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* I ♥ Hummus!I ♥ Hummus!

I ♥ Hummus!
with Sloan Guisinger
Saturday, March 7
11 am – 1 pm

A mid-Eastern staple, hummus is a protein-rich dish made from garbanzo beans. In her first class with Marlene’s, health coach Sloan Guisinger shares the variations to this classic recipe she was inspired to create after visiting Turkey in 2006. Learn about the health benefits of eating hummus while watching Sloan create five different variations including Roasted Carrot Hummus, Pepperoni Pizza Hummus, and Cookie Dough Hummus! Students will enjoy tasty samples throughout the presentation, as well as a bonus treat at the end of class! Please register in advance for this class.

* Parasite Prevention/TreatmentParasite Prevention/Treatment

Parasite Prevention and Treatment
with Breanne Rice, NTP
Tuesday, March 10
6:30 pm

Intestinal parasites can be very hard to diagnose and may be contributing to many underlying chronic inflammatory and gastrointestinal conditions. If you have food allergies, bloating, chronic hives, or auto-immune conditions, you may be hosting unwanted bacteria or organisms in your GI tract. Join Nutritional Therapist Breanne Rice for a look on how to identify and rid yourself of these debilitating organisms.

* Sugar and StressSugar and Stress

How Sugar and Stress Affect Your Quality of Life
with Shannon Wood, ND
Thursday, March 12
6:30 pm
Federal Way

We know chronic stress is dangerous, but too few of us understand the relationship between stress, sugar, hormonal activity, and the quality of your day-to-day life. Learning to nurture our stress relief mechanism, called the HPA Axis, can help us regulate the release of specific hormones like cortisol to reverse the damage caused by runaway hormones. Dr. Shannon Wood is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Midwife, and currently a Medical Educator for Natural Health International. Join her exploration of the complex dance between the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and our hormones and how to support the body’s efforts to maintain and repair itself.

* Iridology and How it WorksIridology and How it Works

Iridology and How it Works
with Nancy Coones
Saturday, March 14
2 – 3:30 pm
Federal Way

Iridology is the art and science of reading the irises of the eyes. Because physical changes in an organism appear in the iris before symptoms develop, preventive action can be taken to avoid disease or imbalances. Join a highly-trained iridologist and learn what your eyes reveal about your health and how and why iridology works! Nancy will offer a few mini-consultations after her talk on Saturday and full (one hour) appointments in Tacoma on Monday, March 16.

* Iridology ConsultationsIridology Consultations

Private Iridology Consultations
with Nancy Coones
Monday, March 16
$100 per person.

Please call 253.472.4080 to reserve your appointment.

* Spring Cleaning Sugar DetoxSpring Cleaning Sugar Detox

Spring Cleaning Sugar Detox
with Shaundra Robinson, NTP
Tuesday, March 17
6:30 pm

If you want to lose some extra body fat, quit depending on that latté to get you through the day, or lower your risk of cancer or heart disease,come hear about a Sugar Detox that anyone can do. Students will explore the detox guidelines, and make and sample a detox friendly snack. One lucky winner will take home a raffle gift worth one free Nutritional Therapy session with Shaundra, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner!

* Blood Sugar BalanceBlood Sugar Balance

Plant-centered Eating for Blood Sugar Balance
with Nina Osberg, Certified Instructor, PCRM
Thursday, March 19
6:30 pm
Federal Way

The road to diabetes does not have to be a one-way street. There is reason for hope! People who eat plant-based meals are less likely to ever develop diabetes, and for those who have diabetes, plant-based meals can help to improve blood sugar levels and prevent complications. Nina will discuss simple ways to transition to a plant-based diet, giving you some new tools for getting started.

* Green Drink ElixirsGreen Drink Elixirs

Green Drink Elixirs
with Doug Walsh, NTP, MA
Saturday, March 21
11 am - 1 pm
Federal Way

Chlorophyll is a unique compound that gives plants their green color and allows them to absorb sunlight and manufacture food. Chlorophyll is effectively plant blood, and eating it helps to purify and build the health of your own blood. Green foods are one of the most important components of a healthy diet, yet they are often neglected or even avoided entirely! In this class, we will explore a number of different types of enjoyable chlorophyll-rich drinks that you can incorporate into your daily health routine.

* Tending Your Gut GardenTending Your Gut Garden

Tending Your Gut Garden
with Meghan Hintz, LMP
Tuesday, March 24
6:30 pm

What is the microbiome and how do you take care of it? In this class we’ll get acquainted with gut flora, discuss symptoms and causes of imbalance, and explore ways to cultivate a healthy garden of gut bacteria through food and medicinal herbs. Meghan is a Certified Fermentationist, Wellness Coach, and Licensed Massage Practitioner. She works with clients to resolve digestive issues and improve overall health. Join her for this discussion of fermentation skills, gut health, and herbs traditionally used to support digestion.

* Diabetes Natural TreatmentDiabetes Natural Treatment

Diabetes Basics and Natural Treatment
with Cristina Persa, ND
Thursday, March 26
6:30 pm
Federal Way

Diabetes is a serious but controllable disease. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness, nerve damage, heart disease, kidney damage, and stroke. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes it is very important to learn all you can about your disease and the treatment options available to you. Join Dr. Cristina Persa, a Washington State Board Certified Naturopathic Physician at Tahoma Clinic, to hear about natural therapies that support healthy blood sugar levels and prevent or even treat diabetes complications.

* New Diagnostic TestsNew Diagnostic Tests

New Diagnostic Tests Using Genetics, Hormones, Neurotransmitters, and Nutrition
with Laurie Marti, MD
Saturday, March 28
10 am – Noon
Federal Way

Whether you’re dealing with diabetes, elevated cholesterol, hormonal imbalances, heart disease, or some other physical imbalance, it is absolutely essential to be proactive about your health care. Join Kirkland physician Laurie Marti for a look at recent research into hormones and neurotransmitters and how this information affects symptoms, testing, and treatment options. At the end of class, a drawing will be held for one free half-hour consultation with Dr. Marti and immediately following her talk, Dr. Marti will sign copies of her recent book, Haute Medicine. For more info, see Dr. Marti’s article on pages 20-21.

* Homemade KombuchaHomemade Kombucha

Affordable Homemade Kombucha
with Julie Martin
Tuesday, March 31
6:30 pm
$40 (includes Kombucha Starter Kit, a value)

Good bacteria and probiotics are essential for optimal health and Kombucha, a traditional fermented drink, has an abundance of both! Join the founder of Oly-Cultures when she demonstrates how to make this traditional, fermented, effervescent drink at home for pennies on the dollar. After exploring which teas and sugars lend themselves to kombucha, students will create their first batch for fermentation. As the brew develops and the second fermentation begins, Julie will discuss the best bottles for fermented kombucha, how to store the Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY), offer tips for customizing kombucha with natural flavors, and share several tasty samples with students. Please pre-register to reserve your place.

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