The Best Of Local Healthy Living Providers - Dr. Deborah Z. Bain, FAAP, ABIHM, IFMCP - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex North

A board-certified pediatrician for more than 20 years, Dr. Deborah Bain now practices functional, integrative pediatric medicine. She says, “In medical school, we were taught to diagnose and treat with medications, surgeries, therapies, etc. This approach is a ‘a pill for every ill’ style of managing the disease state, it is not focused on prevention or restoring health.”

Bain says, “After my own health battles, including nine neck and back surgeries, plus breast cancer in my 30s, I sought out additional, alternative training. I knew that if I could get well after cancer by paying attention to nutrients, detoxification and diet, then I could also reverse some of the most chronic diseases in childhood without the use of medications.”

She states, “The body gives warning signs way before disease can be diagnosed. Unfortunately, once things have progressed to a state where it is able to be diagnosed, it is often it is too late to reverse all the damage. The disease did not just appear. It came as a result of a predictable pattern of breakdown with a predictable outcome. So, rather than focus on managing sickness through prescribed protocols, I take the integrative approach that gets to the root of the problem before vague symptoms become a disease state.”

For more information, call at 972- 294-0808 or visit HealthyKidsPediatrics.com.


Dr. Robyn Abramczyk, DDS

Dr. Robyn Abramczyk, DDS, MS, NMD, IBDM, AIAOMT, owner of Smile Ranch Dentistry, believes in natural, minimalistic remedies that are safe and effective. She practices general dentistry with a focus on holistic, biological and integrative therapies. She holds membership in International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Holistic Dental Association, International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine and International College of Integrative Medicine.

Abramczyk uses biocompatible materials that are safe, non-toxic and mercury-free and offers IAOMT-accredited safe mercury removal, biocompatible white fillings, zirconia crowns, bridges, ozone therapy and infant frenectomies.

In order to treat the whole patient, Abramczyk also utilizes ozone treatments, essential oils, homeopathy, massage therapy and nutritional and supplementation counseling and detoxification in her integrative assessments.

Smile Ranch Dentistry’s spa-like office is a calming atmosphere where every patient gets special, individualized care. Abramczyk says, “At Smile Ranch Dentistry, we believe in treating the individual goes far beyond cleaning teeth. By looking at the whole being, nutritional patterns and lifestyle choices, optimal oral hygiene can be attained.”
Smile Ranch Dentistry is located at 6700 Horizon Rd., in Heath, TX.  For more information or to schedule an appointment call 972-772-7645 or visit SmileRanchDentistry.com.

Reiki, Readings, Frequency Healing and more: Kathy D. Carter

Reiki, Readings, Frequency Healing and more

Kathy Carter holds a Reiki Master certificate from the Golden Light Center, and says,” I coach people how to maneuver life changes such as obtaining better health, better relationships, better jobs, more income, understand why certain things are happening in their lives, and discover and develop their gifts. I help people break old repeating patterns and learn to love and forgive themselves regardless of their past.”

Using her innate extrasensory gifts and years of spiritual training and life experience, she explains, “I believe everything starts in the energy field that affects the physical human body. I believe illness begins there from interference created from unreleased and stored emotion. I feel we are not taught how to care for our energy fields and that is what I help people with.”

Carter offers Reiki, Readings and Frequency Healing sessions for individuals and groups, package programs that include a 12-week Soul Finder Program and personalized Healing Mandalas. “Hands-on healing has been used for thousands of years. Science is validating more everyday about energy healing,” she says.

Kathy D. Carter is located near 75 and Bethany, in Allen, TX. For appointments, call 214-245-2293. For more information, visit KathyDCarter.com.

Study Permaculture in Plano


Nicholas Burtner

Nicholas Burtner has opened the nonprofit School of Permaculture in Plano. He interned at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, attended the Earthship Academy for natural and recycled building construction, in Taos, New Mexico, and worked in all of the major climate regions worldwide. Burtner now brings his expertise and passion for teaching, designing and consulting to DFW.

The School of Permaculture focuses on the education of individuals and groups to relearn how to work and harmonize with natural systems for everyday living needs such as housing, food, clean water and community. Classes range from one hour to one-day workshops that include an introduction to permaculture and information on local wild edibles, teas, tinctures, whole system gardening and permaculture design certification.

Burtner states, “We want everyone that wants it to be able to attend and afford our permaculture design course. That’s why we offer an entirely new format which includes a ‘come-when-you-can’ course schedule that integrates with your schedule, a flexible payment plan and kids ages 12 to 17 can come with you free!”

For more information, call 214-856-8477 or visit SchoolOfPermaculture.com.

Counselor Kip Watson Embraces Multimedia Platform


crg_kipwatson_27412012-08-best-adjLicensed Professional Counselor, sports psychology professional and Certified High Performance Coach Kip Watson can be heard from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays on 1190AM Dallas/Fort Worth,  and select markets nationwide, as well as on the iHeartRadio app. She co-hosts a talk show and offers free video tips for subscribers.

Committed to helping others, Watson also gives support to the community and her clients by offering daily “KipFit tips” posts on her YouTube channel which can also be viewed on Facebook. Topics include confidence, focus, overcoming mistakes, achieving consistent performance, managing emotions, dealing with anxiety, doubt and gaining mental toughness.

