Thursday, July 24, 2014
Farm is Medicine...by Bethany Klug
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We’ve all heard the aphorism “food is medicine.” Daphne Miller, MD however, made a convincing
case that “farm is medicine” at the Institute for Functional Medicine Annual International Conference this past
Miller began with the story of a farmer in the Pacific Northwest who bought land with the intention of farming organically.
First he had to restore the soil that had been conventionally farmed for years. He took the advice of a local university,
tested the soil and purchase minerals and other amendments to replace what was missing. After a few years, this got expensive
and his soil was still depleted. Test and replace just wasn't working.
So, he researched how nature builds healthy
rich soil. It’s a cycle.
Plants grow, animals eat them and after eating, they poop. Worms and soil microorganism
compost the poop and dead plants, enriching the soil. The plant roots take up the soil nutrients, and the cycle begins again.
That farmer spread compost on his fields and the soil tests quickly improved.
A rancher found by taking advantage of
the soil cycle, he no longer needed to treat his beef cattle herds with antibiotics. The animals were disease free.
then went on to share the research on how the soil cycle affects humans. John Reganold at Washington State University has
shown that organically farmed soils host a wider variety of microorganisms than conventionally farmed soils. He also showed
that one year after converting from conventional to organic farming methods, fruit had more antioxidant activity, phenolics
and vitamin C. The differences were statistically significant. More microbial diverse soils yield more nutritious plants.
De Fillippo of the University of Florence, Italy, showed that children in areas of rural Africa who consumed a traditional
diet of traditionally raised—read organic—food had completely different stool microorganisms than children living
in Florence, who ate a more processed diet. The African children had bacteria that digested fiber that were completely lacking
in the stools of the European children. The African children had far less pathogenic bacteria such as Shigella and E. Coli
in their stools. De Fillippo and colleagues propose that the food we eat and how it is raised shape our gut microbial environment.
In the case of the African children they suspect it allows them extract maximum energy from a high fiber diet and protects
them from inflammation and disease.
Erika Von Mutius, MD described a farm effect. She found that children raised
on farms in Germany had lower rates of allergy and asthma than children raised in urban areas. The stool of the rural children
had a much wider variety of microorganisms than the urban children. She proposes that we’re living too cleanly, that
is, exposure in infancy to hay, livestock and raw milk may protect children against allergy and asthma.
Hehemann at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed in his work that bacteria that live on seaweed have contributed
DNA to the gut bacteria of Japanese people. That is, the microorganisms on our food give our gut bacteria the ability to digest
it. His work may explain why I, with my predominantly Eastern European heritage, have no difficulty digesting cabbage, a food
which gives many people gas. I
even crave cabbage, or is that my gut bacteria talking?
Perhaps it time to get back to the land, restore our soil and restore
Bethany Klug DO is a physician for whom food is a doorway to personal, community and planetary health. Learn more about how
she helps people live a lifespan of health at www.HealthSpanKC. com Learn more about her juice fast on the Health Span blog at www.healthspankc.com, click on HealthSpan Blog at the bottom
of the page.
Food Sensitivities...by Nancy Russell, M.D.
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“I used to have a chronic runny
nose, coughing, headaches, burning eyes and fatigue. Thinking it was allergies to something like dust or grass or trees, I
just took Benadryl, but didn’t get much relief. Then a holistic physician did a blood test on me and found out I had
food sensitivities. Avoiding dairy, sugar and wheat has changed my life; I rarely have symptoms unless I eat these foods more
that just occasionally.”
This is a typical story of a person with food sensitivities and may be the tip of the iceberg of other internal problems
with the digestion system. These intestinal abnormalities can affect many systems of the body.
The intestinal defense system is continuously under attack
from chronic stressors including: emotional issues, stress, infections (bacterial, viral, yeast), toxins (exogenous, endogenous),
lifestyle, poor diet and medications. Immune responses by the body to these stressors can cause a breakdown of the intestinal
lining or leaky gut. This leaky gut is also known as intestinal barrier distress and causes an ongoing cycle of inflammation.
