—realize it. Life is a
sacriﬁce—offer it. Life is love—enjoy it.
~ Sai Baba
My mother always used to say, “The
older you get, the better you get, un-
less you’re a banana.” ~ Betty White
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compromise immunity, while stimu- nulliﬁes the beneﬁts.
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genated blood to each organ to help nowned expert on personal detoxiﬁca-
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Five Steps to
How integrative medicine can
make health care simpler, more
effective and more affordable.
by Marco Visscher, Ursula Sautter
and Carmel Wroth
Suffering from headaches and depression? Don’t
let a doctor put you on drugs; instead, look for
the underlying causes. High cholesterol? Try
the Mediterranean diet, with a glass of organic
red wine a day. The best way to win the war
on cancer? Eat healthy, exercise and develop
an active social life. An increasing number Health care costs are continually rising, but people are
not getting any healthier. Here is a five-point prescription
of physicians are realizing that this type
for the future of health care that applies the tenets of inte-
of approach, geared to prevention and a grative medicine to make today’s health care simpler, more
conservative use of medications and technol- effective and more affordable.
ogy, not only increases patients’ vitality, but
1. Emphasize Illness Prevention
saves lots of money. About half of all American adults have a chronic ill-
ness, according to the Partnership for Solutions, a John
Hopkins University-led initiative to improve care for Ameri-
n the words of Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and chairman cans with chronic health conditions. Ornish claims that
of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, in Sau- three-quarters of the more than $2 trillion recently spent
salito, California, “It is time to change not only who is on health care in a single year went to treat these kinds of
covered, but also what is covered.” There is an overempha- conditions, including obesity. “All of these can be not only
sis, he says, on treating symptoms and on the idea that car- prevented, but even reversed through diet and lifestyle in-
ing for our health is primarily the responsibility of medical tervention,” he says. “It just seems so obvious to me that this
experts, rather than of individuals themselves. is where we should be putting our focus.”
Zhaoming Chen, a neurologist and chairman of the There is a long way to go before prevention is on the
American Association of Integrative Medicine, describes the national agenda. While prevention is indeed better than
way things currently work. “We only treat the disease after cure, we tend to reward those who find solutions for exist-
it occurs.” With figures showing that 95 cents out of every ing problems rather than those who ensure that those prob-
dollar spent on health care goes toward treating illness, he lems don’t occur. “Prevention is boring,” Ornish complains.
notes that “The best way to reduce the costs is prevention.” Rather, “We need to focus on living better.”
Integrative medicine puts the patient, not the doctor or the
insurance company, at the center of attention, and it puts 2. Promote Healthy Foods
the focus on the sources of illness and not the symptoms. Roberta Lee, a pioneer of integrative health care and
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primary care physician at the Beth even replace conventional methods.
Israel Medical Center Department of Such complementary treatments work
Integrative Medicine, in New York City, to nourish, nurture and augment the
believes the first prescription any doctor body’s own defenses. One alternative
should write should be about diet and healing method that’s now begin-
lifestyle. “You can never lose by maxi- ning to find its way into hospitals is
mizing lifestyle management,” says Lee, acupuncture, which has been shown,
pointing out that many conditions not among other benefits, to help relieve
easily diagnosed or cured in a conven- pain, stress and nausea during pre- and
tional framework can be improved by post-operative care.
dietary and lifestyle changes. “There are Beth Israel’s Department of Integra-
specific diets that promote wellness,” tive Medicine is bringing acupuncture
she says. “They reduce inflammation, into the hospital free of charge as part
[and] increase fiber, vitamins and miner- of a fellowship program for Chinese
als that come in the form of a lot of medicine practitioners. “The future
fruits, vegetables and whole grains.” of acupuncture is to be a part of best
practices in the conventional setting,”
3. Focus on Lifestyle Changes says Arya Nielsen, a nationally board-
The majority of health problems certified acupuncture specialist who
and risk factors for illnesses stem from Another way to reduce leads the program. “The research is
the choices we make: how much time costs is to use alterna- just too good.”
we invest working, exercising and relax- The goal is to train both acupunc-
tive and complementary turists and conventional doctors in
ing; time spent with friends and out-
doors; and whether we consistently take therapies such as home- the benefits of this technique so that it
the stairs or the elevator. opathy, naturopathy, yoga can be incorporated into Beth Israel’s
The Sanoviv Medical Institute, in best practices. “Even if physicians have
and herbal medicine that time to read the acupuncture stud-
Rosarito, Mexico, is located on a beauti-
ful stretch of the Pacific coast, an hour can supplement and even ies, what really makes it gel is when
south of San Diego. The recommended replace conventional meth- they see the results on the patient they
stay for most patients is two weeks. treat,” says Nielsen. “The proof is in
ods. Such complementary practitioners working side-by-side and
While there, they learn about and ex-
perience a lifestyle based around stress treatments work to nour- people being able to experience what
reduction, emotional well-being, healthy ish, nurture and augment this therapy can do.”
