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The eight annual Natural HealthFest event, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 17, sponsored by the Healthy by Nature Show with host Martie Whittekin, CCN (, at the Richardson Civic Center. A live broadcast begins at 8 a.m. in the lobby and ticket sales begin at 9 a.m.

With great lectures, and top-quality exhibit booths, the theme this year is Better Memory, Mood and Energy, illuminating the crucial role of nutrition, detoxification, lifestyle and natural remedies. Natural HealthFest combines the best of nutrition, scientific breakthroughs and time-honored remedies to solve health concerns that often puzzle mainstream medicine.

Attendees can meet popular health practitioners and experience cutting-edge natural products, foods, equipment and services. Speakers include:

Doug Kaufmann – Host of the popular TV show Know the Cause. He is also the author of many books and has been the keynote speaker for the past seven Natural HealthFest events.

Fred Pescatore, M.D. – Physician to the stars and an author. His popular practice is in Manhattan. Pescatore is a best-selling author with a new book, The A-List Diet.

Howard Garrett – Known as The Dirt Doctor, he is a nationally known author, radio host and expert in organic methods for managing lawns, gardens and much more.

Gus Kotsanis, M.D. – This integrative physician is always on the cutting edge and teaches other doctors natural ways to improve hard to treat conditions, even cancer.

Darcy Brunk, DC – An expert in microcurrents for pain, he has become an expert in regenerative medicine using stem cells (from umbilical cords).

Bethany Montecalvo – This esthetician is a renowned film and TV makeup artist. She is an expert in natural and organic methods of skin care and makeup.

Michael Einsohn, DC – He is an expert in thermography, nutrition and naturopathic methods for healing and for catching imbalances early to prevent disease.

Brian LeCompte, M.D. – First trained as a surgeon, he specializes in integrative medicine using tools like ozone and prolotherapy.


Early bird online tickets are $10 online. Admission at the door is $15, but save with $5 off coupon in the May issue - OR download from home page.  Location: 411 West Arapaho Rd., Richardson. For more information, call 1-877-262-7843 or visit


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The Memnosyne Institute third annual Run for the Environment 5K chipped timed run and 1K walk will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, June 3, at Bachman Lake Park, in Dallas. This fun family event brings people of all ages together to celebrate the environment and support North Texas’ popular online green news site, Green Source DFW. There will be green vendors, food and giveaways. The run is dog friendly and all registered dogs will get a treat. is an online publication created by the Memnosyne Institute that features original reporting on environmental issues and green trends in North Texas. The website is updated weekly with local green news, feature articles and information on local green events, along with listings of local green businesses, organizations, farmers’ markets and green jobs.

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On National Bike to Work Day, May 19, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) encourages people to grab their bike and ride all or part of the way to work. Now more than ever, we don't need a car to get where we need to go. We’ve got greener options; by bus, by train, by bike or any combination.

On the way, stop by any of several “Energizer Stations” from 7 to 9 a.m. at the following locations: Downtown Plano Station, Mockingbird Station, CityLine/Bush Station, Farmers Branch Station, St. Paul Station, Addison Transit Center and Oakenwald Dallas Streetcar Stop. At each booth, get information from local bike groups, snacks, promotional items and tips on safety.

If leaving a bike at the station, DART allows riders to lock up a bike in one of more than 140 bike lids located at most rail stations and transit centers. Bikes also are welcome on all DART Rail trains, the Trinity Railway Express and the Dallas Streetcar. Likewise, most DART buses have an easy-to-use bike rack on the front of the vehicle.

In addition to Bike to Work Day, DART and the North Central Texas Council of Governments are hosting a Bike to Work Challenge to encourage bicycle commuting during the month of May. Participants will not only help the environment and improve their health, but also earn bragging rights and possibly win gift cards worth up to $100 from Richardson Bike Mart by riding as much as possible.