This inflammation up-regulates the inflammatory cytokines which affects the nervous system, immune and endocrine systems.
This up-regulation can lead to: food sensitivities, fatigue, lethargy, malaise, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome,
headaches, asthma, arthritis and many other potential problems.
Testing is available to assess the intestinal barrier lining, food sensitivities, dysbiosis (intestinal imbalances)
and neurotransmitters. To find the many pieces of the puzzle, food sensitivity testing with intestinal barrier assessment
may be the place to start. Food sensitivities are different from food allergies.
Typical food allergies cause an immediate response, such as hives,
swelling of the throat and lungs with serious shortness of breath and even lead to a life threatening situation. These food
allergies are caused by the response of the immune system cells called immunoglobulin E (IgE) and need immediate medical attention
and treatment. These are the type of allergies that conventional allergy physicians diagnose with skin testing and treat by
strict avoidance long term.
Food sensitivities, also known as food intolerances, are very different and caused by the response of the immune system
cells called immunoglobulin G (IgG) and have a more delayed response, the reaction can be varied from a few minutes or as
long as 24 to 36 hours. The testing for IgG responses is done by alternative laboratories with blood samples and not usually
recognized by conventional allergy physicians. These delayed reactions can manifest symptoms as mentioned above and many more.
A few more symptoms include: gas and bloating, joint pain, ear infections, attention deficit disorder, memory loss, mental
fogginess, bed wetting, migraines, bladder infections, fluid retention, canker sores, nausea, eczema and psoriasis.
Blood and fecal testing helps identify
the degree and type of dysbiosis, quantifies IgG food sensitivities and effectively guides treatment options. Food elimination
nutritional programs based on this testing can reduce symptoms and increase positive outcomes in people by more than 25 percent
over people utilizing elimination diets alone. Food sensitivity testing is a good place to start in a comprehensive health
evaluation with holistic principles as a guide. I invite you to start on your path to optimal health.
Nancy Russell, M.D. has been a holistic Internal Medicine physician in the Kansas City northland for over 30 years at 5140
N. Antioch Road in Kansas City,
MO. Her phone number is 816-453-5545 and website is www.nancyrussellmd.com where you can get more information. Dr.
Russell is board certified in holistic medicine and is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association and a prior board member.
Mental Health: Are We Listening?...by Jude LaClaire, Ph.D.
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In the Native American Learning Story, Who Speaks for Wolf by Paula Underwood, one of the elders of the tribe spoke to the people about making a decision without listening to everyone, “To
live here requires more work than change would have made necessary.” The tribe, without realizing
it, moved to Wolf’s territory. They had to spend all their time defending themselves against wolf. They knew that if
they had listened to Wolf’s brother, they would have lived in harmony -- living a life of balance. They vowed, as a
tribe, never to make a decision without listening to everyone.
The lesson of this wonderful learning story is helpful
to those who want to provide good mental health care and those who receive it. Who and what should we be listening to that
we are not? Dr. Thomas Szasz who wrote many books about the myth of mental illness and the overemphasis on diagnosis and pharmacology
was often ignored, dismissed as too shrill or extreme. But more recently, more voices are being heard on this topic.
Whitaker in Anatomy
of an Epidemic writes convincingly
of the very serious problem created by our dependence on pharmacological intervention, often beginning with very young children.
Dr. Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health Director, citing the lack of scientific validity of psychiatry’s
official diagnostic manual, (currently DSM V) stated that the “NIMH will be re-orienting its research away from DSM
Let’s think about the current approach. I, as a mental health professional, am asked to diagnose a person using
the criteria in the new DSM V and develop a treatment plan based on this diagnosis. It has been increasingly encouraged and
often, common practice, to suggest psychotropic drugs as a first line of treatment and intervention. Since there is little
scientific validity for the DSM V criteria we have an immediate problem. The basis of our assessment of a person’s needs
The trend towards recommending a pharmacological solution has been increasing since the creation of Thorazine in 1955
and exploded after the introduction of Prozac in 1988. “Better living through chemistry” became the motto of my
profession. Robert Whitaker tells us that as all other major diseases have gone “the number of mentally
ill children rose thirty-five fold. Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children…” Though
there is agreement that psychiatric drugs have helped people lead relatively normal lives, he continues: “During the
past two decades when prescribing psychiatric medication has exploded, the number of adults and children disabled by mental
illness has risen at a mind-boggling rate.” And he asks, “Could our drug-based paradigm of care, in some unforeseen
way, be fueling this modern-day plague?”