eating and exercise. Many patients come Chen points out that chemothera-
the body’s own defenses. py, surgery and radiation dramatically
in with cancer or multiple sclerosis;
others come just to detoxify and clear change a patient’s life, and people
out the accumulated effects of stress. The program includes need strong support from family and friends to adapt to
dietary changes, supplements, daily exercise and a stress these changes. Chen believes that treating cancer should in-
management plan supported by psychological counseling volve both conventional and alternative medicine. “Patients
and daily meditation. also need some lifestyle changes: smoking cessation, mini-
A 2004 study in The Lancet showed that lifestyle mizing alcohol intake, adopting a low-fat, high-fiber diet.
changes—quitting smoking, healthier eating habits, moder- Besides that, because [conventional] treatment may cause
ate alcohol consumption and regular exercise—can prevent nausea and pain, patients may benefit from acupuncture,
90 percent of today’s cases of heart disease, which currently meditation, yoga and Tai chi. This will help them cope with
accounts for more premature deaths and higher health care pain better.”
costs than any other illness, according to Ornish.
“When lifestyle is offered as a treatment, it’s as effec- 5. Treat People, Not Diseases
tive and often more effective than what we’re now doing, As Nurse Béatrice Fleury pours a steaming infusion of
at a fraction of the cost,” says Ornish. “We pay for all these yarrow over a piece of cotton and then wrings it out, the
interventions that are dangerous, invasive, expensive and aroma of the medicinal herb wafts over to the hospital bed
largely ineffective, and yet interventions that have been where Eliane Perrot is waiting for her body wrap. When the
scientifically proven to reverse disease, are a simple change compress and a hot water bottle have been gingerly applied
of lifestyle.” to her lower back and secured by a soft cloth sash, she
leans back with a contented sigh. The compress will help
4. Use Alternative Therapies her liver better metabolize the toxins that have accumu-
Another way to reduce costs is to use alternative and lated in it after months of breast cancer therapy. The wrap’s
complementary therapies such as homeopathy, naturopa- warmth will also create a sense of temporary well-being, a
thy, yoga and herbal medicine that can supplement and precious feeling for the frail, exhausted, 65-year-old.
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Alternative treatments like the dized gym memberships and smoking
yarrow wrap are the order of the day cessation classes, to biometric screen-
at the Paracelsus Spital, in Richterswil, ings. Pelletier found that companies
outside of Zurich. Founded in 1994, with such programs in place realized
the clinic is one of a handful of hospi- healthier, more productive workforces,
tals in Europe devoted to complemen- fewer sick days and less staff turnover.
tary healing. In addition to orthodox He estimates that it takes, on
treatments and drugs, the convention- average, three years before firms see a
ally schooled doctors here also use financial return on this kind of invest-
therapies and medications based on ment. “These reviews clearly indicate
the holistic approach to medicine. that comprehensive interventions do
“If you want to understand a evidence both clinical- and cost-effec-
person’s disease and support his self- tiveness,” says Pelletier. “There’s a very
healing powers, it’s of central impor- good payback. It makes us think about
tance to look at the human being as health as an investment.”
a whole—body, spirit and soul,” says More money, more pills and more
Paracelsus Medical Director Erich technology don’t necessarily lead to
Skala. “This may require more time better health. Advocates of integra-
and effort, but it’s how you treat the tive medicine generally take a “less is
causes, and not just the symptoms.” more” approach—less needless medi-
Dr. Daniel Dunphy, of the San cations and medical procedures and
Francisco Preventive Medical Group, more prevention and healthy personal
believes the Paracelsus approach is lifestyle changes can add up to big fi-
what the United States needs. “You nancial savings and big improvements
have to take time to get to know the in an individual’s quality of life.
patients and listen to their stories,” he
counsels. “I want to know their per- Marco Visscher is the managing editor
Gentle Yoga Studio sonal history, their traumas, how they of Ode, Ursula Sautter and Carmel
Wroth are contributors. Adapted from
do at work, what they eat and at what
Gentle Yoga times of the day—and then I know an article that first appeared in Ode,
the magazine about positive change.
Chair Yoga what to do about their problem.”
The Bottom Line
Of course, the bottom line in
the debate about health care is cost.
Proponents of integrative health argue
that the promotion of preventive steps
such as eating healthy food and mak-
ing positive lifestyle changes, as well
Claudia Saldarriaga as using complementary methods to
Certified Yoga Instructor treat the whole person and not just the
www.gentleyogabyclaudia.com disease, will result in “… the biggest
352-362-2791 return on investment this nation could
ever have,” in the words of William
Novelli, a professor at Georgetown
University’s McDonough School of
Business and the former CEO of AARP.
