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Publisher's Message ~ February 2013 Issue


OK In Health eMagazine Special Event Series

OK In Health brings in special teachers or speakers to the Okanagan each year such as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Faure-Alderson, Chris Stormer, Rita Kluny and recently Allison Scott from South Africa.

2013 is a special year for Ireland. They are inviting everyone to come home and bring their friends and family.  The turf is on the fire and the tea is on!. In March, Maria Carr and Cindy Smith are bringing members to Ireland for a Celtic Angel Gathering 2013 Sacred Tour. This is a very special tour guided by Arch Angel Michael - come join us. Registration is closing soon. 

In September 2013, is our Celtic 'Artist' Gathering Tour to Ireland with art teacher, art classes, many galleries, local guides and talks by Irish artists as well as painting the beauty of the Emerald Isle. Pre-reg is now open.
In March 2014, we are return to Ireland with Cindy and Maria for a Celtic Angel Gathering 2014 Sacred Tour 15 places are already pre-booked. Pre-Reg is now open.

This month in our special event series, we are proud to host and welcome Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith from Calgary to the Okanagan.
On Feb 16th & 17th they are hosting the Canadian Acclaimed workshop "Spiritual & Financial Freedom".
This is the first time this workshop has been offered in in BC. During the two days they  will discuss:

  • Are you really ready to make changes to how you believe and think about money and spirituality?...
  • Do you ever think or feel, "There has to be more to life than how I feel or live"?
  • Why do others seem to make it all look easy?
  • I am asking the Universe for help, but nothing seems to be changing?
  • Do I block receiving or am I just not going to experience financial or spiritual freedom in this lifetime?

Then this is the perfect workshop for you. Learn new tools and be inspired towards the direction you want to go for 2013 and beyond.  This workshop is limited so please book early. Couple discount.
You are also invited to join us for a  Free Intro Night on Friday Feb. 15th  at 7pm at the Sandman Hotel, Penticton.
Please contact Maria Carr to reserve your seat. Please bring one item for the food bank. Our last free intro night filled very quickly. To register for the course or for more details - click here "Spiritual & Financial Freedom Event".

Spiritual & Financial Freedom

Next in our Special Event Series is the Certified Indian Head Massage course in May with Susan Allen from Vancouver, a RAC reflexology course and a Cranio Sacral Reflexology Course with Carol Faguy from Quebec.  

Historically Valentine's Day is a day to declare your love for someone special in your life. Take the extra step to show your appreciation for them and all that they do. So... smile at a stranger, hug your loved ones and take that extra step to find joy in the day, the weekend and throughout the year. We wish you a Happy  Valentine's Day, may you be inspired to find love, and follow your bliss.

Thank YOU for reading our eMagazine.
So many members are happy to share information with YOU!

As you will see, February is 'Healthy Heart Month' here at OK In Health and at many community programs and events in your area. We invite YOU to check them out below.

This month's Magazine has many great new articles, news of events, recipes, and lots of information to share. Please take some time to check out the information that interests YOU!

Wishing you all a lively Spring in your step and in your hearts …
Yours In Health,
Maria Carr and The OK In Health Team

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.

Gluten Free Chickpeas Flour Hummus

Chickpeas also called garbanzo beans are a great source of protein and a healthy addition to your diet. Naturally low in fat, they are also high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. Eating chickpeas on a regular basis can help you lose weight, boost intestinal health and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Some healthy benefits of chickpeas flour: Prevent cardiovascular disease - Reduces bad cholesterol in the blood Great benefits on intestinal flora -Increases good bacteria and Protects against colorectal cancer. Contributes to the effectiveness of the immune system. Helps increase the assimilation of minerals and vitamins Controls type 2 diabetes -Low glycemic index. Excellent source of fiber -Reduces the risk of colon cancer and Controls appetite. Helps control manage your weight. Prevents constipation Excellent source of manganese - This crucial mineral helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors and sex hormones. Not only it plays a role in fat and carbohydrate absorption, it regulates blood sugar and helps normalize brain and nerve system. Source of copper - Copper is important for proper growth, absorption of iron and enzymatic reactions. It maintains the integrity of connective tissues, ageing and produces energy. It also enables normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins. Source of folic acid - Folic acid assists the production of red blood cells, helps the heart stay healthy and keep the brain young. It is essential is fetus development and it can reduce depression.

