What Dowsing Can Do For You


An Interview with Raymon Grace

Dowsing has been described as “Mother’s intuition with a readout device,” and this seems to be a fair explanation. Dowsing is generally understood to be a method of finding water with a forked stick. Well, that is true, but quite a limited definition. Dowsing is a means of receiving information with the use of a physical instrument. Dowsers use tools or instruments such as pendulums, rods, bobbers and even forked sticks to get information from the dowsing system.

The movement of the instrument gives information to the person using it. We can ask a question and get a “yes” or “no” answer. If we use a numbered chart, we can get answers with a numeric value.

Raymon Grace, a native of the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, an acclaimed dowser, explains that, with dowsing, when we ask if a specified food is good for us, we will get a “yes” or “no.” If we ask what the effect of the food is on our body and use a number chart, we can determine if it is good or bad for us and also to what degree.

There is nothing magical about dowsing, and there is no power in the instrument used. The power is in the human mind, and dowsing helps focus the mind. Dowsing is simply the use of a physical object that tells us what we already know, but don’t realize we know it. It doesn’t matter what type of dowsing tool you use. Grace, for example, uses a bullet on a chain for a pendulum.

Among other applications, he uses the pendulum to test the quality of food and water in a restaurant, the potential danger of a trip, the integrity of someone trying to sell him something, the compatibility of business associates and stock purchases.

Some believe that dowsing is a “gift,” and you either have it or you don’t. While some people have a natural ability for dowsing, – as some have a natural ability for art, music or various skills – Grace feels that dowsing is a teachable skill. He observed other dowsers, asked questions, practiced and taught himself how to do it. He was so fascinated by the possibilities that he wrote a book about dowsing. He has also made over 40 films relating to it and reached people in 142 different countries with those films.

By teaching people how to dowse, they report better working conditions in their workplace and better compatibility with their family. Some have said their health has improved; they’ve made more money and have experienced a sense of personal empowerment.

When we have better information, we can make better decisions, and dowsing is a way to get that information. If you wonder where the information comes from, Grace would say that it comes from the same place as an intuitive thought that helps you solve a problem. According to some research, a person dowsing is operating in all four brain frequencies – i.e., Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta – at the same time.

Grace says that dowsing has been proven successful in lowering violence in schools, bringing about compatibility in family and business, changing the effect of food on the body, improving water, improving health of people and animals, and reducing abuse on women and children.

He states, “One of my goals is to give my friends a lifetime of good drinking water, and if the emails folks write to me are true, we are making good progress.”

Raymon Grace, founder and president of Raymon Grace Foundation, is a dowser, lecturer and author. He is coming to Sarasota to teach “Self-Empowerment with Dowsing” on April 11 through 13 at the Hampton Inn Bee Ridge in Sarasota. Preregistration is required.

For more information on his Sarasota seminar, contact Jacquie Riker at 941-922-8874 or Ann Williams at 941-379-8663. For more information on Raymon Grace, visit RaymonGrace.us.

Posted in March 2015

Upping the Frequency for a Fuller Life

The combination of real true freedom, peace, joy and personal power is a simple habit that can be cultivated starting here and now. By devoting yourselves to this simple formula in a daily practice, you will experience shifts immediately.

The invitation is to engage with your Higher Self that is ever-present by responding to your thoughts, emotions and actions in very predictable ways. By leveling-up your thoughts to higher ideals, your heart space to the magnet of love, and your actions to celebrate and enhance your world, you will reduce or eliminate pain and suffering to a great extent.

We begin with a solution-oriented question: How can I move from pain and suffering into freedom and fulfillment? This question opens the gateway to new and expanded possibilities, which can free and fulfill you on every level…with the right amount of effort.

Life changes do not have to be a struggle. Struggle delays progress. Struggle is a habit. However, struggle can be replaced by the right attitude, effort and intention, supporting your heart’s desire and your soul’s journey to fulfillment. This is the art of living a great life.

We can partner with our Divine Source to live a free and fulfilling life. In fact, the only way to replace a life free from suffering and engage in one filled with peace, plenty and joy is to partner with our Indwelling Sacred Self.

The first stage is constructed by up-leveling our thinking patterns. The enlightenment of our consciousness is founded on the first principle of thought. Thoughts contain the energy that becomes self-fulfilling. Begin by choosing ideas that are life-affirming for you and others. This ignites the creative engines on the journey for fulfillment. So, we choose great ideas that inspire and uplift us. While it is tempting to stay in the realm of ideas, remember, this is only a first step toward lasting transformation. Keep in mind that this major first phase is one of three. These ideas when dwelled upon attract more of the same…only better! Once you use this way of thinking daily, it becomes a habit and clears the way for the second stage.