Kenneth R. Pelletier, clinical
professor of medicine at the University
of Arizona School of Medicine and
the University of California School of “What we now have is not
Medicine, has been putting numbers a health care system; it’s a
behind the arguments for integrative medical delivery system.”
health. Pelletier has studied the cost-
effectiveness of corporate programs to Dr. Daniel Dunphy,
promote health and manage disease San Francisco Preventive
among employees. The programs
encompassed everything from subsi-
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are enough to accomplish your goals,
great; and if not, you can do more.
Who seems to benefit most
OF HEALTH from this approach, and to
A conversation with One of our most interesting research
Dr. Dean Ornish on findings was that the primary determi-
nant of improvement wasn’t how old
lifestyle changes or sick people were, it was how much
that foster well-being they’d changed their diet and lifestyle.
The body has a remarkable capacity
to heal itself if we simply stop doing
by April Thompson what’s causing the problem. We’ve seen
hundreds of thousands of patients slow
or reverse the progress of life-threat-
ening diseases when they make good
or more than 30 years, renowned cut them open again and bypass the changes.
medical doctor Dean Ornish has bypass, sometimes multiple times. That Such lifestyle changes can work
led pioneering clinical research became a metaphor for an incomplete not only as well as drugs and surgery,
proving that making simple changes in approach for me. Sometimes you need but oftentimes better, and at a fraction
the way we eat and live can radically to use drugs and surgery in a crisis, but of the cost. Plus, the side effects are all
transform our health. He directed the ultimately, you must address the under- good ones.
first randomized, controlled trials dem- lying cause.
onstrating that lifestyle changes may
halt or reverse the progression of even
You stress the importance of
What is the concept behind individual lifestyle changes,
severe coronary heart disease, as well
as early-stage prostate cancer. In col-
The Spectrum and how does but what about changing our
laboration with Nobel Laureate Eliza- it differ from other lifestyle sick health care system?
beth Blackburn, Ph.D., Ornish showed programs?
that healthy lifestyle changes can We do need to look at the politics
increase telomerase, and thus lengthen The problem with most lifestyle-ori- of health care and hold our leaders
telomeres, the ends of chromosomes ented health programs is that they are responsible for some of decisions that
that control how long we live. restrictive, all-or-nothing, fear-based have created the mess we’re in.
Ornish is the founder and presi- approaches. If you go on a diet or ex- For example, after 16 years of
dent of the nonprofit Preventive Medi- ercise program, sooner or later you’re lobbying, working with Medicare and
cine Research Institute in Sausalito, going to go off of it. Then people feel members of Congress, we learned a
California, and a clinical professor of like they’ve failed; it makes it hard to few months ago that Medicare is finally
medicine at the University of California, maintain. covering our program for reversing
San Francisco. He is the author of six Sustainable changes, on the other heart disease. It’s game changing. If
bestselling books, including Eat More, hand, are based on joy, pleasure and Medicare covers it, all the other insur-
Weigh Less and The Spectrum. freedom. In our research, we found ance companies will follow their lead,
that the more you change your life- and we can make these sorts of pro-
style, the more you improve and the grams available to people who most
What sparked your interest in better you feel. The better you feel, the need them, rather than just those who
preventive medicine? more likely you are to continue. can afford it.
The Spectrum is not a diet; it’s an If we change reimbursement, we
I got interested in this work when I was
overall way of living. If you overindulge change medical practice, and also
learning how to do bypass surgery as
one day, then you eat healthier the medical education. Otherwise, I could
a medical student. We’d cut people
next. do a thousand studies with a million
open, bypass their blocked arteries and
Let’s say, for example, that you patients and it would always remain
tell them they were cured; then they‘d
want to lower your cholesterol or on the fringes of medical practice.
go home and continue to do the same
get your diabetes under control. You
things that caused the problem in the
begin by making moderate changes For more information visit pmri.org or
first place—smoke, overeat, drink too
that you choose. There’s no pushback OrnishSpectrum.com. April Thompson
much, work too hard and so on.
because you set the pace. We’ll help is a freelance writer based in Washington,
More often than not, their bypasses
track your progress, and if the changes D.C. See AprilWrites.com
would get clogged up again, and we’d
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n Begin an ongoing present-moment
awareness practice today. Set an hour-
Consciousness ly alarm; then, each time it reminds
you, become present for five minutes
to nature, to your body and breath or
to the present moment itself.
Three Weeks to a Better Future
n Surprise yourself by challenging
preconceptions of yourself; take mea-
sured risks and do something differently
by Debbie Ford
In this enhanced sense of the
present, you can listen more deeply to
the calling of your soul.
Week Three: The Future.