The Bike to Work Challenge requires logging daily commutes at The website enables commuters to both record the bicycle miles ridden and find alternatives to driving. To be eligible for prizes, participants must be residents of a DART service-area city: Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glenn Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Richardson, Rowlett, Plano or University Park, or have a work destination with a zip code beginning with 75.

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Patients all over the world are turning to thermography for a non-invasive, painless approach to discover the health of their breasts, the deeper functions of their organs that influence hormone balance and the varying underlying causes of weight issues. Dr. Michael Einsohn, who opened The Thermography Center of Dallas in 2001 as the first in the country to offer full-body scans, says they have performed more than 20,000 thermograms and trained in excess of 100 health care providers.

“A thermogram is the most definitive adjunctive diagnostic exam that a patient can find,” says Einsohn. “It is extremely valuable as a baseline assessment for health, to track changes over time, and to see how the organs of the body are functionally performing.” Thermography is approved as an adjunctive diagnostic technique, so it can be used along with blood work, office exams and other investigative tools to assess a patient’s overall wellness. A typical procedure lasts 30 minutes, and in some cases, is covered by insurance. “Patients leave with a roadmap of where to go to achieve better overall health and wellness,” says Einsohn.

Thermography works by taking a precise measurement of temperatures reflected on the skin by the internal organs and systems. “This often shows the missing keys to revealing the underlying causes contributing to dysfunction and symptoms of the patient,” says the doctor. “It’s completely non-invasive, with technicians using a handheld wand to scan the body in a temperature-controlled room. Within minutes, a computer-generated graph and report provides information about how everything is functioning.

“By looking at how the whole body is working as a system, thermography is a uniquely holistic approach to adjunctive medical diagnostics,” explains Einsohn. “It views the body in a functional sense, instead of a structural sense, like mammograms or other scans, and identifies areas of inflammation or blockage that helps identify the root cause of problems. It’s a preventative technique, because it’s possible to see how the body is functioning before symptoms appear” The clinic sees patients referred by M.D.s, DOs and DCs, acupuncturists, nutritionists and other holistic healthcare practitioners. It is also used as a yearly exam in wellness programs to establish a baseline of health and track changes over time.

By measuring hormonal imbalances, the immune system and the lymphatic system, thermography has been particularly beneficial in managing breast health. “Thermography scans can detect changes in breast tissue seven to ten years before they show up on a physical exam; this is key for preventative medicine and health practices,” says Einsohn.

The Thermography Center of Dallas runs analyses of breasts, ovaries, uterus, heart, lungs, gall bladder, colon, prostate, lymphatic system, teeth, liver and virtually every other organ. The scan also tests for general immune function, exposure to environmental toxins, viral, yeast and bacterial infections and heavy metal toxicity. “It can see clinical infections which have obvious symptoms such as a fever, as well as subclinical infections that may not produce any classical symptoms, but are interfering in the metabolic function of organs and causing the chief complaints of the patient.

The Thermography Center of Dallas is located at 5220 Spring Valley Rd., Ste. 405, in Dallas. 


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For 11 consecutive Saturday nights from May 6 to July 15, visitors to the Dallas Zoo can embrace a blend of nature and live music on shady Cat Green for Safari Nights concert series on Saturdays, powered by Breeze Energy. Events and activities begin at 5 p.m. with bands going on around 7 p.m.

Original artists and tribute bands will fill the park with music; audients may bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show or reserve a private cabana that includes chairs and fans under a tent. There will be a special presentation of Wonders of the Wild dynamic, interactive wildlife show featuring birds and mammals from all over the world. Food will be available for purchase, along with soft drinks, cold beer and wine.

