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Publisher's Message ~ December 2012 Issue

Wishing all our 5,000 OK in Health community network members
a wonderful and relaxing festive holiday, full of fun, joy, peace, and laughter.

We hope this eMagazine finds you in good spirits!

During or after the holidays may be a lovely time to go for a massage or a healing treatment. In other words, perhaps it's time to pamper yourself a little over the holidays, before having to get back to your busy lives!
So do take a moment and come visit the OK in Health eMagazine - explore the many suggestions, and have yourself a good read!  Finally! Finding an original and unique gift can be hard at times – see below wellness directory for some gift ideas!. 

Wishing you all a heart-warming festive season from the OK In Health team

In 2013 OK In Health is bringing in some amazing teachers to Penticton
We are proud to welcome to the Okanagan and excited to annouce: 

Free Intro Evening - Spiritual & Financial Freedom  with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith - Feb 15th
Spiritual & Financial Freedom  workshop with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith - Feb. 16 & 17
Reg. Cert.  RAC Reflexology Course in May
Cert. Cranio Sacral Reflexology Basic course with Carol Faguy & Maria Carr 
Certified Indian Head Massage Course with Susan Allen - May 24 & 25

Other events
Ignite the Fire Within ~ Workshop with Wendy Binggeli & Monica Sahlmark
Penticton Evolves Birth 2012  (Dec 22)
Winter Solstice Sunset Celebrationat Pen Henge
Nominations for Women Front & Centre Awards
The Pledge: An Okanagan Initiative– Dec 5th
Vernon Body & Soul Wellness Fair in March
Celtic Angel Tour to Ireland with Maria Carr and Cindy Smith (Angel Empowerment Practitioner Course) -March

See our event directory for more information on these courses and also many more.

OK In Health eMagazine is the place to find the largest workshops and events directory in the Okanagan and beyond. It is a beam of light that brings like-minded people together to share their passions for health & wellness and a centre for consciousness transformation and self-mastery.

Please take a moment to read this month's eMagazine below and see what inspires YOU!

Shannon BlissRecipe Host Manager - Shannon Bliss, manages the recipe Section. CNP, ROHP is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Certified Live Cell Microscopist, Weight Loss and Healthy Eating Specialist. Do you have a recipe you would like to share with our members?
Click on the add a recipe link on our recipe page.

Tuscan Leek, Potatoe & Bean Soup

Welcome those crisp winter days with a pot of hearty Tuscan bean soup. Leeks are a unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, the allium vegetables belong in your diet on a regular basis. Like their allium cousins, onions and garlic, let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes after cutting and before cooking to enhance their health-promoting qualities. A good source of dietary fiber, leeks also contain goodly amounts of folic acid, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Easier to digest than standard onions, leeks have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-arthritic properties. Leeks contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits. Leeks are low in calories. 100 g fresh stalks contain 61 calories. Further, their elongated stalks provide good amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber. Laboratory studies show that allicin reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase enzyme in the liver cells. Further, it also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activities. Allicin also decreases blood vessel stiffness by release of nitric oxide (NO); thereby bring reduction in the total blood pressure. It also blocks platelet clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels, which helps decrease overall risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and stroke. Leeks are great source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Their leafy stems indeed contain several vital vitamins such as pyridoxine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin in healthy proportions. 100 g fresh stalks provide 64 µg of folates. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. Their adequate levels in the diet during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies. In addition, leeks are one of the good source of vitamin A (1667 IU or 55% of RDA per 100 g) and other flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, xanthin, and lutein. They also have some other essential vitamins such as vitamin C, K, and vitamin E. Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. Further, its stalks have small amounts of minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium. Often overlooked in leeks is their important concentration of the B vitamin folate. Folate is present in leeks in one of its bioactive forms (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or 5MTHF) and it is present throughout the plant (including the full leaf portion, not only the lower leaf and bulb). Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator, where they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks. Wrapping them loosely in a plastic bag will help them to retain moisture. Tips for Preparing Leeks - Cut off green tops of leeks and remove outer tough leaves. Cut off root and cut leeks in half lengthwise. Fan out the leeks and rinse well under running water, leaving them intact. Cut leeks into 2-inch lengths. Holding the leek sections cut side up, cut lengthwise so that you end up with thin strips, known as the chiffonade cut, slicing until you reach the green portion. Make sure slices are cut very thin to shorten cooking time. Let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes before cooking. With a more delicate and sweeter flavor than onions, leeks add a subtle touch to recipes without overpowering the other flavors that are present. Although leeks are available throughout the year they are in season from the fall through the early part of spring when they are at their best.

Vegetarian Coconut Chili

This chili has just a hint of coconut to add a tasty twist. If you want a stronger coconut flavour simply replace the vegetable stock with coconut milk. For much of the last few decades, coconut oil got a bad rap in mainstream media. Critics said it was high in cholesterol and fat, and so many people did not include in in their daily diets. But island populations around the world have celebrated the coconut for centuries for its health benefits, using the meat juice, milk and oil the fruit provides in everything from cooking to disease prevention. Modern medicine is now jumping on the bandwagon and releasing its own findings on the health benefits of coconut.

