Registration Now Open: Texas Master Naturalists Certification Course

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———- Texas Master Naturalists Certification – Wednesdays, Feb 8-May 3. 6-9pm. Become a certified master naturalists. Training includes a min of 40 hrs of instruction via classroom sessions and field trips. Instructors are local experts. Classes cover ecology, ornithology, herpetology, meteorology and more. The Heard Museum, Science Center, 1 Science Pl, McKinney. For more info & application:  


d 35. Holidays at the Heard Museum

nb_holidayattheheard-dinosaurwithlights-2012-adjHolidays at the Heard will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., December 10, 16 and 17, bringing the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Guests will see lights and holiday décor along a half- mile Heard nature trail.

In keeping with the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty. Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting.

Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase while family-friendly entertainment complements the holiday atmosphere. Local musicians will also delight audiences with live holiday music in the Heard outdoor amphitheater.

Location: 1 Nature Place, McKinney. For more information, visit

Learn to Make Perfume at Home

crg_dorey-aromatherapy-maryellen-dorey-082216-adjMary Ellen Dorey, a registered aromatherapist, natural perfumer and owner of Dorey AromaTherapy, in Plano, will conduct a Make Your Own Natural Perfumes class for both men and women from noon to 2 p.m., December 10, at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Participants will take home their own personalized perfume at the end of the class.

Cost is $89 for Arboretum members and $100 for non-members. Location: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. For more information or to register, call Dallas Arboretum Education at 214- 515-6615 or visit

Chiropractor Endorses New Wash Basins

778a947cf6492afc340ee311fbb58d6aTraditional hair-wash basins at salons haven’t changed in decades, but as part of her commitment to beauty and whole body health, Karrie “KP” Peterson, owner of Hair Color Studios, in Frisco, is revolutionizing the hair-washing experience by investing in clients’ health and safety. She’s installed wash basins with a special headrest built inside the bowl and ergonomically designed reclined seats so the client is comfortable, and more importantly, their upper spine is never in a risky position. “My salon is about beauty and health; we use natural hair color and even serve purified water. I don’t want to have wash basins that are unhealthy!”

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When a Child is an Empath

empathic-kids-jennifer-cunnings-adjby Jennifer Cunnings

We may have heard the term “empath” and wondered if this relates to us or perhaps our child. There are many qualities of empathy to explore, but none are more important than how to support the empath child.

A child could be an empath if they become overwhelmed by loud noises or crowded environments; have a vivid imagination and love playing alone; experience physical symptoms like a stomach ache when fearful or nervous; exercise more caution than other kids; or have a sense of “knowing” about things.

According to psychiatrist and author Judith Orloff, M.D., the trademark of an empath is “feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities.”

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We May Be Sabotaging Our Own Health

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Our bodies are amazing systems of living tissues that operate seamlessly on their own, take care of our general health and balance. One of the most important systems is our digestive system—the gut. Seventy percent of our immune system is located in the walls of our gut, 98 percent of our neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine, and 60 percent of our sex hormones are activated by healthy gut bacteria. Recent studies have even correlated intestinal bacterial imbalances with psychiatric disorders.

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crg_fhwplano-dr-skinner-blur-adjFamily Health and Wellness of Plano is joining the Thermography Center Network and offering whole body thermograms to their patients. Dr. Russ Skinner, M.D., consults with Thermography Center of Dallas to fully understand and utilize the findings from each patient’s thermogram.

Skinner uses non-invasive, no-pain, no-radiation thermography as part of the yearly check-up for every patient. Patients receive a full-color, seven-page report detailing the health of their body, including brain, teeth, thyroid, lymphatic system, brain, heart, liver, kidneys, breasts for women and prostate for men. Thermography has been shown to detect subtle changes in health eight to 10 years before seen on other diagnostic tests. Skinner says, “Early detection is key to successful prevention.”

Location: 5072 W. Plano Pkwy., Ste. 200. For more information or an appointment, call 469-661-1100 or visit

Mental Health Is Affected by Hormone Health

heart-and-vitalityby Abraham Jacobs

Our bodies are very intricate and delicate machines capable of adapting to daily stresses and an ever-changing environment. However, this adaptation comes at a price, which is how we feel on a day-to-day basis. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, and they communicate with every system in our body to change and regulate its functions. When hormone imbalances occur due to environmental factors, certain inherited diseases or lifestyle, it can alter our endocrine function and patients are led down the wrong pathway to be put on antidepressants, anxiolytics and other unnecessary medications that only compound the issues.

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Kelly Brogan on the Truth About Depression

kelly-brogan-9778112eWhy Meds Don’t Work and What Does
by Kathleen Barnes

Integrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology. That’s why conventional antidepressants generally don’t work. She instead prescribes eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in order to rebalance all body systems.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression annually affects 15.7 million adult Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the population.

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