Kale Potato Soup

This soup could be made using curly leafed kale, other times black kale. The potatoes vary, too, depending on what you have in the pantry. Savory and comforting, this soup is an excellent reminder to appreciate the gifts of winter, even when you're on the cusp of spring. Health Benefits of Eating Kale are many. Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility Lastly, Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy. Chop Kale finely into your next salad, steam or use in soups.

Carob Chip Protein Cookies

This recipe is so simple to make. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your hands, form into balls, and place on a cookie sheet and in 8 minutes you have some healthy cookies to eat or for kids lunches. What Are the Benefits of Carob Chips? Many people enjoy chocolate chip cookies or other desserts containing chocolate chips, but using carob chips instead offers a variety of benefits. While you will not get chocolate flavor from carob chips, they do impart a sweet taste -- allowing you to satisfy your sweet tooth while getting more nutritional value and less cholesterol. Carob provides fiber and your body needs 25 to 38 g of fiber each day to keep your bowels and digestion functioning at an optimal level. Consume a 2-tbsp. serving of carob chips, and you take in 2 g of fiber. This may not seem like much; however, in comparison to 2 tbsp. of chocolate chips, which contains no fiber, it is a good option for adding fiber to your diet. If you use carob chips in baked goods, you can increase your fiber by choosing whole grain flours and high-fiber nuts for your recipe. it also has no Cholesterol. Your physician may warn you off foods such as baked goods in an effort to decrease your cholesterol intake if you have high blood cholesterol levels. Too much cholesterol in your blood may build up and block blood flow, increasing your risk of a heart attack. Limit your consumption to 300 mg per day. You can slightly lower the amount of cholesterol in the foods you make by opting to use carob chips -- a serving of this sweet chip contains no cholesterol. If you use regular chocolate chips, you take in 3.5 mg of cholesterol per 2-tbsp. serving. It also decreases your caffeine Intake. Chocolate chips naturally contain 18 mg of caffeine per 2-tbsp. serving, far less than a cup of coffee ; however, if you are a person with caffeine sensitivities, carob chips are a smarter choice as they contain no caffeine. Carob chips are a good choice to supplement your calcium intake. A 2-tbsp. serving of this food provides you with 2 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium if you adhere to a 2,000 calorie diet. The calcium you get from carob chips promotes bone strength and density. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, calcium may also ease symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and play a role in lowering your risk of hypertension.

Wellness Directory
Feng Shui & Design ~ Teresa Hwang - 250-549-1356
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
Allie Arnst ~ Meridian Sound Therapy - 250-499-9895 or 499 2075
Awareness Life Products at Shirley's Studio - 250 492 5506
Bahiti Belly Dance - 250-809-4530
Being Wellness and Healing ~ Dylan Smeaton - 250-460-1693
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
Cloud 9 Coaching with Wendy Binggeli - 250-490-6055
CranioSacral Therapy & Rhythmic Reflexology with Judy Lamb-Richardson - 250-359-7052
Crystal Vision Insights - 250 300 9933
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 - Lynn Andersen - 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 ~ Kerry Palframan - 250-494-8955
Kveta's Natural Healing Centre - 250-866-5677
Life Access with Daria Hanson - 250-575-3951
Milagro Studios - Okanagan - 778-478-0128
MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes - 250-868-8060
Mountain Acupuncture & Laser Therapy - (250) 260-3892
Norma Cowie Enterprises ~ Psychic Readings - 250 490 0654
Okanagan Herbalife - 7784841939
Om Shiatsu ~ Carly Wrighton - 250-870-8183
Penticton's Whole Foods Market - Health Store & Cafe - 250-493-2855
Psychic and Spirit Medium - 250 547 2262
Sheila Stephenson – Penticton Health Practitioner - 250-493-3768
Survivorship Dragon Boat Team - 250-490-4045
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.
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Hello - I'm really confused about calories and fat. I watch what I eat but don't really know what to look for! Should I be counting calories or fat grams? Or percentages of calories from fat? What are calories and fat anyways???????? PLEASE HELP!