Almond Butter & Millet Shortbread Cookies

These cookies can also be made with any of your favorite nut butter! Basic grain in Africa and Asia, millet fits perfectly in your diet. Rich in fibres and minerals, this tasty flour is easy to cook and digest. Substitute 1/4 cup millet flour to the same amount of plain flour for your baking (cookies, pancakes, breads, etc). Another great alternative to gluten! Some health benefits of millet flour are: Rich in magnesium Helps your nervous and immune system to work well. Provides healthy bones and teeth. Rich in Selenium Helps to better fight infections. Source of antioxidants Source of proteins Contributes to increase good cholesterol. Source of manganese Ensure proper functioning of the body involved in a dozen biochemical processes essential. Source of vitamin B3 (Niacin) Contributes to the production of energy and for normal growth. Participates in the formation of DNA. Very low allergen

Wellness Directory
A Mindful Connection Counselling Services with Carole Fawcett - 250-550-0316
A Venue 2 Ascension - 250-493-3435
Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine & Laser Therapy - 250-328-3811
Alara ~ Uplifted Wholebody and Facial Rejuvenation - (250) 309-0411
Awareness Life Products at Shirley's Studio - 250 492 5506
Bahiti Belly Dance - 250-809-4530
Bellwether Coaching/Evergreen - 250-215-7757
Celtic Healing with Maria Carr, AEP - 250 493 0106
Certified Cancer Coach ~ Kane Consulting - 250-469-4623
Challenge in 8 with YJ Reshape ~ Youth Juice - 778-471-3912
CranioSacral Therapy & Rhythmic Reflexology with Judy Lamb-Richardson - 250-359-7052
Crystal Vision Insights - 778 480 1131
Crystals Spirit Adventures - 250-681-1354
Dare To Dream Store & Wellness Centre - 250-712-9295
Daydream Esthetics Studio - 250-490-1233
Dr Ursula ~ Okanagan Thermography+ Cancer Support - 250-864-5260
Dr. Alex Mazurin ~ Penticton Naturopathic Clinic - (250) 492-3181
Dr. Jese Wiens ~ Naturopathic Doctor in Penticton & Summerland - 778-476-6016 or 250-494-3321
Dr. Natalie Mazurin ~ Penticton Naturopathic Clinic - (250) 492-3181
Dr. Tamara Browne - The Natural Family Health Clinic and Chelation Centre - 250-497-6681
Endless Possibilities - 250-497-8696
Feldenkrais Practitioner - Self Sense - 250-498-4855
Gillian Padgett ~ Okanagan Stress Management Inc. - 250-542-7602
Happily Holistic Natural Health and Wellness - 250-491-7559
Health is Bliss - 250-801-2798
Herbal Wraps at Shirley's Studio - 2504925506
Ilona Peet, DCH ~ The Homeopathic Practice - 250 826 2058
Indigo Dreamer - 250-494-8955
Kveta's Natural Healing Centre - 250-866-5677
Meridian Sound Therapy - 250-499-9895
MotionWorks Fitness - 250-768-1001
Mountain Acupuncture & Laser Therapy - (250) 260-3892
Norma Cowie Enterprises - 250 490 0654
Okanagan Herbalife - 7784841939
Om Shiatsu - 250-870-8183
Penticton's Whole Foods Market - Health Store & Cafe - 250-493-2855
Psychic and Spirit Medium - 250 547 2262
Serge Mazerand's Keys to Serenity
Sheila Stephenson – Penticton Health Practitioner - 250-493-3768
Sole 2 Soul - Vernon - 250-545-2747
Survivorship Dragon Boat Team - 250-490-4045
Teresa Hwang Feng Shui & Design - 250-549-1356
Thermography Clinic Central Okanagan - (250) 801-7900
Wind In The Willow - 250-276-5308
Your ProActive Health Now - 250.488.1656
Questions & Answers
Cindy AtkinsonYou Ask – We Answer! . . . your road map to health & wellness.
HAVE A QUESTION? LET US HELP! - We are here to help you with any of your health-related questions – nothing’s too big or too small! Our professional expert panel will do our best to provide you with information, suggestions, and resources.
The Q and A column is managed by Cindy Atkinson, BA Science in Genetics & Cell Biology.
Click here to ask a question on our Q & A page.

QUESTION: Everyone wants to "help" in the kitchen at Christmas time, but sometimes this is anything but helpful. What's the polite way to deal with all this eager "help?"

ANSWER: Embrace the moment! No, not everyone will know your kitchen or perhaps "live up to your standards," but that's not what's important on this day. Holidays are a time when people come together to enjoy each other's company as well as good food. Make your kitchen an easy place for people to help out. Create work stations for different dishes. "Stock" the workstation with a copy of the recipe, the required utensils, and ingredients. This will keep many hands busy at once without the hassle of "where do you keep the --?", or "I need -". Then relax and enjoy the camaraderie that kitchens are famous for.

QUESTION: We're invited to a friend's home for Christmas. What is the proper etiquette for bringing a hostess gift?

ANSWER: Sharing a meal with others is the core spirit of the holidays. Discuss with your hostess ahead of time what you might bring to contribute to the occasion. Have a few suggestions ready; that will help your hostess by knowing what you're comfortable with making or bringing. If your hostess insists "just bring yourself," it's still appropriate to bring a gift of some sort. A bottle of wine or a beautifully packaged gourmet food item for the pantry is always gratefully received.