Performers include Los Texmaniacs, Petty Theft, Memphis Soul, A Hard Night’s Day, Trout Fishing, The O’s, Ice House, Rebirth Brass Band, Four Way Street, Escape and Prophets and Outlaws

Safari Nights is free with Zoo admission. Gates open on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and parking is $8 per vehicle (free for members). Take the DART Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station for curbside service. For more information, visit


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The semiannual juried Cottonwood Art Festival will be held on May 6 and 7 in Richardson at Cottonwood Park, featuring works from more than 240 of the nation's top visual artists working in 14 categories of media, as it has for 48 years.

The festival also features local bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. At the Lakeside Courtyard, attendees can sit in the shade by the lake and relax while they enjoy the music. Food and spirits are also available in the courtyard.

Admission is free. Individuals needing to schedule assistance with DART Paratransit may call 214-515-7272.


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Over the coming year, Natural Awakenings DFW and are partnering in a new series, “Green Neighborhoods,” exploring the eco-friendly neighborhoods in North Texas with Green Source DFW reporter Amy Martin, who will cover communities where green retail, green venues and green folks intersect. If there’s a green neighborhood we should know about, email


Oak Cliff has been called the Brooklyn of Texas, the cradle of Lone Star blues, and the hipness capital of Dallas. It’s wrapped in history and abundant with green, holistic and natural options. Oak Cliff is big, sprawling south and west from I-30 and I-35E, so it will take a few Green Neighborhoods articles to cover it.  

We’ll start in the center with Bishop Arts, the ultra-hip entertainment district with heart, and the lovely parks and offerings to its north, including the Sylvan area on the other side of I-30. Next installment, we’ll wander to the west and explore the grassroots community vibe of West Davis/King’s X and a bit south to the vibrant Jefferson Avenue strip. We’ll conclude our Oak Cliff series with the Wynnewood area to the south, plus the high-vibe areas of adjacent Duncanville, both boasting the most beautiful natural areas in Dallas County.  

Community With a Heart

Bishop Arts pulls off the difficult balance of being an entertainment district while remaining a community. You can enjoy a gourmet French meal, buy holistic food for your dog, pick up a homemade pie for dessert and stop by a corner bar to catch up on neighborhood news. Man buns and hipsters beards rub elbows with shopanistas from North Dallas. Tattoos everywhere and always a drummer pounding for tips on a corner.

It takes strong organizations to keep community vibrant: Bishop Arts District Merchants Association ( keeps tabs on the area and stages community building events. Go Oak Cliff ( pulls out all the stops for a few big festivities each year including the ultra fabulous Mardi Gras Parade. Old Oak Cliff Conservation League ( ensures the area historical structures are preserved and held in esteem. 

Green Retail: Find Your Funky

The most concentrated part of Bishop Arts spreads from Zang for six blocks or so west along West Davis, 7th and 8th, with Bishop as a north-south center point. It’s one of the few truly walkable neighborhoods in Dallas—or by skateboard, which are plentiful.

Right in the middle is Green Pet (, a fun and whimsical shop with eco-friendly supplies for dogs and cats. Next door is We Are 1976 (, formerly Make. Oak Cliff is all about creativity, and this is its temple, with housewares and more from local arts and crafts people, plus classes to make your own. Love lives at Laughing Willow (, with its doulas, women and children’s clothes, and giant HOPE mural on its outside wall.

DIRT Flowers (, reaches nature lovers with cut flowers and unusual live plants and handcrafted gifts. For serious supplies for yard and even small farms, venture north to SylvanThirty and Trinity Haymarket (, which also carries local produce and food products.

Resale/reuse is the ultimate green retail, and Bishop Arts excels. Design on a Nickel ( will trick out your house with all the profits benefitting Hope for the Homeless. M'Antiques (, which sells old stuff that guys love, is tied to Antiques on Bishop; both are filled with fun vintage oddities.

The non- resale shops are curated with creative flairs. Opportunity Market ( moves the world forward with their fair trade goods and products from people working their way out of poverty. Fête-ish ( is hyper-colorful and basically an engine for Oak Cliff attitude.