Dear Reader,
A calorie is the standard unit for measuring energy released from energy-yielding nutrients, such as fat, protein, and carbohydrate. Fat is an essential nutrient that helps the body transport and absorb fat-soluble vitamins (e.g., A, D, E, and K), among other functions. Whereas proteins and carbohydrates have only four calories of energy per gram, fat has nine. Food labels are now Federally standardized to help make it easier for the consumer to know what's in a particular food. You can calculate the percentage of calories from fat by looking at the column marked "Percent Daily Value" for total fat and simply add up these percentages. It's recommended that fat make up no more than 30 percent of your daily diet (meaning less than or equal to 30 percent of total calories a day from fat).

Although it is important to watch both calories and fat grams, your focus needs to be on the total number of calories consumed, which often seems to be forgotten. With the introduction of low-fat and fat-free versions of many common foods, you'd expect people to lose weight. Instead, many are either staying at the same weight or even gaining weight. Sometimes you can eat more of these foods than their full-fat versions for the same number of calories. However sometimes low-fat foods contain more sugar than their full-fat cousins, and hence as many calories per serving. Ultimately, if you eat more calories than your body expends, regardless of whether these calories come from fat, protein, or carbohydrates, you will gain weight. Unused energy is converted and stored as excess body fat.

The amount of calories a person needs is based on body weight, age, gender and physical activity level. Generally, 1200 to 1400 calories per day is considered low, and anything above 2400 is considered too much. To find out how many calories you should be getting a day, check out the MyPlate website. This USDA-sponsored site will ask you to input your age, gender, weight, height and physical activity level in order to determine what caloric intake will be right for you.

Supreme Events
Touch for Health ~ Level 1
February 3, 2013
Free WFM Seminar - Heart Health: a Natural Approach
February 5, 2013
Reiki Level 1 Certification Course
February 9, 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
Your Destiny and You
February 19, 2013
4-Week Detox, Group Coaching Program
February 21, 2013
Chelation, Oxidative Medicine and other Advanced Therapies for Heart and Circulatory Disease
February 21, 2013
Your Wealth and Destiny Workshop
February 24, 2013
Riding the Waves of Change ~ Meditation & Music
February 24 - 21, 2013
Your Career and Destiny Workshop
February 26, 2013
Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Training with Brenda Molloy
March 1, 2013
Vernon Body and Soul Wellness Fair
March 2 - 3, 2013
Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Fair
March 2, 2013
Your Relationship and Destiny Workshop
March 3, 2013
Touch for Health Level 2
March 9 - 10, 2013
March 9, 2013
Celtic Angel Gathering 2013 Tour to Ireland with Maria Carr & Cindy Smith
March 11, 2013
Shiatsu Practitioner Training Program - 500 hour diploma
March 13, 2013
Kinesiology for Kids Playshop
March 14, 2013
Wardrobe Wisdom with Fashion Feng Shui
March 16, 2013
The Ultimate Path to Prosperity - A Step-by-Step Solution
March 16, 2013
Touch for Health Level 3
April 6 - 7, 2013
Touch for Health Level 4
April 8 - 9, 2013
I Can Do It! Conference 2013 Vancouver
April 20 - 21, 2013
Spring Festival of Awareness
April 26 - 28, 2013
Sound Healing Practitioner Training
April 26 - 15, 2013
Qi Gong Teacher Training with Lee Holden
May 4, 2013
Sacred Goddess Tour to Greece and Turkey & Mediterranean cruise
May 4, 2013
OK In Health presents - Certified Indian Head Massage - Weekend Intensive
May 24 - 26, 2013
The Nia White Belt Training with Martha Randall - 7 day Course
August 3, 2013
Mount Shasta, California Event
September 5, 2013
Kelowna Wellness Fair
October 12 - 13, 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
Certified Holistic Health & SHIATSU Practitioner Diploma Program
Herbology I ~ by Dr. Terry Willard
Mayan Prophecies For Changing Times ~ with Dr Terry Willard
Distance Learning through Windsong School of Healing
~ MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes
*POP* The Power of Pleasure ~ How weight loss can be fun & sexy!
NIA ~ 5 STAGES with Patti Tennessy
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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The Heart of the Soul - by Gary Zukav
Book Review - By Sue Chambers, Williams Lake, BC