Supreme Events
Atlas Profilax Procedure
December 3 - 4, 2012
Habits and Stress: How to let them go before they kill you.
December 4, 2012
The Pledge: An Okanagan Initiative
December 5, 2012
Book launch ~ The IN Club by author Emily Matweow
December 6, 2012
CCMBA workshop (Complete Cellular Mind Body Alignment )
December 9 - 13, 2012
Holistic Markets Kelowna
December 9, 2012
Book Signing and Meet the Author Emily Matweow
December 12, 2012
Thursday Morning Feldenkrais Group Classes
December 13, 2012
Winter Solstice Sunset Celebration at Pen Henge
December 21, 2012
Penticton Evolves Birth 2012 (Dec 22)
December 22, 2012
Awakening the Illuminated Heart
January 10, 2013
Introductory Workshop to Massage Therapy
January 19, 2013
Call For Nominations for Women Front & Centre Awards
January 25, 2013
Ignite the Fire Within ~ Workshop with Wendy Binggeli & Monica Sahlmark
January 26, 2013
Free Intro Night ~ Spiritual & Financial Freedom with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith
February 15, 2013
Awaken Your Inner Goddess
February 16, 2013
Spiritual & Financial Freedom Workshop with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith
February 16 - 17, 2013
Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Fair
March 2, 2013
Body & Soul Wellness Fair - Vernon
March 2 - 3, 2013
14 Day Celtic Angel Tour to Ireland with Maria Carr & Cindy Smith - 2 spots left
March 11, 2013
Wardrobe Wisdom with Fashion Feng Shui
March 16, 2013
Spring Festival of Awareness
April 26 - 28, 2013
Qi Gong Teacher Training with Lee Holden
May 4, 2013
OK In Health presents - Certified Indian Head Massage - Weekend Intensive
May 24 - 26, 2013
Registered Reflexology Therapist Certificate Course
Basic and Diploma Counselling Hypnotherapy Program
A Girls Weekend Out… Kamloops
Children's After School - Art and Yoga Classes
Adult & Children Pottery Classes
Caroline Sutherland's - Free Monday Night Teleconference
Free Audio Affirmations with Debbie Ford
Goddess Wisdom Intensive- Awaken your Inner Goddess, 7 Week Program
Hypnotherapy Correspondence Course
Herbology I ~ by Dr. Terry Willard
Mayan Prophecies For Changing Times ~ with Dr Terry Willard
Distance Learning through Windsong School of Healing
Book Club
Lyndsay BlaisThe OK In Health's Book Club is managed by Lyndsay Blais, a passionate speaker, author and success coach.
Join in Lyndsay's weekly discussion on the book of the month. As an avid reader, Lyndsay looks forward to facilitating interesting conversations with you through the OK in Health Book Club! Would you like to join our New OK In Health's Book Club? Open to all OK In Health members.

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Sacred Messages from Sacred Ireland - Jane Donald

A story of Jane Donald's personal experience from illness to recovery through the discovery and use of one's own energy and inner healing power. Follow the path where it lead into nature and Sacred sites in Ireland. The gift of inspirational channeled messages illustrated by beautiful photography. Insightful messages allowing people to connect to their inner power and appreciate their own lifeforce that courses through their physical bodies and which unites them with every other living consciousness in the Universe. Helping people to understand that the Universe is vibrational and all is energy, love and light, a part of eternity, part of timelessness.

About the author:

Jane channels messages from the Lifeforce through Green Man energy. It is for mankind to be aware of the power of love. Love is the answer, love is the power to heal the world - fear is the enemy - allow yourself to be in your heart, allow yourself to be, concentrate on being, concentrate on allowing yourself to be all that you can be, all that you are, allow yourself to be the power of love in the world - shine that light of love in all areas of your life and everything you do will flourish and be blessed. Love is the basis of all life, love is the force that flows through us all and breathes life from our soul and shines through our eyes. Love is the beauty of our soul, the song of our heart and the beating of our heart. Love is the part of us that flows through all we do, say and think - that is what we want to know - that is what we want to be all our lives - that is what we want to feel all our lives. Love is the most powerful force in all the world - the most accessible power to us all when we open our hearts to our true potential and to our true purpose in life.

The Green Man is an Ascended Master who are great spiritual teachers, healers, powerful guides who can help in all aspects of your life. The Green Man is the face of nature and an ancient fertility deity who helps crops to grow, he represents the healing effects of nature. Call on the Green Man to help increase your connection to nature or to help in your garden or farm. Especially for people whose purpose involves the environment, nature,flower essences, crystals, plant spirit medicine or other natural healing methods. Often represented in paintings and cravings in ancient churches in western Europe and India and popularly associated with the Hill of Tara in Co Meath, Ireland.

Why and how Jane became a healer

Following a collapse in 2000 at the age of 26 with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), (or Post Viral Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) and subsequent years of chronic exhaustion and debilitating illness that Jane began to explore her sensitivity to energy and holistic health therapies to aid in the recovery of her health, energy and wellbeing.
Event Review
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The Spiritual & Financial Freedom Workshop
with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith
was held in Calgary last month.