The second stage is the empowerment of the heart, which is centered on empowering emotions to enhance our life experience. Emotional pain is a primary signal that we have handed over our creative power to someone or something outside of our control. While coming to an understanding of where and how we jumped down the “rabbit hole,” an incessant need to figure out the “whys” and “wherefores” of how it got there and why it hangs around will not free us. Instead of moving forward, we become mired down in the probing. Energy stalls out and weakens our creative connection, which is essential to solution-oriented empowerment. So, instead of mulling over, “Why do I feel pain?” ask, “How can I experience love, joy or peace?” Through an empowering emotion, such as peace, you set the stage for peaceful circumstances.

The same is true for joy or love. Our experience in the emotional realm follows our attention. It is as simple as this. Long-standing patterns of attending and emphasizing what is wrong set the stage for more of the same. Simply focus on resolution at this stage by feeling the feelings you would have once the challenge has successfully been met and resolved beyond your expectations. Now, you are amping up the frequency for empowered experience.

Taking inspired right action sets the third stage. Once you decide that a fuller and more expanded life is what you intentionally choose, then the exploration of ideas and emotions will lead to inspired right action. You will naturally feel the courage and urge to follow through. With practice, your actions will be more and more life-enhancing.  There is a natural segue from an enlightened idea that your empowered heart can embrace and from which your body will move forward. With diligent effort, results speak for themselves.

Your practice becomes a habit that morphs into a life that serves you on every level. Enrichment in life experience is what every great teacher points to and demonstrates.  A higher frequency is where our human evolution is headed. The great living is here. The freedom is here. The power to engage life in ways that enhance it for yourself and others is here. It is about FREQUENCY.

As you show up with to fresh ideas, alive to the empowering emotions, and ready to fully engage in life-affirming ways, your life amps up. Life is meant to be a joyous and empowering journey. Let this practice be a platform on which to build a richer, expanded experience that centers around these simple ideas.

Life is all about the enlightenment of consciousness. By choosing life-affirming ideas, the empowerment of the heart is awakened by compassion, wisdom, kindness, and enrichment of living from the ideals of service and celebration.

Unity of Sarasota is having a forum on this topic March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Location: 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. For more information call 941-955-3301 ext 22.

Posted in March 2015

Treat Yourself to All-Natural Pampering with Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa


Within recent years, the movement toward natural nutrition has experienced a positive upswing in American society; however, many of us continue to overlook that the ingredients used on our bodies are just as vital to physical health as the ingredients consumed into our bodies.

While eating fresh, organic foods and eliminating artificial preservatives is an effective lifestyle tool, diet alone cannot compensate for the harsh, disease-causing chemicals that are routinely breathed into our nostrils or absorbed into our pores. Therefore, it is critically important to avoid contact with these toxic substances and environmental pollutants as much as possible.

Often, though, this seems like exercise in futility when noxious irritants inescapably surround us – from the facial cleansers we apply every morning, to the stain removers we spray on clothes, even to the dyes and highlights that give our locks that desirable “sun-kissed” glow.

Fortunately, Sarasota residents no longer need to worry about which damaging “mystery ingredients” might be lurking in commercial hair or skin care products. Enter: Angela Powers. A graduate of Chicago’s acclaimed Aveda Institute with over two decades of professional esthetician experience, Powers has worked independently in Southwest Florida for the past 13 years and recently opened Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa eight months ago.

This salon operates under eco-friendly business initiatives, performs premium-grade services using natural products, and promotes health awareness throughout the community. In fact, Powers is steadfastly committed to offering the highest quality beauty treatments while ensuring the safety and well-being of both her customers and staff.

“At Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa, we provide organic and traditional coloring, hairstyling and cutting, formaldehyde-free keratin straightening, organic perms, specialized hair and scalp treatments, formal and bridal up-dos, spa manicures and pedicures, LCN (light concept nails) applications and aromatherapy oils,” clarifies Powers.

She then continues, “Our color treatments contain 100% ammonia-free certified organic ingredients. The color also maintains essential oil and protein levels, so that hair isn’t harmed by the coloring process. There are no noxious fumes or ammonia-induced damage, such as a stinging scalp or watery eyes. We can create outstanding results without compromising clients’ or hairstylists’ health.

“The organic perm systems we use give our clients added movement and curl, and [the system] can even be used as a straightener without ammonia or thioglycolates. Organic perm systems are suitable for all hair types.