The Heart of the Soul is a very exciting and interesting book. Gary Zukav explains that the longest journey that we will make in our lives is from our heads to our hearts!
He explains that the journey into the heart is our future and our only way of creating a future. Being a movement toward wholeness, integrity, and compassion. It is the healing each of us longs for, and the healing that each of us must accomplish if we are to move forward into our fullest potential, our authentic power. He explains this.
Authentic power is the alignment of your personality with your soul. Creating authentic power is different from the pursuit of external power. We know how to pursue external power well because we have been pursuing it since the origin of our species. That is why it is very challenging to discover that it no longer leads us where we want to go.
The creation of authentic power is a lifetime endeavor. It requires becoming aware, moment by moment, of what you are feeling with the decisions that you are making. The creation of authentic power confronts you with the most unhealthy parts of yourself - the parts that blame, criticize, judge, resent, envy, and hate others, yourself, and the Universe. These are the parts that must be uncovered, acknowledged, and changed. They are also the parts that most want to change others rather than be changed themselves.
Zukav explains that changing your life does not mean getting a new job, partner or moving away. It means locating within you impulses to make yourself feel worthy by attempting to control others or the circumstances around you, and changing that.
You will choose your intentions consciously. You will be free to say and do what is most appropriate, guided by your compassionate heart and your wisdom. You will live without fear. You will give all that you were born to give and receive all that the Universe offers to you. You will live in harmony with others while remaining true to yourself.
Authentic power is being fully engaged in the present moment. It is being creative without limitation. It is enjoying the company of all life. It is caring and being cared for. It is being aware of everything that you are feeling, all of the time. It is living in Joy!
This is the life that now calls you.
When you locate and nurture the parts of yourself that appreciate all of life, including your own life, you cultivate authentic power. Creating authentic power is a proactive, lifetime endeavor that requires your intention and effort. If you become distracted or get tired, realize that these experiences also are part of the creation of authentic power. It is the experience of fulfillment, no matter what you are doing. It is knowing that the person you are with is the person you are supposed to be with. You have no thoughts of fear. We experience it often when we are with friends, and when we are alone with the
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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.
150 Organic and Natural Gardening Tips ~ Part Two ~ 25 to 50 by OK In Health's Gardening Articles
Let's start we the next 25 Tips, Hints, Tricks and Facts for Natural Gardening. While you sit by the fire, have a look at some new landscaping idea or look at using a color wheel to find neighbors and opposites colours for your flowering plan designs. Begin with a color wheel to design a beautiful, purposeful garden. Avoid simply throwing colors together but put a little time into planning...
Addictions Hold Us Back by Caroline Sutherland
Many people who are ill have obvious patterns of addiction or low self esteem in the equation. An addiction is anything which has a hold on us such as: overwork, exercise, sex, food, chocolate, sugar, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs, medications, money, worry, material possessions, relationships, negativity, overachieving, gambling etc. People can also be addicted to illness...
Antibiotics Resistance and How Homeopathy Can Help - Part ONE by Ilona Peet, DCH,
You probably share most people’s opinion that antibiotics save people’s lives. After all, previously deadly bacterial infections can now be managed successfully. Can they? The biggest threat to human health today and possibly ‘the end to modern medicine as we know it’ is, according to the World Health Organization, a natural phenomenon the extent of which we are only now beginning to grasp: We’re talking about antibiotics resistance.