This course is perfect for you if you are really ready to make changes to how you believe and think about money and spirituality. We were asked “What does spiritual & financial freedom mean to you?”. If you answered, living a life of freedom, joy, love and abundance then you are on the right track! For those who are still unsure what it would mean to have spiritual and financial freedom it was a great course and we discover for ourselves what is holding us back and we removed the blockages once and for all!

We also learned how to:

• Get to the truth of our beliefs when it comes to us achieving spiritual & financial freedom.
• Upgraded our unconscious thought pattern about money from lack to plenty.
• Learned how our belief systems can block us from having spiritual and financial freedom
• Work with the Angel of Abundance to release all our fears and to make changes to our life, financially and spiritually.
• Unleashed our inner financial and spiritual dynamo to achieve our hearts desires.
• Balanced our ability to be a giver and a receiver.
• Learned how to receive spiritually and financially so we can truly live a life of freedom.

This course is perfect for you if:

• You are someone who has a special gift to share.
• You lie awake at night and think to yourself, “there has to be more to life than how I’m living”.
• You are really ready to make changes to how you believe and think about money and spirituality.
• You are ready to move to an entirely new level spiritually and financially.

If you said, “Yes that is me!” Then you will love what you learn in a weekend with Jaden Sterling and Cindy Smith.

"Getting rich is one part. Finding your passion; living a balanced life, and being of service to others - Now, that is creating a life of true wealth and freedom."

Here is what a few people said about it……...

" This course has allowed me to become aware of my unconscious blocks I had with finances and spirituality-- mainly finances which in turn has raised my self-esteem. I now have tools to reinforce the huge shift I experienced." Lee

"Amazing course! Gets down to the core and heals completely. I loved and enjoyed
every minute. I look forward to what can be created." Diane M.

"You connect everyone to their soul's purpose and it makes everyone's life a better path. Your love gives everyone joy and we all love you back with gratitude." Louise