One excellent example of this trend is in the use of anti-depressants.
A product that was developed for short-term use (3-6 months or less) has morphed into long-term use for many people. These
drugs used short term, in partnership with good psychotherapy are an excellent combination. The fact is that many people have
been taking these drugs for decades, needing different drugs, stronger doses and they have not been in therapy. The result is many relapses
and the increase of treatment resistant depression often accompanied by immune deficiency illnesses and other chronic diseases.
‘helping relationship’ model pioneered by Carl Rogers encouraging ‘unconditional positive regard’,
assisting the client by listening, forming a positive trusting relationship and helping them find the wisdom within seems
to still be the bedrock of healthy change. I continue learning better ways to do this as I learn about the brain, the person
and our environment. Drugs are not typically the first thing to do or the best tool for long-term success.
it is time we listened to wolf’s brother as living in a drug dependent world is requiring more work than change would
have made necessary.
Jude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC, LCSW is a counselor, educator and author. For counseling appointments, seminars, training, speaking
engagements or information on Neurobehavioral Programs or Imago Couple therapy call 913-322-5622. For more
information about Jude LaClaire or the Kansas City Holistic Centre go to www.kcholistic.com email@example.com.
Faith: Secrets of Success...by Suzette Scholtes
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leaders of companies say the keys to success are passion for your work, a willingness to take risks and “follow
people also know how to access and trust their inner resources. What does that mean?
1. Find your connection to God, Goddess, love,
your visions and dreams.
2. Foster rewarding friendships.
3. Build intimate relationships based on trust, loyalty and honesty.
4. Let your work have meaning and value to you. This frees worry of what others
think of you.
5. Reflect often upon your self-worth and self-value.
6. Know you have power to create success.
7. Be responsible to your thoughts, feelings, and choices.
8. Keep it fun!
Read these points and you see success is a product
of your love and will. You begin to feel worthy and deserving of success.
You can say: I know I have value! I know
I have worth! Then your core belief is as solid as a rock. If you fail to feel worthy and deserving that rock crumbles to
Yet, a paradox, most people fear success. Why? As a business owner of The Yoga School for over 30 years this I know
well. The fears may be covert as some beliefs lock in the subconscious:
1. Fear of Power because of dysfunction of
past or ego.
2. Fear of freedom because of the covert need to manipulate or control.
3. Fear of too much responsibility.
To overcome these fears I remain mindful of procrastination, excuses,
games or entitlement. As well, watch out for feeling overwhelmed; and odd as it may sound, fear of being lonely if too successful.
The genuine fears, and all fear is real emotion, may feel like too much weight on your shoulders. No one wants that burden. A few ideas of how to handle genuine fears:
1. You don’t want to fail. It is a law of physics that when something new is created something is destroyed. That
is scary. You are moving into the unknown. Scary indeed!
2. True success will produce chaos. You may be away from family to work. With success
comes more love and caring so fear of loss grows. Fear of humiliation and rejection is real fear. As Shirley MacClaine wrote,
“You are out on a limb,” not knowing if it may fall or if it will support you.
3. When you succeed you are subject to judgments,
especially those in your industry. It does not feel good to be judged by anyone. Judgments build walls and that hurts. You
must remain true to yourself—pure faith.
the big question: “What if I am wrong?!! Look at what you have accomplished. You know and trust you are responsible.
You know you actualized your power. Accept it. When you know this you tame this genuine fear of success.
Roll! And now the secret of
success is unveiled: When your
most powerful choices are made the most consciously, success is unlimited and unstoppable. The only way I know to do that
is meditate; go within and follow your intuition, take those risks and LIVE your passion. You will find comfort in the love (the feminine) and the will (the
masculine). This gives birth to the NEW, which is your power. Love, will and choice give you faith in others and yourself.
