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Publisher's Message ~ April 2011 Issue

Publisher's Message

Spring greetings to all our OK In Health members,

This month we are very excited to present to you our newly designed e-Magazine. Your feedback will be most welcomed and appreciated. We wish to send a big thank you to our web programmers Charleen and Trevor for creating our new design.  

Special Announcement: To our advertisers - SALE now on!

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Last month, as Dr. Wayne Dyer's media sponsor, we had the marvellous experience of welcoming him to the Okanagan. We started out by meeting Wayne Dyer at the VIP reception held at the beautiful Sparkling Hill Resort and then went on to hear him speak at the Wesbild Centre in Vernon. I could have listened to him all evening as his wisdom, compassion, humour, and love for everyone shined through.

Lyndsay and I had the joy of meeting up with Wayne and Pamela McDonald at breakfast the next morning. Seeing that the next day was St. Patrick’s Day, Wayne told me his favourite Irish Joke:

How many beans can you have in an Irish Stew?
I don’t know Wayne, how many beans?
No more than 239, because if you added just one more bean it would be ‘Two Farty!”

Wayne Dyer shared so much time with everyone and had hugs for all. Even at the airport he had time for everyone. Wayne is a true gentleman and an inspiration to all. To read more about this event and our stay at the Sparkling Hill resort – read Lyndsay’s article, plus see our event review section below for more insights from our members.

We would like to send a special thank you to Producer Paul MacInnis and Anne for bringing in Wayne Dyer and our members Sheila, Shannon and Lyndsay for all their hard work with the Wayne Dyer event.


OK In Health enjoyed participating in the Earth Hour day celebrations at the new Shatford Center in Penticton, Seedy Saturday Penticton Market on April 9th,  Green Business Expo in Summerland on April 16th, Health and Wellness Fair at the Penticton’s Hamlets and at the Earth Day celebrations at Whole Foods Market on April 20th.  Drop by and consider joining us as a volunteer.  

So have a look at our new e-Magazine and all the wonderful articles and events that your community is offering ~ Community supporting Community!

Sit back, relax and take a moment to see what they have to say…….

Warm Regards

Yours In Health
Maria Carr and OK In Health Team
Publisher of OK In Health E-Magazine
                                                                                                                               Photo:  Rayah Carr at Earth Hour Event.

Shannon BlissRecipe Host Manager - Shannon Bliss, manages the recipe Section. CNP, ROHP is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Certified Live Cell Microscopist, Weight Loss and Healthy Eating Specialist. Do you have a recipe you would like to share with our members?
Click on the add a recipe link on our recipe page.

Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

These were created by my niece Marnie when I was visiting her recently. They were so tasty that I decided to make some when I got home. Such a nice change of flavours. Bravo Marnie!

Crockpot Red Lentil Quinoa Soup

This hearty low fat crockpot quinoa soup recipe combines quinoa with red lentils and veggies, for a simple but satisfying vegetarian or vegan main dish soup recipe. Vary the veggies to your taste

Gluten Free Ginger Snaps

These are so delicious no one will ever know the difference. They are easy to make and flatten out all on their own. I use vegetable shortening. You can substitute 2c Gluten Free Baking Mix for the individual flours.

Wellness Directory
A Mindful Connection Counselling Services - 250-550-0316
Dare To Dream - Body, Mind & Spirit Centre - 250-712-9295
Health is Bliss - 250-801-2798
Penticton's Whole Foods Market - Health Store & Cafe - 250-493-2855
Serge Mazerand's Keys to Serenity
Sheila Stephenson – Penticton Health Practitioner - 250-493-3768
Sole 2 Soul - Vernon - 250-545-2747
Teresa Hwang Feng Shui & Design - 250-549-1356
The Natural Family Health Clinic and Chelation Centre - 250-497-6681
Uplifted Wholebody and Facial Rejuvenation - (250) 309-0411
Wind In The Willow - 250-276-5308
Questions & Answers
Cindy AtkinsonYou Ask – We Answer! . . . your road map to health & wellness.
HAVE A QUESTION? LET US HELP! - We are here to help you with any of your health-related questions – nothing’s too big or too small! Our professional expert panel will do our best to provide you with information, suggestions, and resources.
The Q and A column is managed by Cindy Atkinson, BA Science in Genetics & Cell Biology.
Click here to ask a question on our Q & A page.


