February 2017

Enlivened Aging in New Mexico and in Our World


Sedena C. Cappannelli


Health and wellness means different things to each of us as we age. According to longevity expert Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, aging merely refers to a passage of time, and time can be used for regeneration, not just degeneration. “The power to regenerate lies within you,” he says. This is good news at any age, and it’s even better news as we get older. Of course, we are all aging, from the time we are born. It is part of life. It’s just that our youth-obsessed culture is so age-averse that from the time we are very young, More >

Conscious Aging through Qigong


Master Mingtong Gu and Betsy McDonald


Some things get better with age, like fine wine and cheese. Biological processes transform these common foods into uncommon delicacies—delicious, sought-after treats. But aging in humans? Not always quite so delicious!


Science, however, is narrowing in on the biological causes of the diseases of aging. In an interview for the January/February 2017 AARP Bulletin, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and a Nobel Prize winner, discussed the role of telomeres as a main factor in diseases associated with aging.


 “The chromosomes are where all our genetic material is packaged, in the More >

OP-ED: Healthcare vs. Health


George Cappannelli


“Health” from the Greek root Kailo means “whole, uninjured, of good omen.” From the Old English Haelan, “to make whole, to make sound and well.” In contemporary times, the World Health Organization offered this definition: “complete mental, physical and social well-being.”


Whether we look to ancient or contemporary definitions, it is clear that the word “health” encompasses and encourages a much broader state of well-being than does our focus on “healthcare.” Indeed, any genuine consideration of health goes significantly beyond the narrow boundaries and hackneyed arguments that continue to rage in America about what kind of healthcare system we should have. More >

Health Efficacy: Winding One’s Way through a Health Crisis


Japa K. Khalsa, DOM


What really happens inside when our health has spun out of control? Have you or a loved one ever been through a real health crisis, when you felt horrible and did not know what was wrong? Or perhaps you came back from the doctor with news that was less than happy. What can be done during those times to return that lost sense of autonomy—the feeling that we have choice, hope and that there is an opportunity for quality of life to be restored?


This kind of event can be terrifying on so many levels, and without the right More >

Four Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention™

Unlock The Secrets To A Sharp Mind


Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.


On New Year’s Day I was sitting in my office catching up on the latest health headlines. The first article I read made me pause and give thanks. It noted that rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are actually decreasing—a fantastic report to this doctor, who has spent a lifetime working to put an end to this epidemic. And although the next article could be taken as bad news, that a recent AD drug trial was a flop, it made me give thanks, too. Thanks that folks, including the conventional medical More >

Your Microbiome: Making Friends with Your Colonies


Erica M. Elliott, M.D.


When you look in the mirror, you might think that the entire being reflected back to you is human, but that is not the case. Only 10 percent of your cells are human; the rest are made up of billions of microorganisms that colonize your body. We are truly walking ecosystems.


My son, Barrett, went through a short-lived phase of germ phobia around the time he turned 4 years old. He refused to wear secondhand clothing, washed his hands frequently and did not want to use public bathrooms. He said, “I don’t want to get any bugs More >

Green Dentistry and Your Health


Curtis Brookover, DDS


The rising field of holistic dentistry supports one basic principle—healthy teeth are part of the whole body. Our practice is considered collaborative between patient and dentist, since choosing safer materials for work in your mouth is important, as well as the diet you eat. With new technologies available, the prospect of keeping your teeth for a lifetime is becoming more realistic with each year.


Sometimes called biologic or biocompatible dentistry, holistic dentistry considers the impacts that materials, procedures, diet and daily care have on oral health. More specifically, the Holistic Dental Network recommends:

Proper nutrition for the prevention or More >

Chase the Bugs Away

Natural Healing Methods


Marcie Martínez


In 2011 I trained for the first Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon. The week before the race I started coming down with a cold or some sort of infection. After spending so much time getting ready for the race I knew I had to deal with the issue quickly and aggressively. I used the knowledge I had acquired from various sources to tackle the issue head on.


Lori García, owner of Body Basics, in Española, New Mexico, provided some great information regarding natural healing. One thing she always recommends regardless of the ailment is hydration. She is also More >

Food as Medicine

Dora Pacias Is Proof of It


Alejandro López


“We need to make the health of our bodies and lives our absolute priority. If we do and if we succeed in coming back into balance as we were when we were children, most of our other problems will disappear.” 

— Dora Pacias


Dora Pacias, grower of natural foods and teacher of healthy living, together with her life partner, Lorenzo Candelaria of Atrisco, near Albuquerque, is known for her candor. It takes little prodding for her to state that just slightly over a decade ago, she, like so many others in our consumer society, More >

The Herb-Gatherer’s Agreements


Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.


I was trained by the late Keewaydinoquay (Kee) Peschel, a mashkikikwe (herbal medicine woman) in the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) tradition. I met her as a young woman and worked with her for 20 years. During this time, she “assimilated me,” as she liked to say, into a lifeway and worldview that she believed held the answers to many of the troubles facing modern life.