The Spiritual & Financial Freedom Workshop with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith will be in Penticton, in the Okanagan on Feb. 15th & 16th with a free intro evening on the 15th.
I recommend booking early as this course to be sure to get a place.
12 Goddesses and Who They Are? by OK In Health's Articles
A lot has been written about Goddesses, who originate from many different cultures. It is said that by working with them we can enlighten and heal our own feminine wisdom, thus improving our spiritual intuition. Here's a few of the better known ones and their areas of "expertise" so that you can call on them should you wish to ....
2013 and Beyond by Kerry Palframan, RN
Many people have been asking me to use my visionary skills to predict what 2013 and beyond holds for humanity. This is because I am able to see, sense and experience energy, which is in essence a code. You could call it the language of the Universe. All humans and all life – on this planet and in the unseen realms – are constantly transmitting energy and receiving energy. Think of yourself as an...
All That Glitters… May Well be Silver by David Dixon
There are multitudes of claims for colloidal silver and often it’s very difficult to separate fact from fantasy. Dr. Carl Moyer, chairman of Washington University’s Department of Surgery said that, “Silver is the best all-around germ fighter we have.”
Ask Ann - Older Horses in Winter by Ann Turner
Thanks for asking that, as I have kept quite a few older horses sound and healthy into their 30’s, so geriatric horses are somewhat of a specialty to me. Here are some tips for older horses in winter...
Avoiding Christmas Chaos by Cathy Lauer
Navigating the Christmas Party scene while remaining gluten free- Whether it’s your first or twenty first Christmas eating gluten free there are always things that come up at this time of year that require a little preplanning. School Christmas parties, cookie exchanges and workplace staff Christmas parties are being booked and menus decided. How will you navigate your way successfully through this season while keeping to your gluten free diet?
Being Indigo Part One by Sharon Taphorn
Indigo Children Part One of three. This article was written with hopes of bringing some clarity and tips to those with indigo energy and those who love them.
Benefits of Millet Flour by Cuisine Soleil
Millet flour is in the spotlight! Basic grain in Africa and Asia, millet fits perfectly in your diet. Rich in fibres and minerals, this tasty flour is easy to cook and digest. Another great alternative to gluten!...
Christmas Holidays and Pets by Dr. Moira Drosdovech
Holiday hazards abound at Christmas time for pets and now is a good time to warn you of what to be careful of. The more obvious hazards include chocolate, tinsel and electrical cords, but there are others.
Climate change deniers are almost extinct by David Suzuki
The truth is, as most of us know, that global warming is real and humans are major contributors, mainly because we wastefully burn fossil fuels. We also know solutions lie in energy conservation, shifting to renewable sources, and changing our patterns of energy and fuel use, for example, by improving public transit and moving away from personal vehicles....
Cloud Atlas - A Step In the Right Direction.... by Chris Lee
If you haven’t already seen the movie “Cloud Atlas”, watch it with an open mind! It is about the actions of individual lives and how they have an impact on each other in the past, present and future. Although initially the movie is a little confusing, hang in there, as all is explained in an amazing sequence of connecting people and events to each other across the passages of time. For those who already understand and accept Past Lives, and how everything is interconnected, don’t be too quick to...
Company's coming by Alexis Costello
Food is an intimate thing; we use it to nourish and care for each other on a very primal level and it can make the difference between someone feeling welcome in your home and someone feeling threatened. Because I didn’t realize this when I was younger, and insisted on doggedly shoving tofu under people’s noses, I have extended family who are still afraid to even try anything I serve them!
December 2012 a month for Divine Awareness by Cindy Smith
As December has been approaching I have witnessed many people experiencing fear and confusion around what Dec 12-12 means and what will the world experience. I have decided to share my own beliefs because of what I have been guided by my Angel Team. In the last year when I have asked Archangel Michael do I need to prepare or do anything different concerning Dec 12, this is what I have been guided repeatedly...
Drugs verses Nature for the Treatment of Heart Disease - Part Two by Dr. Tamara Browne
Although sometimes life-saving and necessary, certain drugs used commonly to treat heart disease may be more risky than you are lead to believe. Natural alternatives by contrast are much safer and carry the added benefit of improving heart and circulatory health. They improve overall health while at the same time preventing heart attacks and stroke (our #1 killers). Recent research has uncovered the negative consequences of regularly consuming certain cardiac medications...
EarthStar Wheel: Vortices, Leylines in the Okanagan & Lake louise by Maria Carr
Vortices appear to be points of power or energy on the Earth or “Earth Chakras”, and ley lines are the relationships between those points. An analogy might be that the vortices are accupressure points. and the ley lines between them are meridians on the skin of the body of Mother Earth. I grew up in Ireland and now live in the Okanagan, in BC. The Lake Okanagan is one of the points on the Earth Energy wheel map. The Okanagan lake and lake Louise are both...
Glastonbury, Mystical Site on a Powerful Ley Line by Agnes Toews Andrews
Mystical Glastonbury, England, sits upon a ley line of great power and holds experience of the Goddess, extraordinary insights of King Arthurs era and induces altered states of consciousness. The site contains three powerful aspects—that of the Tor, a pinnacle of male power, the Chalice Well Garden, the Goddess female energy and an ancient Abby, the burial place of fabled King Arthur...
Homestead and Natural Gift Ideas by Miscellaneous
Christmas is about giving, and what better way than to give someone something that you put your thought, time and handmade touch into. Here are some great small gift ideas that can go a long way....
My Own Personal Story about Psoriasis and Neem by Klaus Ferlow
My own experience with Neem has been nothing short of miraculous. Growing up in Northern part of Germany “country style” I quickly developed a love for the bounty of Mother Nature, especially berries, flowers, herbs and vegetables. In my 20's I developed severe psoriasis on my scalp and elbows. At times my psoriasis was flaring up to a point when I even had difficulties combing my black hair due to very thick build-up on my scalp and elbows. Millions of people world wide are suffering from skin diseases such as acne, eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, rosecea, shingles, rigworm to name just a few were Neem could be the answer...
Staying Raw During the Holiday Season by Sandra Butler
Staying raw and healthy over the holiday season can be a challenge unless you are prepared to celebrate good health and remain strong in your convictions. New recipes too...
Strategies for Heathy Eating by Sue Chambers
Healthy eating is about feeling and looking great, having the energy to do the things you like and keeping yourself as healthy as possible. This can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you.
The Adrenal Quiz by Miscellaneous
Adrenal fatigue is a very common and quickly growing problem of modern life. The stressors we are faced with on a daily basis all contribute to stress on the adrenal glands. People suffering from adrenal fatigue are much more likely to develop various other common diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer and heart disease and more. Take the Quiz....
The Egg Controversy by Lisa Kilgour
Eggs seem simple enough. For centuries they have been seen as a gift of health, a nutrient-packed superstar. High in folate, vitamin B12, lutein, vitamin D, A, zinc, choline, and many other important nutrients, eggs have been a staple in many healthy diets.
What Memories Will You Create this Christmas Season? by Maggie Reigh
Wow – the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season is in the air with all of its excitement, stress, delight, and busy-ness! It’s easy to get caught up in the cyclone of activity and forget to take the time to strengthen and deepen those precious relationships with our families… and to create memories and traditions that may enhance generations to come.
Who is In the Driver’s Seat? by Pamela Shelly
Each of us needs to be especially diligent in our thoughts and the words we speak. The bottom line is we can create that which we fear and our thoughts and spoken words are extremely powerful.
Why Aren’t All Products Fair Trade Certified? by Flavia Aarden-Kilger
Why isn’t everything fair trade certified? Which products are fair trade certified? Fair trade: You can't afford not to!....
Why Christmastime Could Be Making You Sick by Caroline Sutherland
I have spent over 25 years in Environmental Medicine, therefore I am very attuned to various environmental factors and how they affect people. Its Christmas time so think carefully before giving a friend a scented gift. Instead choose a good book or a pretty scarf or a pair of gloves for him and forego the cologne....
Will we learn from Sandy? by David Suzuki
The storm that wreaked havoc on Caribbean nations and the U.S. East Coast in late October offers a glimpse into our future. Along with recent heavy rainfall, flooding, heat waves and droughts throughout the world, it’s the kind of severe weather event scientists have been telling us to expect as global temperatures rise. Does that mean climate change caused Hurricane Sandy?...
Wool Dryer Balls Shrink Drying Time by Lindsay Coulter
Dryer balls help to cut down on the time your clothes have to spend in the dryer. They help to separate the clothes and eliminate the static. If you do not want to buy them or you want a more natural option, it is simple to make your own. All you need is...
Free Admission Events
Habits and Stress: How to let them go before they kill you.
December 4, 2012