My cholesterol is a bit high so I want to pick foods that are low in cholesterol. If the product food Labels says Zero cholesterol does that mean it is okay to eat. I ask because some foods could be batter zucchini and say zero cholesterol on food label and that can't be good for you. Do you have any suggestions as how best to use the food labels and how best to pick low cholesterol foods. with thanks from Liam, Salmon Arm, BC


Any product that is made from an animal is going to contain cholesterol for example beef, pork, fish, chicken, eggs... This also includes all your dairy products like milk, butter, cheese... Foods that contain no cholesterol are grains, fruits, vegetables... It is important to stay below 200 - 300mg of cholesterol a day. So when looking at food labels, if there are animal products in the ingredients it will contain cholesterol. Your Doctor, Naturopath, certified Nutritionist or registered Dietitian can provide you with more details.

Cindy Atkinson
Q & A Manager
Certified Rolfer
B.S. Genetics and Cell Biology

Supreme Events
Adult Pottery Classes
April 26, 2011
Children's Pottery Classes
April 26, 2011
Children's After School - Art and Yoga Classes
April 27 - 1, 2011
OK In Health presents - Certified Indian Head Massage - Weekend Intensive
April 29, 2011
33rd Annual Spring Festival of Awareness - Weekend Retreat
April 29, 2011
Teen Temporary Body Art Classes
April 30 - 7, 2011
NVC - Improving the Quality of Your Personal and Professional Relationships
April 30, 2011
2nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee Challenge
May 3, 2011
OK In Health Presents: Connect to Your Own Power Workshop - with Cindy Smith
May 14, 2011
Reiki - Level 2 - Certificate Class
May 14, 2011
OH WHAT A NIGHT - Gala Event for Cleo Murray
May 14, 2011
Moira Sambey's Equine Shoulder program - Kamloops
May 18, 2011
Meadowlark Festival 2011
May 19, 2011
5 Day Intuitive Sound Healer Practitioner Training
May 27, 2011
Award Presentation Ceremony and Inquisitive Clips Debut
June 6, 2011
Conscious Creativity Workshop Autopoiesis Atelier ~ 4 Day Program
June 9, 2011
Sri Dharma Mittra comes to Naramata from New York City!
June 10, 2011
Book Club
Lyndsay BlaisThe OK In Health's Book Club is managed by Lyndsay Blais, a passionate speaker, author and success coach.
Join in Lyndsay's weekly discussion on the book of the month. As an avid reader, Lyndsay looks forward to facilitating interesting conversations with you through the OK in Health Book Club! Would you like to join our New OK In Health's Book Club? Open to all OK In Health members.

Click here to join the book club.

The Second Principle: Alignment (pg 79) - In this chapter, Dyer says that "Alignment is a basic truth that functions as your personal code, unlocking the mystery of manifesting anything into your life."

Well this statement certainly caught my attention. With all of the focus on my to do list and the financial woes of our current economy, not to mention the devastation of late experienced in all corners of the world, if alignment can bring me to a place of peace, I'm in!

In my recent encounter with Dr. Dyer at the Mastering the Art of Manifestation event in Vernon a couple of weeks back, I noticed an energy about him that was unmistakable, that being a state of peace, regardless of what was happening at the time. At the pre-event gathering, Dyer spoke of a family emergency he was dealing with that very day, as well as the events that led up to his latest movie soon to be released, stories and events that most people would have their lives turned upside down by, and still, he chooses peace...through alignment.

...worth a shot I'd say~

~ Lyndsay

Event Review
Event Review
OK in Health Members Review Panel offer their thoughts about a range of events from specialty movies to concerts, workshops, keynote speakers, health fairs, festivals and community events.
We sponsor community events that have value for our members.