To believe in yourself lights your path on every twist and turn!
In 2014, dream new dreams at The Yoga School of Therapeutics. Enjoy classic yoga with certified teachers.
Our yoga promises health and happiness whether 18 or 80. Be met with a smile and feel so much better in heart, mind and body.
Scholtes, an award-winning writer, serves as Director of Teacher’s Training and Founder. 10400 W. 103rd St, OP, KS. theyogastudio.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-492-9594.
One of Two Things Will Happen...by Tamie Rising
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I love inspirational quotes. Look close and you find a gem hidden inside the words. Heed their insights, and a light is shown
to reveal the gem’s beauty.
“When you have come to the edge of all light
that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly” - Patrick Overton
Moving into the unknown can be very scary. It’s the unknown after all, something unfamiliar and not yet experienced. That’s
really all it is when you think about it. Yet moving into the unknown requires a faith bigger and bolder than fear and doubt
-- anaudacious faith. This faith is mustered from the depths of your soul and harnessed to take with you down the road to
the fresh and new.
When I left my job and started my business, I stepped boldly into
the unknown. I was gung-ho, enthusiastic and feeling unstoppable as my new adventure began. The first year on my own was a
brand new, unlived experience for me and it came with lots of unknown. As a business owner, all areas of business are my responsibility.
It was up to me and I felt alone and isolated. This feeling was unexpected; and it was dark and difficult for a time. I needed
to find that solid ground or learn to fly. I did.
Our faith doesn’t
usually grow during easy times. It grows when life purposely delivers a specifically designed curriculum to help us become
all we are meant to become. The syllabus feels so daunting that turning back seems like a much better and safer option than
moving forward. The truth is we get to choose if we take that curriculum on as our own. It can take guts and that’s
faith in disguise. When we say yes to what’s before us, we find solid ground and soar!
When we learn that we cannot fall, we develop a bottomless trust that we are held by a strong and powerful presence.
An inner confidence may say, “Hey, this is possible and I got this because after all, I am NOT alone even if I might
feel that way.” It’s like being in a dark room and unable to see anything or anyone. Then someone flips on the
switch and you see the room is filled with people all around you holding out their hands. When this happens, take their hands
and move forward in faith.
I am grateful for that time the light was dim because
I learned how to dig deep within myself and build a bigger faith in my dreams, my abilities and my Source of all. The unknown
stretched me, challenged me and built me. I am who I am today because of it. And I’m better at what I do because of
it. The same has been true for you, I’m sure.
Faith is a state of mind
that can be cultivated. We can consciously decide to have the unceasing faith that we can get through and do what we set out
to do. Faith, like yoga or meditation, is a practice. We cultivate and grow our faith by waking up every day and setting an
intention to live that day in faith of what’s possible.
not mean we have to know how to make real the possibility we hold for our self and our life. It’s also doesn’t mean we have to already
possess the means to the end. Faith is knowing we ARE the means to the end.
What does faith mean to you?
some other ways to think about faith:
is the propeller you can’t see under the water, gently moving you forward.
¨ Faith is trusting yourself and trusting life as you head down your path.
¨ Faith is believing the impossible is possible.
¨ Faith helps you take the
next step, even when you might feel some doubt.
¨ Faith is knowing in your bones the step we take leads you to where you want to go, even if you can’t see how.
¨ Faith means you trust and believe the how will be revealed.
¨ Faith is knowing that when I take a break
from writing this article, I’ll come back and find the words to finish it.
yours, my journey continues. When I don’t feel something solid to stand on, I’ve learned that in holding closely
to my faith I can fly, as we were all born to do!
In times of darkness, breathe deep, dig deep
and trust deep. Because one of two things will always happen…you will find something solid to stand on or you will be taught to
Tamie Rising is a business coach who helps conscious business owners make their mark. She is also a professional speaker who
is on a mission to empower individuals, leaders and teams to be more creative, happy, innovative and authentic contributors
within their families, businesses, communities and on the planet. Learn more about Tamie at www.tamierising.com or contact her at email@example.com.
