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Okanagan, B.C. Authors

                                         "Neem: Nature's Healing Gift to Humanity" by klaus Ferlow

Millions of people world wide are suffering from skin diseases such as acne, eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, rosecea, shingles, ringworm to name just a few were Neem could be the answer. It is Klaus's passion to share information about the miraculous healing power of the Neem tree with everybody. To this day he remain free of psoriasis on my scalp and elbows by using our Neem shampoo, Neem oil and Neem soap. This simple treatment is NOT a cure, but it alleviates the problem to a great extent, and each person can be in charge of their own body and health....the natural way! Remember, for every disease we know Mother Nature provides a herb to heal and grow!  Of all the plants that have provided proof to us of their healing power throughout the ages, few have offered as much value and versatility as the genuine, unique Neem tree from India. This miraculous herb is truly ancient and yet effective for a modern world, a tree for solving global problems. FERLOW BOTANICALS introduced as the first company beginning of 1994 herbal medicinal and personal care products inclusive Neem tree products to the Canadian market (health & wellness practitioner clinics and other holistic practitioners in traditional medicine). In the meantime selected stores with holistic practitioners on staff were added on. 



 Amanda Sloan  - Fresh Cuisine Recipe Book. 
I recently read the new recipe book by Amanda J Sloan who is from New Zealand.  This book is for people looking for a Sugar Free, Gluten Free and Vegan Food. How does she do this? well this unique book only uses fresh fruit,vegetables, nuts, and spices as natural sweeteners. It is a diet full of enzymes for digestion, also using nutritious whole grains, beans, lentils, pulses and seeds. The only fat used is extra virgin olive oil which is my oil of choice. I found it is a great recipe book for detoxing the liver (as it uses Fresh produce), equalling a clean, energetic mind and body. The recipes were very easy to follow. This book is full colour, 92 pages, glossy cover and A4 and is available on Amazon 


This is CHRIS STORMER’s 6th publication and one of her best on REFLEXOLOGY!  It’s filled with fascinating information on the BACKGROUND and PRINCIPLES of Reflexology, as well as incredible insights into the EMOTIONAL and SPIRITUAL aspects of disease and health. Each chapter has AUTHOR INSIGHTS, plus an end of chapter QUESTIONNAIRE (with answers at the back of the book) and SUMMARY of pertinent information. The guide to the actual application of reflexology is meaningful and concise, with clear diagrams showing what to do. This book is a useful guide for everybody, whether a reflexology practitioner or somebody who has never tried reflexology before. PUBLISHED by HODDER and <st1:city w:st="on">STOUGHTON <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">London, <st1:country-region w:st="on">UK</st1:country-region>.  ISBN 978-1-444-10110-2


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I opened Evelyn's book The Essence of Sound and my soul grinned. I stand in awe of this woman's gifts, abilities, and insights. She is a visionary and is committed to sharing her wisdom with us. To me, this is an encyclopedia of sound meridians, chakras, auric field and figure eight energies. It's for the beginner and the advanced. She has beautifully combined, in such a user friendly way, the core of energy work into one great book. I immediately felt it to be one of the most comprehensive books on the subject. I'm excited for all the possibilities and I appreciate the heart and love that is in this book. It's wonderful. Thank-you Evelyn.
Tawni K. Lawrence, LMT,CLP.

“The Essence of Sound is a welcome, comprehensive, and highly sophisticated guide to the body's energy systems. It teaches you how to use sound, herbs, crystals, gemstones, aromas, colours and affirmations to orchestrate the energies of your meridians, chakras and aura into a beautiful symphony. Beyond this, it integrates the body's complex energy systems into an encyclopedic guide we can all use and understand. I recommend it highly”
~ Donna Eden , Author of Energy Medicine

Nicole Finds Her Heart:
A Woman's Journey to Self-Love and Living Life
(Paperback) by Sheryl Ann (Author)

"Nicole Finds Her Heart" is not another romance novel - no - it is about a woman's journey, one of the most important ones that every woman must make in order to be whole.  Sheryl Ann can write about it, because she has taken the journey and wants to share it with you.  Sheryl Ann sincerely hopes that you will read this book, talk about it and pass it on.  This book is also an excellent tool for Transition Houses, Women's Centres, Abuse Counselling Centres and Doctor's Offices as a fundraising tool. ISBN:  1-4241-2396-8
Sheryl Ann Wilson, OKanagan, BC
 Phone: 250-493-2002