Hip Holistic Food & Beverage

Bishop Arts is chock full of dining; mighty tasty but not always the healthiest stuff. The Mesoamerican offerings of Vera Cruz ( to be light and healthy. Same with Oddfellows (, which makes a real effort at local sourcing and farm freshness.

Most holistic dining is further down West Davis or to the north. The vegan delight Spiral Diner & Bakery ( has been holding down its corner near Methodist Medical Center since 2002. Nearby newcomer Local Press + Brew ( dispenses cold-pressed, organic juices and superb coffee drinks, and hosts community happenings.

Across I-30 at SylvanThirty is Austin legend JuiceLand (, going beyond juices to include smoothies, hot drinks, and grab-and-go vegan meals like soba bowls. In the industrial district nearby is the plant for Oak Cliff Beverage Works, makers of Real Sugar Soda (, available at bars, restaurants, and hip retail places. Bishop Cider Company ( still maintains a tasting room in Bishop Arts, but now does its production in the Design District where it has a second bar and along with a way-cool old-fashioned arcade.

On the cliff above SylvanThirty resides the historic and hip boutique Belmont Hotel (, whose lounge has an impeccable view of downtown over the Trinity River. The hotel hosts Smoke (, a chic meat palace with an emphasis on locally sourced food.

Holistic Health: From Crown Chakra to Toes

Bishop Arts was home to the first Ya Ya Foot Spa (, which offers the real deal in Chinese foot reflexology. But rising rents have moved most holistic efforts west and north.

SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing (, is now found at SylvanThirty, which is also home to Pink Pedi (, an eco-friendly salon for nail, hand and foot care.

Green Bounty: Charming Historic Parks

Coombs Creek carves its way through north Oak Cliff’s hills and rocky ravines, a major source of parks and natural beauty running from the Trinity River, along I-30, and down to Stevens Park Golf Course. Its historic parks and a select few others flourish under the wise shepherding of Friends of Oak Cliff Parks (

Graced by a lovely, though short, paved trail, this gorgeous hilly Kessler Park section has its own Facebook fan page ( Plans are to link it to Trinity Groves and the Trinity Skyline Trail (, where Cliff dwellers who seek more lengthy, dog-friendly trails go. Bike lanes will someday extend on to downtown and also connect it further west into Oak Cliff.

Lake Cliff Park has been vital to north Oak Cliff since the late 1800s. It began as an amusement park and entertainment district complete with casino. But the 1908 floods wiped out the bridges to Dallas, cutting the Cliff off from customers. Through its various incarnations the park has cycled in and out of disrepair, but its rose gardens persisted. It features landscaped pastoral paved paths.

Founders Park to the north tumbles down rugged hills toward to the Trinity and affords fabulous views of downtown Dallas. It’s one of the few places where you can sense the tree-covered chalk-rock cliffs that give Oak Cliff its name. Tucked deep into a residential area, tiny beloved Kidd Springs Park is a jewel, with a true spring-fed lake, Japanese garden, and new butterfly garden.

Eco Mobility: Streetcars and Bicycles

Consider coming to visit Bishop Arts via the new yet historic Dallas Streetcar ( that links with DART at Union Station in downtown.

Oak Cliff is mad for bicycles, a cause aided by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff ( and their sincere commitment toward bikes as viable alternative transportation. Even the police are on bicycles!

Helping riders from beginners to pro, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company ( helps you get around in style. If you’d like to go a little faster, check out the electric bicycles and scooters at Small Planet E-Bikes (


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The Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Foundation estimates that 10 percent of Americans suffer from an irresistible urge to move the legs that can cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep. According to Tufts University, nocturnal leg cramps—sudden, painful, involuntary contractions of the muscles in the leg—affect middle-aged individuals, and up to 70 percent of the elderly.

They suggest holistic remedies of: hydrating with six to eight glasses of water daily; eating a diet that provides magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and E; cutting back on sugar and caffeine; and regular exercise and leg stretches.