In this final phase, you have the
opportunity to look into the future and
see who you want to be from this day
n Choose a sacred value that can
serve as the foundation for your future,
such as abundance, compassion, grace
his month is a power- n Write a list of the grudg- or integrity, and surround yourself with
ful time to assess where es and resentments you images, prayers, songs and scents that
we’ve been, acknowl- have been carrying around invoke it for you. Identify and act on
edge where we are right now that you are ready to let go. choices that allow you to express that
and dream our most beautiful Release them by tearing value.
life into being. Start- up the paper
ing now, we can into tiny little n Spend time each morning, after-
move from the pieces. noon and evening checking in with
outdated modes your natural divine GPS. See if you
of our limited n Under- made wrong turns and find out where
thinking mind to standing that that still, small voice wants you to go
tune into our eternal your outer world next.
divine mind. Acting on these three is a reflection of your inner world,
recommended cleansing phases—one release 100 pieces of clutter from your Reconnecting with your highest
a week for the next three weeks—will past that now occupy your home, of- self, you will experience more love,
work to lift us out of resignation and fice and surroundings. contentment and compassion as you
mediocrity into hope and excitement, step into the brilliance of your soul’s
and connect us with a future filled Liberated from the confusion, purpose. Why not seize this extraordi-
with surprises, possibility and deep fear, guilt and self-doubt of the past, nary opportunity to till the soil of your
purpose. you will naturally open up to new consciousness and plant the seeds of a
realms of awareness, emotional free- whole new future?
Week One: The Past. dom and spiritual liberation.
Debbie Ford is a New York Times best-
The first seven days of what I call Week Two: The Present. selling author of eight books, including
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unresolved incidents and restricting moment. Take an honest look at where
thoughts that have taken root in our and who you are today, observing
minds and hearts. what is and is not working in your life.
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My Blue (and Green, spring green and newly blue skies, the
azaleas burst into bloom, in riotous
the middle of about 24 acres of orange
groves, with a view of water on all
White, Gold and banks of fuchsia, magenta, coral, white, sides. The soil has some red clay in it,
and pink. It is unmistakably Spring. a creek winds across one corner of the
Orange) Heaven Then the fragrance begins. So far land, and I have a tame raccoon which
spring has been colorful but not overly I can pet without fear of contracting ra-
fragrant, except for the whiffs of apri- bies, because we are both dead already.
arch is my favorite month cot-scented tea olives here and there. On this hilltop, it is always a perfectly
in Florida. Warmer temperate 72 degrees, rain or
weather returns, but shine, with a perpetual gentle
it is still cool enough to be breeze, like a central Florida
pleasant. In a good year, the afternoon in early spring.
sun and rain are in pleas- There needs to be a
ing proportion. Everything is good number of ancient live
green and colorful and lovely. oaks, too, enough to form
Everyone is cheerful once it a canopy of giant branches
is clear that winter is gone, dripping Spanish moss
but summer is still far enough through which I can look up
away not to dread the heat and see patches of blue sky,
too much. But mostly, it is worthy of a panoramic silhou-
the flowers I love. You can ette with a sunset backdrop
be poor in all else, but take like the shot in Gone With the
a walk in March when the Wind where Gerald O’Hara’s
world is in bloom, and you’ll voiceover tells Katie Scarlett
feel richer than a lord. Dogwood blossoms have a soft, clean there’s no getting away from it, this love
Springtime arrives in Valentine scent, as do most of the other bloom- of the land, if you’re Irish. Irishmen may
colors. First come the camellias: red, ing trees. Later in the spring will come tell tall tales, but that one at least never
pink, white, a welcome contrast to cold richly perfumed honeysuckle, jasmine, said a truer word, fictional character
grey days. Then the redbuds begin, and gardenias, wisteria, and lemony-scent- or not. (I would be very excited if my
the Japanese magnolias: rosy shades of ed magnolias ... but nothing compares favorite fictional characters were also
lilac, lavender, orchid, blush, in hues to an orange tree in bloom. in heaven, but that may be asking too
of a winter sunset. Next, the wild plum If heaven doesn’t have orange much.)
and cherry trees, in lacy white. groves, I’m not sure I want to go. My For celestial springtime glory,
Then March comes to call, and the heavenly “mansion” only needs to be there must be Southern magnolias,
world is suddenly green in the warm a little white house with green shutters wild plums and Japanese magnolias,
sunlight. New leaves cast a fresh green and a red brick chimney, a fireplace dogwoods both pink and white. Red
haze on the oak trees overnight. Grass and hardwood floors, a porch and maples and sweetgums and hickories,
is green again. Even the ivory blossoms French doors and lots of windows, too, for autumn color. Sycamores for
of the dogwoods are tinged with pale much like what I have now, only climbing, and pecan trees, for a ready
green. Against this backdrop of vibrant located atop a gently sloping hill in supply of nuts. And at least two peach
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trees, one with white peaches, one to stroll aimlessly and whistle. It is an orange blossoms. The first whiff of or-
with yellow. A crab-apple would not excellent place to run and play, bare- ange blossoms in springtime can make
be at all amiss, nor a pear tree; a man- foot in the sun-warmed sandy soil. And me cry. Few things are more nostalgic,
go tree, and a loquat. A persimmon, a what better place to kiss someone? more gloriously bittersweet. Especially
tabebuia, a golden raintree. There must Everything good about my child- now that the reality of my groves is
be trees for fruit and flowers, scent, hood is distilled into the scent of or- fading, and what used to be a whole
shade and color in every season. ange blossoms and the taste of orange beautiful world is now a memory.