I was lucky enough to hear Wayne Dyer at the VIP event at the Sparkling Hills Resort and at the Event Centre in Vernon. It was my first time seeing and hearing him speak. I felt his wisdom, compassion and love for everyone, as well as the pain he has gone through. He speaks to such a wide audience. My mother loved seeing him on tv and read many of his books long ago.
I could have listened to him all night and I am sure he would have kept talking if he could have stayed longer, and he did that too! I was very impressed with Wayne Dyer, he speaks very easily and captivates his audience.
Sheila, Penticton

10 Reasons to Love Indian Head Massage by Susan Allen
Indian Head Massage may sound very exotic but what exactly is it?
Adapting Versus Resisting in Transformational Times by Shari Montgomery
The saying “may you live in interesting times” has taken on a more poignant ring lately. With the old paradigm falling apart around us in a variety of subtle and traumatic ways, riding the wave of change will be a lot easier by loosening our grip on what was...
An Interview with Sri Dharma Mittra by Sri Dharma Mittra
Sri Yogi Dharma Mittra the legendary “Teachers’ Teacher” and “Asana Master” is the founder and director of Dharma Yoga Center New York. He has been actively disseminating the sacred science of Yoga since 1967.
Because I'm Not a Doctor by David Dixon
Suffice it to say that there is considerable panic and scrambling to procure sufficient supplies of iodine. Because I'm not a doctor, I’m not allowed to make any specific comments about......
Choosing the right chocolate for Easter and Mother’s Day? by Flavia Aarden-Kilger
Choosing the right chocolate has been made easy with the fair trade certification. Look in your favorite aisle; where the chocolates are! and look for the fair trade logo. By purchasing fair trade chocolates for Easter and Mother’s Day you will be doing your part in making the lives of farmers and families in developing countries better. Families can put their children in school instead of working the fields to make ends meet. Fair trade: You can't afford not to!
Clean Green by Dr. Melissa Bradwell
You try to watch what you eat, exercise regularly, get adequate sleep and reduce stress levels. But are you still using conventional cleaners??
Didja Hear The One About.........?............ by Carole Fawcett
For over 800 years the residents of Hofu, Japan, have been celebrating laughter in the form of “waraiko,” which roughly translates as “laughing their way to heaven.”..
Japan’s Crisis is Another Reason to Look at Energy Use by David Suzuki
The need to assess our energy options is more important than ever. All have consequences and tradeoffs. Climate change caused by burning fossil fuels endangers our planet, nuclear disasters and nuclear waste are potentially significant threats to our health and ecosystems, and even renewable sources have impacts. It’s time we took a close look at our energy use and sources in order to find better ways of providing for our needs. We can all start by.....
Science and history at Wilson Botanical Gardens by Alexis Costello
How a couple created Costa Rican history through their passion for plants. Robert and Catherine Wilson have an interesting story. Their love of the land, the cultivation and collection of beautiful plants, have made their name famous. What started as a couple buying 5 hectares of pasture in 1958 turned into
Sparkling Hill Resort Spa Review by Lyndsay Blais
Sparkling Hill Resort Spa certainly lives up to its name! Maria and I had the most fabulous time as guests at Sparkling Hill for the Meet and Greet with Wayne Dyer in Vernon on March 15, 2011..
The Key To Tomorrow’s Health by Miscellaneous
The German medical doctor, Gerhard Blaettner recalls, “My own patients, whom I had been treating for more than a decade, came to tell me about their healings through the teachings of Bruno Groening. I had applied all the possible medical treatments, but I had not been able to alleviate their chronic suffering.”
The Shape of Foods by Cleo Murray
It now contends that every whole food has a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the eater. Following are some examples of Whole Food Signatures....
The Use of Vitamin C in Medicine by Dr. Tamara Browne
Vitamin C has many functions in the human body. It is important to note that humans are one of the few species incapable of manufacturing vitamin C internally, and thus, are reliant on food sources of vitamin C for survival. The following is a list of the main functions Vitamin C has in the human body....
Xin Mao – Yin Metal Rabbit Year by Teresa Hwang
What does Xin Mao – Yin Metal Rabbit Year mean for you?
Free Admission Events
Award Presentation Ceremony and Inquisitive Clips Debut
June 6, 2011