Stress (as well as habits that lead to stress) can kill you. Learn how to control it with safe, natural approaches and remedies.
Book launch ~ The IN Club by author Emily Matweow
December 6, 2012

Book launch at Mosaic Books. Meet the author Emily Matweow, learn about The IN Club and discover why you want to read this book! Emily is a master intuitive and healer.
Book Signing and Meet the Author Emily Matweow
December 12, 2012

Book Signing and Meet the Author. Meet the author Emily Matweow, learn about The IN Club and discover why you want to read this book! Emily will sign books with a personal Haiku poem.
Winter Solstice Sunset Celebration at Pen Henge
December 21, 2012

The public is invited to participate at Munson Mountain to watch the sunset in the company of Pen Henge on Munson Mountain, followed by warming drinks at the Shatford Center. Dress warm.
Penticton Evolves Birth 2012 (Dec 22)
December 22, 2012

Part of a Global Event not covered by mainstream media, come join over 1 million people celebrating a new, collaborative society of Peace.
Caroline Sutherland's - Free Monday Night Teleconference
Every Monday - 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET - Everywhere

FREE Teleconference - Ask a Question - Each week, Internationally Recognized Medical Intuitive, Caroline discuss a topical health issue that affect us all. Then she opens up the phone lines, does some spot readings.
Free Audio Affirmations with Debbie Ford
On-going - Internet

Are you feeding yourself with the thoughts, ideas, and words that will add to your self-love? Listen now to one of the self-esteem boosting affirmations below.
Buddhist Discourse and Meditation
Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 - Kelowna

Buddhist Meditation and Discourse Thursday evenings at Heartwood Buddhist Meditation Centre. 7-8:30pm #3 2979 S. Pandosy St. By Donation
Concerned about your Diabetes? - Terrace
Tuesday Afternoons 1:30 - 2:45 - Terrace

FREE Diabetes information event - Different subject every week. Limited seating. Please RSVP and mention OK In Health as your referral.
Course in Miracles ~ Monday Meetings
Every Monday at 7:00 pm - Kelowna

Study the Course in Miracles with old and new students. Weekly reading from the Text, break, and discussions on individual practice experience. No fee
EECO Storytime
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 in January & February - Kelowna

Fun and interactive weekly program for pre-schoolers, three to five year old children and their caregivers. Learn more about nature, our Regional Parks and the animals of the Okanagan.
Free Course - Families and friends of individuals diagnosed with any mental illness
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm - - Kelowna

A FREE Course For families and friends of individuals diagnosed with any mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bi-polar, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsion.
Goddess Circle
ongoing: Second Tuesday of each month 7 pm - Lake Country

Women's sharing circle. Connect with other heart centered women on thier spiritual journey. All are welcome. No charge, no experience needed. 7 pm on the Second Tuesday of each month.
Guided Hiking - Free
10am - Kelowna

Mt. Baldy (Dilworth) Rifle Rd. Join our walking instructors as they guide you on the path to physical health and well being. Meet new friends, and get fit at the same time! Please arrive on time
Kelowna Conscious Cocktails
Every 2nd Thursday of the Month. 6 - 9 pm - Kelowna

Connect. Converse. Conspire. Create. Come out and create community with others of "light" mind. No agenda other than to be true Self and share in a safe space. You are never alone! $2 Toonie donation at the door.
Kelowna Gifts to Grandmothers
Every Thursday morning 9:30 a.m. - Kelowna

Dedicated volunteers assist vulnerable women & children in Africa along with grandmothers who are raising orphaned grandchildren due to the HIV/Aids pandemic
Meditation Support Group
Each Wednesday 7-8:30 pm - Kelowna

We meet to support each other in tranquility meditation and sit for 45 minutes. Both beginners and experienced welcome.
Peaceful Warriors Gathering - for men
Every Friday - 7:30 to 9:30 - Penticton

Light minded men who gather & discuss their spirituality & its affect their lives. Share knowledge & experiences & discuss topics that are happening around the world affecting consciousness.
Penticton Green Drinks
1st Thursday of the month at 5pm at the Barley Mill - Penticton

People who take sustainability seriously in the South Okanagan now have an opportunity to meet up on the first Thursday of every month at an informal session known internationally as Green Drinks.
Personal Insights
On going - Lake Country

Spiritual Growth Support Group- Come out on the third Thursday of each month. Sharing and discussion of various spiritual topics, books etc. Ongoing.
Retreats & Weekend Away
A Girls Weekend Out… Kamloops
You pick the weekend! - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Get all the girls together and spend an unforgettable, fun and relaxing weekend at the South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre.
Clare Island Yoga Retreat
On-Going - Co Mayo

Join us for a special retreat and go home feeling refreshed, revived and recovered.
Dolphin Spirit Gate Retreat
On Going - Co Kerry

Lois Dolphin Spirit Gate Retreat center on Inch Beach, Co Kerry - Four Celtic Fire Festivals
Drumming for Kids ~ Summer programs
July and August - Kelowna

Looking for an exciting summer program with activity for kids. Experience various percussion instruments of the world. (Bongo, Conga,Timbales, Doumbek, Djembe, Surdo, etc.)
Sober but Stuck?
On-going - Kelowna