“Our naturalizer products contain plant-based amino acids, and our keratin treatments are formaldehyde-free. We also offer organic LCN services, which are non-odorous and non-toxic alternatives to damaging acrylic nails.”

When asked to expound upon why natural hair and skin care is of utmost importance, Powers wastes no time in responding. “Skin is the largest organ. Hairdressers and cosmetologists are constantly exposed to processing agents, hair dyes and other chemicals used in a salon. Regular exposure to these toxins can increase cancer risk. The American Journal of Epidemiology concluded that hairstylists face triple the threat of developing breast cancer after working with hair dye for over five years.

“There are other associated health issues as well, such as severe respiratory complications. I, for one, understand this fully. I used to get extremely sick with asthma from working with colors. When I worked up North, I stopped using bleach, thinking that would solve the problem. Then, after moving down to Florida, I switched to another color product, thinking this would be a better option. However, two years later, I felt worse than ever. I was going to quit [this business] until I finally found these amazing organic colors, which didn’t make me sick and delivered quality results.

“Also, seven out of 10 stylists suffer from contact dermatitis at some point during their careers, and the chemicals found in common hair products are suspected to have adverse effects on hormone levels and reproductive organs.”

Since initially discovering this negative impact that chemically-based salon services can have on our bodies, Powers has become a dedicated, outspoken force of change within the local beauty industry. Her commitment level is motivated by both personal struggles and concern for community wellness.

“I’ve always been into healing herbs, natural supplements and eating ‘clean.’ Getting sick from color chemicals specifically shaped my passion for natural hair care; however, the issue that makes me extremely passionate is childhood cancer.

“Environmental toxins – such as pesticides, herbicides, GMO, and antibiotics and growth hormones in food – that surround us are making our children ill. We can all do our part by not participating in the spread of these harmful chemicals. I feel this salon does its part by being a leader in the fight against these toxins. I want this place to be safe,” she stresses.

In addition to integrating organic products into hair and skin treatments, Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa also promotes a “green” living philosophy. Powers explains, “We are located inside a 103-year-old house with floor-to-ceiling original wood [framework]. We re-use and recycle as much as possible. We recently painted the building with low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, and we switched to LED energy efficient lighting.

“We offer products with negative carbon footprints. For instance, O’Right shampoo brand is manufactured in a factory, powered by solar and wind energy, and the packaging itself is biodegradable. Our products are refillable and non-animal tested.

“We also support local businesses and give back to the community. In fact, we recently participated in an event at Michael’s called Fashionista, which supported Building Center of Hope, Brides Against Breast Cancer and the Joey Powers Leukemia Project organizations.”

Not only is Powers an active, enthusiastic health advocate, she is, quite simply, among Sarasota’s most accomplished and skillful cosmetologists, whose credentials span the following certifications: National Educator Training for Organic Salons & Spas, Organic Salon Systems Masters’ Class & Workshop, Kevin Murphy “Cut Me” Class, L’Oréal Color Training, and National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas.

The combined expertise demonstrated by her staff is equally impressive. “My team members are multi-talented. [Stylist] Donna has 50 years behind the shears. [Master colorist] Robin has been a Redken educator and owned her own salon. [Stylist] Lindsay is an entrepreneur, who makes our soaps and scrubs for us. [Stylist] Maureen worked in downtown New York for several years and has brought that experience to us. Marie is our resident wedding coordinator. [Nail technician] Kelly is certified in LCN applications, and the other Kelly is our wonderful receptionist. Finally, our newest member Jaclyn, who will soon be offering mani-predi treatments, is constantly spreading sunshine all around,” adds Powers.

Overall, Powers’ genuine and heartfelt interest in the common good of others cannot be denied. “I see beauty in everyone, and it’s my job to make any person, who walks in the door, look and feel his or her optimal best. I want to support the community and give to local charities. I want to make a difference in this world and believe we can all positively impact each other’s lives,” she concludes.

Location: 3510 N Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 941-351-0670 or visitAngelasPureSalon.com.

Posted in March 2015

The New Healthy Cuisine


Good-to-Go Eats

Katie Newell, a blogging Kansas City mother of two who fights inflammation from several autoimmune diseases, is rigorous about the fresh, unprocessed food she buys. After noticing adverse symptoms from dining at a restaurant, Newell initially thought that eating out was no longer an option for her.

Today, she happily ventures out for the occasional restaurant meal, knowing that the healthy food landscape is changing. “I look to restaurants owned by local chefs that use local and sustainable ingredients and prepare everything from scratch,” she says.