But above all, there must be or- blossom honey. There is no fragrance I was born a Polk County girl,
ange trees. And tangerine. And grape- or flavor more personally evocative.
fruit. Some lemon, and kumquat, too, Proust had his madeleine; I have my ... Continued on the next page
and enough Key limes to keep us all
in pie. Just so there are citrus trees as
far as my heavenly eye can see. I want
sunlight glinting off shiny dark green
leaves like polished jade year-round, a
gold-and-green vista before me when
my trees are bearing fruit, and a lacy
white landscape when they are in
blossom. In the springtime, I want the
air to be so thickly perfumed with the
fragrance of blooming citrus trees that
it makes the angels swoon. Bees will
pray that they get to go to my corner of
heaven when they die, for there is no
greater reward for a bee than to make
honey from orange blossoms.
It seems obvious, to me, that in
Biblical references to “the land of milk
and honey,” it is orange blossom honey
specifically to which Scripture refers.
This may not be fact, but in my mental
Promised Land, it is so. I have tried
many varieties of honey, being a fond
connoisseur of it. Although I have en-
joyed them all, from the tupelo of north
Florida to the dark tropical blends of
south Florida, the blackberry of Tennes-
see to the acacia of Italy, to the clover
and wildflower of just about anywhere,
my heart belongs to the orange blossom
honey of central Florida. To what else
could “nectar of the gods” refer?
I believe a mockingbird sings more
sweetly when he is performing from
the boughs of a blooming orange tree.
Even songbirds appreciate the proper
ambiance, and reward the world for
it. I cannot imagine a better setting for
almost anything than an orange grove
in bloom. It would seem a good omen
to be be born near one. I could die
happy there with my windows open.
It is a lovely spot for rest and refresh-
ment: a picnic, a prayer, a nap in the
shade. It is a fine place to sit and read,
to wander with one’s thoughts, to sing,
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with generations of family from there. I grew up running
through the groves, picking oranges off the backyard trees to
squeeze for juice, throwing fallen grapefruits like baseballs,
tricking unsuspecting friends into trying kumquats. As a little
girl, I had a swing in my grandparents’ grapefruit tree and a
slide under the orange tree, and I climbed up into the perfect-
ly crooked bough of the tangerine tree when I wanted to read.
Even as a small child, I ate lemons like some children eat
apples. I am a snob about fresh-squeezed juice and will not
touch concentrate. I have a history of attending citrus festivals.
There is nothing unusual to me about streets named for citrus
fruits. I sat down the other afternoon and read, in one sit-
ting, an entire book on the history of citrus: Oranges, by John
McPhee. It was the best book I’ve read in a long time.
Nothing breaks my heart more than to go home and drive
through what used to be miles of orange groves and see cook-
ie-cutter rows of horrid little stucco houses crammed right up
against each other. It is a terrible, sickening feeling to come to
the crest of a hill and look down and see soulless housing de-
velopments where there once were groves and Cracker farm-
houses, ponds and cow pastures. I hate how the old Florida is
disappearing, how interlopers are coming in and destroying it,
with no regard for our intrinsic culture. I would give much to
be able, in the blink of an eye and with a snap of my fingers,
to send it all back like it was. Sometimes I wish I could have
lived a lifetime ago, when the heartland of Florida was groves
and citrus was king. As I grow older, I understand more why
people wage wars over their land. There are some things too
precious to let go without a fight.
But change comes, as surely as the seasons. Which is
why I savor a little more each spring the first whiff of orange
blossoms, a little more each morning the orange blossom
honey I stir into my tea and spread on my toast. Though I
have learned that time and the world around us are fleet-
ing, like orange blossoms themselves, I am thankful for a
childhood rich in beauty and memories, and for the gift of
recapturing them in words. Nothing is ever really gone if
you can still write about it.
And I hope that, at the sunset of my life, the celestial
train is called “The Orange Blossom Special” and takes me
to my particular corner of the grovelands in the sweet-scent-
ed by-and-by, which, like the most precious of memories,
will never fade away. Come see me there. Just follow the
fragrance of orange blossoms and the sound of a gospel pi-
ano until you see the little white house on the hilltop. You’ll
find me and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings rocking on the front
porch, peeling tangerines. I’ll have enough fresh-squeezed
juice and Key lime pie for everybody. Pull up a chair and sit
a spell. The raccoon doesn’t bite. But he might snatch your
pie when you’re not looking, so watch yourself.
Melody Murphy is proud to be one of the last half-dozen
Florida natives left in the state. She has lived here all the
seasons of her life and will throw a grapefruit at you if you
tell her how y’all did it elsewhere. She bleeds citric acid and
is confident that she will never get scurvy. The raccoon, by
the way, is named Ambrose.