Have you been clean & sober for quite a while yet find yourself: Unhappy, discontented, or having difficulties? Treat yourself to an individualized renewal retreat! One, two or three weeks.
Writer’s and Artist’s Irish Retreat
On-going - Co. Cork

Anam Cara Retreat - A tranquil spot that provides sanctuary for novice as well as experienced people working in the creative arts
Festivals & Fairs
Holistic Markets Kelowna
December 9, 2012

Kelowna Holistic Markets showcases Alternative Health Practitioners, Products and Services Natural Personal Care Products, Crystals, Organic Raw Food, healthy lunch options, free draws and give-a-ways.
Fitness Classes
Belly Nachle Classes
December 2, 2012

Want to learn to Belly dance with a fusion mix of East Indian Dancing. Classes are optional to Drop in or 6 week course. Classes are adult 18+.
Nia Classes - Penticton
Tuesday 10:30am, Thursday 9:00am , Monday's 7:00pm , Wednesday 6:00pm, - Penticton

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.Please phone to check times.
Aqua Prenatal
Friday afternoons - 2 pm - Vernon

Gentle postnatal exercises gradually help the new mother to regain physical strength, tone their muscles, enjoy deep relaxation and develop close bonds with their baby.
Feldenkrais Works...... - Nelson
Thurs.'s 5:15-6:15 p.m., Fri.'s 12-1 p.m. - Nelson

Better balance, posture, flexibility, less pain.....
Friday's Dance Nights
On-Going ~ Every other Friday - Kelowna

Join us for a great night of dancing. Big band, Latin, swing, country, Ballroom and yes disco. We will dance to them all. Everyone is invited beginners - pro, we are goig to have fun.
Good Morning with Dru Yoga!
Saturdays from 9 - 10:00 am - Penticton

Activations, body preps, energy block release sequences, yogic postures and breath work with a final restorative relaxation to start your day!
Kelowna Nature Hikes
Wednesdays and Weekends - Kelowna

Bring a lunch. For general information call Rick Gee 250-763-0124
Nia Classes - Vancouver
Tuesday 6:00pm or Sunday 11:00am - Vancouver

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.
Nia Classes - Kamloops
Mondays 6:30pm - Kamloops

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.
Nia Classes - Spokane
Mon. or Wed. 5:30pm or Tuesday or Thursday at 9am - Spokane

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music.
Noon Hour Yoga Classes
Wednesday at 12 - Kelowna

A one hour class open to all levels of students. All levels of students are welcome. Modifications will be given when necessary.
Salsa Thursdays
8pm to 10:00pm - Kelowna

Singles, Couples, All levels and ages-30 minute lesson with dance to follow - Great exercise for body and mind, meet new people, ongoing event since 2007.
Scottish Country Dancing
Wednesday or Thursdays nights at 7.30pm - Kelowna

No experience necessary and no partners needed! Come and enjoy the camaraderie and get fun exercise too!
Sound Bath ~ Tibetan & Crystal Bowls in the Water
3rd Thursday of the month - Vernon

Conic healing session while floating in the warm salt waters with quartz crystal singing bowls live, Tibetan bowls etc. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation.
SOYA Yoga Teacher Training
On-Going - Penticton

Offers RYT 200, 300 & 500 Hour Extended Programs. Become a certified & registered Yoga Teacher at International standards! Find out for yourself why people love our SOYA Yoga Teacher Training program!
UBC Run/Walk group meeting
Every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Kalamalka Residences Wellness Centre. - Kelowna

Students, staff, public, and faculty are welcome. Great opportunity to get or stay fit while exploring the hiking trails around campus and meet new people. All levels welcome. Free
Watsu & Tibetan Bowl
On-going - Vernon

Join with Audrey Meuse and cCome experience the perfect mix, a Watsu and the sound vibrations of the Tibetan Bowls. Restorative Calm.
Woga ~ Gentle Water Yoga
Tuesday, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm - Vernon

Gentle Yoga is great for people new to yoga and for those hoping to strengthen and stretch muscles and ease joint pain. End with a floating heart meditation.
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Connect with Yourself Weekly
Michael O'ConnorTake time in your busy week to reflect on your inner rhythms of yourself and your life. OK In Health's Soular Rhythms column managed by Michael O'Connor.
Astrologer/Numerologist and a popular columnist, lecturer, presenter and workshop facilitator, Michael brings enthusiasm, passion and a wealth of knowledge.

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December 7, 2012

Tip of the Week:

Sagittarius is symbolic of seeing the big picture. In light of the rapidly encroaching 12-21-2012 end date of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, it helps to see it from a wider angle. Hardly an arbitrary fact, the Sun is currently in the process of crossing the Galactic Center, from the earth’s perspective. This only occurs once about every 26,000 years! Due to the size of the Sun against the backdrop of the Galactic Center, it takes 36-42 years to fully cross over that point. This crossing began in the late 70’s and will continue for at least 3-4 years yet. This time period has been called era 2012. Some people have been lead to believe that this will bring about the end of the world and have, at worst, sensationalized this with a wide array of disaster scenarios. Yet, if we consider the time period that constitutes Era 2012, we can actually see that the world has and continues to change so dramatically that we are actually on the threshold of a ne...
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This Month's Members Spotlight

Dr. Tamara Browne - The Natural Family Health Clinic and Chelation Centre  - Okanagan Falls.
Dr. Browne is a certified naturopathic doctor with 7 years of university training. Specializes in Chelation, live blood analysis and Intravenous vitamin C treatments.