According to Master Herbalist text, “The Complete Medicinal Herbal,” Native Americans rubbed Rosemary on their legs to enhance the suppleness of their muscles. Cramp bark was named for the way it relaxes skeletal muscle spasms. Mexican Wild Yam and Sage relax tight muscles and relieve cramping. Peppermint, Lavender and St. John’s wort are useful in relieving the over-sensitivity of the sympathetic nervous system. Using these herbs in your decoction will help to reduce discomfort and irritation while helping to flush waste products.

A simple water decoction of these roots, herbs and bark can be applied to aching muscles to relax cramps, settle restless legs and quell over-active nerves. “Thirty year’s experience has shown that when bananas, supplements and water don’t work… these herbs will do the trick,” says Master Herbalist, Steven Frank.


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This year the Festival, organized by The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in partnership with the Dallas Morning News and produced by CrowdSource and Public City, will join forces with the Dallas Book Festival, organized by Dallas Public Library and Friends of the Dallas Public Library, to create a large, joint festival at City Hall Plaza and J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and the surrounding streets on April 29.

Programming for the event will revolve around the theme of equity, with speakers, interactive sessions and performances designed to address the question: How can we make Dallas a more equitable city with growth opportunities for all its citizens?

T.D. Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises and senior pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, says, “It is important for us to bring together folks of disparate economic and social backgrounds to engage in a meaningful dialogue around equity in our city and to elevate the discourse around that which matters most.”

Keynote addresses at the festival will be given by thought leaders from across the country. Their talks will focus on how a city like Dallas can become a more equitable city in five different areas, also known as “city tracks”: the Physical City, the Healthy City, the Educated City, the Cultural City and the Entrepreneurial City.

The Dallas Festival of Ideas held its first event in 2015 and has quickly become a focal point for thought leadership in the city of Dallas. Over the last few years, the Dallas Public Library and Friends of the Dallas Public Library have expanded the Dallas Book Festival, growing attendance from 625 to 4,000 people in just two years. This year, the two events have recognized a unity of purpose—to make Dallas a better city—and decided to coordinate the two events.

“Both festivals are focused on energizing individuals through thought-provoking ideas and encouraging implementation to better our communities,” says Larry Allums, executive director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. “These festivals will help people take the things they learn and the ideas they generate and empower them to take action.”

The Physical City keynote speaker will be Janette Sadik-Khan, a principal at Bloomberg Associates. The Healthy City keynote speaker will be Andrew Solomon, an author whose books and essays explore the subjects of politics, culture, and psychology. The Cultural City keynote speaker will be Jeff Chang, executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts and music.

The Educated City keynote speaker will be Nadia Lopez, the founder and principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She is also a finalist for the 2016 Global Teachers Prize. The Entrepreneurial City keynote speaker will be Douglas Rushkoff, a writer, documentarian and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. The closing session keynote speaker will be Yaa Gyasi, author of the highly acclaimed debut novel Homegoing and a recipient of the National Book Foundation 2016 “5 under 35” award.

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is a nonprofit educational organization vreated in 1980  as a center for creative and intellectual exchange, providing enriching programs for the public that are grounded in the wisdom of the humanities.

Both the Dallas Festival of Ideas and the Dallas Book Festival are free, but registration in advance is recommended. For information, call 214-871-2440 or visit


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The 23rd annual Denton Redbud Festival, hosted by Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB), Inc., will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 22, at the Denton Civic Center. As Denton’s official Arbor Day celebration to promoting community beautification there will be dozens of vendor booths with tree and plant sales, gardening supplies, household items and local/handmade products, along with family-friendly activities and live music.

The Denton Tree Initiative is a citywide partnership between KDB and the city of Denton to plant 12,000 trees by 2019. KDB is a nonprofit organization that offers programs in litter prevention, community beautification and tree planting for the benefit of Denton neighborhoods, businesses and residents of all ages.

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