Articles Written By: Natural Awakenings

Pro Bono Services for Federal Employees & their Families During the Shutdown

To help alleviate some of the stress and fear of federal employees and their families affected by the government shutdown, including women warriors and women veterans, Living Well Health Center and Recovery4Women will provide counseling; addiction counseling; and coaching for life, transitions, recovery, relationship issues, work and entrepreneurship, through March 1, at their offices in Hollywood and by phone throughout Florida.
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Floating for Wellbeing

Imagine floating blissfully in a shallow pool with no light, no sound and no gravity. Welcome to Float8 Wellness Lounge where South Floridians come to relax, recover and reset from the stress of daily life. Float8 offers four private rooms for floatation therapy, a holistic treatment that reduces stress and anxiety, eases chronic pain, speeds physical recovery and improves sleep. By removing light, sound and the effects of gravity, floaters reach a deep level of mental and physical relaxation, ideal for deep healing and meditation.
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Letter from the Publisher

February is the month that brings up thoughts of flowers, chocolate, hearts and valentines. Whether you are single or not, I subscribe to the idea that love begins within and it’s from that internal place that wellness springs forth. Take time this month to honor thyself; self-care is paramount in my regimen. Continue Reading

February Cover Artist… Susie Q Wood

“Heart of Mother Nature”

SusieQ Wood’s art career began in Los Angeles where she focused on painting the beautiful landscapes of California. Averse to the heavy smog, she moved to where the air quality was better and the landscapes took on a “healthier” view.
On the other side of a midlife crisis, her artwork emerged in abstract form and shifted to focus on an environmental message around climate change. SusieQ founded “Global TRASHformation”, a movement encouraging the development of litter-free zones and self-responsibility.
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Action Alert ~ Secret Ingredients, New Film Shares Stories of Hope and Healing

A new feature-length documentary, Secret Ingredients, makes a compelling case for why organic foods may be the key to unlocking better health and reversing chronic illnesses ranging from asthma to autism. The film shares the uplifting stories of individuals and families that overcame their struggles with digestive problems, allergies, skin conditions and infertility after eliminating genetically modified (GMO) crops and agricultural toxins from their diets.
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Action Alert ~ Shark Fins

Fins from up to 73-million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. Shark finning is a wasteful and inhumane practice in which a shark’s fins are cut off and the body discarded at sea to drown. This can include threatened and endangered species. While shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, fins are still bought and sold here. Florida is the leading importer of shark fins in the U.S. and some restaurants still sell shark fin soup.
Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, asserts that a nationwide ban on the sale of shark fins is the best way to ensure that the U.S. is not supporting shark finning and protect sharks around the world. Oceana has been working on The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act (H.R. 1456/S. 793) which has over 260 co-sponsors in the House and Senate and has been endorsed by more than 500 businesses and organizations. If Congress passes this bill, it will remove the U.S. from this devastating trade.
To sign Oceana’s online petition, go to You can also follow Oceana Florida’s Instagram and Facebook page “Oceana Florida” to find out the remaining members of Congress to call.
Submitted by Catherine Uden, South Florida campaign organizer, [email protected],

NewLife Expo Comes to Deerfield Beach-Boca February 2-3

NewLife Expo, America’s longest-running event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation, takes place February 2 to 3, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach-Boca Raton. Its organizer, Mark Becker, says he’s grateful for the continued success and growth of what he started 29 years ago. “Boca is midway between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and convenient for attendees from both past expos. Also, my Miami attendees were complaining; now, being right off I-95, it’s also convenient for them.”
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Museum of Discovery and Science Launches Sensory-Friendly Screenings

In an effort to provide an inclusive experience for all, on December 15, 2018, the Museum of Discovery and Science launched its new Sensory-Friendly Screenings at the AutoNation IMAX Theater, in Fort Lauderdale.
To provide a more sensory-sensitive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, the museum raises the lights, lowers the sound and shows the films in 2D. Audience members are welcome to get up, sing, dance and shout. This program is endorsed by the Autism Society of Florida.
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Mindful Eating and Living

by Dr. Donna Goldstein
Keys to Long-Term Weight Loss Success
Do you eat on the run, in your car, at your desk or in front of the TV? We have a myriad of distractions all around us. Have you ever opened a bag of chips or cookies with the intent to have one or two, and before you realized it, they were gone? This is an example of mindless eating. Pure and simple. Eating mindfully can impact how much you eat and ultimately your weight loss success.
The goal for mindful eating is to experience food more intensely by paying attention to the sensation and flavor of each bite.
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Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Upper cervical chiropractic doesn’t mean much to people right now but it will. There are 75,000 chiropractors in the U.S. and over 30,000 chiropractors in over 100 different countries worldwide. There are less than 300 board certified Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractors worldwide.
Atlas orthogonal (A/O) chiropractic is a specialty in chiropractic much like neurology is in the medical field. A/O is an upper cervical technique that focuses on the relationship between the skull (head) to the atlas (first cervical vertebrae-C1) and how the atlas relates to the axis (C2). Skull-C1-C2 is referred to as the upper cervical area.
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