From higher-end dining to fast-food joints, food trucks and vending machines, we now have even more choices for fresh, seasonal, organic, local, sustainable, tasty nutrition when we’re on the go. It’s because entrepreneurial chefs and fitness buffs are responding to customer demand for healthy eating options away from home.

Range of Restaurants

London’s celebrated Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, founder of several restaurants and takeout emporia and author of bestselling cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem, says that “healthy” can happen simply by putting the spotlight on plants. Ottolenghi’s cuisine is known for celebrating vegetables, fruits and herbs. He says, “That attitude, I think, is a very healthy attitude to eating.”

At Gracias Madre, a plant-based vegan Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles and San Francisco, high style doesn’t mean chandeliers and rich cream sauces. The brainchild of Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert, also director of operations for the Bay Area’s vegan Café Gratitude, it serves organic, local and sustainable fruits and vegetables and bold flavor without excessive calories. She says, “I’m inspired by what I want to eat that tastes good and makes me feel good, and I want to affect this planet—to create health and vibrancy all the way around.”

True Food Kitchen, a partnership between Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, offers “honest food that tastes really good” at Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., locations. For lunch, diners might sip sea buckthorn, pomegranate, cranberry or black tea along with their quinoa burger or organic spaghetti squash casserole.

Newell and her family gravitate towards SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, touting recipes developed by James Beard Award-winning Chefs Michael Smith and Debbie Gold, who partnered with entrepreneur Gail Lozoff to create the first healthy, high-style pizzeria in 2005. Today it offers traditional and gluten-free pizza topped with fresh and organic (whenever possible) ingredients at locations in Dallas, Omaha, the Kansas City metro area and Orange County, California.

Even at fast-food restaurants, healthy choices are increasingly available. “Unforked, Panera Bread and Chipotle do a great job being transparent about what’s in their food,” says Newell. Before venturing out, she often checks the company’s website for specific nutrition information.

Meals on Wheels–Food Trucks

A burgeoning fleet of creatively conceived food trucks takes healthy eating to local customers in U.S. cities. In addition to preparing organic, plantbased foods, The Green Food Truck, in Culver City and San Diego, California, recycles used vegetable oil, composts produce scraps and offers recyclable servingware. Josh Winnecour, founder of the Fuel Food Truck, in Asheville, North Carolina, cites losing 50 unwanted pounds as his incentive for serving nutrient-dense, made-from-scratch food to his clientele.

New Generation Vending

Most hospitals, universities, schools and corporations appear to espouse healthy eating—until the offerings in their vending machines reveal the opposite. Ethan Boyd, a student at Michigan State University, noted this disconnect. “While dining halls strive to serve healthy options,” he says, “there are 40 vending machines on MSU’s campus that spit out junk food.”

Sean Kelly, CEO of HUMAN Healthy Vending (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition), had a similar, “Oh, no,” moment at his New York City gym when he was a university student. Today, Kelly’s franchise model allows local operators to supply individual machines with better options from organic fresh fruit to hot soup. “Our vision is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food,” he says.

Entrepreneurs Ryan Wing and Aaron Prater, who also have culinary training, recently opened Sundry Market & Kitchen, in Kansas City, Missouri. In their update on a neighborhood market, they sell takeout foods like red lentil falafel and citrus beet soup. “I think people want to eat local food and better food, but they want it to be convenient,” observes Wing. “The bottom line is we want to make it simple to eat good food.”

Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

Posted in March 2015

The Ideal Pet Diet


A Q & A with Dr. Anne Luther

Natural Awakenings: A growing trend in pet foods is making them in the U.S. with all-natural and organic ingredients. What are your feelings on this? How important is it?

Dr. Luther: “Natural” and “Organic” are two separate classes of food. They are both better than the typical commercial pet food, but they are quite different from one another. Companies who use the term “natural” have more flexibility than “organic.” Organic foods are always natural, but natural foods may not necessarily be organic.

“Natural” foods are often assumed to be foods that are minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibiotics or artificial flavors. In the United States, however, neither the FDA nor the USDA has rules or regulations for products labeled “natural,” so manufacturers often place a natural label on foods containing heavily processed ingredients.

Most dog foods at the grocery store are not natural or organic, and they contain many substances that are harmful to your pet. These include corn and soy, which are usually genetically modified, wheat, artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides and animal by-products.  Genetically modified corn, soy and wheat are very inflammatory. Consuming these can lead to a variety of health issues ranging from skin allergies, chronic ear infections, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, arthritis and even cancer.