The Natural Family Health Clinic is a state of the art clinic based on experience, knowledge, and a foundation of sound tradition and science in natural health. Our team offers cutting edge diagnostics that can uncover hidden causes of illness, plus proven safe and natural therapies, medically trained staff, and a more holistic approach to health. We may have the answers you have been looking for. Focused on prevention and the promotion of optimal health our anti-aging strategies are helping patients live better and longer. Make an appointment today for a consultation with a registered Naturopathic Doctor. View Details

Gillian Padgett ~ Okanagan Stress Management Inc.  
Gillian is a professional stress management consultant & registered hypnotherapist, specializing in holistic stress relief & management, transforming stress into inner calm, vitality, & joy. Chronic, acute or intermittent stress can all be managed and mastered. Discover how to be calm, relaxed and peaceful ... no matter where you are and what is going on around you!  View Details

Okanagan Herbalife 
HerbalifeVanda is your local Distributor of Herbalife Products - Personalized Weight Management,Essential Nutrition, Targeted Nutrition, Energy and Fitness, Skin Care & Fragrances. Are you tired of no energy? The healthy energy products from Herbalife have made a huge difference in my hectic life. Instead of drinking unhealthy energy drinks, I now have nutritious choices that give me the energy and stamina that I need all day long. Plus, I have a community of other Herbalife members who I can turn to for advice and inspiration.  View details

Monica SahlmarkYour ProActive Health Now 
Monica Sahlmark - The Founder of ProHealthNow, Monica brings her knowledge and experience of over 15 years in the Health and Fitness industry to our team. She posses a BA in Liberal Arts Phys Ed. along with her study of Philosophy, Eastern Religions, Spirituality, and NLP. Monica specializes in dealing with the Emotional and Mental side of Weight Loss and Personal Change. Your ProHealthNow TM delivers Professional Coaching tools, support, products, services and inspiration needed to create optimal Health and Well-being. We teach you how to be Your Own Coach. View Details

Mountain Acupuncture & Laser Therapy
Marcel Mallette, Registered Acupuncturist - Vernon & Okanagan. Providing full Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture by a fully qualified Registered Acupuncturist under the BC Government (CTCMA) along with Low Level Laser therapy. Specialties: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Laser Therapy, Artists…   More details

Om Shiatsu
Carly Wrighton, Certified Shiatsu & Reiki Practitioner - Kelowna & Okanagan
Shiatsu is the movement of body energy along meridians to promote healing and balance. Reiki is healing energy that is passed to the client through the practitioners' hands. Distance Healing also available. More details

Endless Possibilities
Rhonda McLean - South Okanagan
Rhonda is a woman with a diverse background who wishes to share her gifts with those who seek to effect positive life change...
Specialties: Counseling & Therapy, Artists, Healing Pathways More Details 

Self Sense
Lynn Andersen, GCFT - Okanagan Falls & South Okanagan
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Group classes, private sessions, demos and workshops. Lynn offers whole system solutions for movement, stress and aging difficulties. Brain, body and nervous system benefit. Used by any age or fitness levels. More details


Available ~ Workshop/meeting and Practitioners space available in Kelowna
Heartwood Meditation Center in Kelowna has space available for like-minded people to share their information, present workshops, offer treatments or non-residential retreats. Most weekends and some week days
Call Sarani 778-478-7862 for more details.

Available ~ Workshop/meeting and Practitioners space available in Penticton
at 'A Venue 2 Ascension' Call 778-476-5832 for more details.

 Healing Circle

Healing Request:
Please send some healing light to my husband's hearth health, From Theresa

Healing Request:
Please send some healing for my son. from D

Healing Request:
Please send some love & light to my place of work and help me shift it to a postive place and send me some guidance. From B.

Healing Request:
Hello, I am asking for healing for my friend who is starting chemo in Vancouver this week. from C

Healing Request:
Please send some healing light to my Aunt who is suffering from a very sore broken toe. from M

Healing Request:
I would like to ask for some distance healing for my cousin who is recovering from a very serious leg injury From S

Healing Request:
I would like some help and distance healing for my friend who is suffering from S.A.D. From J

Healing Request:
I would love to help and support anyone who has been molested and trying to move on with life. I also need help getting threw this time and not going back into a deep blackness again. Thank you

Healing Request:
I am asking for protection & healing for my family and my business (which is under attack right now) so that we all can do our lives within our health boundaries and be positive and successful.

Healing Request:
I am asking for healing request to lower my husbands PSA levels and for all the men out there with high PSA level or prostrate issues. From Pam

Healing Request:
Hello, I am asking for healing for my sister in law I**   She is the most positive person I have ever met. Her brain tumour has come back again bigger this time. She has 2 kids under 15 and I pray that she gets well and sees her children grow up. Thank You, Jo

Healing Request:
I would like to ask for healing for my friend, for a speedy recovery from her foot surgery. From lou

Healing Request:
I would like to ask for healing for my friend's hand after recent surgery and for a quick recovery. From Jody

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