FireDrakes - Chronicles of the Daemon Knights
By David Korinetz

David Korinetz is a local Okanagan author.
Chronicles of the Daemon Knights is his first Fantasy novel. If you have read and enjoyed the Fantasy books written by such authors as J.R.R. Tolkien, S.M. Stirling or L.E. Modesitt jr., it is likely that you will enjoy this new entry to the Fantasy genre.
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A Whisper of Wings

Check out SORCO new book
This book highlights a variety of situations that SORCO has been involved with as it rescues , treats and releases birds of prey over the past 20 years. The South Okanagan Rehab Centre for Owls Box
Proud member of the Wildlife Rehab Network of BC
AND EDUCATION  since 1987

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Maria`s Favourites

Incredible You!: 10 Ways to Help Your Kids Greatness Shine Through by Wayne Dyer

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom By Dr. Christine Northrup Awakening Intuition by Mona Lisa Schulz, MD, PhD

The Wisdom of Menopause: By Dr. Christine Northrup Body Talk - Six-tape Audio Program by Christine Northrup, MD & Mona Lisa Schulz, MD, PhD

Igniting Intuition - Six-tape Audio Program by Christine Northrup, MD & Mona Lisa Schulz, MD, PhD

Mother-Daughter Wisdom by Christine Northrup, M.D

Vegan World Fusion Cuisine: The Cookbook and Wisdom Work from the Chefs of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant - With a Special Foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall (Hardcover)

"Hold On To Your Kids" by Gordon Neufeld, PhD. and Gabor Mate, m.d. The Acid Alkaline diet for optimum health

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay's This book has exquisite illustrations is the perfect treat for yourself or someone you love to embark on their year of positive changes.

"When the Body Says No" by Gabor Mate M.D’s This book with a look at the unconscious beliefs and negative thoughts that contribute to the demise of our health

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Diana Marchiel - Book Review`s

"Your Vital Child" By Mark and Angela Stengler, NDs This book was a wonderful reference to any parent looking for natural alternatives to treat and keep children healthy and happy. It has many references to healthy food choices, and recommended daily allowances for children's nutritional needs. The great thing this book offers that it talks about supplementation, as well as herbal applications for many different aliments. In addition to the alphabetical listings of diseases and aliments, there are sections in the book that specifically address: emergencies, vaccinations, breastfeeding, homeopathy, massage and acupressure, to name a few. I particularly liked the short section called "Your Child's Natural Medicine Kit". throughout the book there are sidebars that feature "Vital Facts" or "Case Histories", I liked the short blurps of information and statistics these provided. There are also references for parents and caregivers to find out more information, including websites and phone numbers of any particular groups they are interested in, such as the different therapies available. All in all I believe my family will benefit from having this book lying around the house, ready to refer to at any time. Submitted by Diana Marchiel. Oliver, B.C

"10 Secrets to Success and Inner Peace" By Dr. Wayne Dyer A beautifully done book, with tons of brilliant analogies for how to make your own life more simple and fulfilled. Dr. Dyer goes into detail about creating a purpose-filled life that includes Love and God, as well as tips on following your path. He shows the reader how be more optimistic. He shows us how we have a choice in all of the things we do in life, and that although fate is involved, it is how you make your choices that lead you to where you want to go. I found this book an easy and enlightening read, and finished it feeling more refreshed and happy about life in general. A really special book. As soon as I read it I went out and bought my own copy. This book would also make a suitable gift for any new graduate, or anyone who is in the process of finding their own true path and happiness. Submitted by Diana Marchiel. Oliver, B.C.

Local BC Authors B.C.

The Organic Way - Where to Find Organic Food in British Columbia by Marya Skrypiczajko

Rapid Recovery: Accelerated Information Processing and Healing by Stephen P. King, Penticton

Meditation for Everyday Living - Book and CD by Stephen Austen, Kelowna

A Path Through Loss - A guide to writing your healing & growth by Nancy Reeves PHD, B.C.

Nature’s Wisdom - Portals to Human Potential by Stephen Austen, Kelowna

Trash Talk - A guide to saving time & money through better waste & resource management by Dave & Lillian Brummet

Christina Ince - Book Recommendations

The Inspired Heart - An Artist’s Journey of Transformation by Jerry Wennstrom

In the Hands of Alchemy - The Art and Life of Jerry Wennstrom

One Hundred Wisdom Stories from Around the World by Margaret Silf

Psychic Navigator - Harnessing Your Inner Guidance by John Holland

Tree of Sapphires - The Enlightened Qabalah by David Goddard

Relentless Love - The Power of a Transformative Life by Edwin Carl Smith

Finding the Still Point - A Spirituality of Balance byTom Harpur

Regular Mother God - The Feminine Principle To Our Creator by Sylvia Browne

Relentless Love - The Power of a Transformative Life by Edwin Carl Smith

Healing Times: A Personal Workbook by Louise Giroux

Healers at Work - Firsthand Accounts of the Difference Alternative Healing Makes by Peter Downie