For more information, call 214-543-4108 or visit BrainCodeCorp.com.


Practitioner Profile: Dr. Abraham Jacob, M.D., FACC


Board-certified cardiologist Dr. Abraham Jacob, M.D., FACC

Abraham Jacob, M.D., FACC

Heart & Vitality

Since founding Heart & Vitality in 2012, board-certified cardiologist Dr. Abraham Jacob has been treating clients’ entire bodies. After practicing interventional cardiology for 10 years, Dr. Jacob received specific additional training in Age Management Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

He states, “One of the key items in looking and feeling well is optimizing those messengers within our body known as hormones to make you look and feel younger. Within my practice, I have the means to identify and treat comorbidities that affect us individually as we continue to age. In addition to hormone optimization therapy, as a board-certified cardiologist I provide cardiovascular screening using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology. Without using pharmaceutical agents, we treat acute and chronic pain. We also provide weight loss programs and nutritional guidance.”

Jacob provides comprehensive blood work for early detection of disease processes that affect people as they age, including HRT with bioidentical hormones, the latest in ultrasound tools for cardiovascular health evaluation, cold laser therapy for acute and chronic pain relief and a detailed consultation and assessment by a fitness and nutritional expert.

heart-and-vitalityLocation: 4100 W. 15th St., Ste. 112, Plano. For appointments, call 972-596-7399. For more information, visit HeartAndVitality.com.


eco-green-coffee-6cc1bd3fMaking a Cuppa More Planet-Friendly

Gallup poll last year reported that 64 percent of U.S. adult coffee lovers consume one or more cups daily and the average number of cups quaffed each day is 2.7. We can express our affection for both java and the Earth by following these eco-tips.

• Forego the convenience of single-cup, plastic pod makers like Keurig. As Mother Jones magazine recently reported, only 5 percent of current pods are made with recyclable plastic, and even those, having hard-to-remove aluminum tops, pose recycling challenges. Keurig plans to make all of its pods recyclable by 2020.

• Many other simpler coffee-making devices maximize energy use by facilitating more servings and reducing waste. Treehugger.com recommends the Moka Pot, a pressure-driven aluminum stovetop brewer; the Chemex Coffeemaker, a funnel-shaped glass unit with a wooden collar; the Canadian wood product Aeropress; an old-fashioned vacuum pot with two glass chambers connected by a thin neck; and a traditional non-electric stovetop percolator.

• Some coffee farms exploit their workers, paying subsistence wages, damage rainforests and use unsustainable farming practices. Jake Carney, co-founder of TheAlternativeDaily.com, founded Lucy’s Bru, an organic whole-bean coffee that’s exclusively shade-grown under fair trade conditions, sustainably farmed and free of harsh fertilizers and pesticides.

• Reuse steel and aluminum coffee cans. ChasingGreen.org details how they can make effective dehumidifiers for damp basements when filled with salt; soak paint brushes in thinner solutions; store items in a garage or work space; and serve as a spot lawn or garden seeder after punching holes in the bottom. The website also lists ways that coffee grounds can be used as a beauty, cleaning, deodorizer and dying agent.

• Use better filters at home. Instead of paper, single-use filters, INeedCoffee.com suggests reusable or unbleached, biodegradable alternatives such as the Medelco cone permanent filter and a French press.

• For to-go drinkers, many coffee shops and restaurants will pour fresh brew into mugs that patrons bring in. Keeping a clean spoon in the car can save on plastic stirrers.

Downtown Denton Community Market is Close to Everything

cs-denton-community-market-denton-community-market-1by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Opening Day for the nonprofit Denton Community Market, at the Historical Park in downtown Denton, will be April 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., specializing in local produce, locally produced food items and local artisan wares. It is a producer-only farmers’ market and art market with something for the entire family. The gathering allows people to meet producers, musicians and artists in person.

Vicki Oppenheim, with the market, says, “The farmers sell produce and agricultural products that are produced with sustainable practices, and will gladly talk with customers about their farms and practices. The variety of local food and local items is important to the Denton community and to visitors from all over DFW.”

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Toxic Crops

toxic-irrigation-field-b6d4abf2Oil Wastewater Irrigating California Fields

In the nation’s produce basket, some California water districts are knowingly selling oilfield wastewater to farmers, putting a huge portion of our fruits and vegetables at risk of contamination. Watchdog group Water Defense uncovered one district buying oilfield wastewater to include in the water it sells to farmers to irrigate crops in California’s Central Valley. This year, Food & Water Watch uncovered another district buying this potentially toxic wastewater and selling it to farmers.

A threat to California’s agriculture is a threat to the entire country’s food supply. Some staples of which California is the primary U.S. producer include 99 percent of olives, 99 percent of almonds, 98 percent of garlic, 96 percent of broccoli, 95 percent of celery, 91 percent of strawberries, 91 percent of lemons and 83 percent of fresh carrots.

The government is allowing oil companies to sell their wastewater for use on crops. Citizens must call on their elected representatives to fix this broken system and protect our food supply.
Source: FoodAndWaterWatch.org.

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