The City of Vernon and RDNO co-host this annual Environment Week event. Join the community to celebrating those who make a difference and lead the way in sustainability! Entry is free.
Penticton Green Drinks
Second Sunday of Every month from 2pm -4pm at Wholefoods 17170 Main Street Penticton

Green Drinks is a social networking event for businesses, organizations and people concerned about the environment. each event features a speaker and free organic snacks and drinks served.
SS Sicamous AGM and Elections
April 27, 2011

This is a chance for you to make a difference in our community. The Sicamous needs volunteers as Directors and for committees. The Sicamous is the premier icon of Penticton and needs YOUR support!
Eco-Events for Penticton in April
April 28, 2011

Several Eco-Events in April.Free documentary movies on the environment are showing every Thursday evening such as Gasland, Fuel, Addicted to Plastic, and Fresh.
How food choices affect us and our Environment
April 28, 2011

Were, how and what food is grown greatly affects our health and the health of our planet. 4 excellent speakers. Free booklet with recipes to everyone who attends.
Healing on the Spiritual Path - medically verifiable
April 30, 2011

The Key to Tomorrow’s Health Physicians report about a special way of healing FREE PUBLIC LECTURE at University of Calgary
Small Business Marketplace
April 30, 2011

This is a good way for independant consultants to build a customer base and create connections with others like-minded people.
Healing on the Sprititual Path - medically verifiable
May 1, 2011

The Key to Tomorrow’s Health Physicians report about a special way of healing FREE PUBLIC LECTURE at UBC
Bluegrass Sunday at Ocean Island
May 8, 2011

Bring along an instrument and join in the fun. Each Sunday until July
Sunday Nature Walk
May 8, 2011

These multi-generational nature walks are led by volunteer and staff naturalists.
Concerned about your Diabetes? - Terrace
Tuesday Afternoons 1:30 - 2:45

FREE Diabetes information event - Different subject every week. Limited seating. Please RSVP and meantion OK In Health as your referral.
Retreats & Weekend Away
33rd Annual Spring Festival of Awareness - Weekend Retreat
April 29, 2011

Over 50 Workshops, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Sunrise Meditations & Tai Chi, A Healing Oasis, A Festival Store & more
Sri Dharma Mittra comes to Naramata from New York City!
June 10, 2011

Spend a weekend with one of today’s foremost Yoga Masters, celebrating 50 years of Dharma Yoga! Sri Dharma Mittra is coming to Naramata from New York City!
A Girls Weekend Out… Kamloops
You pick the weekend!

Get all the girls together and spend an unforgettable, fun and relaxing weekend at the South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre.
10-Day Yoga Retreat
May 5, 2011

Serene beauty of Kootenay Lake supports a peaceful, and relaxing retreat. Self-development, and yoga courses.
Yoga 4 Day Retreat in Morocco
May 11, 2011

Fantastic opportunity to enjoy inspiring kundalini and hatha in beautifully restored Medina riad. Limited to 10.
Rome Tour + Yoga Retreat
May 18, 2011

6 nights in Rome, Bus tour, 6 nights at the Santa Maria Del Sole retreat centre, vegetarian meals and 2 yoga classes per day.
Lotus Blooming Yoga 7 day Retreat in Spain
May 23, 2011

Situated between the Mountains and the Mediterranean sea in southern Spain. Yoga & Meditation, Ayurveda Massage, Sun, Sea & Blue Skies.
Reiki Weekend Retreat
June 3, 2011

Reiki Gathering: A Weekend Immersing ourselves in Reiki at the Johnson's Landing Retreat Center
The Tarot - weekend retreat
June 17, 2011

Walking the Royal Road of the Ancients
Festivals & Fairs
Spanish Film Series
April 26, 2011

List of movies: 1. Un Franco, 14 pesetas. March 1 2.Habana Blues. March 29 3. Camarón. April 26 4.El abuelo. September 13 5.(English subtitles)
Amnesty International Human Rights Film Fest
May 9, 2011

Feature Film: AFGHAN STAR. Phone for more information. Admission is by donation.
4th Annual Diversity Health Fair
May 13, 2011