Use of the term “Organic” is heavily regulated.  Only organic guarantees that no toxic synthetic pesticides, toxic synthetic herbicides, or chemical NPK fertilizers are used in production, and no antibiotics or growth hormones are given to animals. Organic producers and processors also are subject to rigorous certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that they are producing and processing organic products.  Only pet food products that contain at least 95% of organic ingredients can display the USDA organic seal and show the “certified organic” statement.  Note that the use of certified organic ingredients does not mean that the product itself is certified organic.

By law, USDA certified organic pet food must follow exactly the same requirements and standards as those established for organic human foods.  That means these foods must be grown and processed without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics, GMOs or irradiation.

As for the “Made in the USA” label, country of origin labeling laws are either weak or non-existent in the United States. They offer little protection for consumers, especially when it comes to the source of pet food ingredients. For a product to be labeled “Made in the USA” (or any other country), regulations require only that the product be “all or virtually all” made in that country.  It is the “virtually all” term that gives them some wiggle room.

Also, there are no rules requiring the identification of sources of the individual components that were used to make a product. So, even though a company reports they manufacture a dog food completely in a U.S. or Canadian facility, there’s no way to assure a consumer that the ingredients weren’t sourced from a foreign producer.

Today, it’s nearly impossible to find a U.S. manufacturer for some essential vitamin and mineral supplements. Many are made in China.

NA: Is “grain free” always the best choice?

Dr. Luther: Grain free pet foods have become popular because they more closely mimic a pet’s ancestral diet. Compared to the typical kibble or wet food, the best grain-free recipes contain more meat protein, as well as easy-to-digest animal fats. They often contain fewer carbohydrates, too.

However, are grain free foods really better for your pet? For those with allergies to grain, the answer is absolutely yes.  Grains can be inflammatory and certainly are not a required ingredient in your pet’s diet. There are other foods that also are implicated in causing allergies, and the most common proven allergens in dogs are beef, chicken, milk, eggs, corn, wheat and soy. For pets with chronic allergic conditions, I always recommend eliminating grain, as well as corn, soy and chicken. Unlike dogs, who are scavenging carnivores that can survive (but not thrive) eating grain-filled diets, cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need animal meat to stay alive.

NA: What ingredients should a pet parent look for when choosing products?

Dr. Luther: The first factor you should evaluate is the species-appropriateness of the diet. A species-appropriate diet contains lots of good quality protein, as well as moisture. Dogs and cats are designed to eat food that is about 70 percent moisture. If you feed your pet dry food only, he’s getting only about 12 percent moisture instead of the 70 percent his body demands. This is especially unhealthy for cats because they don’t supplement their moisture intake by drinking large amounts of water like dogs do. Pets eating dry food only live in a state of chronic, mild dehydration that over time can cause significant stress to their organs.

Species-appropriate nutrition does not contain many grains or carbohydrates. Corn, wheat, rice and soy are found in most commercially processed pet foods, but your dog or cat has no biological need for them.

In addition to the species-appropriateness of your pet’s diet, it also needs to contain all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your dog or cat needs. The label should state that the food is 100% nutritionally complete.

NA: Is raw always better?

Dr. Luther: In general, yes. However, the worst thing you can feed your pet is an unbalanced, homemade diet – raw or cooked. Feeding a chicken breast and some veggies is not a healthy diet, even though it is homemade. This food is nutritionally unbalanced and can lead to endocrine abnormalities, skeletal issues and organ degeneration due to deficiencies in calcium, trace minerals and omega fatty acids.

Raw food still contains all the enzymes and nutrients that are typically destroyed during cooking so it provides a superior level of nutrition.
A balanced, raw, homemade diet is best because you are in complete control of the quality of ingredients in your pet’s diet. Dr. Karen Becker co-authored an excellent resource for formulating your own raw diet: Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats. The next best thing you can feed your pet is a commercially available raw diet. It’s important that the diet is balanced. The food you purchase should state “This food has been proven to be nutritionally complete or adequate for all life stages.” Some frozen raw diets are only meant for supplemental feeding and are not intended to be fed as the complete diet.

The ideal diet for most pets is a raw, organic diet. Feeding a dry, processed diet full of inflammatory ingredients and toxins will not give your pet the best shot at a healthy, long life.  Your job as the loving guardian of a dog or cat is to feed the highest quality diet you can reasonably afford, since what your pet eats directly contributes to how long he will live and how healthy he will remain throughout his lifetime.

Anne Luther, DVM, MS, BA, CVA, is the owner of Sarasota Animal Medical Center, located at 3646 Birky Street in Sarasota. In addition to office appointments, Sarasota Animal Medical Center also offers veterinary house call services. To schedule an appointment, call 941-954-4771. For more information, visit SarasotaAnimalMedical.com.

Posted in March 2015