Archangel Michael's Leyline and Scared Sites in Ireland by Maria Carr
The Saint Michael Leyline is largely intact because of the work of the Druids. This Leyline runs across Ireland for several hundred miles, intersecting with various sacred sites that have been dedicated to Saint Michael. One of the original amplification points of this ley is a 230 metre rock, called Skellig Michael, which stands in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Ireland. For 600 years since the seventh century AD, it was a centre of monastic life for Christian monks who lived in a monastery that still exists...
Ask Ann – Can you give me any tips for a successful show Season? by Ann Turner
This is a good question and yes, as a veteran of the show ring I certainly can give you some good tips. It doesn’t really matter what discipline you are in, as showing is showing and it takes its toll on both the horse and the rider.
Being Indigo Part Three by Sharon Taphorn
Indigo Children Part Three of three. This section discusses Doreen Virtue’s The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children.
Does Your Pet Need the Needle? by Dr. Moira Drosdovech
Many veterinarians in the last decade have begun questioning whether over-vaccination, while not yet validated scientifically, may be causing a good deal of unnecessary chronic illness in our pets. We should only vaccinate to produce adequate immunity and we should only do so once the pet’s guardian is fully informed of the potential risks associated with this potent medical procedure and the risks associated with not vaccinating at all or vaccinating only occasionally.
Eat, Drink, and Support Adrenal Gland Function - Part Two by Marcelle Pick
Eating to support your adrenal glands — small choices can make a difference. First and foremost: timing your meals and snacks. When you eat your meals and snacks can make a big difference. As you can see in the graph, cortisol follows a natural cycle that works with your circadian rhythm. Normally, it begins to rise around 6:00 AM and reaches its highest peak around 8:00 AM. Throughout the day, cortisol gradually and naturally declines — with small upward bumps at meal times — to prepare your body for nighttime rest. That’s why cortisol is normally at its lowest level during the night. Ideally, you want to work with...
Fast Food Blues by Alexis Costello
Feeding your kids well in our crazy-busy world - Here’s the scenario; you’ve been out all day chauffeuring your darling children to lessons while trying to do some errands etc. It is getting late in the evening and you feel a change come over the car like a chill. Whiny bickering starts in the backseat......
Glossary of Chemicals & Synthetics to Avoid In Personal Care Products - Part Two by Klaus Ferlow
A list of the most harmful chemicals to your health are listed here from the over 100,000 toxic chemicals to be found in cosmetics and personal care products
Insights to the New Chinese New Year by Teresa Hwang
The arrival of the New Year according to the Solar Calendar – corresponding to the movement of the sun, would be around Feb. 4th. each year. According to the Lunar Calendar - corresponding to the movement of the moon, then it falls on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice, which could be any day within January or February according to the Gregorian calendar......
Israel, the Dead Sea, and Ancient Nuclear Explosions by Agnes Toews Andrews
The Dead Sea region, a healing place, has a mysterious past when giant gods, the Annunaki, also known in the Holy Bible as the Nephilim, created cities in this region. Agnes writes this month about her visit to the Dead Sea region of Israel. During a meditation there she received a vision of a nuclear explosion. It coincides with her being on a fast at Ramadan, a month of religious observance wherein Muslims fast, pray and study the Quran.
Powerful or Powerless, Which One Are You? by Pamela Shelly
As a young child we often learn early how to behave to be accepted and get our needs and wants met. Instead of learning how to love ourselves, honor and act on our feelings, we were taught how to behave by pleasing our parents to get our perceived needs met.
Procrastination by Sue Chambers
We all procrastinate; we put off things because we do not want to do them or because we have too many other things going on in our lives. Some of us love the rush of a last minute deadline, getting something done in a hurry, but it is probably not a very healthy habit to get into.