The 4th Diversity Health Fair will provide the opportunity to support our multicultural community to discover health services and programs to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Rotary Okanagan International Children's Festival
May 26, 2011

We need volunteers for all areas of the festival. The festival is a fantastic presentation of world class performing arts, music, dancing, workshops and activities for the children in the Okanagan.
Fitness Classes
Bahiti belly dance
Tuesday - Adult, Thursday - Teen

Classes: Adult beginner tech class: Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm Teen beginner tech class: Thursday 6:30-7:30pm
MS Walk - May 2011
May 1, 2011

Be a Walker * Be an End to MS * choose a 1 km, 3 km or 6 km route * all wheelchair/scooter accessible * inline skaters are welcome * volunteers needed
Feldenkrais Works...... - Nelson
Thurs.'s 5:15-6:15 p.m., Fri.'s 12-1 p.m.

Better balance, posture, flexibility, less pain.....
Events by Type
OK in Health provides information on many different types of events. Please click on a link to go to the page that lists the event types you are interested in.

Courses & Workshops
Environment & Nature
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Farmers Markets
Festivals & Fairs
Fitness Classes & Sports
Free Admission
Fundraising Events & Walks
Meditation Groups
Open House & Free Demos
Retreats & Weekend Away
Schools & Colleges
Speakers & Concerts
Support Groups & Meetings
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Connect with Yourself Weekly
Michael O'ConnorTake time in your busy week to reflect on your inner rhythms of yourself and your life. OK In Health's Soular Rhythms column managed by Michael O'Connor.
Astrologer/Numerologist and a popular columnist, lecturer, presenter and workshop facilitator, Michael brings enthusiasm, passion and a wealth of knowledge.

Click here to see Michael's ideas for reflection.


Tip of the Week:

This Full Moon should produce some dramatic peaks, given the dynamic New Moon seed. Yes, there is an ‘organic’ element by virtue of cycles which are seeded, wax to a peak and then decline, like the waxing and waning Moon. In this respect, every cycle contains an archetypal pattern containing four quarters. Astrology is the study of these cycles and how they are intrinsically woven into our very DNA which, like the 4 Elements, is based on 4 principle "letters" (ATCG). The 4 main stages of a cycle begins, comes to its half way point, culminates and then again subsides before beginning again, with a half way point in between also equals 4. The list of parallel patterns goes on and on according to natural laws. In as much as this pattern is not acknowledged as having a parallel is the degree to which it is not in the ‘invested interests’ of those who consider such natural patterns to be ‘arbitrary’. The sc...
Message Board
Maria CarrMaria Carr – Publisher/Founder: Our message board is for sharing comments and ideas about recent events, courses, treatments, health concerns, about our website or services.
We also provide specialty coverage for natural health related issues such as maternity, women’s and families, our environment, natural animal care, practice & support groups, health stores & natural businesses, local health events, and workshops.

Click here to view or add messages to our Message Board.

I am looking for a group in Penticton that follow the ACIM ..a course in miracles study group... please help... from Sherilyn (to contact Sherilyn, please email OK in Health)
Classifieds | Contests | Other Info

Latest Classified

Health Food Store For Sale
Very profitable business in Pemberton BC, with loyal clientele in growing community 25 minutes north of Whistler. Catering to the health conscious we provide a wide variety of nutritional supplements, botanical formulas, aromatherapy, homeopathics, body care, books, bulk herbs and food, organic and specialty groceries. Turn key business in leased location, includes inventory, computer POS system, commercial freezer and 3 coolers, 54 bulk bins, shelving and displays, customer and vendor list, and full training. $159,000. Email 

infrared sauna for sale in Okanagan


Sauna For Sale:
Pro-Health 3-4 person Infared Sauna, Corner Unit, like new.  SOLD

Wanted - Dental Hygienist

Town: Oliver. Phone: 250-498-2220. Dental Office seeking Hygienist to join our harmonious staff. Please call for info. 250-498-2220.