Sacred Journey - Spiritual Wisdom for Times of Transition by Mike Riddell

Let Go and Live In the Now - Awake the Peace, Power, and Happiness in your Heart

Personal Pilgrimage - One Day Soul Journeys for Busy People by Viki Hurst


Other Book Reviews

The Disappearance of The Universe by Gary Renard I have personally found this to be a book that definitely brings my focus to taking one action over and over. Taking this action will ultimately awaken each of us and bring us “Home”. It has rekindled my desire to study “The Course In Miracles” once again and for that I am grateful. I will never look at life quite the same, reading this book created a paradigm shift in me. I truly realized things are simple and yet not easy. This book has also made so many of the New Age concepts more understandable for me. I highly recommend this book and encourage you to further study The Course In Miracles. Life will never be the same. Pamela Shelly, Mastering Wellness, Kelowna . See Local events page, for Course In Miracles- book study group.

Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Bringing Health and Pleasure Back to Eating by Andrew Weil, MD, PhD Andrew Weil, MD, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, is now considered one of holistic medicine`s most authoritative voices. His best-selling book contains all the information you need to plan, shop for, prepare, and enjoy meals that deliver on the title`s promises.

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Vegetarian Diets and Iron
Are you a vegetarian or mostly a vegetarian? Dieticians recommends consuming plenty of iron rich plant foods such as lentils, kidney beans and black beans, and whole grains. Iron-enriched products such as cereals and breads are also good sources. To enhance iron absorption, consume vitamin C rich foods too. These include orange juice, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and broccoli. By following these simple guidelines, most non-meat eaters will get enough iron.

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Ireland Summer Active Fun Tour 2017

Excursion to Glendalough with Kryon (Bank Holiday Monday May 1st - Ireland)
Date: May 1, 2017
Location: Ireland
A day bus tour to Glendalough with Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll, organized by Maria O’Farrell Carr (Celtic Wisdom Keeper) and with Meditation by Jane Donald in the Crystal forest.
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Compassion and the Individual
I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. I don't know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.....
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Tuscan Leek & Bean Soup
Category: Soup
Description: Welcome those crisp winter days with a pot of hearty Tuscan bean soup. Leeks are a unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, the allium vegetables belong in your diet on a regular basis. Like their allium cousins, onions and garlic, let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes after cutting and before cooking to enhance their health-promoting qualities.
A good source of dietary fiber, leeks also contain goodly amounts of folic acid, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Easier to digest than standard onions, leeks have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-arthritic properties.
Leeks contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits.
Leeks are low in calories. 100 g fresh stalks contain 61 calories. Further, their elongated stalks provide good amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Laboratory studies show that allicin reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase enzyme in the liver cells. Further, it also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activities.
Allicin also decreases blood vessel stiffness by release of nitric oxide (NO); thereby bring reduction in the total blood pressure. It also blocks platelet clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels, which helps decrease overall risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and stroke.
Leeks are great source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Their leafy stems indeed contain several vital vitamins such as pyridoxine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin in healthy proportions. 100 g fresh stalks provide 64 µg of folates. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. Their adequate levels in the diet during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
In addition, leeks are one of the good source of vitamin A (1667 IU or 55% of RDA per 100 g) and other flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, xanthin, and lutein. They also have some other essential vitamins such as vitamin C, K, and vitamin E. Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. Further, its stalks have small amounts of minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium.
Often overlooked in leeks is their important concentration of the B vitamin folate. Folate is present in leeks in one of its bioactive forms (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or 5MTHF) and it is present throughout the plant (including the full leaf portion, not only the lower leaf and bulb).
Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator, where they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks. Wrapping them loosely in a plastic bag will help them to retain moisture.
Tips for Preparing Leeks - Cut off green tops of leeks and remove outer tough leaves. Cut off root and cut leeks in half lengthwise. Fan out the leeks and rinse well under running water, leaving them intact. Cut leeks into 2-inch lengths. Holding the leek sections cut side up, cut lengthwise so that you end up with thin strips, known as the chiffonade cut, slicing until you reach the green portion. Make sure slices are cut very thin to shorten cooking time. Let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes before cooking.
With a more delicate and sweeter flavor than onions, leeks add a subtle touch to recipes without overpowering the other flavors that are present. Although leeks are available throughout the year they are in season from the fall through the early part of spring when they are at their best.
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