Renewable Energy by David Suzuki
Germany gets about 20 per cent of its overall annual electricity from renewable sources, including solar, wind, water, and thermal. A Reuters article reports that “Germany has nearly as much installed solar power generation capacity as the rest of the world combined and gets about four per cent of its overall annual electricity needs from the sun alone. It aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020.” In a controversial move, German Chancellor Angela Merkel also promised to replace nuclear power with renewables. The plan is proceeding, but it...
Review: Vancouver's Gluten Free Expo Highlights by Cathy Lauer
What an amazing day! With 20-25 thousand people showing up and room for only about 5500 there was a bit of chaos at the front door. Next year you can expect a bigger venue and a two day event. For those of you who were unable to attend, or tried to attend but were unable to get in, here is a look at my favourites and not so favourites of the Gluten Free Expo in Vancouver.
The Future of the Role of Alternative Healthcare in the 21st Century by Dylan Smeaton, CBP
Whether the practitioner is a naturopath, herbologist, energy healer, yoga instructor or acupuncturist, the simple fact is the history of most of these skilled professions predates recorded history. Throughout all of human history, way before the Cartesian model of modern medicine, was “alternative” healthcare; which should actually be called: Traditional Healthcare. Since the very inception of human beings settling in villages, were the village shamans that practiced within their local community. So if you stop and reflect upon the bigger picture here, you realize that today’s modern medical industry itself is actually the “alternative” to traditional healthcare...
The Health Benefits of Chickpeas Flour by Cuisine Soleil
This month, we discover chickpeas flour! Chickpeas also called garbanzo beans are a great source of protein and a healthy addition to your diet. Naturally low in fat, they are also high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. Eating chickpeas on a regular basis can help you lose weight, boost intestinal health and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes...
The Power of Empathy by Maggie Reigh
We know in our heart of hearts that we cannot eliminate struggle and emotional strife and yet many of us unconsciously, sometimes desperately, pursue this kind of surreally “perfect” family. It drives us crazy that we can’t fix everything for our kids – and it drives them crazy that we keep trying to!
The Sweetest Thing by Alexis Costello
Chocolate – The very word itself is decadent and melts on your tongue. Chocolate has had some good press recently for its health benefits, but many people seem confused as to what types of chocolate are good for them and why.
Time to Help Out Our Innards by David Dixon
There can be too much of a good thing and often this is the case, especially when it comes to chocolate. You can expect to indulge alright, but no sense overdoing it and taxing your liver to a great extent.
Understanding Messages from Spirit by Kerry Palframan, RN
Spirit speaks to us all during the day and all during the night. But the communication is symbolic in nature and not readily understood by many people today. This was not always so, and ancient culture and civilizations taught their communities how to understand this forgotten language of the Universe called symbolism.....
You Snooze, You Win: The Power of Sleep by Dr. Melissa Bradwell
Are you tired of being tired? Have you decided that you’re never going to get another good nights’ sleep ever again? Well, you’re not alone. In times where there often doesn’t feel like there’s enough hours in a day, the area that usually gets affected is our sleep....
Your Destiny and You - 2013 by Teresa Hwang
In Chinese metaphysical studies, the concept of Heaven, Earth and Man are intricately entwined together. We can look at the whole picture by their effects on our Path of Life. We can study the Heaven effect with the Four Pillars of Destiny, the Earth effect with Feng Shui, and the Man effect with Yijing (I Ching). The moment a person is born determines his destiny. The prevailing Qi is...
Free Admission Events
Free WFM Seminar - Heart Health: a Natural Approach
February 5, 2013