Faith is Waiting...by Stephanie Forcier
As I sat down to write this article, my computer froze and crashed. Slightly frustrated, and somewhat inconvenienced,
I manually shut down my laptop. I pressed the power button and listened to the fan kick on as the system came back to life.
I watched the security log-in screen come up and…I got an error message. The log-in screen failed to initialize. Now,
frustration building, I pressed “okay” to clear the message and once again, shut down my computer. Annoyed, I
ejected the laptop battery and stared at it, thinking, “You better work this time, I have an article to write!”
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a few minutes of stewing over the precious minutes wasted, I heard a voice that caused me to chuckle. The voice said, “Have
faith!” In that instance, frustration and resistance left me. How wonderfully appropriate it was that the very topic
I was writing about would become a direct part of my experience. So, I decided to go grab a bite to eat, relax and center
myself. As I noticed calmness and peace wash over me, I knew that when I powered up my computer again, it would work. Moreover,
even if the computer did not come back on, I knew everything would work out. I knew another path would present itself. I pressed
the power button again, heard the fan whizz, and there appeared my log-in screen. I typed in my password and I was on my way.
this divine challenge was a seemingly small reminder to embrace faith, it definitely got my attention. Faith finds us at some
of the most vulnerable times of our lives. Yet, faith won’t take action on our behalf, speak for us or make decisions
for us. Faith waits patiently near until we are ready to allow it into our hearts. Faith allows us to grow.
what is faith? In my experience, faith can take many forms and work through many messengers, but in its pure state, faith
is formless. Regardless of the form faith takes or how a message is received, faith is a feeling of believing. Faith allows
us to believe that everything is going to work out. Faith supports us in taking the next step, even though we may not see
the outcome. When we align with faith, it activates something other than our logical mind, which is the reason we experience
what we might describe as miracles. Faith connects to a greater universal flow, and may be experienced on a deeply personal
level regardless of religion, background or upbringing. Faith is as unconditional as love, always present in every moment
no matter how messy things seem.
Faith serves as a foundation upon which we can navigate our lives. If we are experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, grief,
etc., it may seem like faith has left us. But, faith has not left us. Faith is right beneath our feet, an eternal foundation,
just waiting for the fog to clear. Faith is in our hearts the whole time, holding the road map that leads to peace. As we
move through life’s challenges, faith reveals itself to us. As we get out of our own way, quiet our minds and relax
into the flow, faith washes over us. As faith washes over us, we are able to find the words, to discover the direction and
to take the next step. Faith gives momentum to truth; and as truth is recognized, miracles unfold.
Keeping in alignment
with faith may be supported or challenged by others in our lives, the energy of the environments we frequent and how we choose
to care for ourselves. We may feel empowered when hearing someone’s story, or we may feel depressed. We might feel delighted
every time we visit a cherished friend, or stressed out every time we go to work. The stories change, the characters change,
environments change and we even change…yet faith remains.
Faith is, in its purity, a formless quality that continuously
whispers to our hearts. As our hearts hear faith, the forms and messengers to support our growth reveal themselves. Faith
is inspired as we align ourselves with proper self-care, with supportive people and harmonious environments. And, faith is
also inspired as we recognize lack of self-care, unsupportive people and disharmonious environments. Either way, faith is
there, standing by with your road map to peace. Either way, faith is waiting.
Stephanie Forcier is a Certified Teacher and Advanced Practitioner of Linda Howe’s Pathway Prayer Process to accessing
the Akashic Record with over a decade of experience. She is also a Certified Angel Practitioner. Stephanie actively
offers certification classes, events, workshops, personal sessions and facilitates Akashic Record Meet-up groups. For more
information: www.InnerWisdomEvolution.com 816-260-2438 or Facebook www.facebook.com/innerwisdomevolution.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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continual transition. Most of the changes are small, daily shifts toward a new reality. Others are major life-changing events.