  Space For Rent
Are you an established entrepreneur in the business of enriching the lives of others and seeking office space in a beautiful, nurturing environment? The Lovin Livin Centre, located above the Marmalade Cat Café in the heart of the Mission has a rare, one of a kind space available. This is a full time opportunity with a flat monthly fee. Current independent services include: life coaching, counselling, hands on healing, hypnotherapy, holistic prenatal courses and love your life wellness programs and retreats. The unique and inspiring, self contained space offers:  A large office/practitioner room with large window, Full, private bathroom within the room, Walk in closet (for supplies), Total space available is approximately 400 sq. ft., Air Conditioning, Free parking, Opportunity to access Lovin Livin Room, Align and grow your business in a vibrant community with like hearted professionals. This opportunity is available May 1st.  Viewing by appointment only. Please contact  e-mail  or call 250 470 1041.

For Sale

State–of–the–Art Software for Health Practitioners 

NES Health System
The NES technology quickly analyzes the human body-field and graphically pinpoints structures that require attention. Comprehensive reports recommend specific Infoceuticals that work to balance the body-field.  The science of biophysics is the basis for the scanning of the human body-field, and the Infoceutical technology of the NES Health System. Biophysics incorporates the latest research into information transfer within living organisms and is related to a branch of physics--Quantum Electro Dynamics (QED) field theory--that involves the study of communication between atoms.

For detailed information check the following websites: Research and Articles about the technology: website  Head office site: website    Distributor for North America: webiste   $6,000 includes DVD, promotional material and 20 infoceuticals.  Contact Carole Punt. E-mail or 250-497-6867


For Sale - 27th Fifth Wheel.
Are you ready for Camping season?
Rear Kitchen.Two Table, Sleep 6. A/C. Great condition, To much to list. $7.500 Penticton. Call Maria at 250 492 4759

Job Openings

Now Hiring: Dental Hygienist in Oliver
Dental Office seeking Hygienist to join our harmonious staff. Please call for info. 250-498-2220.

City Centre Health & Fitness
Now hiring front desk part time, personal trainers and group instructors.
Phone: 250-487-1481 and ask for Kirby -
Email Address

Serge Mazerand's private House Concerts.
The Host invites 20 "friends" or guests to his or her home for a " Keys to Serenity" House Concert. Snacks and drinks are offered...(Optional). Serge introduces his philosophy of life, his music and the "keys" that help people attain serenity and inner peace in life. He then conducts a musical group meditation. This is done "in the moment" by playing -- in a totally intuitive way -- melodies and sounds which have an extraordinary soothing and healing effect on the audience. Serge brings along his professional keyboard/synthesizer and sound system which allows him to reproduce many instruments and sounds and to create the appropriate soundscape.
The event lasts anywhere from 2 to 2 and a half hours. Serge is invited to stay at the house for the night and leaves after breakfast. Fees are 20 dollars per guest. CDs are for sale after the event. The Host is offered 15% of the collected fees and of CD sales as well as a couple of free. Email for more details  
Clinic Spaces for Rent/Sale/Wanted

Clinic for Sale - Kelowna

Cherry Blossom Acupuncture and Wellness is a looking for a new owner. This well-established Clinic with a range of practitioners offering  Acupuncture , Shiatsu, Moxibustion, Reiki,  and Massage. Contact Megan at  1462 A St. Paul St. | Kelowna BC | V1Y 2E6 | 250-878-6514


Wellness practitioner seeks office rental in a wellness clinic. Office to have 175-200 sq ft, windows, elevator, parking, easy access to transit. Call 778-839-6557

PRACTITIONER ROOM FOR RENT- Penticton for pictures. If interested please contact Megan at 250-878-6514

Practitioners Room for Rent - Penticton

Attention all practitioners, this is an opportunity to become a part of Bodies on Power; a fitness and wellness centre dedicated to increasing health and awareness in the South Okanagan. Your own room/office: $550/month incl HST and many extras. For details call BOP 250-770-8303 or E-mail and leave a message for Jo.


Volunteers Needed

Would you be interested in volunteering at an OK in Health booth. We attend many events and wellness shows and often have free tickets and passes for our volunteers such as the Wayne Dyer event.. We are building a volunteer list of people who we could contact to see if they are available to join us at certain events. If you are interested please email us for more details.


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Until next month. Happy Spring Days!

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