Learn about natural ways of preventing and treating heart disease.
Free Intro Night ~ Spiritual & Financial Freedom with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith
February 15, 2013

OK In Health eMagazine is proud to welcome Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith to the Okanagan. Are you really ready to make changes to how you believe and think about money and spirituality?
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
Celtic Angel Gathering 2013 Tour to Ireland with Maria Carr & Cindy Smith
March 11, 2013

See Ireland thru Irish Eyes and Angel Eyes. Have you ever dreamed of going to Ireland? Join Irish guide Maria Carr and Angel guide Cindy Smith for a trip of a lifetime to see the real Ireland. This tour is guided by Arch Angel Michael
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
Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Fair
March 2, 2013

Healthy Heart Screening & Trade Exhibition. FREE to the Public. Over 50 Health & Fitness Exhibitors. ...
Vernon Body and Soul Wellness Fair
March 2, 2013

This event, which welcomes over 2000 guests over the weekend, takes place at the Vernon Recreation Centre Auditorium and holds over 60 exhibitors from all areas of health and wellness.
Fitness Classes
*POP* The Power of Pleasure ~ How weight loss can be fun & sexy!
On - Going - Kelowna

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO: look forward to your exercise class?, feel energized, pumped, sweaty AND happy from your workout? and release weight and have fun doing it? Join our 6 week program to-day!
~ MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes
On-Going - Kelowna, BC

MotionWorks Fitness is a health and wellness lifestyle studio dedicated to safe and meaningful exercise methods. Join Patti Tennessy Nia Technique Black Belt, Yoga-Fit, Pilates, and more classes.
NIA ~ 5 STAGES with Patti Tennessy
On Going - Kelowna, B.C., Canada

NIA 5 STAGES: Learning Nia 5 Stages Technique gives you a movement elixir for increasing body awareness and ageing with grace. Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking
Belly Nachle Classes
February 3, 2013

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+.
Free Sessions on Kwikfit Whole Body Vibration Machine
February 15, 2013

I can help you reach your goal or concerns, for health and wellness on the Vibration Machines free till Feb.15 th. Call for an appointment.
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.
February Freeze up Run/Walk
11.30 for regisration - Peachland

5 km Run and Walk - Fairly flat route along Beach Avenue and the foreshore of Okanagan Lake. A very scenic route. $20
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.

Click here to see Michael's ideas for reflection.

February 1, 2013

Tip of the Week:

The Sun Mercury and Mars in Aquarius indicate communications both carried by and propelling of revolutionary forces. Yet Mars’ shift, which has taken a significant lead in this dynamic, is now over and it will ingress into Pisces on February 1st. Less than an hour later, Venus will begin her shift in Aquarius. This will synchronize with events that reveal a more diplomatic, humanitarian and civil tone than we have witnessed over the past few months when in mid-November Mars entered Capricorn followed by its tour through Aquarius which began on Christmas day. Whenever a planet transits a sign, Astrologers look to the ‘ruling planet’ of that sign to decipher subthemes and influences. Capricorn’s ruler is Saturn which has been in Scorpio since October 5, 2012 and will be until September 17, 2015. Saturn in Scorpio is a very provocative, sexual and yet potentially ruthless placement. The Sandy Hook massacre and the gang rape leading to murder in...
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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.

Kelowna - Space For Rent:
Attention Practitioners and/or like minded individuals; Teaching space and Treatment room available for rent. Call Marie Sperling at Rite-Way Health to inquire. 250-212-2431

Penticton, Space For Rent Spacious waiting room and treatment room for part time rent in downtown Penticton. Suitable for practitioners and health/wellness oriented individuals. Options for daily/weekly rental, access to fully equipped massage/treatment table. 250-488-6796.

Penticton Studio For Rent
Shanti Wellness, 500 square feet of tranquility in the heart of downtown Penticton, is available to rent by the hour, the day and the weekend. Classes,  meetings or workshops.

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:
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 hip surgery. From Shirley

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

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.  From TWA

Healing Request:
Please send my daughter (age 8) healing love and light for a speedy recovery from a broken arm - From Maria

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