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  • 1natural awakenings October 2014

    H E A L T H Y L I V I N G H E A L T H Y P L A N E T

    feel good live simply laugh more

    October 2014 | S.E. Louisiana Edition |


    Green Building

    Highlights Region's Progress

    Cancer Test for DogsEarly Warning Test

    Detects Illness

    Easy as Apple Pie

    Moms Superfruit Wards Off Disease and Aging

    Rethinking CommunitiesEco-Concerns are Changing Neighborhoods

  • 2 New Orleans



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  • 3natural awakenings October 2014

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    Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.






    14 ACUPUNCTURE This Ancient Technique is Cutting Edge Again by Frances Burns

    18 AN A FOR APPLES Its a Top-Ranked Superstar Fruit by Tania Melkonian

    20 GREEN BUILDING CONFERENCE TOURS Highlights Regions Progress in Building for Resilience by Colleen Morgan

    22 SUSTAINABLE CITYSCAPES Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way by Christine MacDonald

    27 PHANTOM OF THE OUTLET Unplug Household Appliances to Reduce Energy Costs by Colleen Morgan

    28 EXPANDING ROLES OF THE CHIROPRACTOR From Last Resort to First Line Healthcare by Frances Burns

    30 NEW CANCER TEST FOR DOGS Detects Illness in Time for Effective Treatment by Shawn Messonnier







  • 4 New Orleans


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    Southeast Louisiana is surrounded by water, a life-giving resource that can suddenly transform into a life-threatening nemesis. Anyone living here long enough eventually gets caught in a street flood during a downpour. These arent the epic floods like that in 2005 due to the failure of manmade structures, but the frequent drowning of low-lying areas in heavy rains.

    During the 25 years Ive gratefully lived in New Orleans, Ive cleaned out inundated houses four times, lost two cars and safely walked home through ant-infested waist-deep waters carrying my then six-year-old son, Ben. Still, Ben declared it the worst day of my life! Ive adopted my neighbors philosophy: Thats the price we pay for living in paradise. But the price is too high for many.

    Historically, the municipality has turned to more and bigger gray infrastructure, from drain pipes to pumping capacity. This expensive fix isnt sufficient, sometimes overwhelmed and mostly moves the water from one area to another.

    Now more communities, including our own, are incorporating green infrastructure to better address stormwater management. Working with nature is easier, less expensive and more effective than trying to control it. Its the core nugget I gleaned from a recent Green Keepers program offered through a partnership of Parkway Partners and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. I am now more hopeful about the possibilities for remedies at our disposal.

    Program attendees learned from local, nationally-recognized experts, how residents can use yard features like rain gardens, bioswales and native plants to slow, retain and diminish runoff into storm drains. It not only helps prevent neighborhood flooding, it relieves pressure on our gray infrastructure; it even filters out pollutants, making water cleaner that does go into drains. We toured area green infrastructure sites that brought the concepts to life and I encourage you to attend when the course is offered again in 2015.

    In Sustainable Cityscapes: Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way, health and science writer Christina MacDonald explores the many ways U.S. communities are becoming more resilient. Check it out on page 22.

    This month, the U.S. Green Building Council, home of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program, will hold its annual conference in New Orleans. The local chapter will offer tours of green building sites where tour participants will hear from leading green architects and builders in our state. Colleen Morgan provides an overview of whats coming up on page 20. I cant wait for the October 20 tour on Living with Water.

    Seven years ago this month we launched Natural Awakenings of Southeast Louisiana with your faithful support during the critical post-Katrina period to bring helpful, healing information to our communities as we rebuild stronger and wiser than before. Our region has made great progress, yet the experts at Green Keepers explain there is much more we all can do. Each of us has a role to play.

    Green living is healthy living,

    Lolita Werhan, Publisher

  • 5natural awakenings October 2014


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