I agreed with her that the ravaging of natural resources for corporate gain in the name of “progress” was destructive. We agreed that the results of modernity were not all positive. Increased social stratification, interpersonal More >

Transformational Eco-Psychology


Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.


“We cannot heal the earth: until we heal ourselves. We cannot heal ourselves until we heal the earth.”

— Kari-Oca Declaration of the 1992 Parliament of Indigenous Peoples


In 1992 1 attended the World Parliament of Indigenous Peoples in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil as an environmental journalist. I was one of a handful of non-Native people allowed to witness the proceeding. Across town the United Nations gathered to discuss sustainable development at the so-called Earth Summit. Much of the discussion there derailed into the question of how to sustain development. In contrast to this, facing the Atlantic Ocean with the More >

New Mexico Health Equity Partnership’s Health Impact Assessment Training

The staff at the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP), an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, thinks that every New Mexican should have the opportunity to lead a healthy life, live in neighborhoods where children and families can thrive, and have a say in decisions that impact their lives and communities. HEP’s staff sees too many New Mexicans living in historically impoverished neighborhoods where the air is dangerous to breathe, the water is dangerous to drink, healthy food is not readily available, the quality of education is poor, and people are not fairly compensated for their work.


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Newsbites – February 2017


Santa Fe Receives EPA Stormwater Management Grant

Last month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New Mexico Environment Department and the City of Santa Fe held a press conference to announce that Santa Fe is one of five cities in the nation selected to receive a $150,000 EPA “toolkit” for planning comprehensive long-term strategies to manage stormwater. The web-based toolkit includes a planning guide, along with technical and financial assistance. The project, part of a national pilot program, will be led by EPA, coordinated with the city manager’s office and supported by the state.


Urban stormwater can be a public and environmental More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – February 2017


Feb. 4–5, 8 am–6 pm

Healing Touch Certificate Program

UNM Center for Life

Level 1. A standardized, international multi-level continuing education program facilitated by Barbara Welcer, RN. Incorporates fundamentals of energy anatomy, theory and practice. Levels 2 and 3 will be offered in March and April. $365. Pre-registration required. 248.882.1706, EnergyMedicineRN.com


Feb. 6, 20, 5 pm

350 New Mexico

ABQ Center for Peace & Justice

202 Harvard SE

Working locally to help build a grassroots climate movement to address the impact of climate change on New Mexicans. Meets the first & third Mondays of each month. http://350newmexico.org


Feb. 8, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Healthy Beverage Summit

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th St. More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – February 2017


Feb. 4, 10 am–2 pm

Water Is Life Workshop

Ampersand Project, Cerrillos, NM

Observing design that recognizes the sacredness of water, small group dialogue, gentle land restoration. $30/$60. Fundraiser for Water Protectors legal collective. RSVP: Amanda@ampersandproject.org, www.ampersandproject.org


Feb. 7, 6–9 pm


SF Convention Center

Annual gathering of agricultural groups hosting an open house for NM’s legislators. Booths from over 43 organizations across the state. Presented by the NM Farm & Livestock Bureau. benjies@nmflb.org


Feb. 8, 8:30 am–3 pm

Lands, Water and Wildlife Day

The Roundhouse, State Capitol

1 pm demonstration in support of the Mexican gray wolf recovery. mcarey@wildearthguardians.org


Feb. 8, 11, 22, 25

Integrative Veterinary Wellness Open Houses

2001 Vivigen Way, Ste. More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – February 2017


Feb. 27

Homeschool Art

Harwood Museum of Art

Homeschool families are invited to a special program to create art as part of the Art in the Schools curriculum. 575.758.9826, harwoodmuseum.org


Third Weds. Monthly

Taos Entrepreneurial Network

Taos County Courthouse Mural Room, Taos Plaza

Networking, presentations and discussion. Free.


Farmer-to-Farmer Training

Taos County and Española Valley

Learn to be an organic acequia farmer. The NM Acequia Association has a yearlong training program. It includes farm and business planning, season extension, fertility and soil health, equipment maintenance, planting & harvesting, organic pest management and more. 505.995.9644, pilar@lasacequias.org


Paid AmeriCorps Terms

Young women and men ages 18–25 sought for seasonal, full-time conservation projects in Taos-area More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – February 2017


Feb. 7 Application Deadline

Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

NM students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to read Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac and write an essay on land ethics. Grades 6–7: 300 words. Grades 8–9: 400 words. Grades 10–12: 500 words limit. $500 cash prize awarded in each category. First place essays will be read on April 23, 2 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in ABQ. Email entries to brian@goldenapplenm.org. www.LeopoldWritingProgram.org


Feb. 15 Application Deadline

Creating Humanities Communities

National Endowment for the Humanities grants support grassroots humanities programs by encouraging partnerships and collaborations among institutions or organizations in a town, county More >