We all experience these
major and minor transitions which help us grow, experience and learn. These are opportunities to reinvent ourselves to our
choosing. We can accept change as an opportunity for growth or we can resist and fight against nature, making life more
difficult and less joyous.
experienced many of the major life transitions: childbirth, death of a parent, divorce, family illness, changing careers,
empty nest and more. Each is frightening, intense and sometimes painful. I usually scream and cry and feel the pain completely.
Then I start to heal and find that each calamity presents the opportunity to reach inside myself and find new strength —
and to recreate Who I Am.
beautiful issue of Evolving features articles
on life’s transitions. In her column this month, Jude LaClaire offers insight into the spiral of life and how we can
learn from transitions. Ashana, in her feature article, teaches us to take a leap and allow miracles
in our lives. And, Sara Koron explores the yin and yang of nature and how it relates to mid-life changes. This is truly a
encourage you to welcome change; to stop resisting the forces of nature and allow the waves of change to help create a new,
stronger, more resilient and open to love—You!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Freedom from Addictions
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Carl Jung said, “Every form of addiction
is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” When it comes to addictions, I don’t
believe the core problem is the particular addiction (whether it be cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, shopping, gambling or any
other addictive behavior); I believe the core problem is the nature of what causes a person to seek relief through an addictive
substance or behavior.
In my opinion, the drugs themselves aren't the true problem, but ill-fitted or weak solutions to a problem—an
attempt to cope. If we can learn to address the issues underneath the desire we can learn new, healthy coping skills.
I’ve found that addictive behaviors become non-issues when I feel well and whole. There isn’t a need to
cover up, medicate or cope with life; life itself is joy. Whenever I detect a potentially harmful habit
(and what truly is an addiction but a habit that becomes
consuming, compulsive, and at times uncontrollable, with usage that persists even in the face of extremely negative consequences), I question what is my motivation with this habit?
What do I get from it? Then I find a healthy replacement.
This month, noted author and psychic Almine shares a resourceful
article on addictions and the self-abandonment involved in these life issues. She explains how we lose
our energy, and thus our power, by indulging in addictive habits. She teaches us to harness our true power to fill the void
that addictions normally fill. It is a truly inspirational piece and I hope you gain a nugget of hope and knowing that we
all can be whole, powerful and addiction-free.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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Recently, life threw several personal
challenges toward me. What came as a surprise was the awareness of how this inner discord directly affected my outer world,
my home. My inner and outer worlds, so intertwined, were reflecting back to me the temporary turmoil of my existence. Normally
tidy to a fault, I began noticing areas of clutter and discord.
So, I made of list of areas to organize. And felt overwhelmed. So instead, I committed to cleaning and organizing just
one area a week while doing my regular cleaning. It feels glorious! Sometimes I tackle more than planned, but even when not,
I am able to let go of the need to do more as I see progress — and the peace that comes from organized, simplified,
I always marvel at how my inner and
outer realities reflect back to each other. Like the chicken and the egg, I don't know whether a peaceful inner attitude
brings an organized outer self; or, if by keeping my living space clean I create peace. All I know is that it works for me...
Cleanliness of home begats cleanliness of mind and feelings of peace.
And so, we offer this
special issue on organized living with a focus on feng shui. I look at the chest I recently cleared and moved to another area
of my dining room and I feel the expansion, the clarity and the plain ole cleanliness of stirring up the healthy
energy in the room and creating space.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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When I started Evolving Woman in 1994, the pervasive thought at the time from
potential business owners was, “I want to follow my dreams and provide a holistic or metaphysical service, but will
people pay for non-traditional methods?” Many people were stuck in feelings of inferiority, that they didn’t “deserve”
to be successful and make a living while pursuing their dreams. Plus, in conservative Kansas City, it seemed far fetched to
make a living as something as out-there as a massage therapist or Reiki practitioner.
Luckily, how the times have changed! Today,
I see thriving businesses providing vital services to the community. What a blessing that we have learned to put ourselves
out there in business, claiming deserved success while nurturing and healing our neighbors. The pages of Evolving are filled each month with these brave, pioneer folks.
month’s theme is the holistic business model — with a special section on women in business — so we may all
learn the valuable lessons of how to form a vision, take a chance and create a prosperous, mutually-beneficial future.