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Mastering Circulation of Blood & Qi
by Jeff Primack
An essay on generating internal heat & accelerating metabolic rate for healing
Jeff Primack has studied with
many Qigong masters from
all over the world and has
taught more than 20,000
people in live seminars. He
also maintains the Qigong.
he first time I saw Wim Hof was
on the Today Show with Matt
Lauer. He was immersed in a
tub of ice up to his neck in New York’s
Matt asked Wim, “Are you cold?”
Wim made no response—he was vis-
ibly deep in meditation. Matt turned
instead to the doctor on site monitor-
ing Wim’s progress, asking, “How does
Wim stay in the ice for 90 minutes and
not get frostbite?” The doctor replied, Immediately after seeing the
show, I sent Wim Hof an email. At that
Taking the physical
“See Wim’s cheeks? They are red. Wim
has control of his blood circulation.” time, I had been teaching Tumo prac- body on the journey to
Lauer was in utter disbelief. He tices for 10 years and never had I seen
demanded, “Wim, how are you doing a Westerner demonstrate its mastery enlightenment is what
to that degree. In the email, I asked
this?” Wim turned, not toward Matt, but
looked directly into the camera and him to come to Miami and teach me Qigong is all about.
said, “I am using Tumo breathing to and a small group of advanced Qigong
stay warm.” instructors his technique. When we day five, our training was put to the test
spoke, Wim Hof was thrilled at the inside a -20 degree walk-in freezer, and
idea of people wanting to attain this concluded as we, one by one, immersed
discipline and agreed to come to Mi- ourselves in a tub of wet ice for 15
ami and share his knowledge with us. minutes. Every instructor, including
On the first day of our training myself, was able to stay warm using the
with Wim, we were blown away by breathing method.
how similar his breathing technique How did we do it? Well, when a
was to our 9-Breath Method—a use of person absorbs enough Qi, in this case
breath I had created years before that through breath, the body pulsates with
has in turn become the institution for stronger blood flow—and this, in its
Supreme Science Qigong. The next simplicity, is what causes people to stay
few days were extremely intense. On warm, even when immersed in a tub of
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ice. The medical and healing implica- to this high level of Qi-energy, we can
tions of controlling blood flow to this move beyond healing our bodies and
degree are quite profound. actually begin the process of biologi-
Most people are not interested in cal enlightenment. Let me explain.
this particular type of “Ice Training,” but Most Qigong masters believe that
the concept is extremely important enlightenment is a biological process.
because mastering blood circulation is It begins within the physical body
really the heart of Qigong and all true where it manifests as a warm pleasant
healing modalities. Chinese medicine humming in the abdomen throughout
teaches that “Qi moves the Blood.” the day. Older Qigong masters are
It maintains that nearly all dis- “Qi Revolution” comes to often sexually active into their 90s.
eases are a result of impaired blood Orlando Convention Center Taking the physical body on the
circulation. When the human body journey to enlightenment is what
pulsates with blood and Qi at high
on World Qigong Day Qigong is all about. Only after health
enough levels, inflammation is re- April 30th - May 3rd problems have been removed or great-
duced, hormones are increased, bliss Jeff Primack, Ice Man Wim Hof, and ly lessened is it possible to enter states
is experienced, and physical pain is 100 Qigong instructors will teach of consciousness that otherwise were
reduced and/or eliminated altogether. advanced breathing techniques unattainable. In Qigong, these states of
One does not have to enter the ice to and 4 days of Qigong for $99. consciousness are referred to as “gates.”
benefit from Tumo breathing. It can Passing through these gates allow
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or visit Qigong.com
More than 4,000 years ago many call God, Tao, etc. It is the white
Chinese medicine said, “Blood is the light that some have seen in medita-
mother of Qi.” The Old Testament Le- tion. The light is healing, euphoric and
viticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the
flesh is in the Blood.”
“For the life of the many experience it while practicing
advanced breathing techniques.
In Chinese medicine, a Qi block- flesh is in the Blood.” Your body is the vehicle to en-
age is simply a small area in which the — Leviticus 17:11 lightenment and entering higher states
blood cannot flow; an area where dis- of consciousness. Qigong at its highest
ease may occur. For example, people levels will help people enter these
who may experience “knots” in the gates and heal the physical, emotional
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improved results of these symptoms who normally don’t feel energy to feel
with Qigong. it strongly. By training our nervous Part 2 of this article will appear next
Blood can work itself through system through continued exposure month.
closed-off capillaries when a person is
relaxed and increasing Qi in that area.
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Normal healthy people use about 60
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HGC weight loss. Safe homeopathic solution targets Meet the Doctor evening, hosted by Dr. James Lemire.
hard-to-lose stored fat. Detox coaching and support. Free Free, 6 pm, call to reserve a seat. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW
consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.
3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718. LemireClinic.com.
Saturday, March 5 Wednesday, March 9
Autism Spectrum Informational. Presented by S. Eche- Metabolic balance. All natural weight loss; “Your food
les, T. Ecker, and other parent and support speakers. 2-3:30 shall be your medicine.” Free consultation; call for appoint-
pm. Free. Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver ment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd.,
Springs Blvd, Ocala, 321-759-4224, email@example.com. Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298.
Crystal Healing with Fran Oppenheimer, RN, LMT. 1-5
pm, $30. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, March 11-13
High Springs, 386-454-8657, www.highspringsemporium.net. Ayurveda, Yoga and Recovery, weekend retreat. Amrit
Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, FL, 352-685-3001, www.amri-
Sunday, March 6 tyoga.org.
Sacred Meditation Seminar and Demonstration, with Thai Foot Reflexology and Henna Retreat, Melrose, FL,
Rev. Scott Sherman, 11:45-1:15, love offering. Spiritually- featuring artist Genevieve Levin and Ariela Grodner. $300.
based healing process uses touch or near-touch, uncondi- 18 CEUs for LMTs, 9 CEUs for Yoga Allliance. 813-417-
tional love, guided meditation and prayer to connect the 6745, www.ArielasThaiMassage.com.
energy centers of participants’ minds and bodies. 40-minute
individual sessions available afterward as well as Monday Saturday, March 12
(Suggested love offering of $60, but no one turned away). Experience the Beauty of Crystal Singing Bowls, work-
Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, (off Maricamp), Ocala, shop with Sharron Britton. 1-4 pm, $20. High Springs
352-687-2113, www.unityocala.org. Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-
Rock and Mineral Sale, 11-4. Rock ‘n Glass at Wild Iris
Books, 802 W University Avenue, Gainesville, 352-375-7477.
Tuesday, March 15
Meet the Doctors. Talk with our doctors in an informal
setting. 5:30 pm, free. Life Family Practice Center, Genesis
Heart MedSpa, 3365 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages. RSVP
to 352-750-4333, www.lifefamilypractice.com.
Wednesday, March 16
Cleanse your body of toxic buildup, repair G.I. tract,
support immune system, weight loss, anti-aging nutrition.
Free consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition
Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718,
Friday, March 18
Developing and Using Psychic Awareness, workshop
with Melissa Harris. 6:30-8:30 pm, $15. High Springs
Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386 454-
Spirit Essence Portraits by Melissa Harris. Reading
followed by an original watercolor painting of what is
revealed. By appointment, $195. High Springs Emporium,
660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657, www.
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Saturday, March 19 help you heal physically and emotion- Wednesday, March 30
Full Moon Drumming Circle. 7 ally while deepening connection to Wellness Consultation on hair
pm. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, vital life force. Amrit Yoga Institute, analysis, BMI analysis, 24-hour uri-
(off Maricamp), Ocala, 352-687-2113, Salt Springs, FL, 352-685-3001, www. nalysis, saliva test for hormone imbal-
www.unityocala.org. amrityoga.org. ance. Free. Call for appointment. Re-
Spiritual Wisdom on Relation- esers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver
ships, open discussion with free Sunday, March 27 Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718.
book, 1 pm. HU Chant at 2:15 Eckankar Worship Service (Liv-
pm. Refreshments follow. Courtyard ing With Divine Love: Soul’s Unselfish March 28-29
By Marriott, 3700 SW 42nd St (near Giving). 11 am, Courtyard By Mar- Auditions, “The King & I” musi-
Butler Plaza). Eckankar in Gaines- riott, 3700 SW 42nd St. (near Butler cal. Performance dates May 19-June
ville, 352-378-3504. Plaza). Eckankar in Gainesville, 352- 12. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver
378-3504. Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274,
Sunday, March 20 www.OcalaCivicTheatre.com.
Passion Test Workshop with Elaine
Silver, 1-4 pm, suggested $30 love
offering. Discover what your passions
are. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd,
(off Maricamp), Ocala, 352-687-2113,
Monday, March 21
The Dis-Ease Behind the Diagno-
sis, hosted by Paula Koger. Free, 6 pm,
call to reserve a seat. Lemire Clinic,
11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600,
Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.Lemire-
Wednesday, March 23
Wellness Consultation on Irritable
Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Fibromy-
algia Syndrome. Free. Call for appoint-
ment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243
E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-
Thursday, March 24
The Direct Effect of What you Eat,
free lecture in recognition of National
Nutrition Month. 6 pm, Life Family
Practice Center, 1501 US Hwy 441
North, The Villages. RSVP to 352-750-
Saturday, March 26
Healing Sessions with ZaKa and
AzKa, facilitated by Jeff Wheeler,
Shamanic Healer. Free talk 12-1 pm,
healing sessions 1-5:30 pm, $15. High
Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe
Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657,
March 26–April 2
Ayurvedic Detoxification (Pancha-
karma) and Yoga. This program can
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Saturday, April 2 8801 NW 39th Ave. International ONGOING EVENTS
Annual Organic Foods Gala, Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge,
9-3. $1 admission. $1 per sample. www.ifsk.org , 407-673-9776. Sundays
Free recipes, demonstrations, music. Farmers Market, 12-4. Mosswood
Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. Monday, April 18 Farm Store, 703 NE Cholokka Blvd,
352-595-3377, www.cronescradlecon- Stress Management, hosted by Micanopy, 352-466-5002, www.moss-
serve.com. Nuris Lemire. Free, 6 pm, call to re- woodfarmstore.com.
serve a seat. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW Master Mind Prayer Circle, 9:30;
Monday, April 4 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352- Healing Hands Circle, 10; Sunday Ser-
Meet the Doctor evening, hosted 291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. vice and Youth Education, 11; NGU,
by Dr. James Lemire. Free, 6 pm, call Now through April 22 12:30. Unity of Gainesville, 8801
to reserve a seat. Lemire Clinic, 11115 Art show, “From the Center: Inside NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, www.
SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, Out,” artist Harimandir Khalsa. Center unityofgainesvillefl.org.
352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic. for Balance, 1705 NW 6th St, Gaines- Meditation and Spiritual Lesson,
com. ville, 352-378-4848. 10 am. Unity of Ocala, Unity of Ocala,
101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113,
Saturday, April 9 May 21-22 www.unityocala.org.
Mediumship Spiritual Develop- Raymon Grace workshop. Dr. Science of Mind and Spirit
ment Class. $25, 2-4:30pm. Class Hanoch Talmor, Gainesville Holistic Meditation 9:45am, Celebration /
includes meditation, lesson, hands- Center, Gainesville, 352-377-0015, Message 10:30am, Youth and
on practice to develop your personal firstname.lastname@example.org, www.betterw.com, Children’s Celebration 10:30am. Love
skills. Held at Unity of Gainesville, www.ramongrace.us. offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual
Living, 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala, FL
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Monday-Friday Amrit Yoga, Salt Springs, 352-685- Rd, (off Maricamp), Ocala,
Organic Food Pickups. Monday, 3001, email@example.com. 352-687-2113, www.unityocala.org.
Ocala; Tuesday, Eustis and Mt. Dora; Meditation and Visioning, 6pm,
Wednesday, Ocala and Gainesville; followed at 7:15 with Speaker, Spiri- Seven days/week
Friday, Oxford/The Villages. Home- tual Craft, Drumming, or Spiritual Film, Abraham, yoga, breathwork,
grown Organics by Doreen, 352-598- depending on the week. Love offering. reiki, much more—something every
4184, http://www.homegrownorganics. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, day. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW
vpweb.com. Recipes: http://home- 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala, FL 352-629- 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, www.
growngainesville.wordpress.com/ 3897, www.oakbrookcsl.org. unityofgainesvillefl.org.
Yoga with Joe Ferrara. Monday, Bellydancing, fitness, yoga classes,
7-8:30 pm, Amrit Yoga Institute. Tues- Thursdays personal training as early as 5:30 am,
day, 12-12:45 pm, Serenity of Central Healing Yoga with Marque. Move- as late as 7:30 pm. Hip Moves, 708
Florida, 301 Skyline Dr., Ste 1, Lady ment class combining yoga, Pilates, NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, 352-692-
Lake. Wednesday, 8:30-10 am, Ocala body alignment, breathing. Bring a 0132, www.hipmoves.com.
Inner Center, 205 S. Magnolia; and mat. $25/4 weeks, Feb. 3-24 every Yoga classes as early as 5:30
5-6 pm, Serenity of Central Florida, Thursday, 12:30-1:30 pm. To register: am, as late as 8:30 pm, beginners
Lady Lake. Thursday, 6-7:30 pm, Ocala Sheila, 352-867-9660. Class held at (including “Stiff Guys”) to experienced
Inner Center. Friday, 7-8 am, Premier Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, Hot Yoga. Big Ron’s Yoga College,
Medical Center of Ocala, 7960 SW 352-687-2113. Gainesville, 352-367-8434, www.
60th Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org. bigronsyoga.com.
Tuesdays Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3
A Course in Miracles, 12 noon and pm. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217
7 pm. Unity of Ocala, Unity of Ocala, Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www.
101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, cronescradleconserve.com.
www.unityocala.org. The 2012 Preparation Program w/
Marque G. Kolack. Every Saturday in
Wednesdays March, 10 am-12 noon. $20/class love
A Course in Miracles, 7-8:30pm. offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar
British Medium Jan Marshall
at Unity of Gainesville in March
n Demonstration of Mediumship:
March 11, 7:30-9pm
n Workshop in Mediumship:
March 12, 10am-4pm
n Private readings available
Check Web for complete 2011 program
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